We would want to start this story with, “Hey! Did you know that there’s a mall and a hotel in Baguio that has no air-con?” But you might not find it funny, so we’ll go straight and filly your thoughts on how to enjoy a comfort stay in Baguio at Azalea Residences.
Azalea Residences is a one year old service type-apartment hotel with a five star level housing 99 well-appointed suite rooms. Azalea Residences has a fine dine-in restaurant, Tradisyon Coffee Shop also known as Tradisyon Pinoy Comfort Food and a bar named Eight Degrees Lounge, where you can meet-up with friends or business clients. Yes, because Azalea Residences perfectly fits for backpackers, flashpackers and business travelers who are in for a comfort stay when they are searching for hotels in Baguio.
For flashpackers like us, it’s comforting to know that before our trip, our stay-in and accommodation are all ready and well-organized. An exactly in-between backpacking and joining an organized tour, we flashpackers combine both of this. Just like a backpacker, we also have a certain budget for traveling but we tried to book or hop-in for the best accommodation before we jump in our travel gear. We do sometimes go on a backpacking tour, like for an instance, when we visited Cebu City on December last year, we went on a solo backpacking on this beautiful city of the South. Commuting and trying to find our own way – thanks that we didn’t get lost there, we made it back to our hotel just right after sunset.
So, during the pre-Summer season and just in time for the Panagbenga Festival, we, the flashpacking guy joined a bunch of travel bloggers from Manila, Cebu, and Cordillera, that was organized by this Vincent guy. Who’s this guy again? Just kidding. Vincent Tabora is not only the friendliest but also one of the great bloggers in Cordillera – he manages www.LakbayBaguio.com which organized our Baguio Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour 2013.
So this LakbayBaguio guy organized our trip and he did a great job in doing so. Nice one, Vince!
And one of his accomplishments was to book our stay (3 days, in fact) at Azalea Residences. Comfort stay, nice people, and pretty desk information officers. We don’t want to miss out that last part – right, Raffy?
We have spent many times in Baguio but not as this vivid and colorful experience we had last 2013 Panagbenga Festival. Tiring it was, we found our bedridden body enjoying good times at the comfort of the two-bedroom suites room dedicated to us come night-time. Juan Traveler shared Room 510 with Azrael of Azrael’s Merryland, Raffy of Ph Travel Blog, and Anton of Pusangkalye. It was not just exciting but a riot when we four got together in one big room! On another room, two floors below ours, were the Cebu based bloggers namely Geezelle Tapangan of GeeMiz, Jaysee John Pingkian of Jaysee Blabs, Mark Monta, founder of CebuBloggers.com, Marco Paulo Diala of PhilippineStreetFashion.com, and Ethelbert Ouano, a lawyer who’s got a knack for blogging at LaagCebu.
Tradisyon Pinoy Comfort Food
Let’s talk about their Buffet Breakfast first. Every morning, starting from Day 1, we dined at one of the table inside Tradisyon Pinoy Comfort Food while enjoying different flavorful dishes prepared by them. The bestseller? It’s the Double Omelette! Aside from the eggs, we had our plates filled with Parsley rice, Garlic rice, some hotdogs, tocino and longganiza, deep-fried danguet and swordfish, and fruits for dessert. Just what we needed to pump our energy for the day activities.
Tradisyon is located at the west wing, right side of the lobby area.
The Comfort Stay
We just didn’t stay in the evenings in our room, but once in a while after some activities, we go back to our hotel to steal some nap or just to freshen up, right before hitting the roads in Baguio one more time. We find it nice that housekeeping is always at their regular rounds. We always leave our rooms in a mess – you know how boys are, and we came back just to see a nicely turn-down services.
The room we stayed in has two bathrooms, one bed for each rooms plus extra pull-out sofa bed in the living room. All rooms plus the main has flat screen cable TV; kitchen with counter tops; electric oven – for those who want to have their own meal cooked; a refrigerator, Wi-Fi – which was quite moody at most times; and the wonders of it all, this room doesn’t need air-con and ours (and we guess that all the room have it), has a ceiling fan! Remember our joke? Who needs air-con and fan when you’re almost chilling on a 17 degrees Celsius weather in Baguio! Oh Baguio, we missed you already!
For the 46 Deluxe Suites, rates start at Php 6,000 which can accommodate 4 persons. 7 one-bedroom suites costs Php 8,000 and has a capacity of 2-4 persons. The 33 two-bedroom suites comes in two different rates, Php 12,000 for the regular room without balcony and Php 13,500 with balcony with a good panoramic view of the mountainous side of Baguio City. We stayed at this Php 12,000 worth two-bedrooms.
Lastly, 3 three-bedroom suites are priced Php 15,000 each and can occupy by up to 8 persons.
The Year-Round Azalea Baguio Holiday Package includes:
Overnight accommodation for up to the largest capacity quoted per room. Extra person charges will apply.
20% discount on ala-carte orders at Tradisyon Coffee Shop
20% discount on room service food orders.
Free parking for 1 car throughout duration of stay.
40% discount on Driver’s Dormitory.
Maximum of 2 kids below 11 years old are free of charge if using existing beds.
Full payment is required to guarantee the reservations.
Check-in time is 2pm onwards. Check-out time is 12 noon.
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Booking and Reservations
It was not surprising that Azalea Residences got fully booked during the Panagbenga Festival season and according to Ms. Elisa Escobar, General Manager, Azalea Residences, “It’s always best to book in advance because we’ll never now if there will be enough rooms for guests coming.” “Most of our guests came by large numbers, like big groups from different organizations who holds their functions or business meetings here,” she added.
Soon, Azalea Residences will sweep the nation with Azalea Residences Boracay, Davao, Cebu, and Angeles on its way.
Azalea Residences is 10 minutes away from SM City Baguio and Victory Liner Bus terminal near Session Road if you’ll walk to that place. Their address is at Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy M. Roxas, Baguio City, Philippines. If you’ll ride an FX taxi, ask the driver to bring you to Azalea Residences near Teacher’s Camp. You’ll spend a Php 50 fare for that ride.
So there you go. Should you be looking for a comfy stay in Baguio, always include Azalea Residences in your stay-in choices. Trust us, you’ll be satisfied with Azalea Residences.
You may contact (+632) 925-8518, (+632) 579-4890, or 0917-861-1641 for bookings and reservations. Visit the website www.azalea.com.ph for more updates and room packages promos.
- A colorful Panagbenga Festival 2013 by LakbayBaguio.com (juantraveler.wordpress.com)
- Have you ever been to the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio? (juantraveler.wordpress.com)
- SM City Baguio celebrates Panagbenga Festival (manilastandardtoday.com)