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Dubbed the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City still tops the list of the Philippines’ favorite year-round destination. Bustling and booming, Baguio is where the old meets new in architecture, scenery, and flavors. In the midst of active developments in the pine city, a new boutique hotel has emerged like a lotus blossom in summer. Here we give you The Orchard Hotel Baguio review. Find out why it is another family-friendly hotel in the Philippines that you should check out.
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The Orchard Hotel Baguio review
Without further ado, here is our The Orchard Hotel Baguio review. We stayed there for two nights, attended an event in their function room, and ate at their in-house restaurant. It was the birthday party of an aunt held here.
Location: Baguio Hotels Strip
Legarda Road is like the hotel strip of Baguio City. It is where you will find an assortment of accommodations for different budgets and lifestyles. Baguio hotels are aplenty, but it is also a matter of finding the right place for you and your family.
The Orchard Hotel Baguio is a new player in the area. It is a bright and dreamy boutique hotel with a modern feel but exuding the warmth of Cordilleran hospitality.
Lobby | Common Area
Despite the rather small land area, The Orchard Hotel Baguio has made use of every square meter to make the design luxurious as well as spacious.
Entering the hotel, you will be greeted with interiors in earth tones highlighted in teal and shades of green. That is the predominant motif of the hotel, including the rooms. On one side is a floor to ceiling statement wall decorated with faux flowers and foliage that speak of spring no matter what month of year.
While the green wall is not real, there is no hint of gaudiness in the placement and is fast becoming a favorite photo spot of the guests.
A Lifestyle Hotel
The common areas have country chic décor and furniture. Lifestyle quotes inked on wooden slabs with aged effect pepper many walls, including those in the toilets. So millennial but also so shabby chic. These areas are well-lighted and give you optimum angles for that mandatory hotel selfie.
If you look up the ceiling of the lobby or the function room, you will see lots of wreath-like lamps with little bulbs sprouting at the edges. While the lamps look individually otherworldly, the effect is romantic and surreal when put together, like stepping into a mystical forest. If you are billeted in the hotel, you will see smaller versions of these lamps on the bedsides.
No Boring Corners
I also would like to mention the hallways leading to the rooms. These are not just mere blank walls or simple walls with framed artworks. Many parts of the hallways have cut outs into the walls to make way for glass display cabinets that contain curios and collectibles. There’s no boring corner around here. Such interesting interior design for a hotel!
The Orchard Hotel Baguio: A Family Friendly Hotel
Since we almost always travel as a family, we are always on the lookout for family approved hotels. Needless to say, The Orchard Hotel Baguio is one such hotel. Find out why.
There are five kinds of rooms to choose from, depending on what you need:
- Supreme Room with Balcony (with two twin beds)
- Supreme Room without Balcony (with two twin beds)
- Premier Room (with two twin beds and a view of the city)
- Loft (good for a group of six pax, 4 lofts available)
- Deluxe Economy Room (fan room)
The standard room amenities The Orchard Hotel Baguio are:
- High speed wifi
- 24-hour hot and cold showers
- Complimentary coffee, tea, and bottled water
- 50” Smart TV with Cignal channels
- Air-conditioning with individual remote control (as there are those who cannot sleep without air conditioning)
- Safety deposit box
However, they do have more affordable Deluxe Economy Rooms that are non-aircon. These are for those who feel that the Baguio weather is already too cold for them.
You can find the rates at their website, http://www.orchardbaguio.com/. The Orchard Baguio Hotel room rates start at P4,200.
Toilet and Bath | Toiletries
The Orchard Hotel Baguio uses the Natura line of bath products. You have everything from shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bath soaps, and body lotion.
Other grooming kits are also available.
Note: The bathtub is only available in the Rose Loft.
Meanwhile, here are the hotel amenities for the convenience of the guests:
- High-speed Wifi
- Function Rooms
- Parking Lot
- Storchard — a Baguio Pasalubong Shop
- Instagrammable Spots
Staying in the Premier Room
Our family stayed in the Premier Room for two nights. It is very spacious, with lots of floor space for the kids to roam around. This is a plus for us because we have an active little girl who cannot seem to sit still for long periods.
