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Friday, May 25, 2012

A Suite Escape: Azalea Residences Baguio

For the past couple of weeks now, Manila has been suffering from tremendous heat. Seemed like fans and airconditioners wont do any good to fight the scorching heat of the sun. Imagine, HOT+SUMMER+CLIMATE CHANGE, oh no, we're definitely doomed!

AZALEA to the Rescue!!!
Just in the nick of time, I received an invitation from a fellow blogger, Darwin Cayetano. And oh hell yeah!!! I got invited for an all-expense-paid Baguio Trip to try the newest kid on the block - Azalea Residences Baguio.
photo by Kaiz Belga
Pinoy Travel Bloggers - Kaiz, Ivan, Chyng, Byron, Gay, Darwin and Me :)


So, together with the other travel bloggers, we headed off to Baguio last May 5 (oops! my apologies if this post is quite late for about 3 weeks).

How to Get There:
Azalea Residences Baguio is set in Leonard Wood Road just across the entrance of Teacher's Camp. It is strategically located in the heart of your favorite spots in Baguio City: Camp John Hay, Burnham Park, Session Road, The Mansion, Baguio Botanical Garden, the Diplomat Hotel, Baguio Cathedral, and Philippine Military Academy.
First Impression Lasts: Azalea is not just your ordinary Baguio hotel.
It's very sophisticated in a way. Agree?

Rates 
Check the following summary of Azalea Residences Baguio rates:

Yes its true! Azalea Residences Baguio is on 40% Off during the weekdays!

Getting to Know Azalea

Azalea Residences Baguio is a 4-star 99 all-suite vacation residence composed of 46 de luxe suites, 17 one-bedroom suites, 33 two-bedroom suites, and 3 three-bedroom suites. Each suite definitely exhibits incomparable first rate experience of grandeur and luxury that members of the family will surely enjoy. Suites have its own kitchen and dining area, balcony, living area with collapsible sofa-bed, private toilet and bath, safety deposit boxes, iPod docks, and free WIFI connection.
Feels like you're always being considered and prioritized. :)

The kitchenette is one thing that this new hotel can boast of. It's equipped with microwave oven, electric stove, a refrigerator, coffee maker, dining wares and kitchen utensils.
Suite's kitchen and dining area

The Room

They're all spacious and each room has its own 32-inch LCD cable television. That's it!
I think that's enough. :)
Room furniture and fixtures are so classy and Filipino in style

For the beds, yes, they're all queen-sized- and totally big and wide enough; however, there's something strange with it. It is not that hard however you can still feel the springs and plastic of the mattress that will make one feel uncomfortable while sleeping unless too tired to notice it. Good thing the comforter and other linens are too soft it compensates a little.

The Bathroom
The bathroom speaks of modernity and minimalism. It's squeaky clean, and got everything a bathroom should have such as bath tub, hot and cold shower, and toiletries.
Love it! A black and white bathroom :)

Definitely, the bathroom looks perfect. However, one needs extra patience because the water pressure is quite weak and cold. Also, the heater/shower is not that user-friendly, it would take time for one to make it warm on a desired level.
Okay Fine!
This sign makes me patient all throughout my shower time.
Reminder: Allot some ample time for your shower/bath, the water is not consistently flowing.
Don't forget to bring your patience with you, it's quite irritating.

The Food
Tradisyon is the in-house restaurant of Azalea Residences Baguio. It offers traditional local dishes. Don't miss their crunchy "Espadang Bangus" for breakfast. Sure, you'll love it!

On the other hand, 8 Degrees is the Cafe lounge of Azalea. Though, I haven't tried to dine and drink here, the atmosphere looks so cozy.

Overall, though expensive, Azalea Residences can be included in the "Where to Stay in Baguio List". Promise.

Important Things to Remember aka Friendly Tips:
* The refrigerators don't have anything basic inside like a bottle of water, coke, etc. You need to request or much better if you will just buy outside so it's much cheaper.
* Since, there is a kitchen, you can opt to cook your own food. You can go to the market and store the food inside the fridge. Don't worry you can use it with no extra fee.
* Do not forget to buy a dish washing soap; though, each rooms got its own kitchenette, the hotel doesn't provide a free one. You can buy a 25ml liquid dishwashing for P120.00. Too expensive? Hmmm.. It's beautifully wrapped though. :P
* You need to go to the reception area to follow-up your request to make up the room. Though, each room got its own "Make up Room" door knob signage. I think, you have to reiterate and emphasize, "Make up my room. Please, please please."


The posh lobby of Azalea Residences Baguio


Azalea Residences Baguio
Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy. M. Roxas,
Baguio City 2600
(074)442-8888, (074)424-8164

For Manila Reservations: (02) 579-4890, (02)579-4894
Email: reservations@azalea.com.ph
www.azalea.com.ph

5 comments :

  1. Nakakamiss ang baguio hihihihi. More food trip kayo ha? hihihi

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  2. Chasing PhilippinesMonday, July 02, 2012

    @ juanderfulpinoy

    Nakakamiss talaga ang Baguio..
    hehe oo puro foodtrip kami sa Burnham... kahit ano na lang makita, saya! :D

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  3. Very nice photos Mich! I enjoyed my stay in Azalea and I enjoyed being in Baguio. Nakakamiss nga :D

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  4. Chasing PhilippinesMonday, October 29, 2012

    @ Drew,

    Thanks Drew! :)
    Nakaka-miss talaga lagi ang Baguio. Suuuper. Balak ko bumalik ng December hehehe

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  5. ` Nice photos you have :). It really shows the beauty and how elegant that hotel you had stayed in ..
    If you want to visit Cebu City, i would like to suggest a Suites for you to stay with :) this is the MCiti Suites, i just come across to this site also like how i found yours, for more info just visit the http://www.mcitisuitescebu.com/. Hope it will help you. God Bless :)

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