Affordable Staycation in Baguio
Staycationing in Baguio, the City of Pines
Baguio City's cool climate and natural surroundings have encouraged many tourists to have staycations in prime lodgings in the city.
Baguio City is notable for its cool climate and as the "City of Pines." It is covered by pine trees that add to the mountain scenery and to the cold breeze. Baguio's climate and blanket of pine trees draw thousands of tourists to the city, especially during summer. This has made Baguio the "Summer Capital of the Philippines."
The number of tourists--both local and foreign--flocking to the famed City of Pines has also brought in the growth of lodgings close to popular tourist spots in Baguio. Since then, Baguio has been a popular spot for "staycations" and for enjoying the mountainside.
A Well-Known Baguio "Staycation" Spot
The Mansion House in Leonard Wood Road served as a summer residence for US governors-general during the American Colonial Period. The iconic mansion is sometimes dubbed as the "MalacaÃ±ang Palace" of the Cordillera region as it served as the Philippine President's summer residence.
The Mansion was built in 1908 and consists of an elegant Spanish Colonial Revival design. It was turned over to the Philippine president when the Philippine Commonwealth was inaugurated.
While the Mansion isn't open to all as a lodging, tourists can still visit the house and explore its landscaped gardens and take pictures of the house's wooden built. The Mansion also has an in-house museum that displays all sorts of presidential memorabilia.
The Mansion's entrance gate, which has a design that mimics classical European palace gates, is the most photographed part of the entire mansion.
Visitors can also walk around and enjoy the scenery of Wright Park, a quiet promenade outlined by pine trees and a calm reflecting pool located right across the Mansion. Wright Park has a long stairway leading to a stable area where children can ride ponies while exploring the park. Wright Park also has nearby hills that are dotted by small inns and vacation homes. Tourists who want to have a staycation close to the massive summer house and to other hotspots in Baguio City may opt for these cozy cottages and inns.
Staycation Options in Baguio
Baguio City is swarmed with various lodgings perfect for holiday stays. From cozy cabins to lofty condotels, and to stunning mansions, there is a wide array of staycation options suited for all kinds of budgets.
The increase in demand for real estate in Baguio has opened opportunities for owners to lease their condominiums, apartments, and houses for tourists to enjoy living in Baguio City.
Many of the condominiums and apartments for rent are located close to universities, malls, and shopping districts. If you are looking for a condominium that mirrors a mountain cottage or lodge, Outlook Drive is outlined with many lofty condominiums where you can enjoy the pine-scented cold breeze and rich green covering of trees.
If you want something more spacious and closer to the ground, there are various cottages, guesthouses, and staycation houses available. Places such as Teacher's Camp and Camp John Hay provide lodgings that embody the usual log houses and mountain lodges that complement the hilly terrains and cold weather.
Teacher's Camp is close to Baguio's busiest streets and other tourist spots such as Burnham Park and the Laperal Mansion. Camp John Hay offers duplex houses, villas, and staycation houses that are accompanied by amenities and fancy dining places.
But of course, Camp John Hay also presents more luxurious accommodations for those seeking a fancier staycation experience. Posh hotels like The Manor offer top-quality suites and amenities in its cottage-inspired mid-rise buildings. Tenants can enjoy the crisp mountain air and thick carpet of trees with the hotel's spa, fitness gym, laundry area, WiFi-equipped rooms, and dining areas.
Baguio Staycation Prices
While staycationing is often equated with hotels and condominiums, tourists can enjoy staying in Baguio without having to stretch their budget beyond their limits.
Some condominiums and apartments can be rented for Php 8,000 up to Php 15,000, which can be relatively cost-efficient. These accommodations come with amenities that cater to wellness, relaxation, and fun.
Staycation houses are very popular lodgings for their affordability and usually wide spaces. Budget-friendly Staycation homes can cost about Php 1,500 up to Php 4,500 a night which are ideal for those who want to be cost-efficient while they enjoy Baguio City. Luxurious and more remote staycation houses, such as those in Camp John Hay, can cost about Php 10,000 up to Php 45,000.
Many of these staycation accommodations are close to many popular go-to places, namely Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Session Road, the Philippine Military Academy, and Tam-Awan Village.
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