Summer is just around the corner! The cold wind is gone and up came the sun, literally! I just thought about posting a blog that could be useful this season. For those who want to go to the beach up north, then you can consider going to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
Travel may cost your time so better plan during long weekends or holidays, it may take you 10-12 hours from Manila. Quite a number of sights worthy of stopover too, so consider leaving early.
Just a note that I’m sharing our 2015 trip so details might stray from current time. Best to still check ongoing rates and updated hotel policies.
We browsed through a lot of hotels and homestays sourcing for the most inexpensive but good and clean one. Chalet Bami is located at Saud Beach, not located in the beach itself but 2-3 minutes walk won’t hurt you. I contacted them through their Facebook page and behold the owner sends timely replies in good English! What surprised me more? They didn’t even asked for a down payment, which is very rare nowadays. I’m quite skeptical at first but I must say communication is their asset. On our way I still called to ensure the reservation is in place.
When we arrived, we were immediately escorted to our rooms. Not extravagant just the basics but very clean! No smelly aircon, no smelly rags and no smelly sheets! I’m more particular about the toilet/bathroom, but then again it is clean! The 2nd floor room also has its own veranda. Aircon works well. They do not offer free toiletries and towels so better bring your own.
Wi-Fi is available in their lobby area. Unfortunately I do not remember using it or noting how the speed was, etc. They do not have a restaurant so food service is not available, but they have a common kitchen/dining area which you can use for free (also clean by the way), with stove/condiments/utensils. They also have a grilling station at the back. Mineral water and coffee are free of charge too.
We settled our payment before check-out. This hotel is definitely worth every buck (range is P1500-4000 depending on room type/season). We’re pretty much satisfied and would surely consider going back.
Again, please note that details may have changed as we were there last 2015.
For more info, you may contact them through their Facebook page – Chalet Bami.