Recently, the Club went on a little trip up north to Baguio. We left around at around 5:30am with me taking care of driving for the first leg, we had 3 designated driver for our big van. It took us more or less 6 hours of relaxing driving up the winding roads to get to Baguio City. The last time I was in Baguio was 30 years ago, still a wee little lad. For this trip, we were staying at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio’s 3 time Hotel of the year as conferred by The Midland Courier.
The warm yellow and orange facade greeted our group of travelers, check in was a breeze, literally since there’s no air conditioning save for the puff of cool Baguio weather. An interesting thing to note is that Ms. Tessa Prieto Valdes was the interior designer of Elizabeth Hotel Baguio. It really amazed me to find that out, I knew she had an artistic side evidenced by her multitude of hats.
We were given 2 electronic key cards for our room located on the 3rd floor, accessible either thru elevator or for a little bit of exercise, the stairs. Our room was called an Executive Suite, a one bedroom unit complete with sala and dinette set up. The sofa can be pulled out to become a bed suitable for 2 people. The dinette was also set up for 4 people with complimentary mineral water, 4 bottles are added daily, and coffee and tea setup.
Irene, Laurena and I stayed in the bedroom since its the one with the king sized bed to fit us comfortably. All of the areas are tastefully decorated complete with comfortable pillows. Since there was no air conditioning, ceiling fans are provided in both areas as well as thick curtains to block away the morning light for a deeper slumber.
A good thing about the Executive suite is that it has 2 bathrooms, no more shouting for people to finish up, the outside bathroom has a shower and toilet setup while the larger master bedroom toilet has a toilet and bath tub setup. The usual toiletries are provided including hair dryers in both bathrooms.
This is the dining area where the complimentary breakfast buffet is served. The usual breakfast fare is served including cereals, juices as well as meat dishes. There’s also a quirky vegetarian restaurant called Bliss Cafe located on the ground floor, which we did not get to try.
These are two gazebos to the side of the hotel as well as a number of parking slots for big vehicles, like ours, that could not fit in the basement parking area.
We also saw some other rooms available at Elizabeth Hotel Baguio like the Deluxe Quadruple located at the Santorini Annex wing of the hotel. The room has 4 single beds perfect for the seminar goers but with only 1 bathroom.
The other room we saw was located at the 5th floor and accessible by the walk way above, cutting across the 5 level atrium that lets lots of natural light in.
The room is called a Penthouse Suite and can accommodate a max of 6 people. The room has two sleeping areas, one in bedroom and one of the beds up top in the loft area accessed by a winding staircase. The room is tastefully decorated in my favorite blue hues but a problem I see is that it has only one bathroom.
Not only is Elizabeth Hotel popular for its hotel, it is also known for their beautiful and spacious function areas with the biggest being the Santorini Grand Ballroom. The room is very nice with murals decorating the walls.
The ballroom can accommodate upto 500 people, accessible by the Veranda, where cocktails can be held.
We had a pleasant and relaxing stay at Hotel Elizabeth Baguio despite the weather putting a cramp on some of our plans. The hotel has beautiful Mediterranean inspired decor with attentive staff. The hotel is also conveniently located a few minutes away from many major Baguio tourist spots like Wright Park, St. Joseph’s Church, and Good Shepherd.
Hotel Elizabeth Baguio
No. 1 J. Felipe Street cor Gibraltar Road
Baguio City, Philippines