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Escaping the City Heat at Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio




Summer is the best time to visit the Philippines; it’s when the sea is the bluest, the sky the clearest, and the trees the greenest you will ever see. Indeed, it’s a tropical paradise that most tourists could not resist. But summer heat can also be the cruelest thing. Hence, it’s the time of the year when most people frequent the malls and other establishments that have air conditioning. People also flock to the beaches, resorts, rivers, and other bodies of water in search for relief. And it’s also the time when Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines receives its most number of tourists. With a temperature that can go as low as 7˚C, Filipinos like to escape the summer heat by going to this province. I wanted to escape the heat myself so I was eyeing the Cordillera Region. Then an opportunity presented itself; Azalea Hotels and Residences, that new hotel that has been gaining quite a buzz in social media has invited some bloggers, including myself, for a 3D2N rendezvous in Baguio.

Apart from the free staycation, Azalea partnered with some key establishments to give us the best tour experience in the city. But let’s save that for later, today let me focus on the accommodation itself.

The trip was set on May 17, 2016, but a previous engagement prevented me from traveling with the other bloggers. Still, I was not about to let this opportunity go so I as soon as I was finished with what I had to do, I went to the Victory Liner terminal in Pasay to travel to Baguio. The EDSA traffic plus two 15-minute stopovers equaled to an 8-hour land travel. At 2:00 in the morning I reached Baguio City and spotted a man in a blue shirt with the Azalea logo print. He was the driver that Azalea sent to fetch me.

It only took 6 minutes to get to the hotel. This is how fast the travel time is from the Victory Liner terminal to Azalea without the heavy traffic. It was 2 in the morning, I could understand if the staff was already feeling lethargic, but the people who greeted me were all nice and welcoming. I was given the card key to room 321 and made to sign a paper across my name. On the same sheet of paper, I saw the name of my roommate: Trisha Ignacio.

I was escorted by one of the staff to my room. I was surprised to see how big it is, with its own kitchen, a balcony, and a bathroom. The bed is big and inviting and I thought it’s where I would bunk but the bell boy led me to the last door at the end of the room. It opened to another bedroom, a smaller one but with its own TV, a closet, and side tables on each side of bed.

There are three doors on the right side of the room, the first one is also a bedroom where my roommate was billeted (her room has its own bathroom), the second door leads to a shower and toilet (this is what I used), and the third is the bedroom where I stayed.

Toiletries were provided and there were also complimentary coffee and tea. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, water heating pot, and microwave oven. It was obviously made for you to never leave the room because everything was already there haha…

You can watch TV, cook, there’s free WiFi so you can surf the net too. And there’s even a balcony where you can just lounge and relax while enjoying the beautiful view of Baguio.

I went to my room and thought, where’s the aircon? Then I remembered that I was in Baguio, lol.

The bed, let’s talk about the bed. It has a thick and soft comforter that felt so good to snuggle in that I never want to wake up. I swear when I go under it, I’m out in a few minutes. It was ultra comfortable and I imagine more so if the weather was really cold. It’s May so the weather in Baguio was not on freezing levels, nevertheless, it was cool enough to not sweat a lot.

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Azalea has its in-house resto café called, Tradisyon. This is where we had breakfast buffet-style while dinner and lunch were served to us by the staff. They serve Filipino food and I must say they were scrumptious.

There was a make-your-own noodles station and I had fun making my own mami. I went too far with the chili sauce though so I I spent a few minutes coughing like I was dying, lol. So go easy on the chili babe.

Now here are some of the dishes that we tried, my favorite would be the ginataang isda. Trust me, it’s delicious.

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My roommate turned out to be Trisha Velarmino of P.S. I’m on my way. This woman has been around the world and she told me that when it comes to customer service, the Filipinos remain number 1. I have to agree especially with Azalea. Their staff is well-mannered, always ready to help, always greeting us with a smile. Indeed, they are one of the reasons my stay at Azalea has been comfortable.

Before this, I’ve already read a lot about Azalea Residences from fellow bloggers. They were happy about their stay of course and have been giving the hotel high recommendation. Because those stays were sponsored, I was under the impression the positive reviews may be tainted by obligation. I was proven wrong when I experienced it myself.

Baguio offers many options for lodging from budget-friendly, such as homestays and dormitory, to more luxurious like bed & breakfasts and hotels. In those times that I visited Baguio, I never tried a comfortable accommodation—and when I say comfortable I mean a hotel setting—until I was invited here. I’m the first to admit that I am willing to compromise comfort over budget, after all, when I travel, I am out wandering most of the time anyway. But I won’t deny the fact that if I’m able, I’d rather be in a lodging where I’d be treated like a queen, with good and comfortable bedding and my own bathroom. And I’m happy that I was given a chance to experience just that at Azalea. So hell yeah I am recommending it to you guys, it’s a good value for money. You can book Azalea via Agoda.

23 Comments

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    Charm Gamboa
    October 5, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Wooooah! I want to be treated like a queen too. We’re planning on going to Bgauio again and this looks good. I always thoughy that they were just some expensive hotels and everything but your comment about their hospitals convinced me.

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    Cai Dominguez-Travelosyo
    June 8, 2016 at 4:42 AM

    I think Azalea Baguio’s room is bigger than what we have in Boracay but they are both lovely. I love the interior design of their Restaurant. I can feel the cold weather of Baguio while eating there 🙂

    I’m glad you made it to the event of all the hassle that happened because of traffic. And it’s so awesome that you have Trisha as your roommate:)

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    Emem
    June 5, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Great entry, will try this when we go to Baguio since we have no idea where to check in when we’re there and we’d usually just search in Google for available rooms, lol. 😀

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    suzanne
    June 4, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Lovely description of this beautiful place! Definitely a must stay place when I visit philippines.

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    Ferna
    June 4, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    that’s a promising place. i’ve been to Baguio twice only but I stayed in the busy-buzzy-area and this, Azalea is kind of promising to stay there while in Baguio. Definitely bookmark this for my next trip to Baguio

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    princess
    June 3, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Beautiful place. Beautiful accommodation. Will consider the place next time I visit Baguio.♥ thank you ☺

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    Trisha Velarmino
    June 3, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    Hi, roomie!!! Thank you for this fantastic experience! Our suite was really promising and I am glad I was able to share that with you. Hope we can do this again! Xx

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    Yū-chan
    June 2, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I have never been to Baguio! I been exploring other countries so much, I have not had the time to explore much around Philippines. This hotel looks good and budget friendly for a group! Will consider it if I went on a trip with friends!

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    Mike
    May 31, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    I have never been to Baguio but Azalea lookx like a good hotel to stay! Definitely on my list! <3

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    Georgia
    May 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Oh the hotel and food all looks amazing! I love that you go somewhere to escape the heat and madding crouds! That to me sounds weird as in the UK we are all sun seekers trying to escape the cold weather here! Nothing beats a place with free wifi for me but the already supplied toiletries might! Haha!

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      Marjorie Gavan
      May 31, 2016 at 9:31 AM

      Yeah, because here we have the sun all year round and the heat can be pretty unbearable when it’s the summer season.

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    Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo
    May 28, 2016 at 6:07 AM

    Wow! Azalea Residence looks good! The room was simple but very classy. And ohh! All the foods looks delicious and mouthwatering!!

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    Klaudia
    May 27, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Looks like a decent place to spend your holidays ! A bit basic , but neat and clean . The food dishes are amazing and your presentation even more ! Great way to show various great pictures in a slide show , a remarkable eyecatcher , very well done indeed ! All the food dishes look very fresh , no frozen micro waved vegetables , which is a huge PRO for me . I would rather have a smaller room but delicious food on the table , as most time we wouldn’t spend on the hotelrooms anyway . Friendly staff to me is a huge criterion when choosing a hotel aswell . Important to feel welcomed , especially if you are staying for a bit longer .

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    Rachel Arandilla
    May 27, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Baguio is so beautiful! It sure is a good escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The backdrops are so artistic and creative, and the Azalea seems like the perfect place to unwind.

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    Jessica
    May 27, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Baguio is one of the best cities to go in summer indeed. Great that Azalea is offering a nice accommodation for the Philippines summer capital’s thousands of visitors. Very detailed review but I like most its Tradisyon. The name itself is catchy as do the designs. Looks very natural and homey.

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    Aika Loraine
    May 27, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    Need to check azalea already. I see a lot of blog about this. I wonder how’s the rate.

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    ROBERT LEE
    May 27, 2016 at 3:57 AM

    Ang dalas ko na makita itong Azalea as I read blogs kaya naisip ko na sige, pwede ko itong subukan when I do visit Baguio again. Medyo matagal na akong hindi nakakabalik since the last time I went there for a few days back in 2014 yata.

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    Stella the Travelerette
    May 26, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    This hotel looks like fun! I would especially like to make my own noodles at the restaurant. But I really love staying in hotels in general. It’s so nice to be a little pampered. I’m glad you had such a comfy stay!

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    Arni
    May 26, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Such luxury indeed. Looks so plush too. Accommodation offering complimentary coffee or tea scores big points in my books. I have never been to Baguio and I’m bookmarking Azalea when I do visit one day. The place where I am staying at right now doesn’t have a kettle and they charge for every cup of hot water. I miss rooms like that.

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    Mikee
    May 26, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    It looks like a good place to stay in Baguio. It is huge. Where is this located? Is it near some tourist spots in Baguio City?

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      Marjorie Gavan
      May 31, 2016 at 9:29 AM

      Yes, it is along Leonard Wood Loop, very near from key tourist spots like Burnham Park.

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    Chhavi
    May 26, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    This looks good. I agree with you – I can also let go off some bit of comfort for budget, after all, you are away most of the times. The pictures look good, and quite comfortable. I will remember this for my trip to philly.

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    Sabine
    May 26, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    I always feel so welcome when toiletries are waiting for me and coffee is easy to make in the room. It’s a big difference for me if the hotel or Appartement has this or not. The place looks lovely and it looks like the perfect place for a summer break or long weekend!
    Xo Sabine
    http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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