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Friday, June 8, 2012

Digital Filipino Club Workshop at Azalea Residences in Baguio, City


I have just arrived from my splendid vacation and Digital Filipino Club Workshop at Azalea Residences in Baguio City. You see, I was one of the six (6) lucky bloggers who were chosen by Miss Janette Toral  along with 14 others Digital Filipino Club Members to experience the comfort, luxury and Filipino hospitality that the six-month old all-suite hotel can offer by spending two (2) days and two (2) nights at Azalea Residences complete with free breakfast which the hotel serves from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Isn't that great?
This amazing structure is located at #7 Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy. M. Roxas, 2600 Baguio, Philippines. Azalea Residences is just a short walk away from the Pink Sisters Convent, and within a very short commuting distance from Mines View Park, Good Shepherd, Camp John Hay, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, The Mansion and Burnham Park. Azalea Residences is owned by Fog Horn Inc.
Azalea Residences Baguio is located in a secluded hill street that guarantees both the calm of country living and proximity to the city’s main attractions. It offers the best of old-world charm and modern-day comforts. Why choose a hotel where you can't even catch a good night sleep all night long because of constant whistle and noise within the vicinity, correct? 
 
Azalea Residences was inaugurated and blessed last December 3, 2011.Full Operation started last February 15, 2012.
Even if you are not rich, you are also entitled to a vacation. This has always been my mantra and the exact reason why I created this blog. I was so happy to know that the owners of Azalea Residences shared exactly the same mantra which made the company decide to go into the hospitality business.  
I was bowled over by this beautiful view of Azalea Residences when our car entered the hotel premises. 
 
The breath taking view immediately made me fall in love with Azalea Residences. My photographs could never do justice to this wonderful place, my dear readers. So please visit Azalea Residences and speak for yourself about your wonderful experience.
 
Be it night or day, the beautiful Azalea Residences is simply irresistible.
When I alighted from the car, I counted how many storeys the Azalea Residences have. The six-storey contemporary log cabin-inspired hotel facade is really awesome. A real breather from the hustle and bustle of city life. Azalea Residences immediately embraced me with the warmth, comfort, serenity and tranquility that everyone aspires. 
A uniformed bell boy greeted us with a smile and readily assisted us with our bags from the car and brought them to our suite after we checked-in.

Azalea Residences has two(2) service elevators. You could opt to pick up your newspaper at the hotel concierge near the reception or have it delivered right to your suite.
We were assigned at the fourth floor. Our room is a very short walk from the elevator.
I did not have an opportunity to snap a picture of our door. This picture is the door number of the room of our other blogger companions.
Our suite has two-bedrooms. Each room has a flat screen television, a kitchen, a living area with another flat screen television and a sofa bed that the hotel staff transformed into another queen-sized bed. I discovered that their flat screen television has 99 cable channels. Their kitchen has coffee and tea-making facility, plus kitchen appliances like microwave oven and kitchen  essentials like plates and utensils, as well as dining table and chairs.
When the other blogger let me choose which bedroom I like to use, I chose to sleep in the master's bedroom because it has its own toilet and bath with hot and cold water and has a bathtub, this is very helpful for me because I won't need to go out of my room at night just to pee. The master's bedroom has a queen-sized bed with imported bed linens, in-room safe, clothes cabinet, NDD, DDD,DID telephone and a big window.
The owners wanted to give the hotel guests a homey atmosphere that is why they provided each of their 99 suites with complete amenities that can only be found in five-star hotels.
  
