Thursday, January 30, 2014

Affordable Accommodation in Basco, Batanes

Marfel's Lodge Basco Batanes

Where to stay in Batanes is usually one of the major concerns of tourists visiting these northernmost islands of the Philippines since trips to Batanes usually have an average duration of four days. Some even stay for seven to ten days. You don't actually have to spend a fortune on accommodation since there are home stays and lodging houses in Basco available to tourists at very affordable rates.

Marfel's Lodge Basco Batanes
Marfel's Lodge (Main)

During our eight-day visit in Batanes in January 2014, we stayed at Marfel's Lodge, a residential house  that has been converted into a homestay facility that caters to families or barkadas traveling to Batanes on a budget. They are conveniently located near the airport. They also have an annex branch located near Petron gas station and the sea port, still within the town center. Both are managed by the very hospitable Ate Fe.So how affordable is it to stay at Marfel's Lodge? Here are the updated room rates:

Marfel's Lodge
ROOM RATES
(as of January 2014)

MARFEL'S LODGE (MAIN) MARFEL'S LODGE (ANNEX)
Room Occupancy Fan Room Aircon Room Room Occupancy Fan Room Only
single 500.00 1,000.00 single 350.00
double 800.00 1,200.00 double 700.00
triple 1,200.00 1,600.00 triple 1,050.00
extra person 200.00 200.00 quadruple 1,400.00

Call 0908-893-1475 & look for Ate Fe

Is it cold or hot in Batanes?
The coldest month in Batanes are from November to February. During these months, you won't need an aircon, not even an electric fan. At some nights, you would even need two layers of blankets. The hottest months are from March to May. If you are sensitive to heat, then you might need an aircon during these summer months.

Marfel's Lodge (Main)
The main branch has two bedrooms located on the second floor of the house. Each room has a single and twin bed and can accommodate three guests. A fourth guest can join the room for a minimal extra person charge of P200.00 which already includes a mattress. If you are a group of five to six, you can practically rent the whole house. During lean season, it is possible that you can have the whole house for yourself!

There are two bathrooms at the ground floor. Hot and cold shower is available and each guest is provided with a towel. The water pressure is fairly strong.

Marfel's Lodge Basco Batanes
dining area, kitchen and the mini honesty store

There's also a kitchen which guests can use to cook their own food. Plates and utensils are also provided. Like living at your own house, guests are expected to clean the dishes after use. Guests may also get hot or cold water from the dispenser free of charge.

For added convenience, there's a mini honesty store inside the house, so guests need not to go outside just to by some snack or drinks. There are canned meat products, instant noodles and bottled drinks as well. There's a notebook and a pen where you will log the name and prices of all the items you consumed. Make sure you write your name and indicate if the items are already paid. Put your payment inside the jar. You can pay per item or in lump sum.

Marfel's Lodge Basco Batanes
Ivatans are very honest, and honesty is expected from visitors as well
There's a common living room at the ground floor. There's a cable television too, who would need that? You didn't go all the way to Batanes just to watch TV right? Well, just in case you need to catch the evening news, feel free to use the TV. If you are sharing the house with other guests, please don't put the TV on high volume, especially in the evening. Just some basic courtesy right?

Marfel's Lodge Basco Batanes
common living room at the ground floor

There also a common living room on the second floor, right outside the bedrooms. There's free WiFi connection as well throughout the house, just ask Ate Fe for the password. Electricity in Basco is available 24 hours a day unlike in the neighboring islands.

Marfel's Lodge Basco Batanes
common living room on the second floor

Marfel's Lodge (Annex)
The Marfel's Lodge recently opened an annex branch to accommodate the growing number of tourist arrivals in Batanes. It is located near the sea port, still within the town center of Basco. The annex branch doesn't currently have aircon rooms.

Marfel's Lodge Annex Basco Batanes
Marfel's Lodge Annex | Room No.5
 Marfel's Lodge Annex has a total of five rooms. One room is for single occupancy, while two rooms has two single beds and are good for double occupancy. Another one room has a double bed is good for double occupancy as well. Room No. 5 has three double beds and can accommodate up to six guests.

Marfel's Lodge Annex Basco Batanes
Marfel's Lodge Annex | Room No. 5

Room Nos. 1-4 has a common shower room and a common comfort room. There is currently no hot shower at Marfel's Lodge Annex. Room No. 5 on the other hand has its own bathroom. There's also a kitchen and a mini honesty store inside the annex.

For you trip to Batanes, we highly recommend Marfel's Lodge. Its clean, very accessible and absolutely affordable. For inquiries or reservation, you can call Ate Fe at 0908-893-1475. Please send our regards to Ate Fe.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Okay din ba yung Annex nila? Im going to Batanes around May and fully booked na daw ang Main e.

Thanks.

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

Yes, okay naman sa Annex, I have several friends who stayed there din. Just like sa main branch common shower and cr sya, but some rooms have private bathroom. Yun nga lang wala pang shower heater sa Annex. Enjoy your trip to Batanes and send our regards to Ate Fe. Ram of pinasmuna.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks.

BTW, how far is it from the town center?

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

Hi, the town center is right in between the Main branch and the Annex. Pwedeng lakarin lang. mas malapit lang ang Main branch sa airport. You can use the map above as reference.

thee art said...

I need to book at marfels ASAP going to Batanes on Monday 26th. Pls send me details/intact for marfels lodge :-)

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

Call 0908-893-1475 & look for Ate Fe

edaj canoy said...

ask ko po if pwede bedspace rate for 3 nights so it will be cheaper, if may guest na willing to share the whole one room unit on that same dates.. thanks po.

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

Kung meron pong guest na willing makipag share ng room, otherwise you can request for a single room at the annex building, that's the cheapest room rate they have.

Doris Malonzo said...

Gusto ko po ksi ung my mgndang view, ung s annex b mgnda ung view n sea? O ordinary lng

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

nasa loob po ng poblacion ang main at annex ng Marfel's. Hindi nyo rin po kailangan ng view sa titigilan nyo kasi early in the morning aalis na kayo for the tours, ang balik nyo sa lodge maggagabi na. Pero meron naman pong mga accommodation na merong view, mas mahal nga lang po. Fundacion Pacita po is a good choice, jawdropping view po when you wake up in the morning :-)

Anonymous said...

good pm. ask lang po if updated pa din yun prices ng room nila dito? 3 po kc kami na magpapreserve. still 1050 yung sa annex po na triple sharing. per head po ba yun or good for 3 n po? pareply po. ty po.

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

Hi! Thanks for viisting our blog. It would be better if you could text or call Ate Fe at 0908-893-1475 so can ask the updated rates from her directly. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hello po I'm Mildred from Laguna..... Mag inquire po pwede pong maka hingi ng quotation Kung mag stay po kami ng nov.12 to nov.nov.17 , 2014 bale 2 Lang po kami ng asawa ko....at Kung meron din po ba dyan na cheap fare para sa mga tours salamat po.... Ang email ko po ay nica_purca@yahoo.com tel..no. 0948 660 1305

Anonymous said...

Good day! Who's going on May 25-29 maybe I can join on a group tour. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

ask ko lang f mga magkano gagastusin sa buong stay sa batanes for 5d/4n?, kahit estimate lang...im planning to visit batanes eith my gf...thankyou in advance