Photo by The Manor at Camp John Hay
Taking a regular or yearly trip to Baguio, the City of Pines and the Summer Capital of the Philippines, has become a tradition for a lot of local tourists. Located in a mountainous region, Baguio is known for its colder temperature, that's why it's the perfect getaway to beat the Philippine heat and a break from the usual island hopping trips and beach tours for international visitors.
Aside from the cold weather, Baguio is known for its lush green parks filled with pine trees like Camp John Hay. It's also one of the best family-friendly destinations in the Philippines because of activities for kids like horseback riding, riding bikes, strawberry picking, and many more.
With the many activities and attractions in Baguio to explore and its distance from metropolitan cities like Manila (around 250km away), it's best to stay here for at least 3 days. Fortunately, Baguio has many options when it comes to accommodation that can fit any budget and preference for location and amenities.
To help you find your home in Baguio, we've listed the 10 best hotels to help you make the decision on where to stay in the Summer Capital of the Philippines:
Photo by NYC Manhattan Suites
The NYC Manhattan Suites is one of the most booked hotels in Baguio. The rooms have cable flat-screen televisions, an aircon, and a bathroom that contains all basic restroom toiletries. The restrooms have a hot shower, which serves as a relief for people who have yet to adapt to the city’s climate.
Other services include 24-hour room service, free WiFi, free continental breakfast, a snack bar, a coffee shop, and even laundry services. Also, traveling alone especially in unfamiliar territory can be difficult for visitors. This is why the hotel offers free shuttle services which can take you wherever you prefer.
If you happen to bring a personal vehicle, there is free parking for your convenience. Moreover, the hotel is also surrounded by plenty of Baguio tourist spots. Some tourist sites nearby are the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Easter Weaving, and Lourdes Grotto.
Marketplaces and malls can also be easily reached from the hotel, such as SM Baguio, Session Road, and Public City Market. Foodies will surely enjoy given that there are plenty of restaurants outside the hotel such as Calle Uno Food Hub and The Barn.
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Location is one of the best things about staying at the City Center Hotel. While the hotel seems simple, what makes it special is the location which is Session Road, which is arguably the busiest road in Baguio given the significant number of shops, restaurants, and other marketplaces.
The rooms provide basic amenities such as aircon, a bathroom, tables, chairs, and hooks. This serves as the best hotel for people staying on a short-term basis such as business trips, conferences, and private dinners.
Other hotel services include a restaurant, a bar, a restaurant, and free WiFi and housekeeping. The hotel’s restaurant is named “Beans Talk Bistro” where there is a wide variety of dishes such as breakfast meals, blended drinks, pieces of bread, coffee, and desserts at reasonable prices.
Since it's located in the busy Session Road, expect the area to be vibrant during the evenings. The hotel is also nearby Baguio tourist spots such as Burnham Park and Baguio Cathedral.
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Kamiseta Hotel is the most aesthetically pleasing out of all Baguio Hotels. The luxurious design is evident through the French-inspired furniture with gold outlines and multiple prints, elegant curtains, accent pieces, floral-patterned walls, and chandeliers.
All the rooms have a nice blend of classic design and contemporary colors. The rooms have a bed with cotton sheets, a LED cable television, an aircon, and a bathroom with basic toiletries and thankfully, hot and cold water. Another sight to behold is the Vanilla Café which is filled with bright colorful decorations and prints on walls, tables, and chairs.
This colorful facility is complemented with irresistible desserts such as coffee, cupcakes, and cheesecakes. What you should not miss out on is their signature strawberry cheesecake. The menu also consists of American, Mediterranean, and Filipino dishes.
You can also opt to dine outside as there are plenty of restaurants such as Craft 1945, The Red Lion Pub and Inn, and The Other Office. Moreover, you can maximize the cool weather by staying on the veranda. The veranda has chairs that are protected by the shades of umbrellas.
There are also plenty of Baguio tourist spots nearby such as the Botanical Garden, Mines View Park, Camp John Hay, Colorado Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.
