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TRAVEL GUIDE: Baguio City + Our Stay at Prime Hotel Baguio

With the SCTEX and TPLEX now available for motorists, driving to Baguio City no longer takes hours and hours of seemingly endless driving. The last time we drove to Baguio City for a quick family getaway, it took us no longer than four hours to reach Baguio from Manila–stopovers included.

Where To Stay

My husband being a spontaneous vacationer, we were not able to book a Baguio hotel prior our trip. The plan was really to drive straight to San Juan, La Union for a wedding, but since we had one extra day, my husband decided to drive up to Baguio first so the kids can pick strawberries at La Trinidad.

One perk of being in service is that my husband knows people from all over the country. We asked affordable and decent hotel recommendations from the local fire station and they directed us to Prime Hotel Baguio.

Baguio Prime Hotel Review

What we love about this hotel is that it’s located at the heart of Baguio City. You all know how bad traffic can get within the city center so the location of the hotel is perfect for walking. It’s just a few steps away from Burnham Park and also in the middle of restaurants, markets, etc. The only time we took the car out was when we went to La Trinidad to pick strawberries. Other than that, we just walked our way around the city.

I am also very happy with the service provided by Prime Hotel Baguio. I won’t lie, the hotel is outdated with furniture and fixtures that are quite old, but you will forget all about it when you’re greeted by the staff’s warm smiles. I especially love the service at their restaurant since they are really fast and sensitive to each guest’s needs.

Address: Tan Bldg., F. Calderon St, Baguio City
Price: Php 2,500 per night
Accommodation Type: One Double Bed and One Single Bed
Inclusions: Bottled Water and Snacks for Two, Breakfast for Two, Hot/Cold Shower with Toiletries, Towels, Parking

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What To Do

Baguio City is one of our favorite weekend destinations because of the cool weather up there. We also never get tired of all the activities we can do as a family when we head there, such as strawberry picking at La Trinidad, which is just about 20-30 minutes from the city center. Our family is crazy for the strawberries from La Trinidad so whenever we find ourselves craving for those tasty strawberries, we drive to Baguio to pick strawberries ourselves!

Strawberry picking at La Trinidad |

We also had a chance to try out the native attire of the Igorot. At just Php 20 per person, we were allowed to take unlimited shots wearing the native attire. I appreciate that the guys who helped us get dressed also explained where the attire came from and what each piece symbolizes. Instant history and culture lesson for the minis (and us)!

Igorot native attire in Baguio City |

Since we only stayed overnight at Baguio City, we didn’t have a lot of time to do other activities or visit other places. If you have a whole weekend (or more) to explore the city, I suggest that you visit these places too:

  • Session Road
  • Burnham Park
  • Minesview Park
  • Wright Park
  • Camp John Hay
    • Bell House
    • Butterfly Sanctuary
    • Treetop Adventure
    • Horseback Riding
    • Cemetery of Negativism
    • Choco-Late de Batirol
  • Tam-awan Village
  • Wood Carver’s Village

Where To Eat

We only ate dinner on the night we arrived in Baguio City since our breakfast is covered by the hotel already. Since one of our companions has a relative studying in Baguio, we asked where the best and most budget-friendly place to eat is. He took us to Good Taste, which I have been seeing on the interwebs for quite some time.

I was a bit skeptical at first since the meals are super affordable, but in fairness, the food is good and filling! For a group of 8, we paid less than a thousand bucks–and we still have leftovers from what we ordered!

If you are going to stay in Baguio longer, I suggest that you also try Choco-Late de Batirol in Camp John Hay. I absolutely love their sticky rice paired with a cup of hot chocolate. The best time to hang out here is in the afternoon (for snacks) since lunch and dinner hours are jampacked.

Overview of Expenses

Spending a weekend in Baguio city is actually not that expensive, especially if you’re visiting during the off peak season. You can save heaps if you can find an affordable accommodation (instead of renting a transient house, which is only good for big groups) and if you know where to eat.

Address: Tan Bldg., F. Calderon St, Baguio City
Price: Php 2,500 per night
Accommodation Type: One Double Bed and One Single Bed
Inclusions: Toiletries, Towels, Breakfast for Two, Parking

Address: Carino St., Baguio City
Hours: 24/7
Price: Less than Php 1,000 for a group of 8

Price: Php 250 per kilo of strawberries
Note: The best time to pick strawberries is during the month of February.

Price: Php 20 per person (unlimited shots)

Kimberley Reyes

Kimberley Reyes is an Online Business Manager for entrepreneurs who are ready to get off the hamster wheel and step into their CEO shoes. On top of helping her clients get organized and scale their businesses, she is also happily busy raising her five kids with her firefighter husband.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    Planning to take the kids to Bagiuo this year. Oo nga eh, I don’t remember Bagiuo to be so costly but minsan nagugulat ako sa expenses ng iba when they tell me. Did you bring a car, btw? Or did you take cabs around the city?

    1. Kimberley Reyes

      We brought a car with us. But since Prime Hotel is at the center of Baguio City, we walked most of the time. We only took a car when we went to the Strawberry Farm since it’s outside the center already (around 20 minutes by car). If you’re not going to bring a car with you, I think there are jeepneys going to that area. Cheaper than taking a cab. 🙂

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