Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Where To Stay In Baguio


I always catch myself recommending Azalea Residences Baguio to families, friends, and acquaintances who are planning to visit the "Summer Capital of the Philippines". With good service and beautiful facilities, I always have good memories with Azalea - From my Baguio trip in 2014, to Azalea Boracay last year. They've become top-of-mind for group travels!

This Baguio trip gave me more reasons to love the northern city and Azalea.


Our group had 3 shuttle convoys going to Baguio last May 17. We met early morning at Centris, and had roughly around 5-hour travel time. I slept most of the time, but when we felt that we're near, we talked na non-stop (mostly about social media and politics, haha). Love my interesting van mates!


As always, Azalea surprises all first timers by welcoming them with its grandeur facade. I was beaming when I saw Azalea Residences Baguio. Pax and I knew it's going to be a great trip!






Even if it's a hotel, Azalea Residences Baguio still has areas with towering trees and flowering bushes. The nature and greeneries essence of Baguio are still present! Since I was with mostly fashion bloggers, we took turns taking our "OOTDs" while waiting for lunch and check-in.


Tradisyon Cafe

Inside Azalea Residences Baguio is Tradisyon Cafe, located at the ground floor just near the lobby and the hotel's elevators. Tradisyon hosts in-house guests' breakfast buffet, but they also serve other ala carte meals for lunch and dinner. My favorite in Tradisyon Cafe is their hot chocolate! It is a must-try and a can't-miss!







Met diverse blogger friends during our meals:


Most of our meals for this trip were held here. I like this inviting part where natural light enters. We also saw here the down-pour during our rainy last day.


The buffet breakfast in Tradisyon Cafe is always a treat. They have variety of viands compared to other places in Baguio, you can almost compare it to some Manila 5-star hotels. 



Fresh fruits:

I like the eggs station:

Sweets:


Coffee, hot chocolate, and different kinds of juice:

Cereals and breads:

Salad bar:

My favorite: Themed buffet offerings! During our stay, we had the Mexican Fiesta Buffet.


I have to be honest though, I was expecting a bit much from Azalea's Tradisyon Cafe meals because of my experience in the same restaurant 2 years ago. I was proud to my friends na "ang sarap ng food dito!", but during our stay it's not super "woah ang sarap!" as before. It is just steady, not so bad naman a. Anyway, this only goes with the other meals, the breakfast is still a delight. :)

Rooms

We stayed in pre-assigned rooms. I was roomies with with my closest blog friends Tracy and Pax at the 3rd floor, a 2 Bed-Room Apartment Suite with Back-view Balcony (around Php 14,700 / night).



The room is huge, an Azalea Residences trademark. This room usually fits 4 adults and 2 kids, or 6 adults (inclusive of breakfast).

A family and barkada-friendly accommodation, their kitchen and dining area has electric cooktops, microwave, rice cooker, ref, electric kettle, dinnerware and silverware sets, pots and pans (can be requested), and the usual complimentary tea, coffee, and bottled water. Makakatipid ka talaga with meals  if you just cook here for big groups.


Our 2 Bed Room Suite has two toilet & bath area - one inside the Masters' Bedroom and one at the living room. They have hot & cold shower, hairdryer, ironing facility, Azalea branded bath amenities, mirrors, robes, towels, etc.




Pax stayed at the guest room (with its own vanity area and flatscreen TV)

Tracy took over the masters' bedroom, this one has a window and its own CR:


While I stayed at the sala with the sofa bed, that they converted into this:


We stayed here most of the time, and even entertained our blogger guests who visited:

It is also comfortable and spacious. Ang sarap matulog!

To check out more of Azalea Residences Baguio's Rooms and Rates, click HERE.

Function Rooms

Also in the Azalea Residences Baguio's compound are separate meeting rooms and event halls for parties, gatherings, business meetings, etcetera. They have 4 halls (Azalea Tent, Boardroom, Martinez Hall 1, and Martinez Hall 2), as well as available equipment for rent (mic, projector, etc) and event services (coordinator, food, wifi, etc) for your own convenience.


During our last night, we had beer pong and karaoke at the Martinez Hall 1. It was crazy, everyone loosened up and just sang the whooole night. One of my most favorite parts of this trip, actually!

Nakapila na agad ang mga kanta, hehehe!


The Millennials occupied the beer pong table, before everyone huddled near the videoke machine as finale. Natigilan lang kami nung may nakahila ng mic from the machine, haha!


As the only hotel in Baguio with full services and amenities of an upscale serviced apartment, you'll never go wrong in bringing your family or friends or even your company to Azalea!

I have more stories on what we did in Baguio, but I'll just make a separate post for that. :) Here's the complete group photo with the GV people I was with in this trip:

Thank you again, Azalea Baguio, for taking care of us! :)

Azalea Residences Baguio is located in
No.7 Leonard Wood Loop, Baguio City

For more information, visit their website at
http://www.azaleabaguio.com
Follow them on FACEBOOK,
Twitter @AzaleaResidence
and Instagram @AzaleaBaguio.

Special thanks to Kuya Melo of http://outoftownblog.com!

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