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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bagac
Manila, Philippines
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“Great place to visit for awesome photos”
Reviewed February 21, 2011

It's a great place for sunset and sunrise photos, facade of beautiful colonial homes and the food is really good. The rooms are a bit pricey (look at spending around 2,000pesos per person) but its very clean and almost like a 3star hotel in Makati. Its the nicest place in that area.

They have a swimming pool, 1 restaurant, massage spa, and a few shops. There's a cultural show every fri and sat night (the staff would dance and serenade you with classic filipino songs)

It's a very nice place to go to if you want some quiet time, take beautiful photos (bring a tripod) and to just relax.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

Invited by the owner (a family friend) to spend New Year's at this beautiful resort. The owner really had a great vision in trying to relocate dilapidated colonial houses from all over the Philippines in just one place. The location itself isn't that far (about a pleasant 3-4 hour ride along surprisingly smooth roads) He tried to recreate a historic feel to it by making the roads cobblestones (no cars allowed to stay inside the resort, only allowed to go in and out for the luggage). There are nice sculptures and fountains everywhere and the resort is generally well maintained. There is even a traditional calesa (horse drawn carriage) offering Php50/person rides.
Not sure if this review can apply to the typical overnight stay because the owner prepared a really nice 30 minute firework display (felt like Enchanted Kingdom). Also, had great dinner with lechon, set up a dancing floor and had an open bar.
We stayed in Casa Meycauayan. It was very spacious and the furniture was complete. It had 2 huge rooms downstairs and 3 big rooms upstairs. The bathroom was modern and nicely appointed. The beds were comfortable. There were even 3 LCD flat screens.
They already have a nice swimming pool, overlooking the beach (The beach is no Boracay, but it's not that bad either). Service was pleasant and fast. Food, offered in a house they couldn't convert to a hotel room (because it was considered haunted...supposedly a family was massacred in it ), was buffet but was just average.
You can tell though that the resort itself is still a work in progress...but it's not necessarily a bad thing. It's like you are part of the owner's vision and you get excited about what the resort can still offer (too bad they don't have a suggestion box). They were constructing a nice bridge which looked really picturesque due to the beach in front of it and the green mountains behind it. Future projects were plans to bring in an old church and the house of Jose Rizal's mother (half of the house is currently being used as a wet market). Not sure if they are pushing through with these (especially the latter), but its nice to know that the resort will get better and better.
Bottomline is that it truly is a great vision that is executed fairly well. Still a work in progress but is still a great place to sit back and enjoy the scenery with loved ones, while learning and being proud of our long history.
Sorry, still uploading pictures...will try to add the photos soon.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Galloway, New Jersey
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

We chose Las Casas for our prenup pictorial and we were not disappointed at all with the results. They charged us an extra fee for the pictorial (i think it was 1,500 php), along with the entry fee for my fiance and me, and 3 photographers (the total was about 6,500 Php). We were given our vouchers for free lunch and snack.

We chose to eat lunch first, We were served soup then we had to choose between Mechado or Fried Fish Fillet. I choose the mechado which was flavorful, but sadly dry. My fiancee chose the Fish, which was not dry but not very flavorful. For dessert, we were served Leche Flan, which was amazing! The only sad part was that i ate mine a bit too fast.

We then moved to a cottage to begin our pictorial, The cottages are located very close to the beach, and provide a nice view of most of the property. However, they are not air conditioned, and have no to fans to cool them off. This is not a huge problem, because once you open all of the shutters and windows a cool breeze blows through the cottage.

The staff was not bothersome and left us alone the entire time we were shooting the pictorial.

i'm not sure this is a place to go to if you are looking for a fun time, you could be disappointed. This is more of a romantic feeling place. In my opinion. leave the kids at home. Yes, There is a nice, big pool, yes, there is a beach also. But, the fun ends there.

Thanks to Las casas, we were able to get a large amount of breathtaking photos, including some really jaw dropping photos at sunset.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2010

Not quite what I expected. Yes, it's nicely restored colonial buildings, you do appreciate the architecture, but don't expect to see much indoors. The interior is just poorly staged. I would not even call it a work in progress, as it feels like they are happy with just a few sticks of furniture (and NO furniture in a lot of the buildings). I wish they would put in some decor so you could imagine how these homes functioned. I wanted to see china, silverware, paintings. The tour guide had only the barest information to impart, I wish that they had gotten an architecture professor so that you could appreciate the details in these buildings. The guide did mention more than once, the price tag if you wanted to rent certain homes; I think they were likely told to say that, and it made me feel that this place was built as more of a commercial venture rather than for its aesthetic value. I must say that if you are a photography buff, that the place does show up beautifully in photos.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed October 31, 2010

Las Casas is a fascinating little project where the owner buys up old ancestral homes and transplants them to new home in Bataan. These homes would have otherwise lay victim to time and neglect, at least here they are preserved for generations to enjoy.

I believe the vision of Las Casas is to become a resort and they aren't there yet. A lot of their fascilities still aren't complete but for what it is now, it is worth the trip. The P1000 entrance is bit steep, but it does come with lunch and an afternoon merienda which are quite good. The fee comes with a 45-60 min tour which could take longer if, like us, you had a lot of questions.

The place itself isn't "cheap". It is actually an impressive quality work. Items like statues, lamp posts, and even the cobble stone streets are quite nicely done.

I am not sure why anyone one at this stage would want to stay there overnight. Its kinda creepy and there isn't much to do there when the sun goes down. But itsa haven for photographers and history buffs for a day trip.

I highly recommend this place.

I wrote a blog about it with lots of pictures here: http://lakwatsero.me/2010/10/10/las-casas-filipinas-de-acuzar-bagac-bataan-october-10-2010/

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed May 25, 2010

Personally, the houses here are better than the ones in Vigan. Another plus factor is the travel time from Manila which is only 2.5 hours.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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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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