Deep in the tranquil woods of the City of Pines sits a Baguio hotel that has long been ingrained in this well-loved destination’s identity. The Manor at Camp John Hay isn’t only a trusted luxury hotel in Baguio; it’s a home away from home that offers guests the quintessential Baguio experience. Its hilly location — 5,000 feet above sea level in the province of Benguet, to be exact — allows for quite the idyllic mountainside getaway. When we arrived at The Manor at Camp John Hay for our much-awaited Baguio sojourn, our expectations were at an all-time high. We were promised picturesque scenery courtesy of the Cordillera mountain range paired with fresh air and a crisp coolness that never dips below 19 degrees Celsius. And truly, this hotel in Baguio did not disappoint; it offered all that and more!
Our accommodation exudes the warmth of a cozy private cabin, where we could just hole up in all day swathed in soft bedding and linens. But as tempting as that seemed, of course, The Manor at Camp John Hay’s grounds were so vast and lush that they perpetually beckoned to us. We had our large windows to thank for that. You should also note that living spaces at this Baguio hotel all come with breathtaking views. Now, who wouldn’t love that?
Once you finally convince yourself to step outside, you’ll be faced with yet another conundrum: What to do first? Roam the gardens? Take a tour? Grab a bite? A massage will definitely sound good at this point, too. Or maybe you’d like to go on a shopping spree at the souvenir store? The Manor at Camp John Hay presents endless possibilities for each and every one of its pampered guests. Read the rest of our The Manor at Camp John Hay review to get a taste of all its offerings. If you’re still deciding where to stay in Baguio, your search has just ended. You’ve come to the right place.
The first thing you’ll want to know when booking a stay with The Manor at Camp John Hay is that their accommodations are never cramped. At 38 to 46 square metres, the Superior Room is a perfect choice if you’re travelling alone or in pairs. Each room is fitted with an en suite bathroom as well as a mini bar and coffee and tea making facilities for when you’re feeling peckish.
Cable TV and complimentary WiFi, on the other hand, will take care of in-room entertainment. An NDD/IDD phone system allows for added connectivity, in case you prefer to make calls via landline. Last but certainly not the least, The Manor at Camp John Hay’s Superior Room treats guests to sweeping views of a magical pine forest or the photogenic Manor Garden.
With the same wooden interiors and a clean aesthetic that embraces the warmth and earthiness of an autumn palette, the Deluxe Room is very similar to its Superior counterpart. In fact, the Deluxe Room of this Baguio hotel offers all the same features and conveniences. Perhaps what sets it apart is the fact that most Deluxe Rooms at The Manor at Camp John Hay are located on the Ground Floor. This then makes it the best option for those travelling with a companion to be one with nature. And did we mention? You get your own veranda, too — for when the great outdoors call but you don’t want to leave the comforts of your own nest.
You can be travelling alone or with a companion, but still opt for more spacious quarters. If you prefer a more roomy affair, then simply book the One Bedroom Suite. At 76 to 84 square metres, it’s also ideal for small families or an intimate getaway with dear friends. This particular room affords you a step-out balcony and separate dining and living areas. With two toilets and baths, you won’t ever have to argue over “who goes first”. Of course, the One Bedroom Suite comes with all the amenities of the Superior and Deluxe Rooms. On top of these conveniences, it comes equipped with a sofa trundle bed, a microwave oven, and two DVD players for each entertainment nook.
Travelling with a big party and looking for a hotel in Baguio that can pull off your tour requests? The Manor at Camp John Hay gives you the best option with its Two Bedroom Suite. At a whopping 106 to 132 square metres, it’s this Baguio hotel’s largest offering in terms of accommodations.
What do you get aside from all the extra space? The same amenities and facilities of the One Bedroom Suite, only this room has three DVD players and toilets and baths instead of two. For sightseeing and some forest bathing within the confines of your own place, the Two Bedroom Suite is also fitted with two balconies and two verandas that offer calming nature views! Can you picture it? We most definitely can!
With celebrated chef Billy King at the helm of this kitchen, you’re assured of one unforgettable gastronomic affair at Le Chef at the Manor. Dishes here are truly delectable, whether you choose a local speciality — like Sinigang or Beef Steak Tagalog — or an international delight such as Pan-fried Chilean Sea Bass or Baked Baby Lamb Rack Herb de Provence. When the weather is pleasant, you might want to try dining at The Greenhouse for a great garden view that goes well with flavourful entrées. Yum!
For desserts that never fail to satisfy any sweet tooth, head to Le Chef Delicatessen. This sweet slice of heaven offers sugary treats, pastries, and bread that are always fresh out of the oven.
You’ll discover that The Sundry Shop is more than just The Manor at Camp John Hay’s in-house souvenir store. One trip will convince you that they have the most interesting finds — from personal products made by well-loved brands to local crafts products and, of course, The Manor official merchandise. Happy shopping!
