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Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant

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Banaue, Luzon 3601 Philippines
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#7 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Banaue
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Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant is inviting you to "Go Local." Stay and have an experience in the traditional Ifugao house - so called "no nail house" - overlooking the magnificent rice terraces. Hotel provides shuttle from Banaue bus terminal to Batad saddle point with tour guide, upon request.
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Paul V wrote a review Mar 2020
Calgary, Canada255 contributions128 helpful votes
After hiking through the nearby rice terraces with a local guide, we stopped here for lunch. Food had to be pre-ordered. This facility is billed as a no-nail house. You have to be in reasonable shape to get there, but the view is worth it. Very friendly staff. We had the chicken curry, which was pretty good and a couple of beers. Reasonable price. Busy place at times. This establishment also offers home stays. The climb back was strenuous. Recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Richelle R wrote a review Dec 2019
Winnipeg, Canada83 contributions16 helpful votes
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The views from Ramon’s Homestay are entirely worth every moment of travel and walking that you will endure to reach this destination. The restaurant is situated looking down into the valley below and offers spectacular views at every time of the day. The panoramic views from the restaurant and our bedroom windows took our breath away every time. One word of advice from travellers who were not necessarily prepared for the journey to Ramon’s Homestay-we were offered to pay to store our large luggage in town (Banaue) before travelling to Batad and we declined. This was our error. It would have made the journey to the homestay much more enjoyable if we had not had all of our belongings for our month long trip with us. If you have the opportunity to travel lightly to Ramon’s Homestay, it is recommended as the walk in is quite challenging with luggage. The staff and Ramon were extremely friendly and welcoming and Ramon personally shared breakfast with us one morning. He had us laughing and sharing stories like we were old friends. It was truly a cherished experience. We also truly enjoyed the garlic fried rice with vegetables for lunch which was prepared fresh for us upon ordering. We would recommend this Homestay for anyone searching for adventure, quiet, and friendly seclusion. It was an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity and stay.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chloe_153_C wrote a review Feb 2019
Southampton, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you so much to Ramon and the other people at the home stay for a wonderful experience. Me and my boyfriend loved the 3 days we spent here. We took a private van for Banaue but we should have taken a Jeepney as we did on the way back as we got to ride on the top! When we arrived at Ramon's he greeted us with a welcome tea and a lovely friendly chat. We sat and overlooked the rice terraces while we let the views sink in and drank our tea. The food is not expensive and is nice. The cost is ~175pesos for a meal and ~70pesos for a beer which is more than reasonable considering the quality. When we were there in Feb 2019 there were very nice hot showers which were welcome in the cold nights. We stayed in an Ifugau hut which was an amazing experience. The best part about the stay was the lovely homely feel about it and the effort the family go to making you feel like a relative. Whilst we were only there for a short time we experienced rice pounding (which we later had for our dinner) and heard old stories about how rice wine is made and the culture and tradition of the people of Batad. The dogs and cats that shared our home with us were amazing - especially the new born puppies! Thanks to Ramon and all the others for an amazing stay :)
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Val C wrote a review Jul 2018
NY12 contributions3 helpful votes
Incredible views of Batad. Ramon is a knowledgeable, kind man. Food is great. I recommend 100% to stay in one of the traditional huts. That way you’re not only giving yourself a treat but you’re also contributing to Ramon’s goal which is keeping up with the local traditions and contributing to the community. Waking up with those views... it’s a real gift.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Colin A wrote a review May 2018
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Batad has been subjected to inexpert "modernisation" with concrete, plywood and corrugated iron, Building waste is left where it falls mostly because there is no vehicular access. Very little recycling is carried out, in fact you will always see fires burning rubbish throughout the village. Children and women are used to carry heavy loads of drink cans and bottles bordering on abuse. The showers and toilet are barely fit for purpose, one toilet was out of use blocked. There are no locks on the door, just a hasp and staple, you will need to bring a padlock. Once out of the Village, the terrain is hard and rugged, but wonderful views are available for those that walk.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Ebe37 wrote a review May 2018
London, United Kingdom69 contributions45 helpful votes
Best rice terraces view in the area from Batad. However, this seems to be a typical tourist trap. Once there you have to eat from them and prices are obviously high even though the food is nothing special and the option limited. You are constantly chased by people that want to be your guide through the terraces up to the point when you just give up (they waited for us a breakfast next to our table so we would not leave alone). Once there you are literally stuck and to go back to Banaue you have to pay any price they charge you (for us it was 1000 pesos, about £15, which for less than an hour journey is much more than what people make in a London for an hour work). We rented an Ifugao hut but the common showers had no water and the toilet was in a state that was honestly risky from an hygienic point of view. It seems to be that the locals spotted a reason to make easy money and are charging tourist extortionate prices for zero quality. On top of these people were not honestly nice or welcoming and the feeling was to be unwanted. I would recommend to spend a bit more but try to find a higher quality accommodation in Batad to Enjoy the view and the walk to Waterfalls (which is very tiring but a must if you are in decent physical conditions).
