Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hotel Cosmopolitan Baguio review




We stayed at Hotel Cosmopolitan for an overnight stay in Baguio. We booked with Agoda only 3 days before our date of arrival so we haven’t got the chance to get an early booking discount. We chose the Standard – Queen Bed with breakfast included and requested that two single beds be given instead. If possible, call the hotel the next day after getting the confirmation details from Agoda especially when you have special requests so you could make sure that they take note of it.

From Victory Liner terminal in Baguio, we just took a taxi ride going to Hotel Cosmopolitan. I can’t remember the exact fare but I think it was around 50php – 70php. And as what others say, taxi drivers in Baguio are truly the best in giving change. They would give you your change up to the last peso (or maybe centavo if available? J)  Most taxis here are like FX taxis (or whatever you call them) which is bigger than common taxis in Manila, maybe because veggies are cheaper here and these taxis are mostly used to transport those fresh vegetables around the city (not sure)And also, aircon on taxis are not used here, for obvious reasons.


We arrived at the hotel past 9am. We tried asking if we could have an early check-in but we were told that there is still someone occupying the room so we just left our bags at the reception area and went back around before 2pm. We still waited a couple of minutes because they are still cleaning the room. So no chances of early check-in. Alright

Before-
 and after - haha!
The room was just enough for two people. They have this space near the door which I hoped they used to put the cabinet at instead of fitting it in beside the beds which made the space look smaller. No mini bar and ref was available thus the reason why they don’t have required deposit upon check-in. 
 

Windows are available for you to see the walls from the building. Noise from the cars outside can be heard if you will open the windows in the side of the street so better just shut it.
The bathroom is small. The shower is separated from the toilet by a transparent door, and this is not a sliding door, it is a door that opens going inside the shower area. There is no place to hang your towel and shower head can’t be moved. Nonetheless, it served its purpose. And hot and cold adjustment is available. 

Bed is just enough for one person, that is why it’s called a single bed. Hehe. Anyway, it also served its purpose.  It’s not that soft but it’s bearable, at least. Pillows are thin and I don’t know why. Haha! Just fold it in half if you want your head be elevated.

They also have aircon on standby which can be used with additional fee. During our stay in January, the cold breeze can still be felt and there’s no need for an aircon. TV is working with cable channels. They have two electric sockets, one beside the table and one behind the TV, just pull out the plug for the lamp so you could use it.

Good morning Baguio!

Breakfast is served in the lobby. You are given this menu and you choose what you want and they will cook and serve it after a couple of minutes.

Not included in the choices for free breakfast :)


 I chose Longganisa and orange juice
Mama chose Beef Tapa with coffee
They have free wifi but you have to go to their lobby or outside your room, just get the code from the receptionist. Anyway, they have couches and chair in the hallway of each floor so you could seat there if the wifi doesn’t reach your room. 

Because we stayed here on a weekend, we went to Church for the Sunday Mass at St. Vincent Church which is just steps away from Hotel Cosmopolitan.

Overall, Hotel Cosmopolitan is just right for its rate. It is clean though the bathroom is a bit small. If you want a nice view, this is not the hotel for you but if you want strategic location then you may include this in your options. Given their rate, I don’t expect a great view or any grand stuff, a place with a bed, bathroom and tv is all that I expected from them. Maybe we would stay here again or maybe we will try Hotel Caterina next time.


Distance from tourist spots:



*10min. walk going to Burnham Park

-     - Walk straight ahead on the street in front of the hotel. Turn right when you reach the city hall/fire station then turn left when you see Rizal Park, Burnham Park is just in front of Rizal Park. Or you could also ride a jeep in front of the hotel going to that direction.

*20 - 30min. jeep ride going to Bell Church and Strawberry farm

- 11php is the jeep fare going to Strawberry farm. Just cross the street and wait for a jeep with a signboard “La Trinidad” or “Dangwa”. The direction of the jeep is to the right when facing Hotel Cosmopolitan. Strawberry Farm is farther than Bell Church. Bell Church is on the right side of the road and near the arch saying “Welcome to La Trinidad”. Strawberry farm is in the left side of the road. There is a big sign pointing towards the road going to Strawberry farm.

*20min. taxi ride from Mines View Park to Hotel Cosmopolitan

- We took the jeep , which also took 20 mins., at Mabini St. near Harrison Rd. going to Mines View Park and paid 10php. (Detailed direction in the next post)

*15min. walk to Baguio market

-that is only an approx. because we took the jeep going there. (jeeps going to the street in front of the hotel) But if you want, you can walk straight ahead in the street in front of the hotel until you reach Abanao Square then turn right and you will see the front of Baguio market.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Nice review. We'll be staying there this holiday season. Hope to have a nice stay! Heard many good reviews about this hotel and it's convenient location.

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