Hi all! Today’s April 16th and it’s day 33 of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. This means that people are asked to stay at home, most establishments are closed, no public transpo is available, supplies are limited and overall travel is not allowed. This is all due to the pandemic that is Covid-19 (included this part for future reference lol)
But before the lockdown was announced and took effect, we were able to go to Baguio in lieu of my cancelled Seoul trip lol.
P2P BUS TO BAGUIO
We commuted to Baguio on a Friday midnight via the point to point Solid North bus which terminates in PITX. For convenience, we booked their 2×1 Luxury Class bus for P760 (one way). Travel time is approximately 5 hrs. You can either book your ticket in advance at PITX or via their website.
It features the following:
- clean and spacious bus
- 2×1 reclining chairs
- individual android tablets with music, games, etc.
- in-bus wifi that actually works! 😁
- clean comfort room
- usb charging ports
- free bottled water and snack
- clean blankets!!
- bus leaves on time, but stops at their kamias terminal for around 20 minutes
- there’s an attendant just in case you needed any assistance
Where to stay?
G1 LODGE DESIGN HOTEL
This is our 3rd time in Baguio and we have already tried different types of accommodation like transient house and condo via airbnb. So this time we opted for a hotel; for convenience and accessibility. G1 Lodge is located right across SM Baguio, so location is spot on! Taxis are all over as well so going around won’t be a problem. It opened a few years ago so everything is fairly new. The architecture and design are well thought of too, every inch of the hotel was well lit, homey and warm to the eyes. 😍
Don’t get intimidated though, this isn’t an expensive hotel. I got it for only P2,800 / night including buffet breakfast for 2. Booked it via Agoda.🤗 AND!! Customer service was superb!! We arrived at 5:30am at the hotel to drop our bags since check in time won’t be til 2pm. BUT THEY WAIVED THE EARLY CHECK IN FEE AND LET US PROCEED TO OUR ROOM ALREADY!!! You can imagine how my face lit up when I was handed the keycard. haha It’s perfect because we really don’t have anywhere to go yet and we needed to charge our phones. 😍
It has the basics:
- electronic keycard
- very comfy queen size bed
- floor to ceiling window facing SM baguio
- bedside table and outlets!!
- blackout curtains
- smart tv with netflix
- in room wifi
- portable AC
- basic toiletries
- safety box
- hotel slippers
Where to eat?
LE MONET HOTEL – Camp John Hay
I initially wanted to stay in this hotel until I found out about G1. So we just went there for late breakfast and some walking around Camp John Hay. We tried their Strawberry Champorado, Spaghetti with meatballs, and Vigan Longganisa. Budget was around P800 for 2. While you are here, visit the Cemetery of Negativism. It’s my favourite place within CJH. 🤗
NANYANG – SM Baguio
Walked around SM Baguio and we found ourselves having Nasi Lemak for late lunch. I remember having this almost everyday when we were in Jakarta. haha There are a lot of food choices within the mall but the airy and bright ambience of Nanyang became the deciding factor. 😊 Budget was around P400 for 2.
PATCH CAFE – Bloomfield Hotel
Afternoon kwentuhan session over coffee was at Patch Cafe just beside the hotel where we are staying in. We literally walked there in our hotel slippers lol. The ambience here is cozy and the place has a young demographic. Most of them were students, either on a group meeting or trying to work on their laptops. We tried their Caramel Macchiato, Pecan and Matcha Pies which are super gooood!! Around P400 for food and drinks.
GOOD TASTE RESTAURANT – Otek Street
Good thing this place is open 24 hrs since we went out for dinner at almost 12mn. This is a very popular restaurant so expect to wait a while for your food; the place is big though and there are a lot of servers. We had Pork Sinigang, Garlic Wings and Yangchow Rice (around P500 and can serve more than 2).
G1 LODGE HOTEL – Leonard Wood Road
As mentioned above, our accommodation includes buffet breakfast which they served at their rooftop cafe. There was an egg station, selection of breads and spreads, cereals, salad, pasta, rice and all the meat that you would need for the day (corned beef, vigan longganisa, caldereta, tapa, sausages) and more! Overflowing coffee and juice were available too.
CANTO BOGCHI JOINT – Kisad Road
The following day at noon, 3 of our friends arrived and we went straight to lunch. Whereelse? Canto for ribs! 🤗 We had their lomo ribs, boneless bangus, grilled chicken on pita and chili fries. Around 1,500 for everything, good for 5. I also love their Chamomile tea!!!
ROMANTIC BABOY – Villamor Street
Yes, we went all the way to Baguio for Romantic Baboy. 🤣 We have been craving for KBbq and saved it for this trip. We enjoyed the unlimited serving of meat as usual but we were timed since they have a 2-hr limit. We could have eaten more. 😁 Budget is P500 per person.
VENUS PARKVIEW HOTEL – Kisad Road
We transferred to this hotel to join our friends. We booked it for 2 nights for P7,700 good for 5 including breakfast. Supposed to be buffet style but they opted for ordering system instead. Unli order that is haha. They served a lot and all good food. I especially love the chicken and carioca. 😋 I also recommend this hotel especially for groups. 👍
VIZCO’S CAFE – Camp John Hay
The branch at CJH is actually called Photo Fog Cafe since it shares space with a photo studio. We had late lunch there, tried their pastas and saved the best for last with their ever famous strawberry shortcake. It’s our 3rd time in Baguio but this was the first time that we tried this. It’s so gooood and very much worth the hype it’s getting. 🤗
It was a short but lovely stay since we had to drive back before the lockdown took effect. Looks like we have another revenge Baguio trip after everything goes back to normal. 🤣