All roads lead to Baguio for metro folks looking to escape the city heat. More so during the cold months when people yearns for the cold clime as Baguio temperature drops below to 15 degree centigrade. Traveller would delight to know InterContinental Hotels Group has stamped their presence in the city of pines with the newly built, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre. The 185-room, eight story building opened its doors mid of 2018. Offering another option in Baguio City with the staple quality of the Holiday Inn chain.
Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre
Coming up to Baguio is not as easy as it used to be especially on weekends. Booking ahead is highly recommended. Our drive took us longer since we left by daylight and road works delayed our arrival. Nevertheless it was a stay I was looking forward. A chill time in the pines, literally.
Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre is easy to find. Settled high enough on a hill, the signage can be seen from afar. It is also along Legarda street where public vehicles also pass by. Lobby was spacious and clean with interesting lines on the high ceiling wall separating Lamisaan dining and reception area. The hotel uses proximity cards to securely access the elevator and rooms.
Double Bed Superior
We got a 25sqm Double Bed Superior room at the 8th floor. Very airy and bright on daylight. Beds big and those pillows are amazingly soft yet aptly firm. Room controls have blue-lighted led touch panels which are nice but can be disturbing if you like to sleep on pitch black environment. I like that there’s a side table and chair and a work dest by the large Cable TV. Complimentary Dilmah tea is always welcome as I like that brand.
Bathroom sliding door opens to a well-spaced shower and bath area. There’s a fancy roll-up/down blind since there’s a glass wall viewing the bedroom if one would like to keep tab on watching the TV while showering or pooping. Sound proofing is also a slight note of concern as sounds from the hallway can easily be heard.
Lamisaan Farm-to-table Dining
If there is one good reason to stay at Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre, it is their Lamisaan Dining and Bar. The on-site restaurant can also be enjoyed by non-staying walk-in guests. Executive Chef Melvin Mantuano made sure to use local produce in a satisfying hybrid of flavors in his dishes. Standouts for me were the Sagada-Rubbed Pork, Highland Greens ala Nicoise, Wagyu burger and Carbonara Nouveau. A post dedicated to the restaurant can be read at happyfoodies.com
Other Hotel Features
Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre has an open space at the second floor to hangout. That’s also where the Fitness Center gym is located. The first and second floor have meeting and events room in varying sizes and capacity. In face there was a wedding event when we were there. I think my favorite was their fast and reliable wifi. I was able to stream a few of my favorite NetFlix shows without interruption and decrease in quality.
And did I already mention that kids aged 12 and below can stay and eat for free when sharing rooms with parents. That makes staying here a great value especially for families.
The Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre offers excellent dining unique to the city of pines branch through Lamisaan coupled with the patented quality of service and comfort of the Holiday Inn chain. Location is also a convenient. I remember just walking to Casa Vallejo, passing Burnham Park for only 15-20 minutes. Much faster than commuting due to Baguio traffic.
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