The Banaue Heritage Hotel and Museum is a quaint Boutique hotel, situated
on a hilly slope facing the magnificent 7th Wonder of the World, the Banaue Rice Terraces.
What started as a home and personal museum of rare Ifugao artifacts has been refurbished by the DDB Holdings, Inc./Dominador D. Buhain Foundation to become an elegant boutique bed and breakfast hotel and museum — truly a cultural gateway to the unique and mystifying culture of the Cordilleras.
As one arrives into Banaue proper from the scenic Ifugao road coming from the winding Dalton Pass, Solano and finally Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, which has a ready domestic airport albeit not functional at the moment, the hotel is at a promontory that looks out into verdant mountains and carved terraces on one side, and the town proper on the lower side.
Museum tour rates are P 300.00 per person for an average one to two hour tour.
The hotel has a total of fourteen rooms that can cater to groups of two to three depending on the type of room. What is further unique to the facility is that it has nine traditional Ifugao huts, called “ulogs” spread upward through the hilly sides of the property, but which can be rented with comfortable amenities if one would like to experience sleeping inside the historic and stilt elevated huts.
On the upper second and third floor of the hotel is a unique collection of the rarest bulols or rice granary gods, ritual boxes, outfits and ornaments, wood carvings and even pre-colonial Chinese porcelain and jewelry, a collection of the owner which is shared with one and all via a very reasonably priced Museum tour.
Aside from luxurious bed and bathroom facilities, guests staying at the Banaue Heritage Hotel and Museum will certainly enjoy the following:
1. Unique signature dishes from breakfast to dinner such as crisp and luscious garden grown salads or native delicacies such as the smoked pork loin called ‘itag’ or upland dried fish and fresh native eggs;
2. Traditional and soothing highland style massage consisting of the dry and oil based method with indigenous oil treatments and the use of ventoza or hot stone appliques to relieve stress points
3. Cultural performances of the highland tribal culture and rituals/ festivals for tour groups.