You can never judge a book by its cover, nor should you rely on first impressions to lead your vacation’s decisions. Apparently, this is what Eurotel taught me when I was chosen to take part in their Baguio Bliss event in February 4-6, 2012.
I arrived at around 4.30am on February 4, 2012 at the Eurotel North EDSA, which was the meet-up place for the event. I was greeted by a bellman, who gladly opened the door for me – just like the hotels in Cebu! Some other bloggers were already there so I sat down and chatted with them for awhile.
Eurotel North EDSA
The façade is different than I’d ever seen before in other hotels. I’ve never really gotten a closer look at a Eurotel hotel and the glass doors, carpeted floors, elegant setting and toned down lighting gave a homey atmosphere that was pleasant and interesting – perfect for a businessman’s lair.
Zyn, Genner and Joel (the marketing team of Eurotel) were the first to greet us just before 5am. They offered us breakfast, and even though I already ate, I was happy to take on a bowl of soup and ice tea on the go (I would’ve take a bigger meal though, had I known the others would order big meals). The Cream of Corn soup was pleasant, warm and creamy just like I’d always prefer it to be. Remember how I’m always picky about my ice tea because I don’t like the taste of Lipton iced tea? Well, Eurotel North EDSA’s ice tea, tasted better, even with the slight tinge of Lipton at the back of your tongue. I’m not sure what their house blend put together, but instead of that strong, unpleasant taste of Lipton, it was actually delicious, almost like they put milk and some secret ingredient to make their ice tea pleasantly addicting.
Ivan Aoki, our contact for Eurotel arrived at around 5am and when we were all done with breakfast, we boarded the van, ready to go.
So, I’ve been to Baguio twice before this, and I practically know all the tourist places by heart. I was, however, looking forward to a great, pampered weekend – just like Eurotel promised.
The ride was relatively short, around 5 hours, and Chino of Juanderful Pinoy and I slept the whole way. By 9am, we went through a bridge in La Union, one that I’d never seen before, that reminded me of Mt. Pinatubo because of the quarry. We passed by a gate and once we caught a glimpse of the scenic mountains, the aftereffects of many tropical storms, the quarries and the zigzag road (with Eric of Byahilo’s constant “weeeee” at every turn), I realized we were going through Kennon Road, a road that was said to be dangerous to go through during storms and one that I’d never gone through before. Good thing February is a great time of the year to go through this road because of the approaching summer heat.
By then, I was alive, very much alert and I couldn’t help pitying the obvious landslides these mountains along Kennon Road had suffered. Baguio really isn’t the beauty it used to be.
We stopped by the Lion’s Head – which I’d never seen up close before. By that time, we weren’t alone and it was quite hard to take a picture with my co-bloggers when someone would photo bum my own picture behind me.
After a few shots, we took off for Eurotel and arrived just before 11am.
I usually appreciate the cool breeze of Baguio and that day, it didn’t seem to be as cold as I last remembered it.
Baguio’s version of Eurotel had a slight different ambiance than the one in North EDSA. Entering the premises of Eurotel, we were met by a very sophisticated lounge, with dimmed, comfortable lights, a piano, and loveseats, accentuated by paintings with a European inspiration.
We signed up for our rooms, which I was glad to get with Chino, not because we’re in a relationship or anything, but because he and I have been on many trips together and I have trust issues, so I wouldn’t need to be all primp and proper all the time with him.
We went up into our rooms and must I say, I was very impressed with the Euro Suite 516 they’d given us.
Our Room: Euro Suite 1
Consisting of a soft queen sized bed, a dresser table and half mirror, a work table, an LCD TV with Cable, a table for eating, a cabinet that included a vault and a bathroom with an actual bathtub – the Euro Suite was more than enough for someone looking for a great place to stay in. In fact, if I’d been with my parents, they’d probably approve of the room, especially because the room includes complimentary coffee with a thermos (which reminded me of my Mom because she looks for one every time!), a dresser, slippers for two and water.
The bathroom was very clean and I loved the way they only kept the bathroom at two colors, it made it seem much more pleasant. Even the toilet seat was sealed with what looked like authenticity seals and both Chino and I were hesitant to ruin it. The bathroom included hot and cold shower, a round (what? it was round!) of soap and a box that contained two toothbrushes, a toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner (surprisingly was a popular brand of shampoo and conditioner, which I very much approve of), a comb and two glasses.
The room had everything I would have to bring to a trip. Any businessman would be lucky to stay at Eurotel because it had absolutely everything they need.
