Figuring out Baguio’s transport system can be daunting at first due to its winding and narrow roads. But staying there for four nights, I got a gist of commuting and can go comfortably off town. While not centrally located downtown near Session Road, C Boutique Hotel has its own special charm. Coming from the mountain haven of Sagada, C Boutique Hotel was a quiet transition. It’s away from the bustling city center and closer to the mountain views in which Baguio is known.
Walk to Mines View
It was easy to pinpoint C Boutique Hotel’s location through Agoda’s Show Map feature on their hotel listing. It is right smack where I want to be – close to Mine’s View Park and other parks like Wright Park and Camp John Hay. Transportation as well is a very short walk to Gibraltar St where Mines View-Baguio Plaza jeeps usually ply.
I really like the location being inside the residential area along Arellano St corner Moran St (Which “C” may stand for being on the corner). Very few vehicles pass and the usual horse hooves pitter-pattering along the street in the morning was a pleasant distraction when having breakfast. For those with their own vehicle, there’s a large parking space in front of the hotel. Staying here feels like being part of a community than a hotel.
Artsy and Fancy
The C Boutique Hotel has 17 rooms of four different types, from the Studio Suite, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite and Family Suite. For my stay, I was able to get a Deluxe Suite with two beds for my companion and I. We were at the second floor room 202. What I like about the hotel itself is the tasteful choice of furnishing, wonderful lamps and lighting and eclectic choice of artworks on the wall. While the interior looks modern, the colorful ethnic-inspired artworks gives the place a local character.
Our deluxe room itself is quite large at 40sqm and can accommodate 3 persons. Since I’m in Baguio for work, I really like that they have a desk where I can work on my computer. All rooms have their own verandas as well. There is no airconditioner in the room but I found sooner that the fan would suffice as it can also get really cold at night. If I needed some cool air, I would just need to open the window. WiFi can reach our room but can be inconsistent at times.
Bathroom has very ample space and the toiletries is of good quality and packaging. Hot water is no problem and maybe for those in need, there’s a hair dryer in the room.
Majority of the lobby space is dedicated to their Charley’s Bar which is mainly their dining area where breakfast is served and at night is a venue for wines and cocktails. This is where we mainly have breakfast. They have nice offerings like Baguio Longganisa but my favorite was the crispy espada (beltfish). Native coffee is good and they even have a free refill. I also tried eating at the small garden outside which I enjoyed having all the natural greens around me and the nippy air.
My two-nights stay at C Boutique Hotel in Baguio was enjoyable. It was a great way to relax after my work and long trip from Sagada. It’s also a good place to catch up with my online duties while enjoying the climes of Baguio. Modern elegance with local character, helpful staff and quiet location makes this place an attractive place to stay in Baguio. Especially if you are keen to be surrounded by parks instead of buildings.
C Boutique Hotel
No 5 Arellano corner Moran St,
Barangay Gibraltar, Baguio City
contact: (074)619–0158/ (63)917–534–3818
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