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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bagac
Luzon, Philippines
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26 reviews
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“A long trip worth your while”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We celebrated our wedding anniversary last July 26 , 2013 here. We knew Bataan was far from Manila and getting there for the first time is a challenge. But once you reach the place, all the aches of the long travel will disappear.

We got accommodation at the 2nd floor of Plaza Escolta. I didnt expect much but we got a Queen Size Bed, flat tv screen with dvd player, a fully furnished bath (I just love big bathrooms), antique coffee table, a balcony of our own and a great view of the place.

Food was also great, though a bit salty to my taste. Beers can be bought from the restaurants and can be brought back to your room, but you can buy them at a cheaper price at the Panaderia. The panaderia ofcourse sells bread. Pandecoco is a must try.

Their souvenir goodies are too pricey from mugs to shirts to sandals, i think they should lower the price a bit for the local tourists. We encountered several photography groups and buses of medical practitioners...96% Filipinos.

The photo package costs P1,020 per person for 10 minutes photo shoot with costume, a book of your pictures and a usb. For couples, times two.

The tour was informative and you will really marvel at our heritage and culture. You also get so much ground to walk the day away...You get a small pool (4ft), which by the way needs a little attention and the great beach fronting the China Sea. We wanted to do some boating along the river but their boats were out of order.

Service was ok, the waiters/waitresses were very attentive and made good recommendations.

Our telephone line (room 209) didn't have dial tone even after informing them. The bathroom had no curtains and was open to the view outside where big trees abound.

There were still various houses/buildings and a church currently being constructed there. A lot more possibilities. Perhaps they could add some attraction for the kids because im pretty sure our kids would not have enjoyed if we took them along in this trip.

The stay was great. We enjoyed it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

i have been looking forward to go to this place but always had a hard time booking a room since it gets packed fast, until finally, on July 20, i finally got through :) it was a weekend with my family for my mom's birthday.

getting to the place is quite a battle especially if you do not have your own car. it took us three hours from manila through the very winding roads of bataan to finally get to bagac. 200m from the resort's gate, i was already freaking out as we were passing through a very crowded residential village. i began imagining an awful las casas. but then, i was wrong. as we entered the first gate (there are two gates), we were welcomed by a gwardiya sibil who asked for our name. it was a funny as the guard was wearing a typical gwardiya sibil attire amidst the modern village. from the first gate towards the main/second gate, were tens of locals working on construction. by this time, i still couldn't figure out what was happening as among those workers were occasional ladies dressed in baro't saya. until we reached the main gate and in a flash, i time travelled.

las casas filipinas de acuzar is a quaint resort which aims to give you this feeling of time travelling back to the spanish era. it features ancestral houses both original and replicas set in a serene bataan coast surrounded by mts. natib and mariveles. it was a perfect venue for the family to bond. the rooms are big. the restaurants, although quite pricey, give you an intimate atmosphere. and there is a nice pool for you to dip with your friends. The staff as well in general are prompt and friendly.

they have a dance presentation by the way at 6pm every night. don't forget to watch it as it is a good way to remind us of how rich our culture is! great way to introduce our country to our foreign friends, too!

what i like best there is the fotografia la escota wherein you can opt to take a photo shoot package of you in traditional clothes posing amid the ancestral houses. this way, one can definitely complete the experience.

the whole las casas experience though can be quite pricey but definitely worth it. they have a package at 3500/pax which is inclusive of all meals and recreation activities. i really cannot say this package is worth it since we only availed of their accoms and breakfast rates + walking tour. based on my calculation, the latter is cheaper considering that we had a sumptuous dinner (the package offers plated dinner only).

Room Tip: we stayed in casa san miguel. the rooms are really big. a group of four can fit there comfortably...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We (5 friends) purchased discounted daytrip tickets through Ensogo (less than 500pesos/person). We arrived at Las Casas at around 11am. They asked us to leave our car in the parking lot outside the walls of the resort and asked 2 of us to go in and handle the paperworks for our day tour. after 5 minutes of hanging out in the car and in the heat, my friends came back and told us that we were free to go in and explore. there is a compulsory tour of the grounds included in our tickets and we were lucky that one was about to start. while waiting, we waited in Casa Mexico, their main office building with our free ice-cold sago at gulaman drink. there was a Sungca board available so we played to pass the time (when we found out that the shells were incomplete, the staff kindly gave us enough to play - good service!).

The tour started and our tour guide took us through all the houses that they moved to Las Casas. he imparted with us the history of each house, the stories surrounding the owners and their place in history. The story regarding Jose Rizal's mother's ancestral house is a particular highlight of the trip. Too bad the whole house was not moved to Las Casas (due to the local govenrment's interference) and had fallen to disrepair and eventually collapsed 2 years ago. if only it was moved to Las Casas, and not just the original doors, then it would have been there, instead of a replica, for all Filipinos to appreciate. It was an interesting tour, we were also able to see the owner's own mini museum :)

We had lunch at their Filipino-Spanish restaurant (the Italian restaurant was closed because it was a weekday). We initially thought the food was too expensive and that we had no choice but to eat there as there were no establishments around Las Casas. When the food came, we were happy to realize that they had large servings and we did get value for our money. We ordered the seafood Kare-kare, sinigang na baboy, fried chicken and the bistek tagalog. we also ordered their home-made Gabi (a root crop) ice cream:) food was good and we were so full (we also had to take home some of the food because we couldn't finish it all) we had to have a short siesta at the recliners near their batis-inspired pool. they sound of the waves of the nearby sea lulled us to sleep.