If you are a businessman/ businesswoman, stay connected with Azalea residences business center where you can avail of their fax and computer usage for as low as Php 50.00 per hour.
I learned from the one who toured us around the vicinity that Azalea residences-Baguio has: 
  • 46 deluxe suites, with 30 sq. meter floor area, maximum occupants 2 adults+ 2 kids or 3 adults. Cost is Php 6,000.  
  • 17 one-bedroom suite, 45 sq. meter good for 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids. Cost is Php 8,000.
  • 33 two-bedroom suites, 60 sq.meter good for up to 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 kids. Cost is Php 12,000 
  • and 3 three-bedroom suites, 80 sq.meter for up to 8 adults or 6 adults and 2 kid. Cost Php 15,000. 
All provided with sofa beds, key cards and with the masters bedrooms equipped with bath tubs. Buffet Breakfast is free. Azalea Residences has an on-going promo which entitles you to a discount of 40% during weekdays and less 30% during weekends on published rates. Please note that in excess of the minimum number of occupants, there is an  additional per person rate which will cost you Php 1,500 with breakfast.
They also operate a bar lounge called 8 degrees. Simply because Baguio City is 8 degrees cooler on any month than any place in the lowlands including Metro Manila.
He also said that if you love walking, you will be happy to know that Azalea residence Baguio is twenty minutes of leisure walk to the city proper and the same time to the other direction leading to the famous Wright park, Camp John Hay, Mansion and five minutes to Botanical garden.
One of the many things I learned from the workshop we had with Miss Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino Club at Azalea Residences is empathy map. One must empathize with their target customers so they can improve and tackle any problems beforehand. Be it financial,security, location or time.
Azalea Residences empathize with their client, that's why they recently tightened their security and hired additional security officers for each floor. They also installed additional CCTV Cameras. They now have 42 CCTV Cameras to cover those areas that used to be labeled as blind spot.

I also saw a security guard on top of the newly added perimeter fence.
I saw the security guard from the balcony of the living room of our suite. I asked him if there's a security detail in that area 24/7. He said he is the night shift guard and his replacement will come at 7 o' clock in the morning. For me, that's an assurance that I can sleep soundly at night or leave my things behind during the day without worrying a bit.
Azalea Residences has a complimentary bottled water, news paper and hair dryer, all of which are on my essentials lists and add to that the fact that they have a 140-car capacity parking and 40,000 gallons capacity of hot water to ensure that their guests won't run out of hot water. I know, I know, these are the essential details that some hotels always overlook. I can say for a fact that Azalea Residences has really empathized with their occupants and had given a solution right away. Maybe they learned that from Digital Filipino Club.
I slept well in their very comfortable bed and I dreamed well in their contemporary bedding. I super love the comfort and warmth of their plush-top mattress pad and fitted bed skirt, high quality 200-thread count white linens with triple sheeting, down-like blanket, decorative top sheet and bed scarf, and high quality pillows.
Your family or whole barkada could choose from among Azalea Residences de luxe, one-bedroom suite, two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom suite rooms that guarantee a good night’s sleep and consistency in cleanliness, comfort, security and value. I just hope that their wi-fi will be up the next time I visit Baguio.
Azalea Residences toured us around Baguio during our last day of stay. We went to Pink Sisters, Good Shepherd Convent, Mines View Park, Choco-late de Batirol in Camp John Hay,  The Mansion and last but not the least,the Baguio Public Market. The bloggers and the Digital Filipino Club Members had a blast buying pasalubong and taking pictures.
I would definitely recommend Azalea Residences for value for money, location, friendliness and cleanliness. The perfect abode for rest and leisure in Baguio City for the whole family and for corporate gatherings! Reservation fee can be made thru credit card payment. Verdict: Azalea Residences gained 5 stars on my list.
I would like to thank Miss Janette Toral of Digital Filipino Club for opening my eyes to business model canvass, empathy map, blue ocean strategy, long tail and a lot more. I really learned a lot from you, Miss Janette Toral, I hope to be included on your future out of town workshops. To Azalea Residences, thank you for the wonderful accommodation and nice treatment.  And last but not the least I would like to extend my thanks to Miss Janette Toral's very efficient executive assistant Heidi and our driver "Nonoy" to and from Baguio, Maraming maraming salamat. God bless us all.


63 comments:

xtr said...

Thanks for sharing. very instructive.

jobet h. dilanco said...

thanks for sharing and the place is nice and will surely stay in this place once we have a trip in baguio.

