Wednesday, September 3

Where to Stay When in Laoag: Balay da Blas is Your Home Away from Home

This is one memorable vacation I spent with a very few good friends who came all the way from San Francisco California just to explore the beauty of the Northern province. Again of course I am the usual faithful companion cum tourist guide cum jester for my balikbayan friends who is always willing and able to join them anywhere they will take me.

My balikbayan friends had a 2-week vacation here in the Philippines and spent the first week of course with me in Laoag and other nearby towns in Ilocos Norte. From the airport we head down to our homey hotel which is Balay da Blas and now the best place to stay in Laoag. And the place is superb.
That's me after a comfy PAL flight from Manila. The Laoag Airport is small but clean and well-maintained.

Just outside at Balay da Blas entrance gate.

Inner courtyard with Al fresco dining option. Very relaxing and has to homey ambiance feel.

This was my home for a week. Spacious living area with TV and antique furnishings.

Behind the bar/divider of the kitchen and dining.

Cozy dining area with mosaic tiled table and an antique wooden cabinet.
The kitchen with a small refrigerator which I never get to used.
Comfy big bed in a separate bedroom with antique native flare.
An old antique long chair at the bedroom.
Door way into the bedroom and you could see a small open air garden with a sliding door for some fresh air.
Toilet and bath with hot shower is kept clean on a daily basis. You could also request for the cleaning lady anytime you want to.
I enjoy having my daily fresh brewed coffee in this refreshing outdoor dining area. Breakfast comes for free with every stay. Wow!
On-site is a magnificent heritage cum ancestral home restaurant where I enjoy my daily complimentary breakfast and awesome local dishes. But this will be another story to tell- so watch out for it!

Pictures indeed speak louder than words and remember when in Ilocos Norte be sure to stay and experience the homey ambiance and classic antique styling of the top pension house and best laoag hotel which is Balay da Blas. Price is just right and the service is impeccable. Great for families and friends who want a safe and nice place to stay when in Laoag

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