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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bagac
Philippines
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“A lovely trip back in time”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

My wife and I absolutely loved the place. There's no other place in the Philippines where you can actually feel how it would be like living during the Spanish-American colonial era, even for just a couple of days. Even the resort staff are dressed in colonial garb. The nice beach and swimming pool will remind you that this place is indeed a hotel/resort. But no question it's main attraction is the feeling it gives its guests of going back to the 1800s. The place is still expanding. So expect some construction noise ongoing on the farther part of the resort nearer the beach shore. Overall, my ratings vis-vis the cost are as follows (5 being the highest): Accomodation-4; Service-4; Facilities-3.5 (beach, pool, game room); Food-3.5 (Filipino restaurant - so so!, Italian restaurant - very good!); Cleanliness-4 (as mentioned earlier, some ongoing construction resulted in a slightly lower rating). Finally, my personal tip is, if you some cash to spare, the pictorial package in the Fotagrafia IS A MUST!!! For a family of 5, it will set you back for P1K, plus another 1,500 if you want to bring home the photos in soft copy. But to us, it was worth it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We travelled to Bataan as a family of 7 (5 adults and 2 kids) on a Sunday. We left early morning coming from the South at 5:30am. We followed the map provided in the website of Las Casas (and with the help of the GPS) and took the SCTEX route instead of the San Fernando exit (toll fee around php300). Since it was still early, we took a side trip (there’s enough road signs to lead you there) to Mt. Samat (got there at 8am and it was a good time to stretch after the 2 ½ hour drive) through winding roads going up the mountain.

Entrance fee for our group (that includes entry to the museum) was php110 which included the php20 parking fee. We first drove all the way up to where the cross was on top of the mountain. It was a sight to behold from that point of the mountain until you get inside the cross (through an elevator in the vertical part of the cross). An entrance fee of php10 per person was charged for the elevator ride. The elevator stopped at the viewing deck (first on the right then on the left which was the horizontal part of the cross). This was another breathtaking experience to see how seemingly small the world was when you were at that height. Second stop was at the museum (on the lower part from where the cross was) which provided the visual historical past of the valiant heroes.

It took an hour drive to Las Casas Filipinas from the time we left Mt. Samat arriving at 10:30am. The 2:00pm check in time was strictly implemented. Therefore, the following is a suggested schedule of activities for a maximized overnight stay given the schedule we followed of travelling early morning, the historical side trip to Mt. Samat, and the strict enforcement of the 2pm check in time.

Day One
10:30am arrival: swim at the batis (their version of an infinity pool)
12:30pm: lunch at the Filipino/Spanish restaurant at Casa Unisan
2:00pm: check-in time
6:00pm: cultural show (only during weekends)
7:00pm: dinner at La Bella Teodora (Italian restaurant – open only on weekends)

Note: Swimming and lunch would make good use of the waiting time before the 2pm check in time, the cultural show was a wonderful way of connecting to our being Filipino (and appreciating what is Filipino) through music, songs, and dances (the background information of the emcee was an added value for the trivia it provided), and dinner at the Italian restaurant is a must dining experience for the perfect combination of ambiance and great food (note that they are only open on weekends).

Day Two
8:30am: first heritage tour of the day (takes about an hour and 15 minutes)
10:00am onwards: free time till check out at 12nn

Note: The heritage tour is done by the hour from 8:30 am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm daily. It was ideal to take the first tour in the morning since it was cooler. It was not as crowded as well since it was the first tour of the day, so we had the tour guide all to ourselves which made the tour quite personal and interactive. There were more than 20 houses we visited and we were able to go inside in some of them.

The benefit of this schedule is we were able to take in all that the place could offer for an overnight stay with enough spare time to do other things in between as we pleased. The food in both restaurants was really good (Filipino and Italian) and the service truly Filipino, warm and authentically attentive. The room (studio deluxe with loft) was just right for a family of 7 (though we added an extra bed for an additional cost of php950/night but no breakfast included). Housekeeping was attentive to our needs and the room was comfortable in terms of its amenities (bed, air-conditioning, a personal ref, and strong water supply). Below the hotel (Paseo de Escolta) were shops (spa and photo) and stores (drinks, snacks, and miscellaneous) for the guests. The whole experience was truly worth the trip as it provided a glimpse of the past, an appreciation of the present, and optimism for the future.

