I've heard so much talk about Baguio not being the same as it used to be, and to some degree it is true, because air pollution is astounding along Session Road and traffic seems to be just as bad in Baguio as in the city. But with Manila being the sweltering cauldron it's been these past few weeks, the 7-8 hours trek to enjoy Baguio's cool weather is always a good idea.
We picked Bloomfield Hotel to be our base for our overnight stay en route to Sagada. It garnered generally good reviews on Trip Advisor and I liked the fact that it was at the end of Session Road, where most of the foodie items on my list could be found (I used this fantastic post from Nikka Corsino as my guide for food tripping in Baguio).
Bloomfield Hotel was also just a few meters away from Hill Station which is probaby one of the most charming restaurants I've been to.
Hill Station is said to be one of the pricier restaurants in Baguio, but really, pricing is similar to most decent restaurants in Manila. Soup and salad are at Php120-Php220 per serving, pasta dishes at Php300, main courses range from Php300-Php900. Not dirt cheap, but not outrageously expensive either.
The Mt. Cloud bookstore was also such a find! It was so quaint and well-curated with "serious" literary pieces, you'll find no Twilight trash here folks. In a way it was like time traveling, seeing the names I used to wrestle with during my literary undergrad days:p
We're leaving for Sagada in a few hours and on our way back to Manila, we will spend another day in Baguio. Can't wait to try out more food items from Nikka Corsino's list :)