We visited the Summer Capital of the Philippines for the 2013 flower festival which is popularly known as Panagbenga Festival. I was privileged to be invited to be part of the Baguio-Benguet Appreciation Tour 2013, a tour for select travel bloggers from Cebu and Manila.
For three days we got to visit or shall I say re-visit some of the top tourist spots in the city plus we get to enjoy a 17 degrees celsius in the morning while we watch the activities.
We took a bus ride from Pasay City without ticket reservation, when almost everybody are going up to Baguio. So we lined up as chance passenger at Victory Liner terminal from 7PM until we finally boarded a bus before 12 midnight. Lesson learned: book your tickets are early as you can.
We hit Victory Liner Baguio terminal around 6AM and off we rushed to our hotel to wash up and go back to Session Road where the first activity of our tour will start – Street Dancing Competition.
We were housed at a five star caliber hotel in Baguio City called Azalea Residences. I am joined by three other bloggers from Manila in our suite, it is a two bedroom less the view of the city.
The hotel room has ceiling fans installed in each room and in the sala. I found it weird at first but I realized immediately that we are in Baguio where all business establishments has no air conditioning facilities.
The two bedroom suite has two rest rooms, a cable TV, a refrigerator with water and food, electric stove (yes, you can cook) and ceiling fans. Do not look for the remote control of the aircon, you will not find it, hehe.
Anyway, Azalea Residences in Baguio is located at Leonard Wood Road just across Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City. It is still a new hotel in Baguio that when you ask taxi drivers to bring you there, most of them would still wonder where is it located. Just tell them it is near Teacher’s Camp.
You only pay about P50 if you take a cab from Victory Liner terminal. According one of the hotel staff, it is only 3 kilometer from the the city (Igorot Garden). The hotel is one year old and it has not been rated yet, but I guess it will pass a five star hotel.
They serve breakfast at the Tradisyon Comfort Food where most of Pinoy food is present. You will love the omelet there. I did not miss it in our three breakfasts while we are there.
Azalea Residences has total of 99 rooms, 36 of them are deluxe rooms, 17 are one bedroom suites, 33 are two bedroom suites, and 3 units three bedroom suite.
Rates starts at P6,000 for a deluxe room which can be occupied by up to 4 persons. Two bedroom suites comes in two different rates, P12,000 for the room without the “view”, and P13,500 for the room with a balcony plus you get the panoramic view.
All rooms are equipped with WiFi, however it was not reliable during our stay. Most of the time we cannot connect to the Internet.
For the coffee lovers the 8 Degrees Lounge is there to serve you. You can hang out there and read the broadsheet or play with your tablets and update your social media networks while enjoying a cup of coffee or wine.
Of course we wont leave the hotel without posing for a group picture. Joining us above is the General Manager of Azalea Residences Baguio plus the rest of the bloggers from Manila and Cebu. They are (L-R) Azrael, Vince, Geezelle, Ethelbert, Ms. Elisa Escobar, Jaysee, Enzo and Mark.
We also would like to thank the other sponsors other than Azalea Residences. Sun Cellular, Hanes T-shirt and SM City Baguio.
In closing, our Baguio trip in 2013 was awesome. We were hosted at very accommodating and relaxing hotel, the tour hosted by Vince of LakbayBaguio.com was fantastic, I have re-discovered Baguio once more. And the weather in February was perfect – not so called and not so hot.
If you are going to up North and checking out Hotels in Baguio, you might want to check out Azalea Residences and see the difference.
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