COVID test no longer required for fully vaccinated visitors to Baguio. Here’s where to stay
Fully vaccinated individuals may now visit Baguio City without having to undergo a COVID test. The city government announced on its Fcebook page that tourists may use their vaccination cards or certificates when they pre-register for their QTP or QR-coded Tourist Pass on visita.baguio.gov.ph. Visitors who have not been vaccinated must submit a negative COVID test result online.
All visitors must present their QTP at the border for verification.
The city was in the center of controversy early this year 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 of 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 ($$); and P1,000 to P2,999 ($). Prices are based on overnight weekday March booking.
You can book these accommodations online at Booking.com, Hotels.com, Agoda.com and the properties’ own websites.
The Orchard ($$$)
(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 ($$)
This international hotel chain has a Kids Stay and Eat Free program and fitness center. All rooms have flat-screen cable TV, electric kettle and mini bar. Its all-day dining restaurant, Lamisaan, serves local and international specialties. Burnham Park is 500 meters away.
Hotel Elizabeth ($$)
The hotel has a fitness center, on-site dining options including a piano bar, and picnic grouds on site. There's a spa that also offers in-room massage. Flora Café serves international dishes and features an outdoor terrace. It’s less than 200 meters from Mines View Park, Wright Park and The Mansion.
ZEN Rooms Basic Iggy's Inn ($)
The rooms in this inn range from single to family. It’s less than two km from Camp John Hay and Session Road. It has a restaurant and shared lounge, and luggage storage for those leaving after their check-out time.
El Cielito Inn ($$)
El Cielito Inn is a three-minute walk from a mall and offers rooms with cable TV. It has a restaurant and free parking. It lso offers massage services; local and international cuisine at its Voyager restaurant.
A Hotel Baguio ($)
The hotel is an eight-minute walk to Burnham Park. The rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Asian breakfast is served and the location is surrounded by other dining options. Camp John Hay and Tam-Awan Village are about two km away.
Sisko Inn ($)
Located about one km from Mines View Park, it’s within walking distance to Teachers Camp and Botanical Garden. Session Road and Camp John Hay are about 1.5 km away.
OYO 549 Sajj Bldg. ($)
The property has facilities such as restaurant and dry cleaning services. Attractions in the area include Lourdes Grotto and Camp John Hay, abut three km away. Burnham Park is two km away.
Metro Pines Inn ($)
Located 400 meters from Burnham Park and 800 meters to Session Road, the hotel has a shared lounge and free private parking. It has large family rooms and all guest rooms have a seating area.