The room where I stayed is even bigger than our house—complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a sala (with a couch and a twin bed) and another two rooms within the room. Swanky!
"The room where I stayed is even bigger than our house—complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a sala (with a couch and a twin bed) and another two rooms within the room. Swanky!"

[BAGUIO, BENGUET, PHILIPPINES] ▬ Baguio is a very popular tourist destination with so many classic destinations to offer. However, I always find it hard to do a self-guided do-it-yourself tour to the many destinations in this city. Well, you can basically do it but it would be costly. Besides, for a Baguio non-resident, it's a pain on the ass to commute using public transport (I'm referring not about the traffic but about the jeepney routes wherein you can get lost if you boarded on a wrong jeep, and the constant question to self of "where can I get a jeep going to this place and this place?"). Group tours could lessen your expenses though especially if you hire a taxicab to tour you for PhP300 an hour which I later did with my relatives after this tour.

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO AZALEA HOTEL AND RESIDENCES!


I've always visited Baguio solo (occasionally with my brother) so I've only visited places that are easy to reach without spending too much money for a taxi ride from point to point. Well, thanks to Azalea Residences. This hotel hosted me in Baguio with free tours! From here, I realized that the best way to explore the classic destinations of Baguio is through an organized tour like this especially if it's your first time. It's not just convenient, you can also save a lot of time, hence, minimizing the time you should stay in Baguio if you're planning to cover all the destinations.

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► AT THE HALLWAY OF AZALEA HOTEL, THIRD FLOOR


Anyway, if you've followed my 'Azalea Summer Getaway' blog series, you would probably have read where I've been in Baguio—some destinations are my first time to see—all courtesy of Azalea Residences Hotel. That organized tour brought me to places I've always wanted to see and made me love Baguio more because I learned many interesting things from its beautiful history.

Well, since I've already narrated my experiences in the destinations we've covered through the earlier posts of this series, this installment would focus on my personal experiences in this hotel. Here's a review of the Azalea Residences Hotel.

Accessibility

AZALEA RESIDENCES AND HOTEL IS LOCATED IN Leonard Wood Loop near the Teachers Camp. I sent them message online asking how to go to their hotel since this is relatively new and I didn't know how to get here. I was advised to just get a cab and tell the driver I'm going to Azalea Residences. Apparently, for someone who is not familiar of the routes and roads in Baguio, getting a cab is the best option. I followed their advise and based on my experience, it worked! The taxi driver knew the location of this hotel. It seemed like this place is now a popular landmark in Baguio.

On accessibility, there seems to be no problem. It's 2 kilometers away from Burnham Park.

Hotel Staff

UPON ALIGHTING FROM THE CAB, SOMEONE APPROACHED me with big smile and took all my baggage. Ahh! I was a bit shy letting him carry my stuff because I'm not used to the pa-importante thing. However, I knew that the usher's action is a matter of service and let's say part of his job. For me I was not just comfortable being treated like a VIP because hindi ko kayang panindigan. I cannot even pronounce caffè macchiato correctly when I first encountered the word. I still can carry my things though (well I would definitely ask for help if I think I can't carry everything). Anyway, my first few minutes in this hotel was impressive so far. I felt like I was so special.

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► CEILING OF THE HOTEL

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► WAKING UP WITH THIS VIEW

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► PINE TREES OUTSIDE THE HOTEL FENCES

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► HOTEL LOBBY

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► HOTEL PREMISES

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[BAGUIO] ► HOTEL INTERIOR


Upon entering the hotel, someone asked what do I need so they immediately coordinated to the other hotel crews upon telling them my purpose. While waiting, I was offered with something to drink so I opted to have a cup of coffee.

Generally speaking, the hotel staff is great, professional and attentive to all my needs.

The Rooms

THIS IS SO FAR MY MOST LAVISH experience for a hotel stay. One call to the front office and they'll come quick to provide your hotel needs and the services you ask. Ok, let's go back to the lavish thing. The room where I stayed is even bigger than our house—complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a sala (with a couch and a twin bed) and another two rooms within the room. Swanky!

Upon checking in, someone called me if I've taken my breakfast. I said 'not yet.' So I was expecting a breakfast coming soon and it came after few minutes.

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► THE SALA ROOM INSIDE THE ROOM, MAKES SENSE?

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► MY BREAKFAST

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► RELAXING

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► CAPTURING MYSELF ON THE MIRROR

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► SELFIE-ING INSIDE THE POSH ROOM

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► FELLOW BLOGGER ENRICO DEE WITH HIS SHINING MOMENT

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► THE KITCHEN

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► DINING AREA AND SALA ON THE OTHER SIDE

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► TERRACE

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► JUST WOW!

