After our lunch at Tchayapan Restaurant, we again boarded our jeepney and traveled the remaining 19 kms. from Bontoc to Sagada. Upon arrival at Sagada’s town proper, I was surprised at the huge volume of out-of-town vehicles parked along the town’s narrow roads. We all checked in at the 2-storey Alapo’s View Inn & Cafe. We were to stay 2 nights here. The inn is located about 300 m. from the municipal road, along the now concreted road leading to the next town of Besao.
|Alapo’s View Inn & Cafe|
Like most inns in Sagada, Alapo’s is also a no-frills place to stay. Our simple, spartan room, where Jocie (our tour coordinator), Jandy and I stayed, had just 2 beds (with an extra mattress on the floor), a table, a monobloc hair and a small wall-hung mirror. Evening lighting was provided by a dim, low-wattage energy-saving light bulb. Truly, no place for the luxury-minded tourist. However, unlike many inns in Banaue, it had a power outlet where we could charge our electronic gadgets.
|Our spartan room|
Bathrooms were shared and we often had to wait in line to do our morning or evening rituals. The showers had no water heaters but, luckily, Jocie brought along a portable water heater. The inn had a coffee shop, where we had our Filipino breakfast (choice of corned beef, longganisa or tocino with rice and fried egg plus coffee) and could watch cable TV, and a grocery where we could buy some of our basic necessities.
|Breakfast at the coffee shop|
When we felt like snacking, we just went down to the front desk where lemon or apple pie (PhP30/slice) and 3-in-1 coffee (PhP15/cup) where offered. These we partook of while seated along the balcony which has great views of the town and the surrounding pine-clad mountains. These views, plus its central location, made it ideal as a base for exploring Sagada’s natural and man-made wonders.
|Our view of the town from the balcony|
Alapo’s View Inn & Cafe: Ato, Patay, Sagada, Mountain Province. Mobile number (Ms. Juliet B. Medina): (0921) 327-9055 and (0918) 332-3331.