Laoag: Balay da Blas Pensionne House
After exploring some parts of Paoay, The Memet and I decided to call it a day and drove for Laoag (also known as the Sunshine City).
In keeping with the theme of 'accommodations on a budget', I decided to book us a room for our overnight stay in Laoag at Balay da Blas. At P1500 per night for a Standard Double Room with breakfast, it was a pretty good deal. Let me go into the details.
First thing we noticed was the parking. Their parking area's really tiny. It could only fit 2-3 vehicles at a time. You can park on the street outside the pension house, but the street's tiny, so it's a bit risky. We were lucky that we were able to fit our SUV nicely inside, along with 2 other vehicles.
The room we were given was pretty spacious. Not bad for P1500! It had a teeny tiny TV, a personal fridge, a small "kitchenette", a coffee table in one corner, a bathroom, and 2 single beds. I would've liked it better if the beds were put side by side to make one bed for us.
Oh, a downside. The room had mosquitoes. Quite a handful of them. We had to make sure we slept with a good dose of insect repellent slathered on our skins and on the sheets so that we wouldn't get bitten. The room's walls are white, so it's quite easy to spot them. It would be nice if they made sure there are no mosquitoes or bugs inside the rooms before clients checked in.
The bathroom was pretty spacious too. I liked that it was clean. What I didn't like about it was the open window in the shower area. Sure, the bathroom was three floors up, but it was kinda creepy. Especially at night. I felt someone or something could just grab me through that open window. But that's just me and my wild imagination. Hahaha!
Their breakfast nook's located outside, beside the parking area. It's a pretty cozy area, but plants were aplenty, so don't forget your insect repellent. Hehehe!
The food's okay. Far from grand, but again, homey... Like the breakfast area. Let's just say that the way the food was cooked was something I could've done. It tasted yummy though, so who am I to complain? But then again, my palate's very pedestrian. Hahaha!
After breakfast, The Memet and I decided to explore the place a little. There's not a lot of nooks and crannies to explore, so we found ourselves heading to their deserted topmost floor.
We weren't sure if it was off-limits or anything, but we wandered in anyway. It seems they could easily spruce up the space and turn it into a charming breakfast cafe for the clients.
So there. Overall, I'd say the P1500 we paid to stay overnight at Balay da Blas was money well spent. The people at the front desk were pretty friendly. Check out took a bit longer than expected though, because two other rooms were checking out aside from us, and the front desk was only being manned by one person. But the entire experience was pleasant enough.
You can visit Balay da Blas' website for more details: http://www.balaydablas-laoag.com/.