Jonel said...

Azalea Residences is very refreshing. We would stay there the next time we went to Baguio!

adm said...

Wow, enjoy Cha! :)

Anonymous said...

I think this hotel is a good hotel to stay in while in Baguio. Its cheap yet very luxurious. If ever I get a chance to visit Baguio in future I would love to stay in here. Credits to Cha for this! Very good information! Thanks a lot! xxx Novie Godmalin

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

xtr thank you for finding my post informative. I hope you will be able to experience Azalea's hospitality soon. You can suggest it to your Boss for your company's team building activity!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Kuya Jobet your whole family would love it there. You could also suggest Azalea Residences to your clients.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Jonel your whole barkada would enjoy Azalea Residences for sure!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Novie you should bring your fiancee to Azalea Residences before you go to England.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Adm yes we really enjoyed our stay at Azalea Residences po.

jhesaslheo said...

wow looks like a great place to stay ... Now I know where to take my future partner hahaha ... + 1000 pogi points

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Absolutely jhesaslheo you will have 1000 pogi points if you bring your date to Azalea Residences.

joy said...

nice photos you've got Cha :) it looks like wonderful to stay in azalea when travelling in Baguio, how about the cost of stay? is it affordable too?

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Miss Joy! Yes they have an on-going promo for Php 2,800 per night but I just don't know until when and when is the duration of your stay. What I know, is a suite good for 4 people cost Php 8,000 less 40% during weekdays and less 30% during weekends. For more information kindly visit their FB fan page and inquire. Thanks!

Cla said...

wow! wow! sculpture po ba yung view upon entry? angganda! superb! gusto ko sya mahawakan in person hehe :)

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Cla yes I believe it is a flower sculpture. Go book your room now at Azalea!

Franc Ramon said...

There are several places in Baguio wherein you can have the overlooking the city type of view since there are several hills and high areas in the city.

Tof Salcedo said...

Hi Cha,

Thanks for posting this. Great shots!

Though, I am with you during this Baguio trip I think I missed a lot of good stuff in Azalea. :(

I was very focused kasi on the workshops doing the activities, and only enjoyed two particular spots in the hotel, our room and coffee shop. lol - and Cha, nakalimutan mo ata to tell the world how good the food is in Azalea? haha. At ikaw pa talaga ang nakalimot? :P

Well, I will definitely recommend Azalea to my friends and relatives.

Trivia:
The "Flower Sculpture" in front - is more known to locals as the "BIG FERRERO" of Baguio.haha.

Cheers,
Tof

Franc Ramon said...

Azalea residence looks like a great place to spend in Baguio especially for those on group travels and team building.

Eric the Travelling Man said...

my family spent the holy week there, and also our wedding anniversary. we even got a surprise cake and wine!

by they way Cha, when was the workshop? the wifi is already working when we were there in April.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Thank you very much Tof for that wonderful trivia! It is only today that I learned that Baguio residents call the flower sculpture as such.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Franc Ramon yes it is very ideal for team building. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Yeah Eric,I think Azalea has a very good wifi connection. Unfortunately, when we had our workshop last June 4,5,6, 2012 their wifi was down :-(

Wow naman, may wine at cake pa kayo ng misis mo! How sweet! I heard they have a promo right now for only Php 2,800 grabe ang mura na! Go book kayo uli ng misis mo!

Eric the Travelling Man said...

don't worry, azalea is already on top of our list when booking for a hotel in baguio because of their concept - "family hotel". we're actually planning to get a membership since we considered baguio as our second province/city. however,we have other priorities right now.

Kathy Ngo said...

In fairness, comprehensive ang blog post mo about the place. Now I can see the beauty of the place.

