Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Champagne Luxury on a Beer Budget" only at Balay Da Blas, Laoag

Balay Da Blas in Laoag city is a gem. It was truly comforting to have found a place where we could rest our weary bodies. Sure, going around the different towns of Ilocos for 4 straight days (1 night in Vigan, 2 nights in Pagudpud) was a lot of fun. But finding a place where we could really stay for some R&R can also give a different high when traveling non-stop.


The pension house is actually located in Downtown Laoag and is just 15 minutes away from the Laoag airport. It's also near several tourist spots (i.e. Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Sinking Bell Tower, St. William's Cathedral and the Provincial Capitol) and a few well-known restaurants such as Saramsam and La Preciosa.

Lifted from Balay's website: "BALAY DA BLAS PENSIONNE HOUSE was built as a residence for the Blas Family. It was designed as a home first,which can be seen in its decor as they were chosen with care to create an atmosphere that is quaint, charming and warm. Then as Laoag City enjoyed an influx of tourists and business travellers, the decision was eventually made to open its doors to "guests"."

We were able to personally meet the owner of Balay Da Blas -- Mr. Samuel Blas. Sir Sammy was accommodating and was very hands-on with his guests. 

Anyhow, since Rubel and I were on a budget, we've managed to book one of Balay's 'Standard Double/Double' room, which cost us Php1,200 for one night (rate for 2 pax). Now, some of you might still find this a bit pricey. But wait until you see what the SD/D room has to offer.

The beautiful lobby and down-to-earth staff of Balay Da Blas. :) 

Balay Da Blas already had a lush, outdoor tropical garden that welcomed us. But what was more fancy was the interiors of Balay's newest building (a touch of Ilocano Moderne Ambiance). Earthy tones were all over the lobby, while complemented with a small Koi pond. The receiving area was spacious and was decorated with comfy seats, wooden tables, potted bamboo trees and other indigenous pieces. 

Now, our room, which was at the top most part of the building had its own veranda. And since we were the only ones on that floor (at the time), we've managed to get the whole rooftop veranda all to ourselves. But on to the most exciting part --- our room!


Our room had an A/C unit with remote, Cable TV, Private Bath with Hot and Cold Shower and WIFI access. We were also provided with fresh towels, a cabinet, dresser, table and chairs. Our room also had a glass sliding door, from which we had a nice view of the city. Other than that, complimentary breakfast was also included in our package.

Also, should you want to order from Saramsam Ylokano Restaurant & Bar (their Pinakbet and Longganisa Pizza's are a must-try!), you can always request food from the resto to be brought to Balay. You can also order from Balay, so that when you get to the restaurant, your food's already prepared. Just have the Balay staff assist you on this particular request.


I highly recommend Balay Da Blas when you book your trip to Laoag City. The staff and the lodging would have to be 5 stars for me in terms of service, cleanliness and aesthetic. The staff will even go the extra mile for you be it with your food or tour requests. They are simply the best! :) They've truly made our stay in the Sunshine City a memorable one. 

Explore & Be Free,
Mai

Balay Da Blas
Website: www.balaydablas-laoag.com
Email: balaydablas@yahoo.com
Contact #s: Ms. Jingle Pamerol - Reservationist 
(0922-882-6907 / 0920-9686695 / 0917-5507522)

36 comments:

Edmaration said...

Ay! Ang gondoh ng interior. Oo naririnig ko na ang balay de blas na ito. Sarap matulog!

Mai_Flores said...

OO nga eh! Hinahanap-hanap ko yan! Pati yung price hehe

Franc Ramon said...

Definitely 5 Star in terms for value for money. This is another group find again from your friendly neighborhood Budget Byahera.

Myk Malag said...

Nice and Cozy place, must bookmark this as I have plans traveling up north...

Hari ng Lakbay said...

Wow! Ang ganda naman dito, sana ganito kaganda pag-stayan namin sa Laoag next month. :)

Pal Raine said...

Wow! Ganda ng business nila. And knowing that nasa downtown yung location nila. Galing ng idea!

yaniconquistadora said...

Hey I love your room. I'll send the link of your post to my beau and will try to check in there should we go there next summer!

Renz Bulseco said...

Wow! Sobrang linis at in fairness, mura ha!

Mai_Flores said...

Hehehe.. thanks Franc! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Cool! You should really stay at Balay. Sir Sammy and the rest of the staff are super accommodating and nice. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Diyan na lang kayo mag-stay..hehe! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Super! You must stay at Balay should you visit Laoag in the future. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Oh, we loved it too, Yani! And yes, please do.. hope your Beau likes Balay. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Super! Hehehe.. gusto ko nga bumalik sa Laoag para lang mag-stay sa Balay at mag-pinakbet pizza sa Saramsam! Nom-nom! :)

Ricky said...

Magandang place to stay ito, thanks for sharing now I will not have a hard time looking for accommodations in Laoag =)

Mai_Flores said...

Yey! You'll surely love it in Balay, Ricky. :)

papaleng said...

Sure, Tatandaan ko ang place na ito. I am from Cabugao Ilocos Sur, near Pagudpod sa amin and Laog is just two municipalities away.

Mai_Flores said...

Wow! I was just in Pagudpud.. well, about 3 months ago. :)

Nanardxz said...

Thanks for sharing i'm planning to travel north by December.. Balay Da Blas looks okey :)

Rizza Javier said...

The place looks very cozy. Thanks for the preview!! :)

tedclaudio said...

So affordable and yet so classy and clean! I will definitely keep them in mind if I go to Laoag.

Mai_Flores said...

Cool! Should you push through with booking at Balay, please say Hi to Sir Sammy and Ms. Jingle for me! :) TIA! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Surely! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hello Sir Ted! Try them.. you'll surely feel relaxed when you stay with them! :)

mark pogi said...

I've been hearing rave reviews from Balay Da Blas. I just have to convince my wife to say yes when we go to Ilocos soon. ^_^

Francis Balgos said...

This looks so Cozy!
I'd like to be comfy too when I get to rest while traveling.
will take note of this for sure.
Di pako naka punta sa Laoag. ;)

Marri Bermudez said...

I am not a traveler like you but when we go out of town or any place where we have to stay overnight... I bring along blanket, small pillows and some sheets. I just don't feel like lying down on a bed with sheets other than mine. Even they are clean and smell good. But this room looks very neat and the white bedding as well. Balay Da Blas was worth your stay, I'm sure.

Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons said...

love the rooms set up! very nice and modern! xx

Mai_Flores said...

Me too! I love hotels.. especially Balay since they're so affordable. :) You should definitely stay there when you visit Laoag, Francis. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Astig! And yes, more convincing kay misis! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Wow! Something new that I've learned about you, Ms. Marri. :) But of course, it's always best to do whatever it is that will make you feel most comfortable in/with. :)

Mai_Flores said...

True! :)

Maria Estrella Ledesma said...

nice inn...in places like Laoag, accommodations like this are practical especially for budget travellers.

Mai_Flores said...

Sure is, Ms. Maritel! :)

Mai Flores said...

Hi sir, email me at balaydablas@yahoo.com..me here Mel frontdesk officer

Mai Flores said...

sir please email me balaydablas@yahoo.com for reservation