Nothing is more romantic than popping open a bottle of wine (or champagne!) and sharing it with your significant other amid a warm fireplace. Add into the mix live classical music played daily from 6pm to 11pm, and you’ll have the perfect way to end date night. Sounds good? Then make sure to drop by The Manor at Camp John Hay’s very own The Piano Bar.
After a full day of touring and exploring, we know you just want to plop down on your bed and doze off into dreamland. But we recommend an even better alternative: Why not book an appointment with The Manor Health Spa? Get a massage, go for a quick dip in the jacuzzi, and relieve tension by spending time at the sauna. There are several spa packages to choose from at the Manor Health Spa. And we completely understand if you find yourself trying a different offering for each pampering session you book.
Sometimes, health buffs can’t help but feel guilty while they’re on holiday. Often, you’ll find yourself staying in bed and lazing around after each filling meal! But The Manor at Camp John Hay gives you a chance to work on your fitness, too! Its Wellness Studio houses a gym and offers invigorating fitness activities such as meditation and hot yoga.
There are no dull moments and inconveniences at The Manor at Camp John Hay. In fact, when it’s time for you to go exploring, you can leave all the planning to them. This hotel in Baguio offers a myriad of tour options and packages. For Instagrammable spots, go for the “Instaworthy Getaway” package. Availing of the “Baguio Feels” tour will bring you to the most popular sights in the area. The “Baguio Sensation” package, on the other hand, will give you a glimpse into the cultural heart of the city.
Booking a stay with The Manor at Camp John Hay means you’ll be immersed in the beauty of Baguio, which is often called the City of Pines. Why, you might ask? Because Baguio City in Benguet is one of the few destinations in the Philippines that’s filled with pine trees. Imagine waking up to a forest filled with these towering beauties every morning!
The Manor at Camp John Hay sits on a mountain that’s 5,000 feet above sea level. You’ll be surrounded by lush gardens and endless forests filled with pine trees. This Baguio hotel, which is a sight to behold inside and out, has fitted each room with big windows for maximum nature viewing pleasure. Needless to say, you’ll be seeing breathtaking Instagram-worthy views everywhere you look.
Book a room for as low as PHP 6,170 for two + free breakfast!
Booking period: 9 Nov- 15 Dec 2019
The Manor at Camp John Hay is accessible from Manila via a five-hour road trip. You’ll find this Baguio hotel along Loakan Road inside the well-loved tourist hotspot called Camp John Hay. You can either take a bus or hire a private car to get to Baguio City. From Baguio City centre, it will only take a 15-minute car ride to get to The Manor at Camp John Hay. The best way is to take Route 54 and Military Cutoff Road. You can also reach The Manor via Loakan Road.
It’s also convenient to go around Baguio City via taxi. Local drivers are friendly and honest, and they will often know all the best tourist spots. In the Philippines, taxi drivers based in Baguio are known to give exact change even if you insist that they keep it. If you opt to DIY it and take taxis to various spots in Baguio City, know that you’re in good hands.
Baguio City in the province of Benguet has long been known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” because it is one of the few destinations in the country that hosts cool weather all year round. You’ll be glad to know that The Manor at Camp John Hay is a popular tourist spot in itself. The Manor is a must-visit for those who find themselves planning a trip to Baguio, and Camp John Hay, more so.
Camp John Hay, a former base of the United States Armed Forces, is now a sizeable mixed development property with several restaurants and commercial establishments within its vicinity. Exploring this place alone can easily take up a day of your stay in Baguio. Outside this woody area, though, you’ll find the centre of Baguio City, where you can do a walking city tour or shop to your heart’s content in its many ukay-ukay (secondhand goods) buildings. Among the other places you can’t miss in the city are Burnham Park and Session Road, where you can go café-hopping. Coffee lovers must also note that Baguio is the best place to taste and source Sagada and Benguet coffee, which are considered speciality brews of the Philippines.
While in Baguio, you can also visit several arts and culture hotspots like Easter Weaving Room, Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts, BenCab Museum, and the city’s newest offering and first Ethnographic centre, Museo Kordilyera.
If you don’t want to be bothered by a lot of planning, though, you can simply opt to take one of the tours specially crafted by The Manor at Camp John Hay. The “Insta-worthy Getaways” package will allow you to visit Instagrammable nature spots like Mount Costa, Eve’s Garden or Farmer’s Daughter, and Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary. Indulge in the “Baguio Feels” tour and drop by tourist go-tos such as the Botanical Garden, Wright Park, Arca’s Yard, The Mansion, and Mines View Park. The “Baguio Sensation” tour, on the other hand, will bring you to the cultural and religious treasures of the city, such as Lourdes Grotto, Dominican Hill Retreat House, and Tam-awan Village, where you can purchase paintings and sculptures, and local crafts items and accessories.
One thing’s for sure: If you’re planning a trip to Baguio, you certainly won’t run out of things to do. Pair this with pleasant weather and a reliable Baguio hotel like The Manor at Camp John Hay, and you’ll be turning mere moments into precious memories in no time.