Anonymous said...

nice hotel.. magayon!

athena said...

the interiors look really nice.. gusto ko ang flower details sa wall. so chic. ang sosyal tingnan.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Eric yeah parang maganda nga mag member lalo na kung matuloy na ang ibang Azalea projects nila!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Kathy thank you for appreciating what I posted, 2 days akong nag edit at nag compose nyan I missed a total of ten events just to post this on time.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Anoymous siisay ka tabi, salamat sana sa susunod mag gamit ka kang ngaran mo pag nag comment ka po salamat!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Athena parehas tayo like na like ko nga yan flower detail na yan sa wall, imagine pati sa elevator wall my ganyan flower!

ralph said...

you have a thorough review and info about the place... from the small details to the wider view. I couldn't agree more, the place is simply gorgeous. maiba ako, azalea is commonly used in residences... our company's housing project in samal is "playa azalea". looks like a lot loves this shrub being associated with home. Yahweh bless.

Renz Bulseco said...

I've heard so many great reviews about Azalea. Ma try nga to pag makabalik ako ng Baguio

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Ralph you and your whole family should try to stay at Azalea Residences.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Renz you should stay at Azalea and experience their great services.

Sophia M. Cabantog said...

Wow nice vacation experience. Its been a while I haven't been in Baguio but I am considering to go back again in the near future. I will definitely try Azalea Residences as a place to stay...

lakwatserongunggoy said...

Azalea seems expensive but a must try!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

So true! It was a nice vacation! Sophia you ought to go and stay at Azalea Residences with your boyfriend!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

laskwatserongunggoy you are so wrong! Azalea is very affordable they have an on-going promo kindly read my post! Thanks! :-)

markpogi said...

A lengthy but informative post. I may consider staying there when we go to Baguio next year. ^_^

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Yes, Markpogi you need to experience the Azalea Residence difference!

Hazel said...

Its proximity to important spots in the area is one business efficient thing about Azalea Residences.

merlmd said...

nice place...but what exactly did you go to Baguio for?...somehow I got so engrossed with your description of the place I missed the reason for your trip ;)

Gil Camporazo | RandomThoughts! said...

Wonderful, well-structured, well-furnished hotel! The architectural works are wonderfully done. The hotel is well-secured. Ideal for conferences, team building, and any business meeting.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

I agree with you Hazel!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Merlmd I was there to review the hotel and attend the Digital Workshop but our primary purpose is more on the review of the hotel :-)

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Yes, sir Gil, Azalea Residences is ideal for team building and for barkada and family bonding.

Sumi Go said...

Wow! Azalea looks so cozy and posh.. :D Hopefully I get to spend a weekend there when I visit Baguio. Sarap to just unwind and live a stress-free life kahit overnight lang.. :D

Chel said...

Ang ganda! Looks very high end and luxurious. Where can I see the rates?

bayenmd said...

ang galing ng weird-looking ball, great piece of art.

Francis Balgos said...

all worth it I'd say!
though when I travel, I don't really look for posh hotels..
I might make an exception

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Sumi yeah you ought to visit Baguio and stay at Azalea Residences I bet you'll love it there!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Chel If you took a little bit of time to read you will find it on my post po :-)

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

that ball like with flower sculpture is known to locals as "Big Ferrero" of Baguio.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Francis, Azalea Residences look posh and luxurious but you will be surprised to know that they offer rates as low as Php 2,800 per night for two person.

Eihdra said...

Uy, maganda sya ha.. Ang swerte mo naman :) Hope you had a great time :)

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Eihdra for a poor individual like me Azalea Residences experience is really a big deal po.

marri said...

The pictures just highlight the beauty and comfort of the place.
You're so lucky to be one of the participants chosen in this
workshop. I'm sure it's an experience worth remembering.

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

Yes, indeed Marri! I felt so lucky being chosen by Miss Torral and Azalea.

Mavic Cantes said...

Thanks for sharing. Now I have a place to stay whenever I go to baguio. :D

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

You are welcome Mavic!

adm said...

Nice and cool! thanks for sharing, Cha :)

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

You're welcome adm! It was indeed a nice and cool place to stay in Baguio, City!

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