Aircon was cold but the bed had a comforter, so it was nice. At the headboard, there’s a set of switches so you don’t have to stand up just to open and close the lights. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I thought it was very thoughtful of Eurotel to add the feature.
After a few shots, we went down for lunch and met the buffet, still unopened.
Eurotel’s restaurant in Baguio is at the far end of the lounge. For lunch, they were serving a buffet and if you’d ever want to experience delicious food at an affordable price, you can try Eurotel’s buffet at P130 Eat All you Can from 11am – 2pm (except Sundays).
For lunch, they served buttered chicken (which was especially delicious), pritong tilapia (fish), Pancit, I think it was and vegetables. Of course, I only touched the chicken, fish and pancit. I wasn’t really in the mood for fish though, so I only got a small piece. Their sauce was delicious and sauces are very big parts of my fish-eating experience.
Once we were done with lunch, and after planning to ghost hunt, we headed off to tour the hotel.
The Other Rooms
We were shown to two other rooms, the Euro Suite 2 and the Standard Room.
The Euro Suite 2 consists of a queen sized bed and a single bed, a mini-ref, and all the same amenities as the Euro Suite 1. This room can fit 3 people comfortably.
The Standard Room, on the other hand, was less as sophisticated as the Euro Suite, but it was still accommodating as well, especially because its window opens up to a great view of Baguio. Although the room didn’t have a bathtub, it still looked very much worth it.
Once we were done with the tour, we headed off to touring Baguio, the Eurotel way.
Baguio with the Eurotel Team
The first place we went to was Camp John Hay. I’ve been to Camp John Hay many times, but when they mentioned zipline, I was ecstatic. I’m a sucker for ziplines and this zipline in Camp John Hay was my first zipline, almost 4 years ago. For the cheap price of P100-150, you get to ride down a zipline of 100m or less and then rapel your way down. I love ziplines and I love rapelling. I’d have loved to do their wall climb too, but no one else seemed willing.
After taking some pictures with souvenir hats, we walked along Camp John Hay in hopes of finding the Baguio Tree Top Adventure. We found it, but we didn’t go in. Instead, we took a trail into the Historical Core where we would find the Cemetery of Negativism (which I’d been dying to go to), the Liberty Loop, the Bell House, the History Trail and the Bell Ampitheater which had what looked like a debut ongoing.
According to the Cemetery of Negativism, once we left it, we had to leave all our negative emotions there and live our lives more positively. It was a very exhilarating and funny experience reading all the tombs and realizing that not everyone is the same in facing their lives. I’m definitely glad that I’m a positive person.
We also found ourselves looking for the Secret Garden, which wasn’t really secret anymore after the guard told us where it was.
When we were done with taking pictures, we took a scenic hike back to where the van was parked and took some time out for an afternoon treat in Camp John Hay beside the zipline and wall climb. That was the first time I tasted Puto Bumbong, a special treat in Cainta (which I had never tasted until now). Quite delicious. I don’t even know why I haven’t tasted it before since the best ones are so called to be from my town.
We headed back to Eurotel, a little tired from our hike around Camp John Hay. It was actually getting cooler so Chino and I just stayed in the room. I had to check out my email and it’s good that Eurotel has fast Wi-Fi so I can semi-work, or pretend to be working even if I really wasn’t. I was able to create my Powerpoint for the Miriam talk on Monday though.
Just before dinner, we went down into the second floor where the conference room and the seminar room were set up to show us how they can create a setting for corporate events. I have to admit their table setting would give any other hotel a run for their money.
We also ate dinner at the conference room and then ended the night with a karaoke and some drinks. I have to admit, it’s quite nice taking some time off work. San Mig Apple is the best partner especially if you haven’t been drinking for awhile now.
I fell asleep right after finishing my Powerpoint. I don’t know about Chino, but I had a great sleep without even waking up at 3am! Thanks to Eurotel’s soft bed and comfy sheets.
Here’s to a great day first day at Eurotel! Cheers!
My 2nd – 3rd day at Eurotel. Did I make my 9am talk at Miriam College on Monday? Find out here.
Check out Eurotel at www.eurotel-hotel.com
#123 Abanao Extension, Brgy. Rizal Monument, Baguio City (just right in front of the City Hall)
Tel No: (074) 444-3876
Central Reservation Numbers:
355-0000 / 0999-888-EURO(3876)
My greatest appreciation to Eurotel and their marketing team Ivan Aoki, Zyn, Genner and Joel who made all this a possibility. Thank you!