It was a case of an unfortunate event that led me to stay in this old family mansion now called the Heritage Mansion Hotel in Baguio City. I had a booking in another hotel but they overbooked the rooms so I was moved here without extra cost in my part. A sort of an upgrade since it the rooms there were a lot more expensive than the one I booked and its much closer to the city center which I liked.
Heritage Mansion Hotel
The recently refurbished mansion was converted into a hotel a few years back but it was also recently that the management has changed (if I wasn’t mistaken). This old Colonial Revival Style mansion of the 1920s was built in the 1930 by the Muller Family (Pioneers John and Laney Muller). It survived the carpet bombings of World War II and the major earthquake that struck in 1990. It is one of the well-preserved mansions in Baguio.
Old Charm with Modern Amenities
From the facade, the hotel looks elegant. The lobby is spacious and warmly inviting. The staircase which is the centrepiece of the mansion is just wonderful and does harken to the opulence of Old Baguio. I was booked on one of the Standard Rooms located at the 3rd floor. It’s like an attic converted to a room. It only has a shared bathroom but since there weren’t many people booked there I didn’t mind since it’s also just outside my room door.
My room room looks fancy. I like the stack-of-books-style lamps, the large 32-inch LED TV and cleanliness of the room. The wifi in my room is a bit inconsistent though and that creaky flooring is bothersome I try to walk silently in the corridors. The shared bathroom is big and clean with running hot water as well.
My 2-night unexpected stay at Heritage Mansion Hotel was a welcome surprise during my trip to Baguio. For those who want to experience living in a well preserved Heritage house, this would be a great option. It’s at the center of town near Burnham Park, lots of eating options nearby including their concessionaire, Solibao Restaurant in the mansion. I had a good night’s sleep here and definitely enjoyed inspecting the wonderful details of the house.
Heritage Mansion Hotel
Kisad Road thru Abanao Extension
Contact: (074) 445.2046
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.