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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Sanafe is right by the market. The location may not be to everyone's taste but we liked being in the heart of town. Our room was clean and comfortable -- nothing particularly special, but good. Wish we'd had a view of something other than a water tank but that's the only real complaint. The terrace is defintely the best place in town to sit and admire the view and the food was pretty good, to, w/o being brilliant. I was espcially pleased with the pinakbet vegetable dish.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank BallardBeaver
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Reviewed 29 April 2013 via mobile

The staff here are so accommodating even the owner. A very humble and nice owner. She had the chance to interact with all the guests. This place is a very good example of feel at home experience. The ambience and the view of this place is really fantastic. Kudos Mrs Susan.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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2  Thank JeffQuiambao
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

Sanafe should have everything: a perfect location overlooking the stunning rice terraces, some of the better rooms in Banaue and a restaurant that isn't great, but ok for Filipino standards. The beds are comfortable, the shower has hot water and it's a decent place to sleep (apart from the windows not closing completely shut).

The problem with here are the little things.

Firstly there are no plug sockets in the room as they believe this is a fire hazard! However, having it in the restaurant isn't considered a fire hazard, nor charging non-guests a fee to use it. It's frustrating that to charge your camera, phone or anything else you have to sit in the restaurant for hours as otherwise you're asking for them to be robbed. For 1,000 pesos a night, you should have access to electricity.

The restaurant frequently runs out of options, leaving you with just a choice of 2. The breakfast was appalling, but dinner was small but edible.

The staff are gruff and won't help unless you're giving them business. I had to ask where the laundrette was 5 times between "you can use us, only 30 pesos per item" (the other place offers 30 pesos per kg) before I got a straight answer.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JolyonBird
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

This Lonely-Planet recommendation worked very well for my European guests and me. We booked the deluxe room that is located below their renowned terrace (approx. $20 per night per guest), which has a wonderful view on the hanging bridge and some rice terraces. It is equipped with a hot&cold shower, two queen beds, a vanity table and a lounging chair. It turned out to be a good choice as one of us fell ill one day and profited from the nice room and view. The room was very clean and well kept. It was fairly quiet as it had no adjacent rooms.

The Restaurant with a great veranda was our favorite place to stay. The service is excellent just like the food. They always served in a timely manner and even the Spaghetti is not sweet (unlike elsewhere in the Philippines). Meals cost between $4-5. And the family dog regularly checked up on us.

The staff is friendly and helpful. They are careful to guard their reputation so they try to implement some standards and promote only a handful of trusted local guides. They treated us like a part of the family. There were many other "white" guests who stayed there or just had a meal. All of them seemed happy.

Location is right next to the Banaue public market, a few minutes on foot from the bus terminal. There were convenience stores, eateries, souvenir shops and tricycles right in front of the hotel. We were very satisfied with our stay and wish we could come back again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank j-m-suliban
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

The place itself is pretty nice, especially the restaurant area, which has a nice view over the valley. The price was right too, especially for the room we stayed in. My only issue is with the staff, and in particular the head lady that seemed to be running the show.

In the first place, my sister contacted them to see if they had availability and was told they were fully booked. I then sent them a text in Tagalog, and was told that there was a family room available (there were 6 of us) for 1700php/night. That worked for us, so I called and asked them to book it. When we arrived, no one seemed to have any clue that we'd made a reservation. They insisted they had no available rooms, even after we showed them the text messages. Finally, after I mentioned that they told me the room was downstairs, they showed us the room, which was very basic, with no windows, although it was large with a separate bathroom and shower ensuite. For that price, that's exactly what we expected, but they gave us the impression that they only rent that room to Filipinos and not to foreigners.

The next day, we wanted to figure out what to do in Banaue, but the staff were very reluctant to give us any information, and instead only wanted to push their own tours. We had our own car and didn't want to take any of their tours, but the boss lady basically refused to tell us how to get to places, or where to go, etc. Some of the other staff members were more helpful when the boss lady wasn't around, but I was really amazed at how unhelpful the boss was, even after it was clear we weren't going to take any of their tours.

We decided not to stay another night and continued on to Sagada, which is a MUCH nicer place all around.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Jason A
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