01 February 2015

Back at The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay, Baguio City

A few weeks ago, Mickey and I had the opportunity to go on vacation.  Finally, after a tight December schedule and a few residuals in January, we finally found the precious time to head up to the Baguio for 4 days of relaxation.

We booked a Deluxe room at The Forest Lodge in Camp John Hay at Php 3,500.00/room/night.  For us, this hotel has the best value for money in Baguio.  We also stayed here last year, the only difference is that we booked a bigger room and now, there's a verandah overlooking a view of Baguio's beautiful pine trees. 

The Forest Lodge in Camp John Hay

Our Deluxe room at The Forest Lodge

The view never gets old

The room comes with a lot of amenities such as free wi-fi in all the rooms, a writing desk, a 32" LCD TV

The room also comes with 2 bottles of water (re-stocked every day), cups and  saucers, an electric kettle and a mini-ref.  You just have to bring in your own coffee, tea and refreshments.

My very own vanity!

A clean and sanitized bathroom and enclosed shower

I absolutely love this view.  Each time we wake up in the morning, we go to the verandah to catch the sun's early rays and before leaving for dinner, we often catch a beautiful sunset peeking through the pine tree's branches.  It was awesome.

The weather was coolest at 11 degrees Celsius when we were there

They say that when you travel, the best plan, is to have no plan at all.  Just let the day dictate where you need to go and what you want to do.  Mickey taught me that sometimes, an unplanned itinerary is much better - and I believe him.  We discover more things on our own this way and it is such a welcome surprise when it happens.

For the first time, we discovered a wall full of vinyl at The Music Room of the Forest Lodge.  We absolutely love going through the vinyl that they have in their collection and playing some of our favorite tunes on the turntable. 

Books and a large collection of vinyl at The Music Room

If you remember just the artist's name, song title, or the album, no need to not worry, The Music Room has a directory of the thousands of vinyl ranging from the '60s to the '80s and genres ranging from rock, pop to jazz.  I'm pretty sure, you'll find something you'd like to play here.  

One of the albums that Mickey played on the turntable was The J. Geil's Band's "Freeze Frame" album

There were also mornings when we would be at our favorite spot at the Coffee Shop at the lobby.  The aroma of freshly brewed Cordillera coffee and freshly baked breads and pastries from Chef Billy King's Le Chef was simply irresistible, we had to have some ourselves.  Plus, nothing beats the view. 

Our favorite spot at the coffee shop of The Forest Lodge

Getting our coffee and pastry fix

If you have kids in tow, there is a room called Kiddie Corner where the young ones can do some arts and crafts and for such an inexpensive rate of Php 100.00/child.  The activities looked interesting, they had origami, paper cubes, 3D paper craft, jewelry-making, etc.

Planning to go to Baguio?  Check out The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay located at Loakan Road, Baguio City.  For inquiries and reservations, call (074) 422-2075 to 76, (074) 422-2080 to 81, (+63-2) 584-4911 and (+63-2) 584-4892.
Next up, Baguio Eats.  Watch this space for my next blog entry. 

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