When you’re in Batanes, particularly in Basco, you’ll see plenty of cheap hotels/guesthouses that you can choose from. Of course, Fundacion Pacita is the most luxurious place to stay there. But for the average traveller, you’ll find a cheap accommodation in Batanes that will suit your budget.
Marfel’s Lodge is just a 5-minute leisure walk from the airport. We stayed here last January. The owner is Fe Fitero, Ate Fe, she welcomes her guests warmly and she really made Marfel into a “home away from home”. There are 2 rooms at the second floor which can accommodate 3 adults each, so if you’re a group of 6, you have the whole house to yourselves. You can use the ref, stove, microwave oven, coffee maker, kitchen utensils and stove (minimal charge for gas). You won’t go hungry because Ate Fe makes sure that the ref is fully stocked with drinks (sodas and juices) and beside the ref is a table with chips, biscuits, cup noodles, etc. It’s a mini-Honesty store for their guests. Marfel’s has free wifi too!
As of February 2014, there’s a Marfel’s Annex too.
Contact Fe Fitero – 0908 893 14 75
Rates: Aircon Room Php 1,500 for 3 persons / Fan Room Php 1,000 for 3 persons
Here are other cheap places to stay in Batanes that I saw while walking around the area.
Time Travel Lodge
I think the owner of Time Travel Lodge is related with Ate Fe too. My friend who stayed there said that it has a more spacious garden than Marfel’s. And I love those wooden lounge chairs, perfect place to eat breakfast.
Shanedel’s has a view of the ocean. It has its own cafe that serves meals to their guests.
Contact Delly Milan – 0939 912 70 97
Rates: Fan room starts at Php 450 per person
We were able to visit Amboy Hometel because this is where we ate lunch during our South Batan tour. Amboy Hometel is the newest among the accommodation listed here. One disadvantage is that it’s quite far from the town proper.
Trivia: The cast and crew of GMA News TV’s Byahe ni Drew stayed here, yup, including Drew Arellano.
Contact +63 920 910 34 92 or +63 917 871 76 33
Rates: Php 2,600 for Triple Sharing
Octagon Bed and Dine
Octagon Bed and Dine also has a restaurant, we ate at the restaurant twice that’s why I learned that they also offer a place to stay. There are 3 air-conditioned rooms facing the sea with twin beds, TV, WiFi and hot and cold shower.
Contact: 0917 552 66 84 or email email@example.com
Batanes Seaside Lodge
When we got offloaded from our flight back to Manila, PAL Express offered to take us to Batanes Seaside for a free accommodation. Some offloaded passengers stayed here but we opted to go back to Marfel’s Lodge and pay for the extra night ourselves. Just like Shanedel’s and Octagon Bed and Dine, it also has a view of the sea.
Contact: 0921 229 01 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rates: Family room is Php 2,100 during lean season, Php 2,300 during peak season