The staft are courteous and friendly and they provide prompt assitance and acceed to guest request if it is possible or praticable. The facilities are clean , the bed is orthopedic which support firmly your spine for a nice sleep.
The bathroom is universal built to accomodate even the disabled. this might be the reason why the bowl pales in comparison to the size of the bathroom because it can accomodate the wheel chair. I would say that it is very PWD friendly. This is also the reason why the hand rails inside is annoying because it make you feel that you are in a dance studio minus the mirrors.
It has a nice menu that would serve the immediate purpose to have a decent meal but dont expect anything fancy get a full course menu from the bigger hotels it you want that. The fountain... is will prove insignificant considering that it is detached from the main structure and you cannot even hear the ripple of the water ( drive way going to the basement 3 floors down) tough it will be good asthetically. Maybe the cool weather and the scent of pine does calm me down...
As to parking, the basement could park 10 cars maybe max of 20 on the pararel parking on the side or the drive way which could be two way traffic. The lobby could accomodate 7 cars but J. Felipe Street and the steep incline could also accomodate another 10 and all of this are within plains view of the security person of the hotel.
Nevermind the roosters and the dogs. mind you after 30 minutes, you will dooze of again to neverland because of the homy feeling inside your room.
I would definetely come back and stay. I was having second thoughts of writing this because it is a secret place worth keeping..... but still recommend it to people who want value for money and for those older guys who will agree that this is the only place that still has a hint of old Baguio.
Unique Quality: It could be considered as a mini Elizabeth Hotel and The Manor, the facilities are comparable but at a lesser price. What i like about the hotel is the view of the pine trees on the mansion which gives a wonderful view in dawn when it is cover in fog but hold your horses, if you stay on the 3rd to 5th floor, you will also have the view of the roof of the neighbor houses which could be quite annoying. the trick is to occupy the lower floors which will give you the view of the bamboo trees and the pine trees if you are staying on the back portion or even tha mansion view. O well, this is prevalent now in Baguio wherein the zoning designed by Daniel Burnham was not preserved and everybody can just construct what they please.
If you have more budget then do stay further from the city proper but if you are in a budget and you want comfort this is the place.
There is the ketchup in front of wright park which is a walking distance away from the place they serve good thai, western, italian, and cafe food. if you have transport, go inside John Hay in 5 minutes via country club drive .
While it is far from the city the jeeps from minesview passes by regularly Gibraltar and Romulo and definitely wouldnt hamper mobility of those going up without transport.
Directions: It is in the Area of Camp John Hay, Baguio Country Club and South drive from Pacdal Circle or from the bus stations in upper session via Leonard Wood Drive , Pacdal Circle then Romulo Drive. It is the first left from the Mansion.
Hotel looks nice, online and in real life--and this is because it is one of the few new hotels in Baguio. Dining amid piano music and lounge vocals is relaxing.
Yet beware--the pleasant experience ends there!
Their breakfast buffet? One fried viand, rice, one kind of cereal, 2 kinds of bread, and a SINGLE serving of juice/coffee tea. That's it! Not the kind of food you expect while on vacation--most of us do get a wider variety at home.
And the room walls are way too thin---I can here the guy speaking on the phone inside the room to our left---and I can understand the TV dialog on the room to our right. Forget snoozing away---there is NO airconditioning for P3100/night (yes, this is baguio, but other hotels DO offer airconditioned rooms at prices that are CHEAPER than their P3100/night).
To top it all off---there is NO room service. And their restaurant closes at 9PM--and with their off-downtown location, the nearest restaurant is a 10-minute drive.
If you make the mistake of having food delivered, the HITLERESQUE security *lady* guard will POUND (not knock) at your door 3 times...and will do it again and again for good measure if you don't open in 5 seconds.
The TV Remote control didn't work and even the KeyCARDS went kaput in the afternoon.
For guests, they have nine (9) parking slots at the front and that's it. The underground parking is for the owner and some longstayers. Arrive on a full lot and you'll have to park on the steep uphill road in front.
The hotel is so stingy and cheap they even turn off their waterfalls in the landscaped garden early in the morning. I've heard that Ilokanos can be stingy but this takes the cake.
Their biggest beds actually measure 48x60 so if you a companion both of will have to master the art of synchronized turning while asleep. The headrests aren't even attached to the darn beds--they are just sort of sandwiched between the mattress and the wall.
Unique Quality: Ahhhh, the view---if you're not lucky to get the side where the landscaped garden is (left side of the building), you choose the parking lot (front side) or the galvanized aluminum roofs of the adjoining shanties (right side and back side). Remember, this building is located in an old residential village.
The Staff are really friendly and they try their best--they DO deserve a better hotel and owner/s to work for.
If you want to savor the Ilokano brand of "budget pampering" firsthand--by all means stay at Ridgewood Residences.
Directions: From The Mansion, go straight to Mines view but turn left at the very next corner
Loakan Road, Baguio
One Abanao St., Baguio
Upper Session Road, Baguio
68 Kisad road, Baguio
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Address: 17 Julian Felipe St, Baguio, Luzon, Philippines