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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bagac
Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
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6 reviews
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“nice but far from city center”
Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

When we arrived at about 10:30 am,we opted to do the day tour. The day tour includes welcome drinks, and a "magsasaka" hat since it's so hot. The tour was very informative, the guide wore Filipiniana while speaking through a wireless mike. She led us to different houses which were destroyed in a certain place in the Philippines then rebuilt in las casas with the same structure and appearance.We can enter the houses and observe the antique furniture way back in spanish era. there are many houses where you can go inside and observe, its so cool and amazing! After that, we were hungry but we didnt want to eat inside las casas since its expensive. We drove at about 1 hour away from las casas to reach balanga just to eat lunch.
After that, we went back to las casas to swim. The pool was designed to be "just like the beach" with the limit of 4ft. The beach i tell was amazing. Sorry, but it's my first time to see "black sand". Its very nice and the waves are so high its so nice to surf.

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Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

When we arrived at about 10:30 am,we opted to do the day tour. The day tour includes welcome drinks, and a "magsasaka" hat since it's so hot. The tour was very informative, the guide wore Filipiniana while speaking through a wireless mike. She led us to different houses which were destroyed in a certain place in the Philippines then rebuilt in las casas with the same structure and appearance.We can enter the houses and observe the antique furniture way back in spanish era. there are many houses where you can go inside and observe, its so cool and amazing! After that, we were hungry but we didnt want to eat inside las casas since its expensive. We drove at about 1 hour away from las casas to reach balanga just to eat lunch.
After that, we went back to las casas to swim. The pool was designed to be "just like the beach" with the limit of 4ft. The beach i tell was amazing. Sorry, but it's my first time to see "black sand". Its very nice and the waves are so high its so nice to surf.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Binan City, Philippines
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

If your'e the type of person love old houses , well I can assure you that you will enjoy staying in Las Casas.Las Casas is like travelling from way back age of our grand grand parents.After the tour is you can experience the beautiful sand of beach and also the swimming pool like river style.
You can relax at the same time you will learn a lot from the past.The staff are all acommodating and very hospitable..

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2013

My family spent our Holy Week vacation in this unique resort. We're impressed with how these old beautiful Filipino houses, mostly built in the 1800s and early 1900s and coming from various places in the country, were brought and reconstructed here. Even if the atmosphere depicts of the old Philippines, we were comfortable because of the modern amenities available in the resort. The staff were courteous and helpful. However, we did not like the lunch buffet because of the limited choice of food and it was all grilled! Also, while we enjoyed the cultural show, they should have prepared 2 sets because we ended up seeing exactly the same performance on our second day. Over-all, we enjoyed very much our stay...my daughter keeps on saying she loves Las Casas...and thanks Mr. Acuzar for your vision and in preserving our Filipino heritage!!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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San Fernando, Philippines
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My first impression when I asked a couple of questions in the reception was like every movement you do here will incur a charge. I was even afraid to touch anything as they might charge me for that too. The place is still under renovation so it's not yet totally clean on some places around the property but you will always find a nice spot for picture taking. The place is a replica of an old Philippine village on the spanish era; very nice and a new experience for a resort. Their rooms are clean and spacious buy gawd it's pricey. They even have a day rate that is so not worth it. The reception folks are somewhat rude, probably because the manager or the owner lady was berating her staff when I got there, reminded me of Donya Victorina actually. I received no warmth on any of the staff here but totally felt that they only care about on what else they could charge you. A 1.5 liter of soda will cost you 273 pesos! They also have this uber pricey Italian restaurant that we went into and I may say that it's one of the worst italian restaurant in the Philippines when it comes to taste. Overall it's good to experience what this place got to offer just once and that's it. I will never go back here.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Manila
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Las Casas Filpinas de Acuzar offers tourists a facsimile of what a Filipino/Spanish village might have looked like by transporting heritage houses from across the country an assembling them into a resort. This type of hotel slash living museum hybrid is accented by the fact that almost all staff wear "traditional" outfits as they walk around the premises. There's a lot to discuss but I'll try to keep it as clear and distinct as possible.

On the Hotel/Resort side Las Casas has done a decent job. The executive suite we stayed in was part of their Hotel Escolta building, and fit 5 adults plus 2 kids in three double beds, and came with 2 bathrooms, a mini fridge, and an LCD TV. The room was spotless and there was little to complain about except how thin the traditional capiz windows were. This meant that people's voices could clearly be heard inside the room, and the powerful street lamps (as well as the morning sun) lit the interior. If you're a light sleeper, definitely bring a sleeping mask. Restaurant service can be spotty at times, but the food was good, if a little expensive and uninspired.

As a museum I was a little less impressed. The free tour that comes with an overnight stay was decent, but our tour guide proceeded through her speech at a rapid clip, as if (as some people have already noted) she was ding a school presentation. At some points she would pretend she was doing a noontime talk show or drop some canned jokes, meeting with some halfhearted snickers. Most information about the houses consisted of unverified anecdotes about its owners, though towards the middle there are some interesting notes about the architecture of the houses. I hope at one point they turn one of the houses into a mini-museum that can go into a little more detail about each house, its occupants, and where they were built/found.

The beachfront area was the unexpected surprise of the trip. I'd read some discouraging reviews on Tripadvisor saying that the beach was "murky, unwalkable and unswimmable" but there could be nothing further from the truth. The sand was powdery fine and the beach crystal clear, and my niece and nephew spent 3 happy days in the beach swimming and building sand castles. I'm perplexed as to why anyone would think this beach was unswimmable. My suspicion is that it's because the sand is rather dark, leading people to think it's murky. They could have done a better job developing and marketing the beach front property though, since it's not featured on their website prominently.

There's still a lot of construction going in in Las Casas, including along the beachfront. It will be interesting to see what the resort looks like when it's finally finished, but it's definitely worth at least a day trip, especially if you're staying at a nearby resort or hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Angeles City, Philippines
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Booked months in advance to experience all the good things I heard this place had to offer. Coming from Pampanga my family headed to Las Casas in Bagac, Bataan for almost 2hours passing thru SCTEX then exiting at Dinalupihan. The place is amazing, the staff dressed in filipiana outfit were courteous and kind. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke with flair. The houses were all magnificent and had history written all over them. One of the houses we entered was an old ilocano house had a small alley all around it which according to the guide was where the aliping (slave) saguiguilid stayed, separate from the rest of the household. They were not allowed inside the house like the aliping (slave) mamamahay. Hmm, a recollection of Philippine history. The executive suite where we stayed was like a whole two storey house which had an additional loft on the 2nd floor. So spacious even ten people could comfortably stay here. The two bathrooms located on the ground and 2nd floors were so big two full sized beds could fit in each. There were so many highlights to our stay, one was the cultural show , the second was the heritage tour of the houses and the third was the photography session by Mr. Jinggoy of Fotografia dela Escolta where I and my sisters donned Maria Clara outfits...we thoroughly enjoyed that one! Done a good job here Mr. Acuzar. Kudos!

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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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