Photo by Holiday Inn - Baguio City Centre
One of the internationally acclaimed hotel chains that you can find in Baguio City is the Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn is a familiar hotel for tourists who have visited multiple countries. This Baguio hotel is known for making guests feel at home by providing warm and cozy facilities.
All the rooms have an LCD cable television, a bed with cotton sheets, a mini-refrigerator, an aircon, a work desk, a minibar with a coffee/tea maker, a luxurious bathroom with a warm shower, and bathtub, and free WiFi.
One of the things to look forward to is the hotel’s restaurant known as Lamisaan Dining & Bar. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet that is filled with Filipino and western cuisine. If you’re in the mood for desserts and pastries, you can opt to try out their menu in the afternoon.
Some of the must-try dishes are the Beef Tagine, Coffee-Rubbed Pork, Tart Cherry and Roasted Brie Wagyu Burger, Pizzalad, and Sinigang na Salmon. After stuffing yourself with restaurant food, you can work out in the 24-hour fitness center.
The hotel is also nearby notable Baguio tourist spots such as Burnham Park, Baguio Cathedral, Session Road, and SM Baguio.
Photo by Microtel Wyndham Baguio
The Microtel by Wyndham Baguio is another hotel that provides a simplistic and quality stay for guests. If you are a public commuter, there is a great chance that this is the first hotel you will see as this is located next to the Victory Liner bus terminal.
All the rooms have aircon, a flat-screen television, a cabinet, a simple bathroom, free WiFi, and a window bench where you can sit and stare at the view. Also, there are room suites that offer additional amenities such as wet bars, small refrigerators, and mini microwaves.
Moreover, when waking up in the morning, you won’t have to look far since the hotel offers free breakfast and coffee every morning courtesy of Te Quiero Tapas Bar & Restaurant. This restaurant specializes in seafood and Spanish cuisine with buffet packages on weekends. The restaurant also hosts live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
If you prefer to eat inside your room, the restaurant can deliver the food to you. There are also free to try other types of cuisines as the hotel is nearby other restaurants.
The hotel serves as a strategic location since it is near multiple Baguio tourist spots such as Wright Park Horse Stable Hill, Lourdes Grotto, Public Market, Baguio Cathedral, Mines View Park, and Burnham Park.
Photo by Azalea Residences Baguio
Azalea Residences is the best Baguio hotel that can make you feel at home especially when you are traveling with a group of friends or family members. All the rooms are deluxe suites that have everything that a standard home has such as a living room, a kitchen, and a bedroom.
The kitchen has complete equipment such as a refrigerator, microwave, small dining table, silverware set, rice cooker, coffee and tea set, mini bar, electric cooktops, pots, and pans upon request. The rooms also have a bed with cotton sheets, bathroom, couch, flat-screen cable television, free WiFi, dry cleaning service, and a balcony where you can feel the cold weather.
When you’re hungry, you won’t have to look far for food since the hotel has an in-house restaurant named Tradisyon that offers free breakfast for guests. There are also other restaurants near the area such as Zio Pizzeria, PNKY Travel Café, and Ketchup Food Community.
Staying in this hotel places you in short proximity within plenty of Baguio tourist spots such as Session Road, Baguio Public Park, Burnham Park, Baguio Market, and Good Shepherd Convent.
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Le Monet Hotel not only provides a comfortable stay but also a great Baguio hotel to have a staycation. All the rooms provide a flat-screen television, bed with cotton sheets, bathroom, desk, mini bar, veranda, and free WiFi. In case you need anything, there is a 24-hour room service for your convenience.
While each room provides a relaxing experience, most of the fun happens in the hotel’s public facilities. One of the hotel’s trademarks is the Le Monet Garden which gives off an enchanting vibe where people can experience a refined experience with Mother Nature.
If you’re in the mood for long walks, then a park that happens to be a Baguio tourist spot is nearby known as Camp John Hay. There is also an indoor swimming pool which has a warm temperature as you admire the outside view. In case you want to relax, the hotel has a gym where you can do a full workout and a spa named Vida Verde Spa where you can get a massage.
