Here are some suggestions on where to stay in Batanes. Whether it’s in the charming rooms of Fundacion Pacita, mid-range inns, or affordable homestays, you’ll surely find one that’ll suit your budget and specific needs!
Checkout our list of accommodations in Basco…
I. Fundacion Pacita
The best place to stay, hands down, is at Fundacion Pacita. This non-profit lodge boasts of its charming rooms with picturesque vistas.
Originally built as a home studio for the late Ivatan artist, Pacita Abad, the hilltop house has been converted with gallery-inspired rooms (P20,000+/night).
Pacita Abad was known for her larger-than-life, colorful mural paintings. One of her last works was painting a modern pedestrian bridge called The Alkaff Bridge (it crosses the Singapore River at Robertson Quay) with playful colors.
When she passed away, the husband, Jack Garrity, gifted the house to the siblings who decided to convert it into a bed and breakfast facility where all the proceeds go to projects for education, heritage conservation efforts, and livelihood projects.
Fundacion Pacita has 12 rooms located on top of a cliff with a 270-degree view of the sea, mountains, and the sky. The Fundacion is always mistaken for an old house, but it’s actually only about 15 years old.
It has a country-style charm in a lush garden setting. Its signature terrace rooms with blue chairs look out peacefully towards the sea.
II. Accommodations in the Basco Town Proper
I love the accessibility of this hotel because it’s located at the center of the town. It’s near the airport, banks, restaurants, convenience stores, and other establishments. Plus, it’s only a 10-15 minute walk away from the lighthouse.
There is a restaurant on the ground floor serving Ivatan cuisine. The hotel has 11 air-conditioned rooms that all come with private bathroom, hot and cold shower, TV, Wi-Fi (at the lobby), free breakfast, complimentary drinks, and airport transfer.
STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM (2 persons)
QUADRUPLE ROOM (4 persons)
2 double beds
For those on a budget, I recommend staying in a homestay. For P350/head per night, it’s not a bad deal. There are no signages yet for this newly renovated house, so you’ll have to rely on the picture to find it.
Landbank is only a few blocks away, so withdrawing money from the ATM is not a problem. It’s also near the airport and other major establishments. Like Midtown Inn, it’s only a 10-15 minute walk to the lighthouse.
Our rooms were complete with a heated shower, TV, and electric fan.
Tip: There’s an additional charge if you use the air-conditioner.
Santana Street, Barangay Kaychanarianan 3900 Basco, Batanes
Mobile: 0928 234 2542
III. Accommodations along Chanarian Beach
Bernardo’s Hotel is located only 3-4 km away from Basco Airport. The hotel is near Chanarian Beach, a stretch of light black sand and pebbles where you can enjoy the sunset or take a quick dip. They also house Casa Napoli, which serves the best pizza in Basco.
It has seven spacious and fully air-conditioned rooms with a total capacity of 25 persons. Each room is equipped with a queen-sized bed and either a single or double sized bed, private bathroom with hot and cold shower, and cable TV.
SOLO OCCUPANCY ROOM (1 person)
QUAD SHARING ROOM
Located in front of Chanarian Beach, Amboy Hometel offers a small escape from the hurley-burley of the town. Conveniently located along the National Highway, it is about a 5-minute drive from Basco Airport and is in close proximity to the sights and natural wonders of the island.
It boasts of 27 rooms that can accommodate a maximum of 74 persons. Each room is equipped with essential amenities such as air-conditioning unit, private bathrooms with hot and cold shower, orbit fan, and satellite cable TV.
ADEN 6 is a Standard Room located in Cottage 3, First Floor, Beach Front with Patio and has one Matrimonial Bed and one Single Bed that can accommodate a maximum of 3 persons.
P 3,500.00/night with Free Breakfast
Among the rows of accommodations in Brgy. Chanarian is Villa Hontomin. The hotel has a nice beach front with friendly staff and owners. It’s around 5-10 minutes from the airport and has a nice sunset area with a view of the Basco Lighthouse.
Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: We paid for our own accommodations and fees. Our flight to Batanes was a project sponsored by Philippine Airlines. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. If you make the trip to Itbayat, it’s recommended that you at least stay overnight.
Transport to and from Itbayat is only available in the mornings and late afternoon. As there are NO Inns or Hotels on the island, you’ll have to secure a homestay. A homestay can be arranged through your Tour Guide. For our trip, we stayed at Cano’s Lodging in Itbayat, Batanes (P300/person).
Batanes, the northernmost tip of the country, lies in the path of tropical cyclones that enter the Philippines every year.
Unlike the regular stone houses found on the island, our homestay was made of concrete walls but with traditional cogon roofing. These cogon roofs are made of fishnets and bamboo that can withstand typhoons and last for decades. Fortunately, the cogon material also makes the room cool in the summer.
Our doors and windows were made of hardwood planks present on all sides of the walls, which provided a cool breeze and ventilation to our humble room.
Cano’s Lodging Services
Mobile: +63919 300 4787