The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back. – Wendy Wunder
Baguio is, and will always be my favorite Philippine city. I mean who wouldn’t love the City of Pines? It seems that it never runs out of charm, well, besides the fact that a lot of people love it for its cool weather. Having spent a long time in this city, a lot of my people I know would consider me as the person to go to about places of interests, and of course, accommodation.
So here is one homey and really cozy place I recommend called Old Orangewood Bed and Breakfast. Yes, it is an old house (one that is post WW2 I suppose) that is given a new look. And yes, it is an orange one. A hue that matches the entire vibe of this simple and laid-back home.
This once abode of a group of diverse Baguio foreigners now caters the growing population of Baguio tourists, travelers, backpackers, and even local who want to do a staycation in their own city. The house features old wood and stone pillars and which I like. I really have a soft spot for anything wooden. Since it is located at the backroads of Baguio’s main thoroughfare, it is spared from terrible traffic. Nonetheless, it is still within walking distance to the central business district and a jeepney away from most popular Baguio sites.
It has 11 rooms of different sizes. Interesting to note that each room is named after famed landmarks and tourist attractions in the Cordillera (primarily in Baguio). Moreso, each of which has a distinct “personality”. The color of the room, the bed sheets and pillows, mural artworks by artist Kelly Ramos, and even some hand-crafted decors make each room unique. And did I mention that they also have a special playhouse for toddlers and young children that are just beside their café? Perfect while you have your coffee and at the same time, watching over your young.
So here is the current rate for each room (as of July 2017):
|Name of Room||# of Pax||Off Peak Rate||Peak Season Rate|
|Asin Hot Springs||4 – 6||3, 600.00||3, 800.00|
|Banaue||2||1, 600.00||1, 600.00|
|Burnham Park||8 – 10||650.00 /head||650.00 /head|
|Botanical||2||1, 600.00||1, 600.00|
|Camp John Hay||4 – 5||3, 600.00||3, 800.00|
|Kennon Road Rooms (1, 2, 3)||2 pax or solo||1, 100 (for 2) or 700 if solo||1, 100 (for 2) or 700 if solo|
|Mansion||3 – 6||3, 900.00||4, 000.00|
|Sagada||2 – 3||2, 200.00||2, 300.00|
|Scout Hill||2 – 3||2, 200.00||2, 300.00|
|Session Road||2 – 4||2, 800.00||3, 000.00|
|Tam-awan||2 – 4||2, 800.00||3, 000.00|
|Wright Park||1 – 2||1, 600.00||1, 600.00|
***Please do note that these rates are subject to change so it is best to confirm with them through the contact numbers enlisted below.
The Burnham Room is a dorm-type room wherein there are bunk beds.The Mt. Pulag room and the Kennon Road rooms are the rooms ideal for solo travelers/ tourists. The Botanical and Banaue rooms have 2 single beds while the Tamawan and Session Road rooms have 2 double beds. John Hay room has 1 queen-size bed and 2 single beds; Wright Park room has 1 King-Size bed; Sagada and Scout Hill rooms each have a double bed & a single bed. While the Mansion room, true to its name, has 3 double beds. Note that each room has its own toilet and bath except for the 3 Kennon Road rooms wherein T/B is shared. The T/B is equipped with a hot shower.
During my 2 night staycation here, I had the Mount Pulag room. I just love everything about it. It’s the topmost room so I get a beautiful view of the sunset during late afternoon, and some nightscape after sundown.
They do have a wi-fi. All rooms are inclusive of a daily breakfast, per person. It has a resident café called Hotcat Café where breakfast is served. Well, you can also opt to eat at their newly created dining area found at the back of the house. (By the way, if you intend to bring with you a private vehicle, they do have some parking space but let Sir Nic know about it in advance).
Old Orangewood BnB’s house rules:
- Check-in time is 2 PM, Check-out time is at 12 NN.
- Extra mattress is Php450, inclusive of breakfast.
- Laundry services are offered for a fee.
- Flexibility on pricing can be discussed for a longer stay.
- Breakfast is served between 6 AM and 10 AM only. (You can let them know your preferred time).
- Rooms and extra beds must be paid before checking-in.
- Pets are NOT allowed at The Old Orangewood.
- Rooms will be cleaned only upon request.
- Handle keys with care. Since there will be a fine for lost or damaged keys. Leave your room key at the front desk or keep it with you whenever you leave the premises.
- Smoking is prohibited in the rooms or anywhere else in the house. There is, however, a designated area for smoking.
- Conserve water by NOT running the faucets and showers unnecessarily and turn them OFF when not needed. Please report any signs of leakage or damage to water closets/appliance.
- There is a QUIET TIME observed between 10PM-7AM. So refrain from shouting and running around in the common area.
FOR RESERVATIONS and INQUIRIES
Contact: 0928-970-7357 (Smart), 0956-645-2249 (Globe), 074-442-5060 or 074-244-9384 (landline)
Location: 20 Gomez st., Lower P. Burgos, 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
You can also check their Facebook Page for promos. OLD ORANGEWOOD BnB
Shout out to Sir Nik, Mam Danette, their adorable daughter Lilu (who would come to me and have some really nice conversation), and her brother Noah for accommodating me with utmost warmth. And to all their uber friendly and helpful staff – keep it up! You truly add up more warmth to Old Orangewood BnB, and Baguio’s cool climate.
So, the next time you look for a place to stay in Baguio, and you want some place totally relaxing and really homey, give The Old Orangewood Bed and Breakfast a try.
Don’t be a wasted soul, be JUANderlust. Take it easy everyJUAN.