Since there are two twin beds, hubby and I were able to sleep comfortably. The pillows and linens are made of good quality materials, too.
Moreover, it seems that they didn’t spare an expense in appointing the rooms. The toilet and bath is spacious, with carefully placed hooks and hangers.
We noticed that when the toilet paper roll and hooks for hanging clothes or towels are away from the trash can. This is really a pet peeve of ours—when the tissue paper rolls onto the trash. Here, the bin is far away. haha
The Loft | Family Rooms
At The Orchard Hotel Baguio, they have three special rooms called the Loft. It is called such because these rooms do have lofts. This room can comfortably accommodate up to six people.
On the lower level, there are two twin beds while the loft has a queen sized bed. It is nicely appointed, boasts of a romantic lighting design, plus there are lounging chairs.
This is perfect for families with either four children or two young kids with baby sitters.
Moreover, if you are interested, the Rose Loft has a bath tub.
Service | Staff
The staff from the front office to the concierge and the housekeeping are well-trained, groomed, and are formally attired. They are also polite and very helpful with our needs.
There are two dining outlets at The Orchard Hotel Baguio. At the ground floor is the King Chef Kitchen – a Chinese restaurant specializing in dimsum and other Asian specialities.
Meanwhile, they are opening That Little Café on the 6th floor where they will serve comfort dishes and Cordilleran coffee creations. Dine there with a sweeping view of the city.
The breakfast buffet is served at the function room. We really enjoyed the assortment of fresh and fruits and vegetables that Baguio is known for. Don’t miss the fresh produce section.
As for the cured meats, we noticed that what they are serving do not have the artificial coloring. It may surprise you a bit, especially if you are used to those bright, red-colored processed meats. But at least you know there are no extra chemicals in your food. So they are a bit healthier and taste good, too.
Additionally, the breakfast buffet has an omelette station and an assortment of breads. Cereals and milk for the kids were not available during our stay.
All in All
In conclusion, The Orchard Baguio Hotel is just a lovely hotel to stay in Baguio City, especially if you have a family. Rooms are sparklingly clean, spacious, and smell good, too. Additionally, you have a choice between aircon and non-aircon rooms, which is not usually available among older hotels.
The well-appointed interiors of this boutique hotel is already a plus. It’s obvious that the owners did not spare an expense in furnishing and decorating the place.
Furthermore, it is very near, sometimes just walking distance, to major tourist attractions in Baguio City. Since it is part of the famous hotel lane in Baguio, hailing a taxi is not a problem here any time of the day.
No Swimming Pool But We Don’t Care
The only thing missing here among the favorite hotel amenities of our kids is a swimming pool. However, who would want to go swimming in Baguio in that freezing weather? So it is still okay for us. Our time was mostly spent roaming the city anyway.
Next time you are in Baguio City, especially if you are a family, stay at The Orchard Baguio Hotel.
The Orchard Hotel Baguio
No. 49 Legarda Road, Baguio City
Mobile: (0917) 896 2305 | Tel. No. (074) 4424360
FB Page: TheOrchardHotelBaguio
How to Get to Baguio City
Clark is the newest hub where people fly to in order to go to destinations in northern Luzon, including Baguio. Cebu Pacific daily flights from major cities in the Philippines, like Bacolod City, land in Clark.
Read more about this new route, click here: Cebu Pacific Flies Bacolod to Clark for North and Central Luzon
Baguio City is an attractive destination for those city dwellers who want to escape the heat. From Clark International Airport, take the bus to Dagupan and take another bus ride to Baguio City. The trip takes anywhere from 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic.
Renting a Private Vehicle
In our case, we rented a van because there were 9 of us plus luggage. It’s faster that way plus we got to stop in nice places where we wanted to take photos.
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