Las Casas is still incomplete when we went there. they were still in the process of building another Filipino-themed building to provide more accommodations. their brochure told us of their eventual plans to have a whole street filled with different Filipino delicacies from all over the Philippines, to have Filipino games tournament, to host wonderful shows of Filipino dances.
I look forward to these developments and would gladly go back to see their plans come to fruition. i also plan to bring my family and any balik-bayans there and sleep in the houses that i learned about.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I was with a group of singles from Elim Communities when I stayed in this hotel. The Hotel boasts off its collection of old houses in the Philippines. A replica of my neighbor in San Nicolas, Binondo was a specially featured accommodation. The room where I stayed is interestingly designed adopting the modern materials to the detailed reproduction of the old houses and interior. Expansion and new construction were noted in the resort vicinity.

The singing duo was good and witty. The cultural dance performance of the young dancers was excellent. The guided tour of the different houses was educational. The food is well prepared. Thanks to the security staff for probing and helping me found my belongings and proving to the receptionists who got impatient with my follow up that I was right.

I'm contemplating on returning with another set of friends this October or November.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I went with a BIG group. So my experience may be different than a couple's. The focus is architecture and trying to create an old spanish era Philippine town, brick by brick, On that score, they succeed with flying colors,
The food we had wasn't bad. The rooms were old houses, with all antique genuine stuff, Its living in classic art, but air-conditioned.
But the management made me cringe inside with their decisions on how to fix the back of their kitchen that sticks out into this beautiful work of architecture, buated fridges lying on the lawn, and things like that. The owners need to make top dollar to maintain a place like this, and they arent going to get it with their management (Feb 2013). I know that the group organizer also had a lot of problems with charges. Maybe this would not happen with just a couple, or a small group. So just be aware and chalk mistakes up to ineficiency. Expect to find errors in your bill, and don't be upset if you do find mistakes. Getting upset can ruin a great experience.
One more thing, For the beauty that it is, it probably wont last. The entire complex is built on a river delta. Any geodetic engineer will tell you thats a dumb idea because rivers shift on a delta, So the river will probably shift over time, and probably wipe out any buildings in the way.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Leading up to Independence Day, we thought about doing a historical summer break in a historical place so it becomes meaningful for our kids. The moment we drove inside, I immediately had a flash of my own childhood vacations in my grandmother's hometown in Ubay, Bohol. The houses were neatly laid out in the location and one immediately feels thrown back in time especially when you start meeting the staff in traditional Filipino costumes and greeting you, "Magandang Hapon, po!"

We were ushered to the reception area where we were immediately attended to by the front desk personnel who explained all the details we needed to know during our stay. We were given a refreshing glass of Sago't Gulaman, a traditional Filipino drink. My kids loved it so much we asked for another glass which they willingly offered.

We booked first for an overnight stay in the Executive Suite - a 3-level unit that has a TV/Living Room downstairs, the Master Bed in the 2nd level and 2 more Queen-sized beds in the loft but reserved for an extra night in another unit in case we decided to stay one more night. We had 8 kids with us, my husband and I and 2 helpers.

This Executive Suite was just right for us in terms of size, although since the TV was downstairs, it was a bit of an extra effort to go down in case the children wanted to catch some kids' shows on TV. Furthermore, the living room set was quite uncomfortable since it was all wooden and no throw pillows or what were there. On our second night, we got 2 rooms at the ground level of the San Miguel - the first house you see on the left as you enter the compound. We enjoyed staying in the 2nd night's accomodatione because it was more flat and had more space and easy access to the TV.

The good points:
We genuinely enjoyed the venue - culturally it was very inspiring. We liked our tour - many historical insights about our past as a nation and as a people. The staff were generally nice and warm. We also enjoyed the cultural show - the dancers encouraged everyone to take part in dancing the Tinikling!

The pizza at the pizzeria was VERY GOOD! Service at that Italian resto was also quick and good. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the Filipino/Spanish restaurant.

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The bathroom essentials were a bit sparse - I wish they had at least one foot mat so we don't end up wetting the sink part.

In the Filipino/Spanish restaurant, we accidentally left my toddler's newly-bought train toy and a box of chocolates. The staff informed us that they kept both and turned it over to the next persons in charge. When we returned the next day, I asked about it but was told that they didn't have the train toy - just the box of chocolates. They said they will try to look for it but when I followed up - they said they weren't able to find it.. Just disappointing.

Also, I wish they had more choices for food - since the place was quite a distance from the city, there weren't much options except the 2 restaurants available. And they were both expensive!

Overall however, I would still recommend a visit to the place. Add a trip to the Bataan Monument after that for a truly historical trip most especially for children!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Las Casas has a great concept of preserving and showcasing old Filipino houses while also providing modern amenities. My family and I (6 adults altogether) stayed at the executive suite which was tri-level since the bedroom had a loft. The suite had a living room & dining set downstairs, 3 queen beds which were comfy and 2 full bathrooms which were clean & adequate. The staff was very pleasant, as well.

Their restaurant serves good Filipino meals, somewhat pricey but it's what you'd expect at a resort. They also have a pizza place with a nice, rustic ambiance. Their pool is a good size, "batis" style pool. My parents  tried out the beach early in the morning & they said not to bother with it. We only stayed 2 days/1 night but it was enough time to check out the whole place. We took the tour of the houses on day 1, watched the cultural show in the evening then waded in the pool on day 2.  We then checked out  Kilometer Zero of the Death March and Mt Samat on our way home. 

  • Stayed January 2013
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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
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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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