Summer Family Vacay @ CJH Part 2

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In my previous post, I already have toured you in our spacious suite. Now, I will tell you about our second and last day in The Manor @ Camp John Hay.   After getting disappointed because I wasn’t able to use the jacuzzi at the Health Club, we decided to go back to the room and take a shower.

We had a problem with the toilet because the one that we have in the bedroom is clogged.  Unfortunately, the water basin didn’t flush so we had to go to the smaller toilet in the living room and we have to wait for our turn if needed.  That was uncomfortable on our part.

After packing our stuff and getting dressed up, we headed to the restaurant.  Oh yes, everytime we have a staycation or in a press trip, I always look forward to the buffet breakfast.  Before we entered  Le Chef, we were able to clear things out with the additional charges with the staff and I already have asked the hotel about it prior to our arrival and everything was settled.  There were plenty of tables inside but we opted to sit outside where we can see the beauty of God’s work.

It’s a good thing that they had corned beef, hashbrowns and chicken sausages at that time.  I was quite pleased with what I have chosen. The hot congee and sweets made it perfect.  I didn’t go for coffee that morning; instead, I settled for pineapple juice.

bruce breakfast

My youngest just tried the sweets but my other kids had taho– this is a breakfast ritual for them eveytime they are in Baguio.

Hubby picked fruits as usual.

Out of 5 stars, I would give 4 to their buffet breakfast.

After we filled out our tummies, we went for a walk around the area.  We decided to spend the rest of the hours there because we will be checking out in a while.  The kids were amazed of the animal statues, park and mini playground.

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facade

We were enjoying our walk outside and we didn’t want to go back to the room yet but we had to because we had to get ready for check out 😦  I got a letter when we got back to the room, reminding me that we had to leave before 12nn.

I had no issue with the check-out.  Kudos to the hotel staff!

check out

Check-out was hassle-free.  Thanks to the staff!

So, another sad part is this:  we had to walk with our suitcases and other luggages from the hotel entrance to Ayala Technohub where we looked for a place to eat, but unfortunately, the restaurants were jampacked with people.  Luckily, there was a vacant table @ Pizza Volante.

Here’s my rating for The Manor:

3.5 stars

Should I come back?  Not sure.

Would I recommend it?  See and experience for yourself, haha! If ever you would, bring your own car.

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Should I Stay in Camp John Hay?

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         Last summer, I received an invitation to blog about The Manor and Forest Lodge in Camp John Hay, so when I decided to go to Baguio City to chill before I finally get back to work, I made it a point to visit this attraction.   I thought that was a great opportunity to share my experience to the public — to give them an idea what to expect if ever they will visit the place.

 

        Whenever we go to Baguio, ever since I was a kid, we always visit here, that’s why I was too excited to go there and get the chance to dicover and explore so I can share it to the world.  The view was still as relaxing as before, but as a traveller, I have considered few, but important things.  I do NOT own a car, that’s why I use a cab to travel.  Expect to have higher fare when going to CJH and worse, you need to have a very long walk in order for you to explore the different attractions there.  It is advisable to at least have your own car/service when going there.  We waited for eternity and had a loooooong walk before we finally got back to our hotel.  

                 Our first stop was the Bell House.  When I was a kid, I’ve been there and all I knew then was that the had a great significance to the lives of the Americans who lived here, but honestly, i don’t know about the details.  Since it is open to the public, I think the visitors should be educated about this place.  The info written there is not enough– people won’t spare much of their time to read those.  As we explore the place, I find it creepy, just like the way I felt when I was in the Teacher’s Camp.  

                 We decided to take a walk and looked for a rest room because my daughter wanted to take a pee.  At last, we found a restroom in the abandoned building, seemed abandoned, but you have to pay (I forgot if we paid P2 or 5).  

                  While we were walking, hoping that we can go to the new shops where we can buy imported goods, we easily got exhausted and all we wanted that time was to go to the hotel and rest.  I saw The Manor , a hotel that I considered when I was looking for a place to stay in Baguio– the building is already old and creepy.  The price per night was also not practical, and I made the right choice of sticking with Microtel because staying in CJH it’s too far from the other attractions in the city.  You won’t be comfortable unless you have your private car/service.  I actually didn’t enjoy going there– I was bored to death.  Instead of going to SM to dine, I just opted to stay inside the hotel and had room service to feel comfortable.  

Note:  I came back just this December 2016 with my co-teachers and son.  We were six and cabs won’t let you ride if you are in a group of more than four.  Luckily, we had the cab but our 3 friends waited for more than an hour and they weren’t able to get any cab.  They just walked from CJH to Victory Liner (near Microtel Baguio).  It was indeed a horrible experience for them and I was thankful that we were able to get the ride or else we could have experienced the same 😦

 

 TIPS FOR THOSE WHO WILL GO THERE:

1.  Make sure to have your own service/car so you’d be able to explore the whole place.  Prepare your P2k to P3k.  Most of the taxi drivers ask for P350 per hour.

2.  Try the picnic grounds with your family and friends.  This is a cool and inexpensive alternative for having lunch with your family. 

3.  Do not expect much–as there is nothing new (except for the few stores), but still boring.  Because we didn’t have our own service, we weren’t able to go to different stores.  I would really like to go to the Duty Free Shop to buy some stuff.

4. Consider booking other hotels (closer to the other attractions).  I highly recommend the following hotels:  Microtel Baguio and La Silvina Hotel in Outlook Drive.

 

            I personally don’t recommend this place especially if you are with senior citizens or kids.