The Banaue View Inn is a small quiet family hotel. Set in the middle of a flower garden with an orchid greenhouse, it is perched on a promontory overlooking the town En route to Manila, The hotel is on the main road just before the entrance to the city center.
A remarkable museum traces the life of Dr. Henry Otley Beyer, an American athropologist who came to study the Ifugao tribes at the beginning of the 20th century, and who, after marrying a young Ifugao woman, settle and died in the region. He published a number of books and collected many Ifugao items such as handicrats.clothes, jewelry, and tools. All of these objects are exhibited in this museum, thanks to one of his sons, Gerry. It is he who owns the Banaue View Inn and lives there with his wife Lily and their children. The remains of Dr. Beyer, envelope in a shroud in accordance with Ifugao tradition, are also on view in a building located behide the town hall.
The hotel is composed of a main building and an annex at the end of the courtyard. Amenities are simple and basic but the welcome is hospitable and the rates are moderate.
The main building, which also serves as the owner’s residence, shelters a big reception area with a reading and television corner. It becomes particularly animated when the whole family gathers there. A terrace links the rooms on the second floor. In the two-story annex are five other rooms, including a large family room.
Banaue View Inn does not serve any meals aside from breakfast, but as the hotel is close to the city, you can walk to te nearby restaurants. Also from the hotel, it is easy to go to the tourism officeas well as to the market, where you can fnd a few handicrafts shops. Compated to those of Baguio, however, these shops are not very appealing.
The Banaue View Inn can provide a guide to accompany you on your exploration of the region. The tourism office can also give you assistance.
How to Get There
By land – 9 to 10 hours, 348 km from Manila. Take North Expressway at Balintawak and get off at Sta. Rita Exit no. 38, where sign indicate the road to Cabanatuan, Tuguegarao, Sta. Rita, etc. The road goes through the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Viscaya passing through Cabanatuan, San Jose, Santa Fe and Bayombong. After Solano, look for the turn-off to Banaue passing through Lagawe.