Review of Allen’s Homestay in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Like what I have said on my Pagudpud post, we have no intentions on sleeping in Pagudpud because we need to go back to Laoag City because we are staying at Texicano Hotel in Laoag City.

But since I fell ill and so tired, I asked our tricycle driver to look for a homestay where we can spend the night there. He recommended ALLEN’S HOMESTAY. Actually, there are lots of Homestays along Brgy. Saud where you can rent.

Here’s a list of  Where to Stay in Pagudpud / Homestay / Hotels in Pagudpud that I made.

NOTE: You can easily pinpoint if the house is a homestay because homestays which are accredited by D.O.T. (Dept. of Tourism) has big signage with name and contact no. of the owner just like the image below.

Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos NorteUpdate 2017: they have a bigger and new signage as what I saw at their FB page: https://web.facebook.com/allenshomestay0718/

Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte2 This is the house where we stayed.

The owner welcomed us warmly and showed us 2 rooms (fan and aircon room). I guess the aircon room is not ready that time so she said that fan room is only available for P250.00/per person/night so we took it. I’m not picky that time since we only need a place to stay for a night.Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte3This is the fan room with one big bed, fan and a table. There’s an extra foam if you need.  Good for 2 or 3 persons.
Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte4 Pros:
1. Rate is very affordable
2. The owners are friendly, warm and accommodating. My fear of sleeping in a different place and room with people I don’t know disappeared when we got engaged in a conversation.
3. There’s a separate clean bathroom and comfort room for the guests
4. You are free to watch TV and stay at their living room which I did before sleeping that night but Manang Rolly and I end up with a conversation.
5. Walking distance from Saud Beach, Polaris Beach house and Municipal beach.
6. The owner said you can use the whole house and their kitchen just in case you want to cook and if you are staying longer but with a fee (of course)
7. We felt safe while we are there.
8. Perfect for backpackers and those that want a budget place to stay.

Cons:
1. Manang didn’t gave us a key for our room so we didn’t lock it when we went out for dinner. I didn’t bother to ask since we don’t leave any valuables.
2. The dog of their neighbor is barking that night so it kept me awake couple of times since I tend to light sleep when I’m not in my own room.

Overall, our stay for the night at Allen’s Homestay was nice as we didn’t have any major issues at all. I recommend this place if you need a place to stay in Saud esp. if you are not picky or too meticulous.

Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte                             (Posing with the owner Manang Rolly before going home)

Allen’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Manang Rorily (Rolly) De Guzman
Mobile: 0910-2898217

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/allenshomestay0718/
Rate: P250.00/night (fan room)
They have an aircon room but forgot the rate

Where to Stay in Pagudpud / Homestay / Hotels in Pagudpud

Pagudpud is situated in Ilocos Norte and is very popular tourist destination because of it’s beautiful beaches and resorts.

How to get there:
By car: 10-12 hours drive from Manila
By plane: 1hr and 30 mins. (Manila to Laoag Int’l airport) then ride bus
By bus: 2 hours from Laoag City (you can ride mini bus/ non aircon bus via Laoag-pagudpud or aircon bus via Cagayan)

If you are on a budget and wanted to spend less on your accommodations, you can opt to stay at homestays (home of the locals converted to accommodate guests) that are accredited by the Dept. of Tourism in Ilocos. There are many homestays in Brgy. Saud, just inquire to know their rates.

However, if you want to stay in hotel or beach resorts here is a list.

Homestays along Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Nortehomestay 1  homestay 2homestay 3  homestay 4 homestay 5 homestay 6 homestay 7 homestay 8 homestay 9

Allen’s Homestay this is where we stayed – (click link to see pics and my review)
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Manang Rorily (Rolly) De Guzman
Mobile: 0910-2898217
Rate : P250.00/night (fan room)

Cathy’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
owner: Catherine Dalumay
Mobile: 0908-3146282

Natividad Gaudenia’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Natividad Gaudenia
Mobile: 0947-4470833

Mund’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Raymund Calventas
Mobile: 0920-8984368

Ada’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner:
Mobile: 0949-4588257

Winse’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Winsler / Rose Ubasa
Mobile: 0920-2646400   / 0906-6121374

Hotels / Beach Resorts
Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Website: www.saudbeachresort.com
Contact Nos. 0917-5195495 / 0918-5533073
(632) 921-2856 (632) 928-9853
inquiries@saudbeachresort.com

Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Polaris Beach House
Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Contact Nos: 0920-2396138 / 0919-3078803 / 0917-5488102
Polaris Beach House 2

Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center

Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
www.facebook.com/hannahsbeachresort
Website: www.hannahsbeachresort.com

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Sitio Banlaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
Website: www. kapuluanvistaresortandrestaurant.com/
RATES:
DELUXE with LOFT : P4,750/room for 4 pax
maximum capacity, 6 persons
DELUXE w/o LOFT P3,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
STANDARD P2,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
DORMITORY :650/person  for 2 pax

Punta Azul Beach Resort
Blue Lagoon in Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Website: www.punta-azul-pagudpud.com/
Deluxe Rooms
Rates:
Php3,500 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,800 / day (Off Season – all other months)
Regular Rooms Rates (maximum of 3 guests):
Php3,200 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,500 / day (Off Season – all other months)

