Hotel Review: Azalea Residences in Baguio
Baguio is gifted with 16°C to 26°C temperature which is the mildest in the Philippines and the reason it’s so jam-packed during summer and holiday season making the entire City at panic state most especially to hotels.
Since Azalea Residences is a relatively new hotel in Baguio which just opened February 2011, staying here would be the best choice among other hotels in Baguio if you’re seeking for comfort, spacious rooms, abundant parking space, and uncrowded facilities at a very good price during those season.
Some taxi drivers are not aware of this hidden gem since it was just opened for over a year. So when riding a taxi, just let the driver know that it’s across the “Teacher’s Camp,” then they would be more than happy to acquaint you.
When we finally arrived in Azalea, first thing I noticed was the freshly built fabrication of the entire area. The bar, lounge, and the souvenir shop were all situated beside the lobby. Added to its stylish look was the azalea flower decal on its wall.
The lounge, bar, and souvenir shop
Staff were all friendly and nice as expected in fine hotels like this. The check-in process was quick compared to the other hotels I’ve stayed at. Here, we only waited for 5 to 7 minutes and surprised that they were already getting our bags accompanying us to our rooms.
The bar up-close
The azalea flower decal and view from the top
Like most hotels in Baguio, Azalea Residences isn’t equipped with air-conditioned rooms but with ceiling fans. The room is fully furnished almost like a home — which is why it was called Residences. The interior decoration was elegantly arranged to make you feel cozy and comfortable like you’re home.
In the living room, center of attraction was the painting of the old Baguio City which was really interesting. I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of storage room for your things too.
All furniture and appliances are new of age; the LCD TV, DVD player, fascinating electric stoves, iPod docking stations, lamps, tables and chairs, etc. We were able to enjoy the cable TV by watching Paranormal Activity 3 on HBO during our fright Friday night.
The bathroom and its toiletries are of superior quality compared to other hotels I’ve been to. I was amazed with how their conditioners works on my hair, it was made of real moisturizing content which really lasts longer unlike hotel conditioners I’ve used.
Let me also share our experience with the bell service. When we ran out of toilet paper, we phoned them asking for one and surprised that the lady was already at the door handing it to us right after we hung up. That’s was quick and funny.
They provide at least 2 to 4 sets of shampoos, conditioner, and lotions to avoid the likely of run-outs.
Moving forward, the entire hotel is equipped with WiFi. If you’re in business and internet is very important to you, consider choosing a room that has a WiFi router attached to it. Alternatively, you can opt to stay at their lobby area and enjoy the fast speed connection.
Now, the best part — breakfast buffet. You choose between cereals and rice, with a variety of dish to choose from; Asian to Western style. I surely enjoyed my breakfast here.
Pinakbet or pakbet — a famous Ilokano food.
They have a very good cute chef who once worked in Bahrain and specializes in European food. When asked about his status, he said, “It’s complicated.” Hmmm. Intriguing.
Address: #7 Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy. M. Roxas, Baguio City
Email Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manila Reservations: (02) 579-4890; (02) 579-4894
Baguio Reservations: (74) 442-8888
Tours: Azalea also arrange tour packages around Baguio. Just give them a call.
Along Leonard Wood Road across Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City. Around 10 to 15 minutes away from SM Baguio City and Victory Liner Terminal for your convenience. Accessible to famous tourist attractions in Baguio as well such as Session Road, Oh My Gulay, Camp John Hay, Mines View Park, etc.