First of all, I concur with the previous post 100 percent.
I had a chance to stay at Camp John Hay Manor during the first week of January 2007, for a 2 night stay, and I can say that I was very disappointed.
For those of you who are not familiar with Baguio or Philippines, Baguio is a city about 150 miles north of Manila, situated high up on the mountains. Because of its high geographical location, the weather is a lot more pleasant than other places in Philippines; thus, it is known as the summer capital of Philippines, so I was told.
Unfortunately, other than the weather, everything else in Baguio is very disappointing. To get to Baguio, I took Asian Spirit from Manila to Baguio as this is the quickest way to reach Baguio. From the moment I arrived, however, I was very disappointed with Baguio.
First, unbeknownst to me then, the taxi drivers waiting for passengers outside the Loakan airport frequently rip off tourists by overcharging rides to the hotels (note: be careful especially of the driver who drives taxi with the license plate number AYJ 523). I unfortunately fell victim to this and even though the amount lost was just a few dollars, it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Once I got to the hotel, I went to the receptionists to ask for my room, but as the previous poster stated, I could not believe the arrogant (and indifferent) attitude displayed by them. Even though I was a guest at their hotel, they forced me to wait for several minutes while they were attending to whatever they were doing and at that moment, I felt like going to another hotel, if I had known of other hotels around Baguio. Anyway, I finally got to my hotel room, and the room itself is not so bad.
The next day, I went downstairs to have breakfast which is included with the room, and I have to say that this is also very disappointing. The breakfast is an American style breakfast with some Filippino food mixed in. They also serve fresh fruits and drinks which was a nice touch. However, overall, the food quality was mediocre and definitely, compared to the breakfast experience that I had at other vacation spots in South East Asia, it was truly disappointing.
The hotel grounds are not so bad. It reminded me of being in a cabin near Grand Canyon. I also went to a local mall called SM which was not too bad, although it was a bit too crowded.
It's too bad that Filippinos are NOT friendly to tourists. Compared to my other stays in other parts of South East Asia (for example, in Bangkok and other places in Thailand where the people there are so much nicer and friendlier to foreigners), my view is that Filippinos are just not that nice to foreigners.
Another word of caution. At the airport in Manila, the Customs officers will "throw" your passport at you which I thought was so unprofessional and inconsiderate. Also, don't be surprised if the taxi drivers in Manila and the people working at the airport treat you unfairly.
Overall, if you can, avoid Philippines, Baguio and Camp John Hay Manor hotel.
- 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