Have you ever wondered how it feels like to live in a century-old (or half-a-century-old) home? How did thealta sociedad live years ago? Well, here is your chance to live that out, even for just a night in your entire life. We’ve scoured some of the most beautiful ancestral homes in the country, which you might consider booking for your next getaway.
1. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan
If touring the entire Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar for just one day is too stressful for you, why not stay there for a night, along with family or friends? The place showcases mansions and architectural pieces that have been reconstructed brick by brick and plank by plank so don’t be surprised if you wake up feeling like you’ve just been transported back in the 18th century.
Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan Price starts at ₱10,000 per room (two person)
2. Peredo’s Housing Lodge, Baguio
You don’t have to travel all the way from Manila or other parts of the country just to see another colossal hotel with an imposing cement finish. Peredo’s Lodging House is truly a cultural treasure of Baguio City where you can spend a night or two. It’s a unique accommodation where you can imbibe the city’s past and reconcile it with its present.
This house is one of the oldest structures in the city and was, in fact, declared a Mahalagang Yamang Pangkalinangan by the National Museum back in 2015. It was constructed by Japanese carpenters in 1915, hired by Engineer Rogue Peredo. It has a total of two floors with two rooms at the first floor and four more at the second floor. Its centerpiece is the narra dining table that can accommodate up to 12 people.
Address: 5 C.M. Recto Street, Baguio, Benguet Price starts at ₱950 per room (two persons; non-peak season)
3. Henry Hotel, Manila
Unlike its quirky and eccentric counterpart in Cebu, Manila’s Henry Hotel is more tamed and more mature version.
The boutique hotel was the heritage home of a Filipino-Chinese entrepreneur back in the 1940s. It features 32 rooms with a garden designed by renowned National Artist Ildefonso Santos. A restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a coffee shop/café are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free shopping center shuttle are also provided. Other amenities include a meeting room, concierge services, and dry cleaning.
Address: F.B. Harrison St, Pasay, Metro Manila Price starts at ₱4,109 per room (two persons)
4. The Big House, Davao
The Big House A Heritage Home offers peaceful and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in the entire property. It features lush green gardens and provides complimentary parking on site. The property is just a 5-minute walk to NCCC Mall and 400 metres to Matina Town Square.
This house is one of the oldest homes in Matina Subdivision, built during the 1950s. This was once the home of the Robillo family and showcases designs and furniture pieces in the 1960s. It only has 11 rooms (also the number of children in the family) and features a lanai and a huge garden.
Address: 1607 J. Bacobo Street, Malate, Manila Price starts at ₱1,500 per room (two persons)
5. Grandpa’s Inn, Vigan Ilocos Sur
When it comes to Spanish architecture in the country, Vigan is always on top of the list. And, located within that city is one of the most preserved homes dating back to the 15th-century Spanish period. Grandpa’s Inn has long been transformed into a hotel which provides leisure and business travelers a home away from home.
A three minutes walk would bring one to the Heritage strip of the City (CALLE CRISOLOGO) where everything from brick walls, cobble stone streets and capiz shell windows of the centuries old villas are colonial Spanish inspired. One could also take a five minutes walk to the Plaza Burgos and Vigan Cathedral.
Address: Bonifacio, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Price starts at ₱730 for two persons (fan room; common toilet and bath)
6. Bahay Kubo Hostel, Manila
Yet another place to experience the Old Manila is at the Bahay Kubo Hostel, which is a 1949 house built right after the war. It had been repurposed into all sorts of commercial establishments until it finally became a hostel for backpackers. Guests are attracted to stay here because of the tropical vibes its interiors set off, despite being located at the centre of the city.
Helpful owners and homey if busy common spaces are the hallmarks of this popular Malate crash pad. The downstairs common area, open to the street, lends it a friendly neighborhood feel, while upstairs is for lounging. Most of the six- to 14-bed dorms are air-conditioned; they are roomy enough, with big wooden lockers. Flash-packers should target the fancy top-whack private room out back.
Address: 1717 M. Orosa Street, Malate, Manila Price starts at ₱648 per person (dorm room)
7. Tambayan Capsule Hotel
Most heritage homes feature spacious rooms but Tambayan is different. As its name suggests, their accommodations are inspired by the famous capsule hotels in Manila. But, despite the modern setup, you can expect its interiors to be showcasing nothing more than a slice of Old Manila.
The staff are wearing 80’s retro outfit, which made Tambayan Hostel’s personnel distinct from other hostels. Their rooms are named after popular Filipino heroes.
Address: 1607 J. Bacobo Street, Malate, Manila Price starts at ₱580 per person