Baguio has been our family’s default destination every summer during my childhood years and a top of mind place to most Filipinos during summer breaks.
Whether the heat is too much to bear, or craving for some fresh greens and affordable strawberries, or hoarding brooms and going ukay-ukay shopping is your kind of thing, Baguio always comes to mind.
Just this summer, when we were already in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, we decided to continue our Northern Escapade all the way to Baguio City!
Traveling to and from Baguio has never been easier! The roads are well paved, making me love the north all the more when it comes to road trips.
We opted to take Naguilian Road from Ilocos Sur, taking us a mere 3 1/2 hours travel time. But during our trip, Naguilian Road was under construction so it proved to be quite a challenge given that the road was steep and there were sections with traffic buildup.
But when we finally reached our host establishment – Le Monet Hotel, we all knew that the road trip was well worth it!
Discovering Le Monet Hotel
Le Monet Hotel opened February 2012 and was named after the great French impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Upon entering the lobby of Le Monet Hotel, you will immediately see different artworks like this one by the famous Jose Joya.
Opposite the front desk area is The Lobby.
The perfect spot in Le Monet Hotel to have your afternoon coffee or tea with the company of good friends while making yourself cozy in these nice looking wing chairs.
And just adjacent to it is the Dinelli Gourmet.
You can get your cheese and wine fix here, and where breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon snack and dinner are served, too. Craving for something special? Ask the chef and surprise yourself with something gastronomically delightful.
Next to it is the Malt Room which offers a beautiful view of the Le Monet Garden.
For our breakfast, I excitedly waited for the much raved about Triple Decker Eggs Ben!
Look at this baby! 3 layers each of bacon, asparagus, tomato, Vigan longganisa, a perfectly poached egg and hollandaise sauce sprinkled with paprika for a touch of heat. This is THE power breakfast to start an amazing morning!
Craving for a different kind of breakfast and prefer rice instead? Try this for a change.
Since Dinelli serves buffet breakfast, I opted to go Pinoy style. Vigan longganisa, tomato, salted egg, cucumber salad, garlic rice topped with crispy bacon and coffee. Plus the beautiful view of the Le Monet Gardens… Ahhh! How I wish to live this kind of life everyday.
They also have the most amazing Tapa! Sweet, salty, fatty and insanely good!
We were also served a simple yet comforting (and really good) set of dinner dishes starting with this Pilipino Salad.
My son who is very picky when it comes to veggies, enjoyed eating this. It had sayote tops, salted egg, onion, tomato and bagoong isda. The fresh sayote tops were crisp to the bite and gave off a sweet flavor which perfectly matches the bagoong isda. This made me one very happy vegetable monster!
This Chicken Turmeric looks like your normal Chicken Inasal but with more flavor and aroma.
It had a mild gingery flavor with a hint of lemon. Surprisingly, the taste of turmeric wasn’t overpowering and the way the chicken was cooked was juicy and tender.
During our last night in Baguio, Mr. Our Awesome Planet himself brought several bottles of Lagud Beer for us to try out. Cheers!
Le Monet Hotel also boasts of beautiful and well appointed rooms with the Le Monet Garden as your awesome view every single day!
Le Monet Hotel’s Forest View room which was accorded to the #TheDreys (that’s us!) during our stay was very relaxing. It had two 2 comfortable twin beds and all the basic necessities that you could possibly need.
See the ceiling fan? That’s pretty much all you’ll ever need any time of the day because air-conditioning is not needed.
Plus points for the private balcony. Another spot to relax during downtime with the pine trees as your backdrop and the soothing smell of the pine trees which only Baguio can offer!
Wait! I haven’t showed you the bathroom yet. It may not be big and it may not have a tub (which I don’t really mind) but Le Monet Hotel has interestingly modern toilet bowls! With just a push of a button the toilet seat instantly warms up! Perfect for the cold Baguio weather! The toilet bowl also boasts of automatic flush which (get this!) you can operate via remote control! I’m serious! Hahaha!
And oh! Le Monet Hotel bathrooms have mounted TVs inside! Perfect for your intimate (and difficult) toilet moments. It’s the perfect potty partner!
AMENITIES and FACILITIES
Apart from the wonderful things I’ve already mentioned about Le Monet Hotel, you’d be pleased to know that this place also has an Indoor Heated Swimming Pool!
Who said you can’t swim in the cold weather? Le Monet Hotel guarantees that you get to enjoy the water even when the weather gets unbearably chilly, all thanks to their indoor heated pool. You also get to enjoy a magnificent view of the outside.
Other Amenities of Le Monet Hotel
- Vida Verde Spa
- Fitness Center
- Function Room
- Roof Deck Tent
Before heading back home to Manila, I took the family outside to tour the Le Monet Garden.
I even got a shot of this beautiful “luminescent” flower at the Le Monet Garden before leaving Baguio. It was so attractive, I was almost tempted to pick it.
When visiting Baguio, make sure to book a room at Le Monet Hotel. It’s a beautifully modern and clean hotel with accommodating, courteous and very efficient staff. Considering that I’ve been in the hotel industry for a good number of years, these are important qualities that I always look for when I search for places to stay in.
Thank you Le Monet Hotel for this unforgettable experience. You just made our Baguio vacation all the more memorable!
Ordonio Drive, Loakan Road,
Camp John Hay,
Baguio, Philippines – 2600
T: 519 4903
F: 519 4903
Manila Sales Office: (+632) 376 5059
E: [email protected]mgi.com / [email protected]
Twitter and Instagram: @lemonet_hotel