You'll need a vehicle or need to get used to taking taxis if you decide to stay at this hotel, as it is not within walking distance from most of the attractions in Baguio City. In my case, the distance was a plus as it allowed us to appreciate the City of Pines more.
We reserved a superior room (pine forest view) which was quite spacious and did look out into a pine forest. The room had no air-conditioning, but keeping the windows open provided enough cool and fresh air for a pleasant stay. I liked the room layout, which separated the bathroom and dressing area from the rest of the room and also had a little corner for preparing tea and coffee. The room set-up allowed my mom, who got up earlier than I did, to start her day's rituals without really disturbing my sleep.
Our room faced the main driveway of the hotel, so we could hear some noise from the outside, in particular, the sound of vehicles driving to and from the hotel. We were located on the second floor, which meant that when the door leading to corridor where the lift was located was not shut, we could hear the music from the bar and smell the food being cooked for breakfast.
The main disappointment with the hotel was the service at the restaurant. There could have been much more attention to detail (e.g., making sure there was a teaspoon with the coffee cup and saucer) and more organization in the service (it often took a couple of minutes before our requests were attended to). Having said that, the breakfast buffet (which was not included in the special rate I received) provide ample choices, and the dinner selections were adequate.
Try to spend some time in the bar if you like listening to sentimental music from the past. If you are lucky enough to be in Baguio during the dry season, build in some time for walking around the camp. Horseback riding and golf are also good options if you are into these activities.
A final note: The reservation form gives you the impression that the full cost of your room would be charged against your credit card upon confirmation of your reservation, although this is not the case. They simply want you to give your credit card details as a guarantee. Getting all my questions answered before I decided to confirm my reservation took a bit of back and forth by e-mail, but eventually, all my questions were responded to satisfactorily.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manor is not only distinguished by its impressive architecture and cozy interiors, but also blessed with an environment that truly sets it apart from other hotels in Baguio City. This four-story structure, designed to blend neatly with towering pine trees, provides a magnificent view of the Cordillera mountain range. Here, one can literally open windows to cool, fresh air. For a distinct touch, a Baguio stone exterior finish, shingled roofing and tinted glass windows add warm accents to Camp John Hay Manor's cozy, relaxed and luxurious ambiance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camp John Hay Baguio
- Manor Hotel Baguio
- Camp John Hay Manor Hotel