TBIP’s Microtel Baguio Review 2017

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When we go to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, we always pass by Microtel Inn & Suites in Upper Session Road.   I couldn’t help but to notice the cute blue structure next to Te Quiero Tapas & Bar Restaurant and Victory Liner.  It was just recently that I discovered that there is a shortcut from Te Quiero leading to Victory Liner Bus Terminal.

We traveled last month via Joy Bus because I thought that Victory Liner doesn’t have De Luxe so I didn’t bother to check.  (That was actually my fault!)  From the drop off point, we had to get a cab to bring us to the hotel (which was more of a hassle).  I was contacted by the reservations staff few days before we travel and I told them that our arrival will be around 9am, but because we had the non-stop bus, we have reached Baguio City at 7:30am.  There were no available rooms yet so I just settled the full payment and we just left the luggages in the front desk.  After few hours of strolling in Burnham Park and Botanical Garden, we went back at 1pm and luckily, we got a room. 

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Because we were dead tired when we checked in, I wasn’t able to take photos of our 2 Queen Beds Room.  As the name already describes, the room has two queen beds and a daybed.  I inspected the bathroom– it was ok, there were free toiletries but the shampoo was too small and obviously it wasn’t enough for all of us there.  I couldn’t help but to compare it to the other hotels we’ve checked in before.  If there is a kid or another person, he or she would be included in the toiletries.  On Day 1, we only had two toothbrushes.  We just bought another one in a pharmacy near the hotel the following morning.

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On our Day 2, we left the room unorganized, with towels, clothes and pairs of shoes everywhere, but to our surprise, when we came back, it was clean.  Hehehe, I just noticed that we left the sign on the table (we didn’t do that on a purpose but thanks to the staff!).  Also, they placed a new small bottle of shampoo and two boxes of toothbrush and replaced the towels.  (Too late because we already bought another toothbrush and sachets of shampoo and conditioner because I didn’t like the scent of their shampoo).

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Unlimited Coffee

If there is one thing that I like with Microtel aside from its very convenient location is that they have free flowing cofee in the lobby.  There is also a hot/cold water dispenser so you don’t have to spend much in buying bottled water.  Another thing, even if Baguio has already a cool weather, they still have airconditioning in the rooms.  In the other hotels, they do not have aircons anymore– they only provide fans.

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Mang Domeng, our private driver and tour guide in Day 3

If you will go out, taxi drivers are already waiting outside the hotel to drop you where you will go.  If there is none, the guard will help you look for one.  Unfortunately, it was peak season when we visited so it was seldom that we find a cab outside the hotel.  We were able to book Mang Domeng in our Baguio Day 3 Tour because he gave us his contact number the day when we arrived.

The room rate is quite reasonable already @ P3,300 per night with free breakfast.  (My review about Te Quiero will be in a separate post).

In our last night in Baguio, I found out that my booking with Joy Bus didn’t get through, so in my pajamas, we went to Victory Liner to purchase tickets.  There were many people on queue, but we patiently waited for our turn, and ALAS!  After an hour and few minutes, around 1 pm, it was already our turn and luckily, we were able to book bus tickets to Cubao at 9:50 am.

The check out was a breeze, the staff were efficient and we even got luggage help from the room to the bus station.  How convenient it was!

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If you plan to have a Baguio trip, I recommend Microtel Inn & Suites, however; there are things that they need to improve:

  1.  Give enough toiletries (shampoo and conditioner please!)
  2.  Provide iron and ironing board in the rooms.  My clothes were crumpled in my bags.
  3. One closet isn’t enough for 2 adults (probably that will work for others, but I was the only one to utilize the closet.  Hubby and my kid used their bags in storing their clothes.
  4. Consider having a fitness center and spa in the hotel.

These are just minor things, but if they will consider, it will give them a higher rating.   Other than that, no more complains— we LOVE Microtel Baguio and we will definitely be back!

MICROTEL INN & SUITES BAGUIO

Upper Session Road, Baguio City

(074) 619 3333

https://www.microtel-baguio.com

 

 

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Le Vain: The Leading Bakery In Baguio City

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If you go to Baguio frequently, you must know by now that Le Vain is the leading bakery in the city of Pines.  People are already sick and tired of the the ordinary breads and pastries that they order and they want something different.  It’s my pleasure to announce (if you haven’t heard yet) that Le Vain Bakery, the first Korean style bakery in Baguio, offers premium breads and desserts.    Le Vain Bakery has two branches:  the first one we visited is located in the busy Legarda Road and the main branch which is located in Outlook Drive (beside Villa Silvina Hotel)

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LE VAIN Legarda Branch

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Inside Le Vain Bakery Legarda Branch

 

If I was impressed with the presentation of the breads and pastries in their Legarda branch, the more that I was dumbfounded when we reached the main branch in Outlook Drive.  Upon entering, I admired the stylish interior design (from the ceiling, wooden racks, lighting, and even the food trays used). The bakeshop also utilizes premium ingredients as well and makes sure that they satisfy their customers.  There is a tarpaulin sign that explains about the origin of the name Le Vain and the process how they bake the breads and pastries.

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I wasn’t surprised anymore why there were many people when we visited– they wanted something special for snack or breakfast.

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As I peeked in to the cake displays, I couldn’t help but to salivate over the cupcakes.  I knew that I was on a diet, but it was holiday season during that time so I thought it was all right to gain a little weight.

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Cupcakes @ Le Vain Bakery

Here are the desserts and drinks that we have tried during our Baguio Press trip.

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The desserts at le Vain Bakery

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The heavenly Custard Bread 

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Yummy!  Up to now, I still dream of this Strawberry Praise Cupcake 🙂

 

Le Vain is not only limited to selling premium breads and pastries– they also offer pasta and other drinks and beverages.  In the photos above, hubby chose the Strawberry Juice, my daughter picked Cookies and Cream Frappe and because I’m a coffee lover, I settled for the classic Cappuccino.

During my visit, I also had the opportunity to take photos of some of the premium breads that they sell.

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Bara Brith

BARA BRITH @ P85 each is a premium fruit-like cake topped with walnuts, chestnuts, cranberries, almonds, green peas with cinnamon powder

 

Baguette

Baguette

BAGUETTE @ P120 each is a premium daily freshly baked French bread with chewy taste inside baked with a golden crust (sugarless)

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Pizza Baguette

                                PIZZA BAGUETTE @ P120 each is a toasted baguette topped with appetizing pizza ingredients

Espresso

Espresso

ESPRESSO @ P95 each is a coffee flavored bread filled with mocha butter cream.

They also offer delicious breakfast rolls with bacon and hotdog fillings.

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Bacon Egg Roll, Bacon Hotdog Roll and Toasted Ham & Cheese

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Mini Sugar Donut  @ P95 per pack

 

                       MINI SUGAR DONUTS @ 95 per pack look like Munchkins at Dunkin Donuts.  The only difference I guess is that the mini donuts have the classic sweetened taste.

 

 

Thank you to Le Vain bakery accommodating TBIP and for making it possible for me to share this to my readers.  They have interesting promos during Le Vain Day (every 2nd Wednesday of the month).  Check their FB page for more information.  Don’t miss this kind of opportunity if you are in Baguio City.

Le Vain Bakery

#15 Unit G 1, Outlook Drive, Baguio City

(074) 244-7871

https://www.facebook.com/levainbreadcafe/

 

Affordable Meals @ Route 55 Baguio

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One of the reasons why I blog is because I would like to share something to the readers that they would be beneficial of.  In my recent press trip to Baguio, I am very fortunate to have managed to squeeze a visit to Route 55 in my Baguio Day 3 itinerary.  I’m pretty sure, if you are a tourist in Baguio City, you are not yet familiar with the restaurants and cafes that you need to try and I’m very pleased to share with you guys a cozy place in Baguio where you can just chill and have an affordable meal.

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Route 55  Diner is situated at 55 Legarda Road, Baguio City.  When we visited last month, it was under renovation but they were still operating.   During our Baguio tour with Mang Domeng, our driver and tour guide, he informed us that Route 55 was utilized by the Forevermore cast particularly Enrique Gil in their episodes where the latter was a vocalist in a band.  Upon entering the restaurant, it will give you a homey feeling because you can relax and enjoy Baguio’s fresh and cool weather.

 

Here are the meals and beverages that you should try when you are in Route 55:

  1.  LEMON BASIL FRUIT SHAKE
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Lemon Basil (P95)

Well, it was my first time to taste this kind of fruit shake, but I liked the taste of basil combined with the lemon.

2.  CLASSIC PIZZA

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Classic Pizza (P245)

I’m a pizza lover and I am glad that there’s still a restaurant that offers a classic pizza for simple customers who don’t want unusual ingredients in their pizza.   I remember when I was a kid, I used to eat this classic pizza topped with salami, mushrooms, white onion, bell pepper and quick melt cheese.  At home, especially during New Year’s Eve, this is what i also prepare.  The only difference is that they use thin crust which makes it even tastier.

3.  CHIPS AND DORY

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Chips and Dory (P215)

I was quite surprised of the price– I don’t think it should be P215.   My daughter loved it and to think she doesn’t like fish but she loved the crispy dory fillet served with chips.  This is good for those who would just like to hang out and talk with your pals while watching TV at the restaurant.

3.  CHICKEN WINGS & RIBS COMBO

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Chicken Wings & Ribs Combo (P265)

This is one of my recommended meal.  I liked the honey-glazed chicken wings  served with flavored rice and chips.  If you need to be fueled up but you have limited budget, this one is perfect for you.

4.  ROAST BEEF

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Roast Beef (P285)

I liked the tenderness of the beef and Mang Domeng actually liked that it was paired with mashed potato instead of rice.

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Strawberry Cheesecake 

A trip to Baguio won’t be complete without strawberries.  Hehe, this dessert was the finale to our happy and satisfied tummies.

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Route 55 is open from 8am to 12 midnight.  They also serve alcoholic beverages aside from the delicious meals.  According to its manager, Ms. Apple, it’s actually the food that the customers are raving about and I agree about it.   Thumbs up to the owner, Mr. Adrien Tagumpay for the excellent job— good food plus affordable price = ROUTE 55!

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With the manage of Route 55, Ms. Apple

Check them out the next time you visit Baguio City.  I’m sure you will love the food 🙂

ROUTE 55

55 Legarda Road, Brgy. Burnham, Baguio City

https://www.facebook.com/Route55/

TBIP’s Upcoming Baguio Trip

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Hello!  Since December is the only month this year where I can have a short break and unwind, I decided to have my press trip in Baguio City.  We are really busy and we still have work until 22nd and a lot of parties and other events are also scheduled that’s why I have chosen to have our vacay on the 27th til the 30th of this month.  We will be staying in Microtel Baguio (one of my favorite places to stay when I am in Baguio).

In our four-day stay in the Summer Capital of the Philippnes, I will be featuring different cafes, restaurants, bakeries/pastry shops and spas to visit.  (Watch out for that- I will be posting these establishments in my Facebook and Instagram account as well.)

Aside from that here are the activities that we will be having:

  1.  The Lourdes Grotto Challenge
  2.  Pasalubong Shopping
  3.  Strawberry Picking
  4. Horseback Riding and Biking
  5.  Oh My Gulay (Vegetables)  and Fruits Haggling Challenge
  6.  Halukay sa Ukay-Ukay

Originally, we are booked only until the 29th but since I have a lot of businesses to feature, I extended another day.  Thank you, Microtel Baguio for granting my request 🙂    I will see if I can still squeeze some time to have more activities.  Any suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below.