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South Drive Manor
Ranked #35 of 50 Hotels in Baguio
Reviewed September 9, 2008

South Drive Manor hotel has been a favorite for years. It is located way out of the populated session road, offering the guests a relatively quieter setting.

Great view from the terrace. The view are greeneries (much pine trees), teachers camp below, far away you can the SM white cap :) We take out the coffee table and bring them out to the terrace. This is where we lounge, watch cars drive by, people watch and chat and snack and always eat at least one breakfast.

We have a favorite room. It's on the 3rd floor with terrace. But the last time we went (in June), we saw a room on the 2nd floor which looks better. Next time, we are going to request that room :) Anyway, the rooms do not have airconditioning. It is no issue actually because of the cool baguio weather. But if you feel it is not enough, they can provide you with electric fan or fans for that matter.

Am very particular abt bath details. It is the first thing i check in an accommodation. I check if the place has sufficient and clean towels, hotel standard water (hot and cold with pressure), enough toiletries. And, South Drive Manor has obviously aged. It needs uplifting (rusting and dismantled bath fixtures). The towels are sufficient and clean though (maybe because i was the only one who used the towels. My company didn't want to use hotel towels).

The food is ok. It has improved (from the past experience). Was not disappointed with my meal when i tried it this time. "medyo" understaff lang because the front desk girl is also the person who gets the orders; and the one who gets the food from the kitchen and the one who serves the food. So, i didn't bother to order again. I just waited for her to finish serving the other table before asking for the bill. The management can improve the lobby, lounge and dining area. They can also look at improving their menu so they have additional come on for guests...or maybe other hotels' guests. You can never underestimate the power of "word of mouth" and blogs and travel advisors :)

Our room rate is 2.8k for a twin bed.

In the morning or afternoon, you can take a leisurely walk along the road below. It is downhill to BCC and Camp John Hay. So the challenge is going back to the hotel :) Teachers Camp now has an oval. It is a walk away from the hotel. You can challenge yourself further there :-)

Over all, South Drive Manor with all it's room for improvement, can still be a favorite place for me.

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed February 22, 2007

I enjoyed my stay for 3 days.. that was the holidays.. and everything was so cool that i want to go back again this 2007. The place was cool that it has a view of cool pine trees overlooking the near by city proper like the shoe mart. Employees were accommodating with a smile and also additional greeting of korean word "hello".

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2006

Have you ever been fooled into staying at a hotel or lodge because of a nice-looking website or worse, a bogus review planted by the hotel themselves? Well, I have!

South Drive Manor's main draw is its enviable location perched atop Teacher's Camp in a relatively unpolluted part of town. This is where it begins. And this is where it ends.

After an hour of checking in the hotel, I was feeling uneasy about the cleanliness of the place and true enough, when I looked under the bed, it looked like the room had not been cleaned for months. I even saw a cockroach. The toilet failed to flush.

After demanding a new room, we were hastily ushered into the next door room and the toilet reeked of urine
evidence of the place's utmost filthiness.

And to top it all, when I requested instant coffee(standard on hotels in this price range) I was charged for it!

I immediately checked out of the hotel the next morning and when I looked for the manager to complain about the place, the employees claimed he wasn't around!

This is not a fake or planted post!

  • Stayed: April 2005
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Additional Information about South Drive Manor

Address: 34 Paterno Street | South Drive, Baguio, Luzon 2600, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Cordillera Region > Benguet Province > Baguio
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Ranked #35 of 50 Hotels in Baguio
Price Range: $39 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 44
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