Moreover, you can grab a bite at the hotel’s lobby which offers a breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner. The menu is filled with diverse offerings such as American, French, Chinese, and Filipino dishes.
Photo by The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
The Forest Lodge is a hotel that gives you a chance to experience a famous Baguio tourist site known as Camp John Hay. The rooms have cable television, bed with cotton sheets, mini bar, mini-refrigerator, closet, work desk, bathroom with a hot and cold shower, and ironing facilities as well.
Other services include free housekeeping, dry cleaning, room service, and a centralized aircon system. If you’re looking to taste classic Filipino cuisine, then you won’t have to look elsewhere since the hotel has an in-house restaurant and café.
The restaurant known as The Twist will truly offer you a great Filipino food dining experience. Some of The Twist’s must-try dishes are the Crispy Bork Belly, Deep Fried Prawns, and Sinigang na Hipon. After tasting Filipino cuisines, you can have some desserts and refreshments in the hotel’s café named Coffee Stains which is thankfully open to all customers for 24 hours.
This Baguio hotel also happens to have a studio that hosts daily Bikram Yoga classes in the morning and afternoon. Make sure to inform the hotel’s Front Office and ask for a reservation during classes.
Since you are in Camp John Hay, some of the sights you can explore are the Butterfly Sanctuary, Bell Amphitheatre, Yellow Trail, and Eco-Trail.
Photo by Grand Sierra Pines Hotel
The Grand Sierra Pines Hotel provides a luxurious and peaceful getaway as you become one with nature since it's built in the middle of a pine tree forest. The hotel’s rooms have aircon, a bathroom with a hot and cold shower, a bed with cotton sheets, a minibar, LED cable television, and an electric kettle for coffee or tea making.
The room also allows you to absorb Baguio’s cold atmosphere and view the vicinity by staying on a private balcony. However, the outside environment will have a foggy view during mornings but the chilly weather remains.
The hotel also makes a great place to have a staycation due to its multiple amenities and facilities. You can start your day by availing of your free breakfast at the Atrium Lobby Café as they serve their free signature hot chocolate and other American and Filipino cuisines.
For lunch and dinner, you can dine at the hotel’s restaurant named The Outlook Steak and Grill. Since the cold weather will inevitably persist, you can exercise in the hotel’s gym and get a massage in the spa.
While this hotel may seem isolated from the city, there are plenty of tourist spots nearby such as Camp John Hay, Mines View Park, and Botanical Garden.
Photo by The Manor at Camp John Hay
The Manor at Camp John Hay is the best Baguio Hotel. This is because The Manor was able to have a great blend of local culture and luxury. Local culture is evident as the hotel’s colors blend well with pine trees and rooms are not airconditioned since the management prefers guests to experience breathing and living in Baguio.
The rooms have a bed with cotton sheets, a bathroom with a hot and cold shower, a minibar, cable television, and free WiFi. All rooms either have a view of the Pine Forest or Manor Garden. The Manor also provides a fine dining experience at Le Chef for main courses and Le Chef Delicatessen for desserts.
The menus are filled with local and international dishes such as Sinigang, Chicken Tandoori, and plenty of cheesecakes and pastries. Also, the relaxing activities you cannot miss out on are doing yoga at the Wellness Studio and dipping in the Jacuzzi at the Manor Health Spa.
Find Your Home Away from Home in Baguio
Photo by The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
While doing Baguio tours is the main priority for any visitor, picking a good place to stay serves as the cherry on top. The perceived most important part of choosing a hotel was thought to be the budget. However, going that route immediately puts you at the risk of not being able to explore better options. Other things you can consider when choosing a hotel include preferred amenities and proximity to tourist spots you want to explore.
On one hand, if you plan to spend a lot of time inside your hotel, then you should consider all factors equally. But if you plan to spend more time exploring Baguio tourist spots, then preferred amenities should weigh less compared to the other two factors.