If you will be traveling to a far away area just like Ilocos, it would be good if you book your accommodations beforehand instead of just walking in. Imagine yourselves on road for 10 hours, bodies exhausted, and you can’t find a place to stay. We don’t want tired faces on our travel selfies, right?
So I listed here the transient houses where we stayed during our Ilocandia escapade, Holy Week of 2017. The rates that I will state are their prices during peak season. Just contact them directly for inquiries.
Ilocos Sur: GLORY-ANNE TRANSIENT HOUSE
Glory-Anne Transient House is located in San Julian Sur, Vigan City. It is a tricycle away from Calle Crisologo and other main attractions. They have parking space which I think is safe. The room that we got is air-conditioned, have two beds, a bathroom, and a CRT TV. Most importantly, they have wifi! Yay!
Their staffs are friendly and accommodating. They respond quickly to our concerns. If you find yourselves still tired to go on a food trip, they offer cooking meals for you for P100/head.
We got our room for P1800, good for 4 persons. I think it’s reasonable, and worth it. The only con that I can think of is the tricycle ride requirement.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Ilocos Norte: DAMAYAN TRANSIENT HOUSE
Damayan Transient House is walking distance from Saud Beach in Pagudpud. Parking space is available. Inside the room, there is an air conditioner, two beds, and a bathroom. Outside, there is a gas range where you can cook your own meals. There are sari-sari stores nearby where you can buy frozen meat, canned goods, and condiments.
One con about them is that they are hard to contact. When we were booking the reservation, it took days before we receive a response. And it isn’t just Damayan, but also the other transient houses in Saud. I don’t know, could it be that the network signal there is so weak that it takes days to receive and send a message? I just don’t know.
We got our room for P2500, good for 4 persons. A bit pricier than the others, but better than sleeping by the cold beach. Haha!
Overall Rating: 3/5
Ilocos Norte: CATHERINE DALUMAY HOMESTAY
If we were to follow our itinerary, we would be already be traveling back to Manila after our stay in Damayan. But we wanted to stay a bit more. So we had to look for another homestay for the night. It was a good thing that Catherine Dalumay Homestay is just blocks away.
Yup, they have parking space. The room was air-conditioned, and colorful. It has a double deck bed, good enough for 4. It has a bathroom, a sink, and a cable TV. I actually find the room to be very homey.
Ms. Catherine is very welcoming. She offered the things we need before we asked for it. Drinking water, gas range, cooking utensils. She also offers their wifi, but unfortunately, they ran out of load. It’s the though that counts! Haha! She was also talkative, which I find good because it made us feel more comfortable.
We got the room for P2000. Cheaper, and cozier I’d say. Its con? Maybe it’s that those who will be assigned on the second level of the double deck will get frequent head bumps because the ceiling is a bit low. Haha. But it’s tolerable, just be careful.
Overall Rating: 4/5