Sagada Homestay Review - If You're Looking for a Cheap Place to Stay in Sagada, Mt. Province! Also Packaged Sagada Tour from Manila!

If you're looking for a place to stay in Sagada and you're in a budget, you can stay at Sagada Home Stay. This used to be a homestay place but they've expanded the place and the name was no longer changed so that travelers can find it again when they come back. The owner Ms. Karen Fiar-od is still there to attend to your needs but you eat at the diner and you get accommodations that are good for big groups and for transient stays.

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This is how it looks like from the outside.

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This is the pedestrian entrance. There's a parking area on the side but you have to have mean driving skills :) Our driver parked backwards and we were at a steep angle.

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There's a hangout area outside the main house.

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The family stays on the first floor. There's a big sala with the TV (it's a bit dark though). 

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The strongest free WiFi signal is here but i'd have to wish you luck on that.. I didn't get to work or even post on Instagram while I was here. 

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They have a mini sari-sari store if you need anything. When you enter, I think there's a bell if you need something. You're supposed to leave the keys here too when you go out but I was a bit iffy on that since nobody's there most of the time (just don't leave anything valuable in the room na lang or bring it with you? and choose the room without the balcony haha).

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This is the house's dining area. I'm not sure if only the owners dine here or small groups. There is a work station here with a computer and the same slow internet. You have to pay for it at P30 per hour.

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Here's the original kitchen but we didn't eat there. Probably for private use too. Maybe you can also ask Ms. Karen if you can cook here! We were only able to talk to the owner when we came and when we left so it's not much of a homestay experience - more like a hostel now but they opened up their home for tourists hehe.

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Ready to go upstairs? Pose pose muna with the big Machete statue haha.

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So here's our room for 2 days. 4 of us stayed here.

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My sleep was okay. I just didn't like the incessant dog barking in the night and sunlight in our room. Maybe you will get a different experience in another room.

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We had a common bathroom and if there's one thing I would advice is to choose your bathroom and scout ahead because even though there are 4 in this area, there are only 3 with working showers with heater, 2 with sinks, 2 with toilets for females and 1 with urinal. Test everything while everyone's busy ;)

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This separate common bathroom beside our room is the best choice. It has a sink with mirror, toilet and shower with lots of hanging space!

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You can wait for your turn in the common sala upstairs. There's a TV here.

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Or you can wait in the room and sleep or charge your gadgets (there are a few sockets).

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My roomies - Ruth, JR and Cristelle.

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There's a duplex outside the main house if you'd like to stay there.

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It can accommodate up to 8 people.

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The bathroom is downstairs. There's only 1 bath and toilet for the duplex.

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It's like living in an attic and you get your own beds here.

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You get a view too.

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The common area is outside and downstairs. I think no Wifi here.

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There's another building with quarters where the rest of the group stayed. Ang laking home, noh? Haha.

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It's the same area with the diner. Breakfast is at P100 to P130.

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The food was just ok, nothing special. They actually ran out of buffet food for us so maybe order a la carte for the group. There's unlimited organic Sagada coffee available. There was also an 8 am to 5 pm blackout one time but they were able to heat the coffee haha.

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We didn't get to try this because it rained but you can do a bonfire here at night. You also go down a shortcut / plight of stairs from here (right side) if you want to go out, walk and explore. I asked the owner and she said that you can only walk or drive or rent a van with driver for a day here in Sagada. Sorry, no jeepneys or taxis haha.

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Rates:
P300 - P350 per person per night depending on Peak Season: January to May, Holidays (no breakfast yet)
P750 per night for 2 people with CR (I'm not sure if this is per person but I think it's per room, no breakfast yet)
P100 - P130 breakfast at the Diner
P350 per hour Massage (after all that Sagada spelunking / caving haha)
P3950 per person package from Manila (includes van, weekend tour, accommodations) - minimum of 10 people

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My view - For the rate P300 per bed, what we got was not bad because we were out the whole day anyway. As for the lack of WiFi, just treat it as a temporary disconnect if you're staying here only for the weekend. If you're a bit particular with the bathroom, get the private room for 2 ;) The view is good in the early morning and you get unlimited organic Sagada coffee at set times of the day. Bring a flashlight if you want to go down the shortcut to explore Sagada in the late afternoon. I would recommend that you eat out but you might want to try the Sagada Home Stay breakfast at least once =) Ms. Karen is easy to talk to and you can ask her where to watch the Sagada sunrise! We were supposed to go but they didn't wake us. I guess that's for next time hehe. You should also ask Ms. Karen about the local belief about the sunrise - something like if it rained now, there will be a sunrise tomorrow. Hehe. If you want to go there without the headache and you can fill a van, the packaged Sagada tour from Manila seems reasonable unless somebody volunteers to drive from Manila to Baguio then Sagada or you decide to ride a bus to Baguio then commute again to Sagada =) If your knees are also not good, maybe you can find a less stair-y place and hire a van or just stay inside hehe.

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Hotel Details: 
Sagada, Mountain Province 2619 Philippines
+63919-7028380 / +63918-7173524 / +63919-4982181
+63-74-4230085
sagadahomestay@yahoo.com.ph

1 comment:

  1. wow this is a great help Melody! We will stay here for the Panag-apoy :)

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