Jn and Carol Beach Resort Cottages
Burayoc Point, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
+63 77 676 0183 ‎
Website: www.juncarolbeachresort.com

Arinaya White Beach Resort
Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
Website: arinaya.webs.com

Palm Grove Saud Holiday Complex
Sitio Jupiter, Saud, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
Website: palmgrovesaudhotel.com

Evangeline Beach Resort
Saud Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud
+63 918 908 1071
Website: www.evangelinebeachresort.net

Punta Garvida Beach Resort
Website:
puntagarvidabeach.pagudpodshore.com/

Keahana Beach Resort

Terrar Rika Dive & Beach Resort

DAY4 -Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila

DAY 4: May 3, 2013 (Friday)
Vigan, Laoag Airport, Manila, Home

Our last day in VIGAN CITY..

Had breakfast at our hotel RF ANICETO MANSION at 7:00am. Had longganisa with rice while my niece had corned beef and rice. Later on we went to Calle Crisologo again to find more souvenirs.vigan1Going to Vigan is not complete if you didn’t ride the Kalesa. Ride is P150.00/ hour. It was fun touring the city abroad the kalesa so don’t miss this chance. Since  we already toured some of the sites there, I just asked manong with his horse named Wind Blown to take us at Villa Angela, Burgos Museum and Syquia Mansion.

kalesa2

Kalesa with our horse Wind Blown

Villa Angela Heritage House
Very old 1850’s Vigan house owned by the Versoza family. Full of antique furniture inside. The caretaker graciously let us inside the house but we we’re not able to see the room because there are guests that time.

Villa Angela Heritage House

This is where Tom Cruise stayed while he was filming Born on the Fourth of July

A little creepy inside (for me), but if you want to sleep and experience how it feels to stay in a vintage house there are different rooms to choose from.

Burgos Museum
This is the ancestral house of the martyr-priest Padre Jose Burgos. It houses memorabilia of Father Jose Burgos along with other amazing archeological collections and dioramas of the locals of Vigan.
Burgos Museum Burgos Museum2Entrance Fees: Adult: P20.00 , Senior/ Students: P10.00. Discounts on big groups.
A well-versed tour guide led us inside and talking about the history of the house and other stuff. Must see place in Vigan.

Syquia Mansion
is the house of former President President Quirino and actually owned by his wife aDona Alicia Quirino who has Chinese ancestors.
Syquia MansionSyquia Mansion 2

Entrance: P20.00 each

We were lucky that time because our tour guide is from the Department of Tourism that has so much information. The mansion was full of beautiful furniture, painting, stories and other memorabilia. I had goosebumps when we entered the living room and as if the owners are greeting us while we are there.

Baluarte
Owned by former Ilocos Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson where animals like Llama, pony and other animals are free to roam around. We did ride the pony and we just gave P50.00 to the guy as tip.
Baluarte ni ChavitBaluarte 2 Baluarte 3 Entrance: FREE
From Heritage Village, we rode the tricycle. P50.00 fee. We didn’t stay for long because it was too hot that time (almost noon time).

Weaving
My niece begged at me to go to a weaving center so we squeezed it in on our itinerary before going home. The owner of a souvenir shop was kind enough to get a tricycle for us and instructed the driver to bring us to a weaving center.
weaving

We are allowed to try for few minutes. Tip:  P50.00
I bought weaved shawl for P150.00 as a souvenir.

Empanadahan
After our lunch, I don’t want to go home without tasting their famous empanada. So, eventhough we are still full we passed by Plaza and bought one piece for P45.00
empanadahan empanadahan1Too bad it was NOT good, I think it was not the special empanada that we bought.  We end up not eating the whole piece..lol. My niece said it tastes like kwek-kwek ..lol

Next time, I’ll have to make sure it is a special empanda..

Crisologo Mansion
We went here in the morning, the tour guide told us to just come back later in the afternoon because they have guests that will lunch so she will not be able to accommodate us. However, when we came back at Crisologo Mansion at 2 pm but it was closed already eventhough it’s not yet closing time.
Crisologo Mansion

Checked out at RF Aniceto Mansion at 4 pm just paid the extra 2 hours extension. Rode PARTAS  Bus back to Laoag City that took around 2 hours.

From downtown Laoag (Centro), took tricycle to Laoag Airport for P150.00 (tinataga kami) I should have paid P100 only. Flew via Cebu Pacific at 9:pm flight.

Goodbye Vigan / Ilocos..!!! We had such a great experience while we are there for 4 days and I hope I can come back again to explore Pagudpud more.
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Check our detailed 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour:
Our DIY 4D/3N Itinerary of Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour
Our DIY 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Expenses / Costs
Review of Texicano Hotel, Laoag City
DAY1 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Airport to Laoag City
DAY1 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City to Batac
DAY1 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Church and Paoay Lake
DAY1 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Sand Dunes
DAY1 – Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Fort Ilocandia Resort
DAY2 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City
DAY2 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
DAY2 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
DAY2 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour  –  Bangui Windmills
DAY2 –  Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Pagudpud
DAY 3 – Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour –Vigan City
DAY4 –  Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila