Malacañang Palace announced on Feb. 5 that Baguio City hotels and similar establishments will be allowed to accommodate leisure travelers starting this month.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is allowing this at the request of the city, which is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) classification, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The operations of hotels continue to be “subject to the observance of strict health protocols and contact tracing measures.”
The city was in the center of controversy recently as Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong attended the birthday party of celebrity Tim Yap, held at The Manor.
The irony of Magalong, whom the Palace appointed as “contact-tracing czar,” being in a party that broke government-imposed health protocols was not lost on netizens, who scored the double standard in the treatment of celebrities who violated social distancing and not wearing facemasks, and people in depressed communities who were jailed and fined.
The country’s “summer capital,” Baguio is popular with local tourists for its cool weather. In 2019, it received 1.7 million visitors, according to a Philippine News Agency report in 2020.
Visitors to Baguio are advised to check the DOT-Baguio’s website Baguio VISITA, an online registration system for visitors.
Here’s a sampling of hotels and other accommodations with prices per night ranging from above P10,000 ($$$$); P5,000 to P9,999 ($$$); P3,000 to P4,999 ($$); and P1,000 to P2,999 ($). Prices are based on overnight weekday March booking.
The Orchard ($$$)
(Photos above and below) This is one of very few accommodations in Baguio with bathtubs in some of its rooms. The Orchard is located about 500 meters from Burnham Park and a little over one km from Session Road. It has a restaurant, bar and terrace. All rooms have a mini fridge and kettle.
Le Monet ($$)
Located within Camp John Hay in Baguio, Le Monet is near the Tree Top Adventure and 10-minute drive to a shopping mall. It has a fitness center and spa. The rooms are fan-cooled and have balconies that open up to forest views.
Forest Cabin ($$$$)
If you’re a big family, this holiday home can accommodate you with its three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It has access to to a shared lounge, garden and kitchen. It also has a sun terrace, and a children's playground and barbecue area on the grounds. This property has free private parking and is located 1 km from Camp John Hay.
South Drive Baguio Manor ($$)
The hotel is a 20-minute walk from Camp John Hay and two to three kilometers from Session Road and SM Baguio, and 3.7 km to Mines View Park. It has a restaurant and a shared lounge.
Holiday Inn ($$)
This international hotel chain has a Kids Stay and Eat Free program and fitness center. All rooms have flat-screen cable TV, electric kettle and mini bar. Its all-day dining restaurant, Lamisaan, serves local and international specialties. Burnham Park is 500 meters away.
Hotel Elizabeth ($$)