Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I arrived at almost 6:00am from Baguio and was dropped by KMS bus right on the doorstep of Las Vegas Lodge, and I was immediately ushered in by the friendly “Caloy”. 
Location: The lodge was a bit off the center of the town, up on the main highway where most provincial buses pass, about 1.5 kms away but there are tricycles passing by regularly, fare is 10 pesos, or take a leisure walk for 15 minutes to town center.  There are some mini stores around but if you fancy eating at restaurants, you have to go down to the town center (Poblacion).  The Cordillera Museum is in front on a sloping hill few meters up.
The place is a nice guesthouse-type with rooms at the lower levels of the house overlooking some nice rice terraces below.  It’s a 3-level wooden house, the family who owns the place also live there.  The lobby is also a  restaurant with large windows overlooking the rice terraces. 

Las Vegas Lodge on the right side if coming from Banaue town center..

No electrical socket inside the room, so if you need to charge your phones, cameras, laptops or any electronic gadget, you’ve to use the electrical sockets at the lobby/restaurant at a fee of 20 pesos.
A level down below are the rooms where I have mine, very simple and small enough for one or two persons, a table and a desk, don’t ever look for an airconditioner, this is Banaue, it’s cold especially at night.  The bathroom is shared, there’s one toilet on the room level, shower and toilet down the room floor through wooden stairs.  The shower though is cold.

Las Vegas Lodge's single room.

Las Vegas Lodge's lobby and dining area.

Manang Paz, his husband and his three sons are friendly and helpful.  You can have your breakfast  at the lobby if there are enough people in the guesthouse, otherwise, you have to go down to the town center for a meal. 
The popular Las Vegas Restaurant in Poblacion nd another guesthouse, the Nature’s Mist are also owned by the same owner of Las Vegas Lodge, the Bustamante family.
Most nights I was the only person in the guesthouse so on my fourth day, I was taken by Manang Paz to another place to stay, a good friend of hers, at the Poblacion, right at the very center of the town.
Price: P300/night, no breakfast.
Telephone: +63 (77) 722.19.06
Mob.: +63 9184409932; +63 9109932538; +63 9286256543          


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