Sometimes I like to go to a place I know very well and stay someplace that I don’t know at all. It’s one way of making things fresh. You can pick a part of town you have never explored, a time of the year you’ve never seen, or even a hotel that you’ve never been in. In some cases, you can do all three and the funny thing is that even if you know where you are going like the back of your hand, you’ll be surprised at how new and fresh everything can look when you come at it from a different perspective.
Eurotel Suite Room
One example of this is the trip I recently took to Baguio City. As those of you who read this blog are certainly aware, I”m no stranger to Baguio City. I know the city as well as the back of my hand and I can usually find my way home with my eyes closed even if I’ve had twelve San Miguel’s (not that I do that very often!). Still, this trip was different and here’s why.
Eurotel Baguio Restaurant
I went there to attend a Blogger Event organized by Eurotel and along with fellow travel bloggers, we left Eurotel North Edsa at around 6am and arrived in the City of Pines at around 12noon. Upon arrival in the hotel, Lunch was served in their in-house restaurant together with the Hotel Manager and Marketing Staffs from Manila. Picture a long table loaded with Sinigang na Hipon, Seafood Platter, Sinigang na Baboy, Pakbet with Bagnet, Fried Tilapia and Desserts. Oh Boy.. That was a huge lunch:)
After lunch was a free time for us so I toured fellow bloggers around Session Road, Baguio Cathedral and SM City Baguio. For our final stop, we visited Oh My Gulay restaurant for some refreshments before heading back to the hotel.
Fruit Vendor in Session Road
Our first official activity was the Bloggers Night where Ivan Aoki showed us their available function rooms and other amenities for group meetings, celebrations and corporate events. We had a nice dinner in a huge function room where we also had Games and Videoke Session.
Kids @ Baguio Bell Church
The Hotel is in the less quiet part of the city, right in the center… in fact, the hotel is fronting the Baguio City Hall and right beside the famous Cafe by the Ruins Restaurant. The noise and hustle of the traffic and people were different than the calm neighborhood I usually stay in but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoyed my stay in the hotel.
Pasta at Oh My Gulay Restaurant
The hotel was just a newly opened 4th quarter of last year and that was a nice treat since it meant that the fixtures were new and the showers strong and hot. I liked the simple decor of the rooms and the plush furniture. It was almost too comfortable. Of course, with wifi and room service, I didn’t feel like I was really anywhere but at home but when I got outside, it felt different.
Studio Room at Eurotel Baguio
We started our second day with a buffet breakfast then followed by a short tour around the hotel too see different types of rooms they offer. Our first itinerary for that day was a visit to Baguio Bell Church – a Chinese temple with colourful Pagodas and the Taoist gods in the main altar much like the Cebu Taoist Temple. For a change, we had our lunch at the famous Oh My Gulay Restaurant and tried their pastas and other vegetarian offerings.
Water Lily @ Baguio Bell Church
Our next stop was in my favorite hideout called Tam-awan Village. The village is pretty much the same since my last visit but I noticed the improved and expanded restaurant which impressed me. We had a short tea time and I made sure to tryout something new. I had my favorite Mountain Coffee paired with Peach Crepe with Chocolate Ice Cream… Ice Cream in the Highlands? Why not?
Inihaw na Liempo @ Eurotel Baguio
After the pit stop, we headed straight to the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad Benguet for vegetables, strawberry and various pasalubong shopping. At this time of the year, strawberries are overflowing.. and that means you get them a lot more cheaper.
Its already late in the afternoon when we reached Good Shepherd for another pasalubong shopping. The main store was already closed when we arrived but good thing they have a small table selling products near the guard house of the compound which made us all happy buying our favorite Good Shepherd Ube Jam.
Tam-awan Village Restaurant
Our second night in Baguio was full of surprises, we first had a huge dinner in Barrio Fiesta – one the famous Pinoy Restaurants in Baguio. Right after the dinner, we headed to D’ Kamalig comedy bar where we had some booze and local entertainment then we headed back to the hotel to prepare for a relaxing massage. Too bad I had to finish pending tasks for my client and I missed the chance to experience their Spa services.
Eurotel Eurosuite 1
The Eurotel Baguio is located in the center of the commercial area of Baguio City Abanao Extension near the big monument of Jose Rizal. The surrounding Barangay is a lively and active place and the location puts you close to dinner, drinks, or entertainment since its just one stone throw away from Burnham Park and Session Road. Once you enter the lobby you are welcomed by friends and the incredibly efficient and friendly staff that will assist you with whatever you may need twenty four and seven.
The other thing that made it different this time around was that I was there in the closing of the highly celebrated Panagbenga Festival. In the Philippines we sometimes get spoiled with our wonderful climate and the nearly year round enjoyable weather and it is sometimes hard to remember that the winter months in other places tend to be well…cold. I’m not going to tell you I was cold in Baguio, but far better, it wasn’t hot! I don’t know if this was just freakish weather or if it is always like that in January but it was absolutely perfect weather for walking, shopping, and exercising.
#123 Abanao Extension, Bgy. Rizal Monument
Baguio City 2600 (Near City Hall)
For Reservation Call: (072)444-EURO
Central Reservation: (02)355-0000
Website : www.eurotel-hotel.com
Many thanks to Ivan, Joseph and Ana for the hospitality, that trip was truly unforgettable. Thanks also to my fellow bloggers, Jen of MarriageandBeyond.com, Iris of Pinayads.com, Jen of SexyNomad.com, Claire of LakwatseraDePrimera.com, Gay of PinayTravelJunkie.com, Montsch of Yipeemedia.com, Jonel of LetsGoSago.net and Eurotel Marketing Team for sharing the happy moments with me:)