Baguio/La Union

Baguio is the mountain region of Northern Luzon and home to one of the only places in the country that can drop well below 10Deg C on a regular basis as it is actually quite high up, not snow capped mountains but the occasional frost in the morning is quite common. If you’re going to Baguio you aren’t going for the girly bar scene, there is a small scene here but it’s set up purely for the locals, you’re going here for the tourism and scenic mountain landscapes.

Baguio is pretty easy to get too from Manila as busses leave from Cubao station pretty much every 30mins and it takes about 8hrs to get to Baguio from there. There are some really nice places to stay in Baguio in terms of mountain retreats etc. Overall Baguio is really popular with Filipino tourists as they all seem to want to go here to experience ‘cold weather’ as well as go strawberry picking.

Baguio is a great place to take a girl if you want to cuddle up under the blankets and in front of an open fire.

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Top Hotels to stay at in Baguio

Luxury

Azalea Residences Baguio 

Azalea Residences Baguio is located in Leonard Wood, a 10-minute drive from the SM Shopping Mall and the Mines View Park. It offers a coffee shop, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access.

Guest rooms are fitted with a work desk, an iPod dock and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each has a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge.

Laundry services are available. Guests can request for concierge services. Tour packages and vacation services can be arranged at the 24-hour front desk.

Azelea Residences Baguio’s Coffee Shop serves a selection of local and international dishes.

Baguio Azalea Residences is located across the Teacher’s Camp and a 10-minute drive from Camp John Hay.

 

Grand Sierra Pines Baguio 

Set in the mountains of Baguio, this 4-star property features 2 on-site dining options, free parking, and free WiFi throughout the property. Grand Sierra Pines Baguio is within 6-minute drive from Mines View Park and 13-minute drive from SM Baguio.

Each room is air-conditioned and comes with a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and an in-room safe while the private bathroom has a shower facility along with free toiletries. The units also include a balcony and a seating area where you can relax while enjoying views of the mountain or the garden. For your comfort, bottled drinking water and free toiletries are also provided. 

Guests can choose between 2 dining options at the property, Atrium serves local Filipino favorites while The Outlook specializes is American and Asian dishes.

Amenities at Grand Sierra Pines Baguio include a spa, fitness centre, a mini library and an art gallery that guests can access for free. The property also offers function rooms for corporate events and personal occasions.

Camp John Hay is 5.3 km while Burnham Park is 5.7 km away. The nearest airport is Clark International Airport, a 3-hour drive from Grand Sierra Pines Baguio.

 

Forest Log Cabin at Camp John Hay 

Boasting garden views, Forest Log Cabin at Camp John Hay offers accommodation with barbecue facilities, a garden and a terrace, around a 6-minute walk from Camp John Hay. This villa is 2.5 km from Session Road.

The villa includes 3 bedrooms and a kitchen with an oven and a microwave. The villa also features a seating area and a bathroom with a bath.

The villa offers a children’s playground. A car rental service is available at this property.

Mines View Park is 2.6 km from Camp John Hay Forest Cabin, while Burnham Park is 2.7 km away.

 

Budget

RL Veranda Suite  

Situated within 600 m of Burnham Park, RL Veranda Suite in Baguio features barbecue facilities, as well as free WiFi. The property is set 800 m from Lourdes Grotto. Session Road is 1 km from the inn.

All guest rooms at the inn are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen and a dining area. Rooms have a kettle, while some rooms also boast a terrace and others also have mountain views. At RL Veranda Suite each room comes with a private bathroom.

Speaking English and Filipino at the reception, staff are always on hand to help.

Mines View Park is 1.3 km from the accommodation.

 

Kamiseta Hotel 

Set in Baguio, an 11-minute walk from Camp John Hay, Kamiseta Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is located 2.1 km from Mines View Park. There is a restaurant.

The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Kamiseta Hotel provides some units that include mountain views, and each room includes a private bathroom and a wardrobe.

Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide tips on the area.

Session Road is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Burnham Park is 2.7 km from the property.

 

 

Baguio location map

La Union

La Union is a seaside town located about 1hr bus trip west from Baguio. This place is extremely popular amongst the ‘hipsterish’ and ‘bohemian’ crowd from Manila as its considered the ‘surf capital’ of the Philippines. However, if you are a decent surfer don’t get too excited as most Filipinos think that 1ft swell is ‘dangerous conditions’ and it’s funny to watch all the guys and girls rent mini mals from the local surf shop, strap on a leg rope and then proceed to get pictures taken of themselves doing different poses with the board in the shoreline. So basically this is ‘kook’ central for surfing. There can be some ok swells here if the conditions are right but if you are coming here for the surfing better head to Baler on the east coast on Luzon or Siargao as they have bigger swells and much better breaks, plus you wont spend a lot of your time dodging kooks on mini mals.

La Union itself is a pretty happening little town as there’s heaps of bars and night clubs to party at due to the massive back packer contingency which has seemingly colonized this place. Don’t expect much in the way of girly bars but again there are plenty of normal girls here looking for a surfer guy to boast to about their friends back in Manila, yes that’s right if you can actually surf here you should find it pretty easy to pick up the local girls and the Filipino guys will think you are Kelly Slater or Mick Fanning which can be pretty fun.

Like most places WeChat and Tinder can be very very successful in La Union, alternatively if you have a regular girl we are 110% sure that she would jump at the chance to go to La Union with you so she can get those all important photos of her holding a surfboard and adopting the surf culture completely for life (or at least until she goes back to Manila, lol!).

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Best places to stay in La Union

Budget

Awesome Hotel San Juan 

Awesome Hotel San Juan is located in the world-class surfing destination of San Juan. It features an outdoor pool, available all-year-round and an on-site restaurant that serves local and western delicacies while offering vast views of the sea. Free WiFi is available throughout the property, just 41 km from Baguio.

Awesome Hotel San Juan is a 3-hour drive from Manila.

Each room is air conditioned, and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms also include a seating area, with views of the sea, mountain or swimming pool. The private en suite bathrooms also come equipped with free toiletries and a hair dryer.

Facilities offered on the property include babysitting/child-minding services, laundry and daily maid services. Guests have 24-hour access to the front desk, where they can get assistance with luggage storage, tour and ticketing enquiry, as well as arrangement for airport shuttle.

 

El Navi Surftown 

EL Navi Surftown – Hostel/Restaurant/Coffee Shop is located in San Juan. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers an ATM. The property has a restaurant.

A à la carte breakfast is served daily at the property.

Baguio is 40 km from the hotel.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in San Juan!

 

 

Aureo La Union

Boasting a garden and bar, as well as a restaurant, Aureo La Union is situated in San Fernando. This 3-star resort offers free WiFi. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.

The units in the resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and a bath, and selected rooms also boast a terrace. All rooms at Aureo La Union include air conditioning and a desk.

The accommodation offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

Aureo La Union offers an outdoor pool.

Baguio is 38 km from the resort.

 

Backpacker

Hostel de Catalina 

Located in San Juan, Hostel de Catalina offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. This 2-star hostel offers a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy sea views.

At the hostel, all rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath and free toiletries. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom.

The daily breakfast offers à la carte and Asian options.

Baguio is 40 km from Hostel de Catalina.

 

La Maestraz Hostel  

Set in San Juan, LaMaestraz Hostel (San Juan Surfing Area) offers free WiFi. All rooms come with a terrace.

The rooms include a private bathroom.

Baguio is 39 km from the hostel, while Pagudpud is 5 km away.

 

 

La Union location map

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