If you’re looking for a rustic, 1930s adventurer, classic winter vibe in Baguio, Safari Lodge is where you should go. Filled with taxidermy from all over the planet, Safari Lodge doubles as a museum of sorts as well as a comfortable inn to stay at.
Located a bit far from Victory Bus Station. It’s only around Php70 to take a cab from the station to the hotel. However, Safari Lodge is built with a major road in front. Leonard Wood Road connects a lot of major places in Baguio. From Teacher’s Camp to this hotel to a lot of other dining and entertainment establishments, just walk along this road and you’ll find it. The pedestrian lanes going to the busier parts of the city are well paved and lit. And there are a lot of cabs and jeepneys that pass by to hail and get a ride to the city center.
With enough room for two, the standard room holds a queen sized bed, a mounted flat screen TV, writing desk and chair, and a wooden closet. Though there is only one charging port near the bed, you can make do with the other port beside the writing table. Equipped with an air conditioner, the room turns really cold. Then, it becomes perfect to cuddle down their big, heavy, fluffy comforters and enjoy the warmth.
The minimal design really pushes the small room and makes it look bigger than it is. Security-wise, they’ve already installed the magnetic card locks which makes the room security tighter. I like magnetic card locks because it automatically locks my door when I go in or out. Especially, forgetful me, might actually forget to lock my room when I go out!
They also have this gorgeous 4 person room. It’s perfect for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. Why? Because the room has its own fireplace and a small living room. The cozy rug and spacious king bed make for the perfect romantic rendezvous. But the other two single beds and the spacious room is the recipe for a fun family vacation.
The bathroom has, thank goodness, a water heater. But it takes 21312312343184719 minutes to heat up. Better turn on the water (with heater on) a few mintues before taking your shower so it’s nice and warm. They provide a set of shampoos and soap as per usual in normal hotels. However, they don’t include dental kits with it. But the bathroom is still clean and well maintained.
Wooden floors and walls encompass the lobby. Because its connected with the dining area and museum, the lobby shows off its best assets as you enter the premise. Of course, they have someone manning the reception 24/7 so I left my card key with them when I went out to paint Baguio red. Check in and check out was both fast and easy with their staff. They were polite and well-mannered. I loved that they were efficient and wasn’t at all rushed or panicked with a lot of guests. They acted calm and professional and made you feel welcome.
Their public dining space doubles as their museum. All of their animals, mounted or not, are REAL. The giant elephant MAY look fake because of its ginormous size, but that’s really used to be a living animal. Preserved with taxidermy, the room filled with exotic creatures look alive. Frozen in time, it looks both astonishing and kind of creepy at the same time.
I like that the placemats also have these tiny “Did you know” about the hotel and the museum and its taxidermy. For example, I learned that all of those in the lobby/museum was an actual live animal. Yep, even the ginormous elephant head.
Of course, outdoor parking is widely available. The graveled parking can accommodate up to 5 cars in my estimate. It’s right outside so it’s not a far walk from the entrance of Safari Lodge.
Their breakfast, if on a weekend, is buffet! Hoorah! They served vegertable, chicken, pork, beef, and fish dishes. Rice and bread are also present on the lineup for the buffet breakfast. I loved they included is this delicious nido soup. The soup matched perfectly with the cold foggy morning.
The WiFi is supposedly available in all rooms. Although my phone detects the wifi from the lobby in our room, I seem to have a difficult time connecting to it. And when I do, it runs quite slowly, too. The lobby, as it is now, serves the best place to connect to the WiFi.
The lobby provides ample signal from both Globe and Smart cellulars. Both the Smart and Globe cellular runs as fast as LTE in some times and at least 3G in the lobby. In our room, it barely even gets any signal, never mind mobile data.
The prices range changes depending on the season. It’s especially high on the Flower Festival, Holy Week, and Christmas Season. You can check out the prices updated daily here. You can also book in the same site!
Overall of Safari Lodge
I find the lodge homey with its dark wood and full interiors. With the quality of rooms they provide, it’s worth the price, especially if you book on a weekends to get a buffet breakfast instead of a plated one. Of course, there are cheaper places in Baguio, but this one, with the theme and museum and it’s rustic charm really has a unique charm.
It wasn’t at all hard to find or hard to get around the city from the inn either. The many transportation options really take that hassle away. You can even walk if you’re up to it.
Aside from their nice rooms, the service was super on point. All the staff were well-mannered and friendly. Plus there’s a teeny educational nudges with the museum and did you knows in the actual inn. Plus, it’s right beside my new favorite restaurant in Baguio!