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Date of stay: May 2018
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owhhcarolina wrote a review Apr 2018
Quezon City, Philippines16 contributions6 helpful votes
We wanted to stay at the Ifugao House but it ended up with the regular rooms instead. No doubt the Ramon Homestay has one of the best view of Batad and I particularly don't mind the puppies around because they are just too cute. But unfortunately, there was this one staff that failed to give us a summary of the breakdown including the accomodations, transpo (Banaue-Batad), and tours so i think we ended up paying extra. Anyways, the experience is all that matters. Definitely a memorable one!
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Katthefirst wrote a review Apr 2018
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
My friends actually planned the whole trip so I completely had no expectations on where we were going to stay. I was just happy we were finally pushing through with the plan and heading to Batad to check out the rice terraces. When we finally arrived at the bus terminal in Banaue at around 8am, Mang Ramon was already there holding up a sign with one of my friend's names. My first impression of him was he was a very cheerful and simple man. He took us on a jeep to one of his niece's coffee shops so we could grab some breakfast which was perfect since we took a sleeper bus from Manila and we were quite hungry. After eating, we waited for another jeep to take us to Batad-- It was an amazing experience because we rode on top of a jeep to Mang Ramon's homestay. I highly recommend riding on top of the jeep because on the way there you will definitely see great views of the province. When we got to the homestay, I was thrilled to finally see the majestic rice terraces that I've only seen in pictures. The homestay's location was perfect. Its practically close to the terrace's main village so you can walk to it in less than an hour. Also, it's quite close to the waterfalls. Besides, you wont really notice the time it takes to get to the main village or the falls because every step you take it definitely worth it and it'll just feel great being there. We chose to sleep inside the Traditional Ifugao Hut accommodations that were available at the homestay. It was comfortable and we had ample space for our bags and food (my friend who has been there a couple of times recommended that we also bring a few canned goods-- apparently you can have Mang Ramon's staff cook the food and you can pay a fee for the cooked meals.) The best part of staying in Mang Ramon's was the FACT that they have heaters available for hot showers. After a good day of hiking and exploring, it was definitely awesome to come home and take a hot shower. (One tip, shower on the 3rd floor) I usually don't like going back to places I've been to since there are more places to explore, but for this place, I would make an exception because even if they didn't have wifi or signal, it made the experience more enjoyable. Thank you, Mang Ramon! Will definitely come back again!
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Date of stay: April 2018
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JoyleneLove wrote a review Jan 2018
Laguna Province, Philippines110 contributions26 helpful votes
I have been to Batad a number of times. I stay at Hillside Inn because it is a decent place to stay. But a few weekends back, I decided to stay at Ramon's with some of my friends and workmates. This time, to experience staying in an Ifugao house. They have not so clean sheets. The T&B were okay. Bathroom has hot water. The place was indeed nice and has the view of the awesome amphitheatre rice terraces. The place were clean but with a few dogs and chicken roaming. We didn't order food from their restaurant because it is expensive and 80% of my company are cooks, professionally. With this, we were charge a corkage fee. And though we were permitted to use their kitchen, which was included on the fee, we have with us our camping stove and cookset for cooking. The next day, I woke up late only to find out that one of the staff was collecting fee from my friends as payment for cooking their breakfast and saying that they were not able to get any food sales from our group. When I learned about this, I paid for another corkage fee. The staff yelled at me in front of everyone including other guests. I wonder if she would do this kind of attitude to foreigners. She makes snide comments all throughout our stay. She's very rude to us until we checked out. Mang Ramon was a gracious host that evening by putting a bonfire and telling stories. We were allowed to try on some authentic Ifugao clothes by the help of the other staff, Jef. Surely, I would still go to Batad, but, I won't stay here ever again. Promise.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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glycerific wrote a review Nov 2017
Mariveles, Philippines9 contributions
What brings us to ramon's homestay is their native ifugao house.But what's more in ramon's home stay is the view of the rice terraces just right on your dining!And what makes it more special is their set up of bon fire and everyone is invited to do the sharing. :) The one setback is their food is not good which is normal for the differebce of taste by highlanders and low landers.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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US$25 - US$28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesLuzonCordillera RegionIfugao ProvinceBanaue
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Batad Rice Terraces (0.4 km) and Tappiyah Falls (0.9 km).
What food & drink options are available at Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.