Unique stays in Baguio City: The most charming hotels, homes, and B&Bs you can book

Images: G1 Lodge / Cabin Dreams / Kamiseta Hotel
Images: G1 Lodge / Cabin Dreams / Kamiseta Hotel

Making your way to Baguio for the weekend? As a holiday destination, Baguio City is incredibly popular for its cool weather, magnificent mountain views, its natural attractions, and rich cultural traditions that stem from its highland Cordillera heritage.

Over the years, the city has grown to foster a vibrant dining scene and coffee culture that utilizes the region’s freshest and most abundant produce. Plus, the opening of the SCTEX and TPLEX highways in recent years has shortened the travel time from Manila to the City of Pines and made drives to Baguio much easier.

One would argue that where one stays in Baguio is just as important as where one goes. From charming American heritage homes reminiscent of its colonial past to stylish B&Bs and hip hotels, these stays in Baguio City provide more than just lodging as they aim to create their own transportive experiences indoors.

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And while there’s nothing wrong with booking popular accommodations such as The Manor or Baguio Country Club, having an array of options on your list is always a good idea, especially when those hotels get fully booked during the peak season. 

G1 Lodge Design Hotel

If you want to be right in the heart of the action of Baguio City, G1 Lodge Design Hotel is a stylish and strategically located hotel on upper Session Road — it’s a short walk for the historic Casa Vallejo as well as SM Baguio, while Burnham Park and the Legarda area are minutes away on foot. While convenience is its biggest draw, what’s equally remarkable about G1 Lodge is its stylish interiors and sleek architectural details, which won the 2018 Kohler Best Bold Design Award. The lobby is clad in gorgeous pinewood with wavy patterns, while its cozy rooms are smartly designed with ergonomic beds that make you want to sink in after a day of exploring. 

Our tip? Park your car and take in the sights of downtown Baguio, one step at a time. You can even check out Agara Ramen and Hot Cat Coffee, which are nearby.

2 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City. Inquire with them on Facebook.

Cabin Dreams

If you’re willing to venture beyond the standard hotel, then consider booking a gorgeous cabin that lets you take in the view of the mountains and pine trees. Cabin Dreams, a five-minute drive from Wright Park and The Mansion, is a stylish A-Frame cabin fitted with mid-century modern furniture and design accents, a modern-meets-retro vacation home offering a cool and relaxing respite nestled in the woods.

Itogon, Benguet. Check them out on Instagram or book with them on Airbnb.

La Casa Bianca

For fans of more quaint and vintage lodgings, La Casa Bianca offers a rustic hotel and garden café situated on a hill. Its location puts you near some of Baguio’s most well-known sights such as the Baguio Botanical Garden and Wright Park, each a short drive away. Guests love looking forward to La Casa Bianca’s homey and generous breakfast dishes, best consumed by their outdoor verandas.

13 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City. Check them out on Facebook.

Easter Home

If you’re already a fan of the new-ish Hatch Coffee, which offers specialty coffee with a garden view inside the peaceful Manzanillo subdivision, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t book its adjacent Easter Home —  a charming bed-and-breakfast that has taken up residence in a Baguio midcentury home. There’s an effortlessly cozy “home away from home” vibe in its quarters, with a pet-friendly room and outdoor yoga classes in the morning, while you can get toasty by nightly bonfires with s’mores. Plus, having great coffee next door is always a good thing.

135 Easter Road cor 1 road, Manzanillo, Baguio City. Check them out on Instagram or book with them on Airbnb.

Kamiseta Hotel

Another break from the sleek and minimalist accommodations in Baguio City is Kamiseta Hotel. Maximalist fans will love the frills on this character-filled and intricately designed hotel, dressed in European influences — its paisley patterns and rich textures will evoke images of Versailles. It’s also beside The Mansion and a short walk to Wright Park, yet another plus for tourists who love being in the vicinity of popular attractions.

20 Brgy Lualhati, Ignacio Villamor St, Baguio. Visit them on Facebook or book with them on their website.

Ozark B&B

Fur parents will get a kick out of Ozark, a pet-friendly bed and breakfast and American diner serving up authentic and comforting Southern dishes. With owners Albert and Kevin Mize being pet lovers themselves, every room at Ozark is pet-friendly, and dogs and cats are free to roam around its compound, including a roof deck that overlooks the tranquil SLU-Bakakeng campus field and its pine trees. They also have their own outdoor pet relief area, so potty breaks for your four-legged ones won’t be a problem.

2 Bear’s Trail corner, 6 Bareng Drive, Baguio City. Visit them on Facebook or book with them on Airbnb.

Secret Cabin Baguio

If you’ve always wanted to book a log cabin for your family, a not-so-secret option is Secret Cabin Baguio, which comfortably fits a group of 10. Made of local timber and stone, this rustic home even has its own fireplace where you can warm up during one of those chilly nights.

Petersville Subdivision, Camp 7 Baguio City. Visit them on Facebook or book with them on Airbnb.

Tudor in the Pines

If you don’t mind getting away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Baguio, Tudor in the Pines offers a peaceful respite situated amidst a plethora of pine trees. Offering seven unique residences in a private area, perhaps its biggest draw is the Twin Glass Treehouse, which is exactly what it sounds like — two glass treehouses, connected by a timber deck, up in the pine trees. It’s certainly a unique way to reconnect with nature.

17 Western Link Circumferential Rd, Baguio City. Visit their website or book with them on Airbnb.

3BU Hostel

While Baguio is a popular destination for groups and families, the action-filled city, which also serves as an access point to other provinces in the Cordilleras, is a great place for backpackers to explore. 3BU Hostel has two locations, one smack in the middle of bus stations along Governor Pack Road, while the other has more stylish digs along Upper Bonifacio. At PHP600 (US$10.18) per pod a night, it’s an ideal choice for solo travelers. 

Upper Bonifacio: 121 Upper Bonifacio St.; Governor Pack Road: Lot 17 Baden Powell Building, Governor Pack Road. Check out their website.

American Heritage House

Image: American Heritage House (Facebook)

Nothing says country home like this American Heritage House, a refurbished ancestral home that preserves the spirit of the various American-style residences that once dotted the city. This charming guest suite, filled with rustic and vintage accents, is one of two houses within a tranquil yet central property in Baguio, the other being a private vacation home that has been featured in films such as Honor Thy Father, Citizen Jake, and Glorious.

7 CM Recto St., Baguio City. Book with them on Airbnb.

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