These Baguio Hotels Are Reopening to Tourists From Metro Manila
Baguio is set to accept travelers on October 22.
(SPOT.ph) Baguio City in Benguet is slowly reopening to tourists following months of closure amid the pandemic. Local residents started enjoying again the city's parks, night markets, and weekly pedestrianization of Session Road on September 1; while travelers from La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte have been allowed in the city borders since September 21. And starting on October 22, guests from Luzon—particularly the National Capital Region, Region II (Cagayan Valley), and Region III (Central Luzon)—can go up the City of Pines to check out their many tourist destinations.
Leisure travelers are required to create a Baguio VISITA account prior to arrival, get tested (either through RT-PCR or antigen) no more than 72 hours prior to travel or upon arrival, and upload the following documents to their VISITA account: confirmed itinerary, receipt of pre-booking, and negative COVID-19 test results. You then get a QR-code Tourist Pass, which will be presented along with the printed documents at the border checkpoint in Baguio City. Only 200 guests are allowed to enter per day.
"It was a privilege to be working closely with the local government of Baguio during this process. We witnessed firsthand how they came up with effective policies to find the delicate balance between ensuring public safety and reopening for tourism to bring back jobs and livelihoods lost to the pandemic. The Ridge and Reef Project is one of the pioneering efforts to get our industry back on track, and the whole country is watching closely. Everyone’s determination to get the job done responsibly has been truly inspirational," Department of Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.
These Baguio hotels are now open to the public:
The Manor at Camp John Hay
Ordonio Drive, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Promo rates start at P3,500
The Manor features a mix of Old World architecture with modern-day conveniences a spa, fitness gym, and wellness studio. Its sprawling courtyard has rows of pinetrees, colorful flowers, and benches where guests can lounge around to enjoy the chilly Baguio air. Some of their standard precautions include temperature checks, wearing of face masks by staff and guests, deep disinfection of all rooms between stays, and washdown of cars and luggage upon arrival of vehicles.
Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Rates start at P1,900
Casa Vallejo, Baguio's oldest hotel, secured their certification to operate in June during the enforcement of modified general community quarantine in Benguet. They're operational at 50% capacity, offering exclusivity and privacy while still being accessible to the city's top attractions like Burnham Park. Miele Guide awardee Hill Station, which is located at the ground floor of Casa Vallejo, is also open to diners.
Le Monet Hotel
Ordonio Drive, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Promo rates start at P4,999
Le Monet Hotel, which is located in Camp John Hay, is ideal for guests who have been looking for a change of scenery, as their rooms offer great views of surrounding pine trees. The hotel enforces their Happy Safe Stay protocol, which includes guidelines on social and physical distancing within the premises, temperature checks, and cleaning and sanitation, among others. Amenities like spas and swimming pools are closed at the moment.
2 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
Promo rates start at P2,998
This boutique hotel takes pride in its one-of-a-kind architecture, which is inspired by Cordilleran artistry. The space isn't much, but all corners boast local aesthetics: the triangular ceiling that looks like Baguio's terrain, the front desk that's made from pine timber, and huge windows that let the natural light in late in the afternoon.
Baguio Country Club
Country Club Road, Baguio City
Rates start at P7,800 (plus guest fees)
As a members-only hotel, Baguio Country Club offers exclusivity that's very much an advantage in this pandemic. If you know someone who's a member, you can get a taste of this five-star retreat as a guest. Options range from a deluxe room to a cottage with a fireplace.