Room Tip: Studio de Luxe with Loft and Executive Suite ideal for big families/groups
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Never expected to see a gem of an attraction in this part of our country. kudos to the developer who conceptualized this novel idea of restoring what is very distinctive... filipino. had the pleasure to spend 2 wonderful days in this nostalgic atmosphered place. cobbled walkways, plazas, bridges and ancestral residences from different regions of the country matched with superb accommodations, two good restaurants serving filipino, spanish and italian dishes, an entertaining cultural show plus an attentive tour guide and staff make it a winning formula. we stayed in the well appointed six bedroom casa san miguel that came with spacious bedrooms (each room came with 2 queen sized beds) with individual bathrooms, a 12 seater wood dining table, a receiving/living area that had a mid-sized ref and a 50" tv with dvd and satellite tv connection... plus an official size billiard table. if in case you prefer a smaller accommodation, the hotel-like casa de escolta will be fine (driver's quarters with meals is also available if needed). the place also provide the visitor with horse drawn calesas and bancas to go around the area, a batis-like swimming pool, guided tours to museums, a photo shop that come with filipinana costumes/accessories for you to use (if you wish) to make that most memorable shot and they even had a sunday morning eucharistic service. a one night stay is enough and the cost reasonable considering the experience you get in return. suggest you take the san fernando route going to las casas and take the drive via subic (lunch in one of the many eateries there... i suggest texas joe) on the way back to manila. you'll enjoy this one... for sure.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac offers a quite unique perspective on what a resort could be. A touristic attraction with a strong upper class historical connotation may interest aficionados of historical facts centered on the Spanish post-colonial period. The houses have been dismantled and reassembled in this unique location, most materials are original and some have been duplicated, but the appearance has been set to mimic the way the house was before being transferred.
The tour guide was knowledgeable of the history of the house giving the clients a unique perspective on the historical values of some houses. Some houses are not opened to the public, while other are limited to some floor. Maybe the fact that the houses are available for rent does hinder the accessibility to the rest of the viewers.
This is not a museum, rather a collection of old houses set in a wide area, paved with stones. Very refreshing for a day tour, but limited for a longer period due to the limited access to “historical landmarks” as those houses do indeed bear historical values to the Filipinos.

Now being a resort, Las Casas offers a fresh water pool (too small, too shallow), an entertainment hall (beneath one of the house) and the access to a wide portion of the fine black sand beach, clean and secured, no interference from the outside (although I was proposed to buy pirated DVD from passer by…), early morning people are combing the beach and removing floatsam as to enhance the experience of cleanliness.

Food is available in two restaurants, one serving local food and another serving Italian food. Now it must be noted that the food we ordered is rather good (7 over 10) but is really expensive. Considering the location (Bagac) and the availability of fresh produce, the resort itself does NOT justify such price tag. Foreigners will be at lost, Continental or so-called American breakfast is a concept that must be learned. Not everybody can eat tocino and rice in the morning. We have been accommodated and given alternative bread, butter and jam with egg and ham or egg and bacon but we had to fight for this to be considered as an eligible alternative of the free Filipino breakfast.

The management should try to get out and eat in other resorts within Morong. US$9 for two eggs with bacon and bread is a bit too much…

The room we were given is modern and spacious, the toilet was clean but the Kohler bathroom faucets and fixtures are leaking. They should look into this as to reduce their water consumption and provide a better experience.
The resort being quite big, walking around is definitely possible.
A show presented by high school student of the neighboring community was offered. One of the best display of cultural dances we have seen in the past 15 years!

