Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Philippines 2015 Batanes - Marfel Lodge

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Philippines 2015 Batanes - Marfel Lodge
While on a cycling adventure in Batanes, we stayed at Marfel's Lodge located in Basco, Batan Island. This is a homestay where patrons have free use of the kitchen and laundry.

Marfel's have bedrooms of several sizes from single bedders to three bedders. Room charges varies; we stayed at this three bedder for 1800PHP per night.
Marfel is frequently full during the peak visiting period to Batanes from March to May. There is an extension at the back with more bedrooms and a laundry equipped with a washing and drying machine.

Entry to the lodge is up some steps to this porch/lounge where a reception is located.
Here there are armchairs and and a sofa for patrons to relax. A work table sometime stand in as a dining table.
To one side of this lounge is the living room and to the other side the kitchen/dining room, bathrooms and toilets.

The living room had more formal chairs than the lounge and comes with a television.

The kitchen is of moderate size with a central sink, on one side of which is a stove. Pots, pans, china-ware and cutlery are available for patrons to cook and dine with. Patrons are expected to wash and clean up after using the kitchen facilities. A fridge is available for all to share.
On the fare end is a corridor that leads to the bathrooms and toilets with one each for males and females.

On shelves in the kitchen, canned food are displayed for sale.

And in another cupboard are snacks, instant noodles, instant tea & coffee.
Like anywhere in Batanes, honesty plays an important part here; one need to just take the required goods, register in a log book....

... and drop your payment into this basket. Neat isn't it, just be honest.

Maps for your use:
(Click on maps for enlarged view)
Batan Island Map
(courtesy of Ong Kay Swee)

Itbayat Island & Sabtang Maps
(courtesy of Ong Kay Swee)

Basco Town Map

Reyes Street, Barangkay Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes, Philippines.
Tel: +63-908 893 1475
Smart Mobile: +63-0908 8931 475, +63-0920 9764 966
Globe Mobile: +63-0917 8574 493, +63-0917 8833 249

GPS: 20.448704, 121.973626

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