Sagada Igorot Inn and Olahbinan Resthouse, the best hotel in town, are owned by Mrs. Hilda Piluden and her family. Mrs. Piluden knows her region well and can give you valuable information for organizing your excursions.
Sagada Igorot Inn previously known as the Prime Hotel, is the best as far as comfort is concerned. Perched on a hill-side facing a partially inhabited valley of pine trees, is an ordinary, white rectangular building with three floors. The hotel has just been renovated. Olahbinan Inn is close by, slightly on a lower level and can be reached by going a few steps down a rather steep stairway.
The 22-room Sagada Igorot Inn is larger than Olahbinan Resthouse which has only 11 rooms. The reception area is pleasant, its whie walls charmingly decorated with the woodcraft of the mountain tribes. At the back of the reception is a spacious square dining area with large bay windows opening onto the pine forest and the valley below. No particular effort has been made in the decor, but the room is bright and neat. A counter which serves as a bar occupies one corner.
The simply-furnished rooms are either below or above the reception area. All have a window with a view of the valley.
The recently renovated Olahbinan Inn is the more congenial of the two hotels. You enter a pleasant dining room dominated by a fire place, which is lit in the evenings. A light pine counter looks into the kitchen through a wooden window. The paneled walls are decorated with black and white drawings. The tables are made of pinewood, but the chairs, unfortunately, are plastic. On the ground floor is a very small double room with a newly-tiled bathroom. The other rooms are located upstairs on either side of the balcony with a view of the valley. The furnishings of the rooms are likewise basic and simple.
Do not hesitate to spend a few days at Sagada as the atmosphere of this small town in the midst of pine-forest is truly very pleasant. You can enjoy the walk to many interesting places in the area.
How to get there
By car, one hour from Bontoc (dirt road), 2 hours from Mt. Data Lodge and 6 hours from Baguio
(dirt road, very bad).
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