Situated 348 kms. north of Manila via the Cagayan Valley, the Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel provides modern day comforts in the midst of an environment rich in primitive culture.The hotel has 82 carpeted rooms with pine wood wallings creating a log cabin ambience, an intercom, hot and cold shower and private balconies overlooking the rice terraces. It has a restaurant which serves international cuisine, a bar, videoke, game room, swimming pool, souvenir and curio shop, a spacious lobby, fireplace, sundry bar and function rooms. Room and shuttle services are also available
Indoor activities include a cultural show depicting the ethnic and cultural traditions of the Ifugaos and exhibition called Anglad held annually from January to May showcasing Ifugao products such as blankets, bags, wooden statues and delicacies. Cultural shows are staged depending on the number of visitors or upon request.
Hotel manager Mel Barbon said they just beat the gongs at 6 p.m. to inform the show participants that there will be a cultural show. Participants are employes of the hotel living in nearby Tam-an village located about 240 steps down from the hotel’s swimming pool. At present, there are 89 Ifugaos employed in the hotel.
The hostel, on the other hand are often used by backpackers, students, and faculties of schools from Manila and neighboring provinces. These dorm type of hostel has 50 beds, a common bathroom, spacious lobby and a dining area. Guests can also use the facilities of the hotel.
How to get there
By land (9-10 hours) 348 km from Manila. Take North Expressway at Balintawak and get off at Santa Rita exit no. 38 where signs indicate the road to Cabanatuan, Tuguegarao, Santa Rita, etc. The road goes through the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya passing through Cabanatuan, San Jose, Sta. Fe and Bayombong. After Solano, look for the turn-off to Banaue passing through Lagawe.