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[BAGUIO] ► THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE'S SALA

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► PRESIDENTIAL SUITE'S SALA TAKEN FROM THE UPPER LEVEL OF THE ROOM

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► PRESIDENTIAL SUITE'S SALA TAKEN FROM THE UPPER LEVEL OF THE ROOM

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► BEDROOM IN THE UPPER LEVEL OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► AUTHENTIC WORK

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► ROOM 614


That feeling when you don't want to get off your bed because it's just so lavishly comfortable and soft.

On my last day in this hotel, we were toured by the hotel staff to some of the rooms we've never seen yet. The rooms (especially the presidential suite) are extravagant. The photos above might have given you an idea but I would say it won't justify my actual experience.

8 Degrees Bar Lounge

THIS PLACE IS WHERE I HEADED FIRST upon arrival. It was here where I was served with a hot cup of coffee while taking a rest after my 6-hour travel from my hometown # V I G A N

#VIGAN


. This bar lounge is spacious with comfortable couches to sit—just appropriately placed near the front office where one could rest after tiring travel hours.

Of course, this is not just a place to have a short rest upon arrival. You can chill here if you want some vodkas or tequilas. Connecting to the cybersphere here is free by the way for checked-in guests.

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL - BAGUIO

[BAGUIO] ► 8 DEGREES BAR LOUNGE


"Tradisyon" is the name of Azalea Hotel's cafe and restaurant. I'll be posting a separate post about it. 

Finally! I'm done with my "Azalea Summer Getaway" series. Yasss! See you on my next travel series. For now, this is the finale! / end

INDEX: INSIDE THIS BLOG SERIES

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL BAGUIO

[END] ▬ FINAL SERIES


► BLOG SERIES: AZALEA SUMMER GETAWAY

Part 1

[BAGUIO] ▬ VIP Treatment Vacation the Azalea Way


TEASER ► Inside the room, I felt like I'm a VIP again. This is probably one of the best rooms in Azalea. I felt privileged. This staycation kicks ass.

| Part 2

[BAGUIO] ▬ Ilocano Food Reigns at Kalapaw Restaurant


TEASER ► This restaurant highlights the Ilocos heritage and culture in spite of the fact that it's located in Baguio City.

| Part 3

[BAGUIO] ▬ Night Market at Harrison Road: What to See and Expect?


TEASER ► The foot traffic is huge. Merchants shout to encourage passersby to purchase their products. But some are just hawkers.

| Part 4

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ 5 Interdependent Worlds in Strawberry Farm


TEASERI know they need something that's why they need to do something. You see great hope in their eyes.

| Part 5

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Bahong Flower Farm: Rose Capital of the Philippines


TEASER ► ...they will transform into beautiful, fully-bloomed flowers and that will be the end of their life because they will be cut and head straight to the flower shop.

| Part 6

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!


TEASER ► Say anything you want to say and this cool restaurant along the main road in La Trinidad will still find its way to become superior.

| Part 7

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Museum and the Maid-to-Millionaire Story


TEASER ► Greatness does not only come from huge quantities and fat funds. My conviction is something is already great when you are able to put up that something from scratch with a purpose to educate and inspire.

| Part 8

[BAGUIO] ▬ Discovering More of Baguio the Amazing Race Way


TEASER ► We've explored the city under time pressure yet we were awed by these destinations that are truly timeless.

| Part 9

[BAGUIO] ▬ 2600 Gastropub: When Zip Code Turns Into Night Life


TEASER ► Then, the playlist went on and it made me wild, almost shedding tears, remembering the good old days in favor of nostalgia.

| Part 10

[TUBA] ▬ BenCab Museum: History, Arts and Culture


TEASER ► ...everywhere is a learning realm. Everywhere is an answer if you have questions. Everywhere is a definition if you look for meanings.

|

Part 11

[BAGUIO] ▬ Tam-awan Village: Old-School Igorot Living of Today


TEASER ► The present has almost erased all the things of the past but some individuals have always been interested in bringing the old back to present.

| Part 12

[BAGUIO] ▬ Tree Top Adventure: What to Expect? + Things You Must Know


TEASER ► The facilities are well-engineered—truly a work of the experts. Pine trees are part of the activities and they claim that no tree was harmed.

| Part 13 |


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This post is filed under the category "Resorts and Accommodations." To see more posts from this category, scroll down and check the "More Posts From This Category" below.

[2] This experience was made possible through Azalea Residences Hotel in Baguio City. I was invited to experience the Azalea hospitality.

[3] All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2

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