There’s something about Baguio that always excites me; a certain je ne sais quoi about this beautiful place that I really can’t quite put my finger on.
Could it be because it brings back so much of my childhood memories when my family would always visit Baguio during the summer school break? Is it the cold weather? Or is it the laid back vibe when you are in your hotel doing nothing and just enjoying the scent of the pine trees? I don’t know. But whatever it is, Baguio has that appealing draw especially now that the TPLEX (Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union Expressway) makes traveling to the Summer capital of the Philippines faster and more convenient.
Baguio still has a lot to offer even for someone who has been there countless times. From food to tourist spots; to restaurants down to accommodation options. Speaking of accommodation, during our recent getaway, we booked a 3D-2N stay at the Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre.
Our memorable Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre experience
For those who aren’t aware, even before I started blogging, I used to work for Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) which boasts of over 5,600 properties in nearly 100 countries; that includes Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre. So, staying in an IHG property made me feel so at home.
It’s worth noting that Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre is a family-friendly hotel and is designed with family travel in mind. Of course, they are also known for their Kids Stay and Eat Free program. So, if you’re traveling or vacationing with kids and are looking for a place to stay in Baguio, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre is highly worth considering.
Since we traveled with our children, Ralph and Isabella, we got 2 identical connecting rooms. This configuration is perfect for families like ours since it allows members of the family to stay together but still offers a sense of privacy given that both rooms are separated by a connecting door.
Upon entering our rooms, the hotel surprised us with local welcome treats like Sundot Kulangot or “Coconut Candy Boogers”.
Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre also has a full service restaurant that serves truly satisfying meals all-day at Lamisaan Dining & Bar.
Lamisaan can easily be found at the ground level of the hotel. While you’re waiting for check-in, you can wait at Lamisaan and order some pastries and coffee. It’s a great way to relax and unwind. But if you’re hungry, they’ve got a lot of great offerings as well. Here are some of my favorite Lamisaan specialties which you might want to try out yourselves.
My Lamisaan Dining & Bar menu recommendations
Fresh Salad Greens, tuna and Baguio garden vegetables tossed in honey-calamansi vinaigrette. Light yet very satisfying.
With a 64-degree egg and Kiniing bits or cured pork product made from meat which was obtained from locally raised native black pigs. It’s creamy. It’s delicious. It’s dreamy!
This Lamisaan signature dish uses locally bred fork tender wagyu beef cooked the Moroccan way, spiked with Cordilleran preserved lemon and served on top of highland pilaf and raita.
4-Cheese Melt Wagyu Burger Slider
Locally bred wagyu beef with 4 cheeses: Mozzarella for texture, Brie for creaminess, Gruyere for flavor, and Gorgonzola for sharpness.
We also tried some dishes from their special set menu for events.
Capocollo – the “Rib-eye” of pork, rubbed with Sagada Coffee, finished in sweet & tangy Mesquite BBQ Sauce, served with crispy mashed potatoes, sauteed kale, carrots, and roasted corn salsa.
This is such a pretty dessert! This Italian frozen dessert has Baguio purple yam with ube micro sponge, petite ube macaron, trail mix and warm butterscotch consommé that you drizzle around the dessert.
For the month of July, here are some of their special offerings which we were able to sample as well…
Tart Cherry and Roasted Brie Wagyu Burger
Roasted Brie topped with tart dark cherries on top of locally bred wagyu beef patty with grilled smoked bacon.
Cacio e Pepe with Choy Sum and Broccoli
Homemade pasta cooked in classic Roman style with choy sum and broccoli.
Joanne’s Famous Strawberries
Special Baguio strawberries compressed with Cointreau which has been flambéd and served with granola crumbs and chocolate ice cream.
In case you are wondering who this Joanne is whose name is included on the name of this dish, she happens to be the Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre General Manager.
But this next dish has been the highlight of our stay because my children recreated it during a fun cooking demo with Chef Niña — the Carpaccio di La Trinidad.
Carpaccio di La Trinidad
This Carpaccio of beetroot is topped with fresh, hand-picked Baguio salad greens with wild fern, watercress, Sagada orange and feta cheese dressed with honey-calamansi.
I was able to video their cooking demo and posted it on my Instagram Highlight which you can watch here.
These are just some of their amazing and well-conceptualized dishes. I have yet to try more when I come back.
It is also nice to note that Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre is just a few minutes away from tourist attractions such as Tam-Awan Village, Mount Costa, Easter Weaving. The place is also close to the usual popular Baguio spots such as Burnham Park, Baguio Cathedral, Maharlika and Session Road, where most of the happenings are.
Of course, we had our fair amount of dirty ice cream in avocado and strawberry flavors.
If you think they are just another hotel in Baguio, you’re mistaken. The hospitality, the warmth, and the service that they give to each and every guest is top notch; from the security, waitstaff, housekeeping, front office, up to the higher management. We’ve personally experienced it and we guarantee that you’ll enjoy it here as well.
They even gave us these freshly picked strawberries to take home.
And oh! If you’re a member of the IHG Rewards Club, you will definitely earn points for your stay. If you aren’t a member yet, simply ask anyone from their team on how to sign up. It’s great because being a member gives you more options and places to use your points. That’s more reason for you to stay at Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre again and again and again!
Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre is celebrating their 1st Anniversary with a bang!
56 Legarda Rd., Baguio – 2600
T: +6374 6203333
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