I’ve been to Baguio countless times but staying at The Manor will be a first. It’s pretty exciting because aside from being known as one of the best hotels in Baguio, The Manor also won TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award for 2016. So I guess we’re in good hands.
The hotel is located in Camp John Hay, easily accessible by private cars and cabs. It’s rustic and natural design instantly gives that cozy, countryside feel. I also love how it’s surrounded by nature — pine trees every where you look, birds chirping, the cool mountain breeze blowing on your face.. I couldn’t think of a better way to get out of my busy Manila life.
The Manor’s lobby has this nice, cozy and welcoming ambiance. Also, expect to be greeted by a number of staff willing to assist and help you with your luggage.
The rooms are spacious with a nice big window beside the huge bed offering a view of either the forest or garden. One of the locks of our window though needs repairing, it’s a bit unsafe especially if you have kids; they might fall out of the window. Take note, as well, that the rooms are not air-conditioned but has a ceiling fan, instead. The bathroom, on the other hand, is well kept with different toiletries — shampoo and conditioner, soaps, lotion, dental, shaving and sewing kits and shower cap. A hair dryer, slippers, iron and a safety box are also provided.
Room prices don’t include breakfast but you can avail of the buffet breakfast for PHP750/person at the hotel’s Le Chef Restaurant. They have a variety of dishes— breads, Filipino food, cereals, muesli, salad, cold cuts, soup, waffles and pancakes, egg station, roast ham station, fresh fruits and unlimited fruit juices, coffee and hot chocolate. I didn’t get to taste all but I enjoyed the waffle and the hot chocolate (FAVORITE!!!).
Tourists and locals love visiting The Manor because of it’s spacious and beautiful garden/backyard. I personally think this is the best place to take photos. There’s also a small playground located a little farther from the hotel where children can run around and play.
The hotel also has a gym and sauna which are complimentary to hotel guests. Massage, facials and mani/pedi though are paid services. Our itinerary was quite full then so we didn’t get to use or avail these facilities.
My family and I really enjoyed our stay at The Manor. The staff were very helpful, friendly and accommodating, the food was great and the hotel’s ambiance gave a very relaxing feel. There’s also a small shopping center near the hotel for your shopping needs (products are tax-free!!) and in case you don’t want to eat at Le Chef, there were a few restaurants there as well. Just a minor problem though, since our room was beside the road, we were sometimes awakened by the sounds of cars passing by, but it’s tolerable. Overall, we’d definitely go back at The Manor, it made the long tip to Baguio worth it.
Things To Know:
- Going to The Manor is quite easy when you’re riding a cab because the cab drivers are familiar with the hotel. Plus, cabs in Baguio are cheap compared in Manila.
- Check-in time is at 2pm but you can check-in early if the room is already available. Check out time is at 12pm.
- It’s nice to visit The Manor during the Christmas Season because of the all the beautiful Christmas lights and decors.
- It’s a bit of a hassle to book a room online during peak season because you can only reserve or book a room exactly a month before your desired days to stay. Then during those times, almost all rooms are already fully-booked. I think it’s better to book a room through their hotline.