Traveloka Tips for an Enjoyable Baguio Vacation

The scorching heat of the sun outside, mixed with the dust from the on-going road construction everywhere, makes you wish you were someplace cool and relaxing. But since Alaska or Switzerland is too far (and requires visa, passport, and lots of money!), you can just settle for the next best thing – Baguio. Well of course, aside from time, another issue would be money. A vacation won’t be enjoyable if you’re worrying too much about your budget. Good thing, there are now lots of affordable accommodations in Baguio. But how will you know which ones are the best value for your minimal budget? I find the Traveloka App handy to guide us in our search for the best budget hotels in Baguio.

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Dely’s Inn, Baguio

Over the holidays, we went to Sagada, but we stayed in Baguio for a night to rest from the long travel. Finding an available hotel in Baguio during the peak season is very difficult. Even the expensive ones like The Manor, Forrest Lodge, etc. were fully booked. My hotel choice when in Baguio which is City Center Hotel was also unavailable. So I searched for hotels and transient houses until I found Dely’s Inn.

When you search for reviews on Dely’s Inn online, you can’t find much, I was hesitant at first but I really have no choice, right?

Family room at Dely's Inn, Baguio

Family room at Dely’s Inn, Baguio

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City Center Hotel in Baguio

City Center Hotel is a new and modern hotel in Baguio City that is centrally located in Session Road. When I was looking for our hotel to stay in last Holy Week, I carefully searched for photos of hotels and their locations. Other Baguio hotels we stayed from previous visits are really old and rundown like the Harrison Inn (location is good too but very old). I was skeptical at first if City Center Hotel is really new because it’s in Session Road and that area is filled with old buildings. But I asked my friend who is based in Baguio and she confirmed that it’s indeed new. I booked via their website, they reply fast. You have to pay the room reservations in full though via bank deposit if you’re going to book in advance. After you wired the payment, send them an email with your deposit slip attached and they will send you a confirmation at once. Email correspondence is really fast and reliable.

City Center Hotel is a 6-storey building in the corner of Mabini St. and Session Road

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Genesis Joy Bus to Baguio

Last Holy Week, my family went to Baguio for a 4-day vacation. My husband Jeff will climb the Kibungan Circuit in Benguet and he left ahead of us but he’ll meet us in Baguio after his climb. Jeff told me about his plan just a week before the Holy Week. I crammed on looking for our hotel in Baguio and reserving our tickets to Baguio. I was not surprised when I called Victory Liner in Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan, I asked if they still have tickets going to Baguio on Maundy Thursday, they told me that tickets are all sold out even their deluxe line and we can just line up on the day itself as chance passengers. I don’t want to take my chances so I looked for other bus lines with trips to Baguio. Luckily, I stumbled upon Genesis Joy Bus, the executive coach of Genesis Transport similar to deluxe lines of Victory Liner. And I’m doubly happy because I can buy our tickets online through http://iwantseats.com.ph/. I don’t have to go the Genesis terminal in Cubao just to buy tickets. I registered on the site, selected the Date of Trip and Number of Seats. Booking via IWantSeats is such a breeze, they have payment options such as Dragon Pay, BPI and Union Bank deposit. I paid via BPI and just called their hotline for payment confirmation after I deposited the money. The online booking shows the bus seat plan and you can select your seats too! Just book in advance so that you can choose the best seats. Bus fare from Cubao to Baguio via Genesis JoyBus is Php 675, plus additional Php 25 booking fee.

Genesis Joy Bus Seat Plan

Genesis Joy Bus Seat Plan

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