During my previous trips to Baguio, which most are retreat trips, we stayed at the Teacher’s Camp and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines since we always go in big groups. My two recent trips, however, gave me the chance to try new places to stay.
Accommodations in Baguio vary from backpacker style inns to the most comfortable 5-star hotels. Being the Summer Capital of the Philippines, accommodation has got to be almost always available for guests.
Here are some accommodations you may opt to try during your visit to the city of pines:
Prior to my post-birthday trip, we were too excited and feeling the “backpacking experience” so we opted not to book any accommodations. The plan was to take the bus headed up north and look for a place to stay. Well, we did a little research and had a place in mind. But without any reservations, the chances of us staying at that place were really low.
BUT! Yeah, I guessed you’ve got it figured out already. Since our trip was scheduled during off peak season, we were able to get a room at Casa Vallejo as merely walk-ins.
The rates were all on 50% off and we got our room at PHP 1,400++ per night. We initially booked one night, but when we got back from a long day of gallivanting, we told the receptionist that we’re booking another night with them. (Well, the entire trip is actually 3 days and 2 nights, we just first planned out to stay at a different place on the second night.) During peak season, however, their rates can go to as high as PHP 3,000++ per night. So better check their website first and give them a call to get the rates during your visit.
What’s great about Casa Vallejo is its location and the go-to places within the compound. It’s very accessible to the point that you can walk going to several destinations from Casa Vallejo.
I would recommend though that you book your stay here prior to leaving Manila (or wherever you are coming from) to ensure a room for yourselves.
Location: Upper Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Go-to Places: Hill Station, Mt. Cloud Bookstore, Cinematheque, North Haven Spa, restaurants along Upper Session road
My aunt booked rooms for us at Hotel Veniz during our trip last January 2016. Since there were 7 of us, she booked for 2 rooms which accommodate 3 people each. Both rooms had 2 beds, comfort rooms, flat screen TV, complimentary coffee and cabinets. The other room was just bigger (and better) because they had a veranda.
What’s good about this hotel is that it’s in the middle of everything. Once you step out of the hotel, you’re 5-10 minutes away from Burnham Park, Session Road, Baguio Market and SM City Baguio. You may opt to walk going to these places or take a cab or jeepney. Your choice. 🙂
Booking each room comes with a complimentary breakfast for two at their dining hall.
They also offer home service massage at PHP 400. The masseuse are visually impaired women who are really good at what they do. The service fee of PHP 400 is totally worth it. Just ask the receptionist about the massage service for assistance.
You may check out rates and other info about Hotel Veniz here.
Location: One Abanao Street, Baguio City 2600, Philippines
I’ve added another place where backpackers can stay. I haven’t tried it yet here but Webb did when he stayed at Baguio during his Buscalan trip.
Upstairs Bed and Bath
This is situated just below Casa Vallejo and caters backpackers and solo travelers on a budget. Based on Webb’s experience, the rooms are dorm type and ladies and gents have different rooms.
They offer the following room types: Affordable Shared Double-Deck Beds (aka Dorm Rooms), Standard Rooms, Semi-Private Rooms and Family Rooms for Backpackers.
Webb tried out this place last April 2015. Since he was traveling alone during that time, he liked this place as it was affordable, clean and accessible.
Check out their rates and offers here.
Location: Leonard Wood Road, 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
As much as I would want to recommend some places I’ve searched over the net during our pre-trip planning, I would prefer writing about them once I’ve actually tried staying on those places. 🙂
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