Buildings are under construction, a hotel as we were told, hence more visitors. Will it be the same? Going there on a weekday was blissful; the weekend was horrendous (overcrowded), the management will have to redefine their priorities and objectives as the resort could becomes a financial oasis but a poorly rated resort if amenities are left as is.
Las Casas is a different kind of resort, going there to enjoy the pool is not a wise choice. Access to the houses will have to be improved.


Will we go back there? Yes we will consider going back there in a year or two as to see if the overall positive experience will be duplicated or not.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Set your expectations low and then you may enjoy the kitschy cultural edge the resort has to offer. Was glad I read the reviews and was adequately prepared

Though with potential to reach out for foreign travelers and the collection of houses is very interesting, pretty setting and decent distance from Manila the quintessential filipino service and the lack of concern for foreign tastes or expectations might put you off.

Smiles abound in the resort but they stop when you ask anything different then they have on offer. The resort is only geared towards local customers. The simple basics of a non-filipino breakfast are missing... (not even non-sugared bread when they knew weeks in advance a group of foreigners were coming), food choices are limited and slow and only in two restaurants with very rigid schedules. The pool bar and the other bar are just for facade and to host some spider webs

Did stay in the hotel rooms that have the appliances and gadgets to justify the price they charge, however cleanliness has a long way to go (it is not just having clean sheets and towels) more so when you are dealing with old buildings. Would imagine that the houses worst even.

Also as in a group we were forced to eat in a separate room and asides from the tables and chairs all the furniture had a layer of dust that was scary. The video juke box that was left in a corner had food debries from ages and no one bothered with it.

Thunderbird management has a long way to go with the resort

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Malaybalay City, Philippines
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Visiting this place is a great experience, just like traveling back to the Spanish era in the Philippines. During our visit, we just have a guided tour all over the place. I can't help but be awed at what these people did to bring the old houses all over the Philippines and put them in one place. The houses were surprisingly preserved and well-maintained and the place was designed to look like a town during the Spanish times. The guides are also very well-trained and very polite and entertaining as well. If you want, they also have accommodations (a bit expensive but I think worth it) and restaurant where you can dine. They also have souvenir shops inside the park. I would suggest that you schedule your visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon because it gets really hot (really really hot) during the day and can drain your energy.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My family and I enjoyed our overnight stay at the Las Casas Studio with loft room (4 adults, 1 child). Our room and the hotel itself was furnished with all the charm of old-world Philippines while at the same time equipped with modern conveniences from air-conditioning, comfortable beds and pillows, LCD TV, mini-ref, safe up to the bathroom appointments. The century old/historical houses were all beautifully re-constructed and restored. Besides the lovely walk visiting the old houses. my children also enjoyed bathing in the resort's batis style pool as well as going around the grounds on the horse-drawn carriage. Visitors could also avail of a photo package with the resort's Fotografia Escolta where they can get their photos taken on the grounds in full costume and printed in "sepia" for that old-fashioned look. The place is very quiet (at least while we were there) so it's a great place for a little solitude and rest.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac | Bataan, Bagac, Luzon 2107, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Bataan Province > Bagac
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bagac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar 3*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fine showcase of Filipino history and craftsmanship, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan takes you back to 18th-century Philippines in the twinkling of an eye. Architectural pieces of a bygone era, from different parts of the country, were reconstructed brick by brick, plank by plank. The noble-class mansions, wooden stilt houses, and a grand main building made of stone stand proudly in a village of cobblestone streets. To add up to the ambiance, a backdrop of majestic mountains, expansive rice fields, and a running river that flows to the sea, are found in the vast property. Truly a travel destination unlike any other, this resort in Bataan is a living museum of Philippine heritage. The traditional houses as hotel accommodations are the centerpiece of this Bataan beach resort about 125 km northwest of Manila. Even so, this destination resort does not lack in providing avenues for entertainment, relaxation, and recreation. It has the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, cultural shows, and heritage tours. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in giving you a glimpse of the past, reliving the age-old yet distinctive Filipino traditions, while providing the luxuries and comforts of contemporary times. ... more   less 
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