Thursday, November 24, 2011

Baguio Accomodations : Hotel Elizabeth

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When The Food Club went up to Baguio a couple of weeks ago, we stayed at Hotel Elizabeth which is located very near Mine's View Park. Since we were a big group, we were given four different rooms to fit all of us in.

The families of 4 each got an Executive Suite each while Paul and I had the Deluxe Room (Php. 4,256 published rate) which was just perfect for the two of us. In fact, I find the room to be quite specious as we get to have our own balcony and a medium-sized bathroom too. In lieu of an air-conditioning unit, they have a ceiling fan installed in every room too. The TV set have cable and the best part is, you get unlimited Wi-Fi access not only in the lobby but even at the comforts of your room.

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Each room has a mini bar where we always get our daily complimentary stock of Bottled Water. On top of that, we were welcomed to help ourselves to coffee with a couple of packs available for us to consume for free.

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Don't you just love the view from my room? :)

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Paul and I have been visiting Baguio annually for the past 3 years and we've had our share of hotels with thin walls, creepy crawlers coming out from nowhere and worst..not functioning bathroom heater. Given the very cold weather of Baguio, to not have a heater while taking a bath can really be a painfully chilly ordeal. I'm glad we didn't experience any of those here at Hotel Elizabeth.


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Now, the most important thing is the bed. After a long day of walking and touring around Baguio, to have a soft comfy bed really adds more brownie points to the hotel. I've stayed at countless hotels here and abroad and I've had my fair share of stiff necks, sleepness nights tossing and turning and worst, allergy attacks due to dirty linens and mites. I'm happy to report that my 3 days, 2 nights stay at Hotel Elizabeth had me sleeping like a baby and waking up energized for another full day of adventure. This is definitely one big reason why I will always consider booking at Hotel Elizabeth should I visit Baguio again.

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All guests are treated to a complimentary buffet breakfast at the Flora Cafe. Our friends were always the early birds, up as early as 7 to have their breakfast, while Paul and I were always the last to arrive. :P Still, we find the buffet spread complete and always well-stocked with the day's specials. I particularly enjoyed the Pancakes, Noodle Soup and Tuna. For a provincial hotel, their food is pretty impressive and this actually made me excited for breakfast for the next day too!

Hotel Elizabeth has been Baguio's Hotel of the Year for 3 consecutive years. Nothing surprising about that as given that the hotel has been around for 6 years already, they have maintained the quality of their rooms, their beds and continue to improve their amenities. Majority of the staff members were very courteous and helpful that even the front desk officers would help me make a reservation in our chosen restaurants throughout the trip.

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Before we checked out, we were given a short tour around the hotel where we saw their Santorini Ballroom where most of Baguio's wedding receptions and special functions were held. The design is very modern and the bright yellow interiors makes the place look so sunny and cool. It was during this tour that we also found out that socialite Tessa Prieto Valdes was the interior designer of the hotel. Amazing!

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Inside the Santorini Ballroom is a big mural created by muralist Alfred Galvez which was carefully hand-painted just to match the feel of the ballroom.

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Hotel Elizabeth is definitely a perfect venue for weddings, debut parties and a lot more. Here, the host can actually house all of their guests in any of the 74 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is conveniently located beside Baguio's major attractions such as the Mine's View Park, Good Shepherd, Camp John Hay and The Mansion making it very accessible to go around.

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I can't wait to go back to Baguio as I look forward to staying at Hotel Elizabeth again. Finally, Paul and I have hit a gold mine as we finally found the right hotel that perfectly suits our traveling needs.

To reserve for a room, visit: www.hotelelizabeth.com.ph

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Hotel Elizabeth is located at No. 1 J Felipe street cor. Gibraltar Road, Baguio City. Call them at (074) 619-0367.

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