We were in our last month before Josiah and I can officially say that we’ve been married for a year. The first wedding anniversary is usually a big deal since it was going to be the first of the many. And while we wanted an international travel together our first anniversary, Josiah’s work commitments could not allow it. We decided instead to try out a travel destination we haven’t visited yet in the Philippines. With the constraints of time, the best that we could do was weekend getaways near Metro Manila when schedule allows it. On top of our list was an overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar at Bagac, Batan.
Planning the overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
We were fortunate enough to have worked with Deal Grocer for this trip. I was looking for a place for us to escape to for the anniversary weekend. Browsing through their site, I saw an overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar promo for Superior Deluxe Room for two . This included breakfast and a guided walking tour for 6,000 PHP.
I called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar reservation office for room availability via Deal Grocer. This was to make sure a room was available before booking the promo. I was told that they did not have any availability at the weekend we planned. That dampened our spirits but we looked for other weekend getaways promos by Deal Grocer. We found a good hotel deal for staycation at The Henry Hotel in Metro Manila instead. But before finalizing our booking details, I contacted Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar again, via email this time. I had to ask if a room got available in the last minute. When we were told that a room recently got open, I booked and fixed our reservation details in a heartbeat. It turned out that our room we stayed at just recently got fixed, and opened to take in guests. What a surprise it was for us!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar at night
It was already sundown when we got there. We had to get to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar via commute. I was really hoping that we get there with just enough light to take photos of the place but nightfall came and it was a different feel and mood all together. The warm lights from the street lamps and the buildings made it a romantic and leisurely walk – despite our heavy backpacks on our backs that is. We were offered to be taken to our casa after checking-in at the reception but Josiah suggested we walk to the casa instead. I was glad that he did, I fully enjoyed taking the walk and seeing resort at night.
Our Casa And Room for the Weekend
I though that we will be pretty tired by the time we get to our casa to get settled in our room but we weren’t still. The casa we stayed at was called Casa Mecauayan. It has 5 rooms in it, two at the ground floor and three at the second floor where our room was. We knew that we were sharing the casa with other guests with the lights already lit up.
You will find receiving and common areas right outside the rooms. The guests can chill there or use it as they wish. The only set of keys that were given was for the room, so better that to know that you’re sharing the casa with other guests before locking the front door of the casa. Since no one manned each casa, to communicate with the staff or the front desk, there is a phone at the common area to call in for questions or services you might need.
Our Superior Deluxe room for two was surprisingly spacious. And like I imagined it was of wood and and vintage in design. It has dark rust-coloured curtains that covered the windows and took up two walls of our room since it was a corner room. It looked gloomy to be honest with the dark wood floor. I just assumed that was how the rooms were designed in the old times – and best of all, it kept the coolness from the airconditioning in.
The furnitures, and room fixtures where old or vintage in designed to keep up with the them of the heritage resort. The room came with complimentary coffee, drinking water, slippers, and toiletries for guests.
Filipino Cuisine for dinner
There were only two opened restaurants during our overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar since there were only . We had a choice between Italian and Filipino cuisine. In honour of the heritage resort we went for Filipino cuisine at Cusina ni Nanay Maria. The restaurant was a few steps from our casa and was not yet packed when we got there. We got seated at a table for two at the far end of the restaurant and away from the which we preferred.
We had difficulty of ordering since we wanted to try everything in the menu to check how the food was. We decided on Sinigang and Lechon Kawali – two very popular Filipino dishes. We wondered why there wasn’t much mentioned about the food at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar online. The serving size was generous but the food was just okay and not entirely remarkable to be honest. Our total bill was around +1,300 PHP for 2 viands, and 2 cups of rice, including tip. We paid in cash since we carried enough to cover the meal and for the rest of our weekend trip. But they do accept card payment via debit/credit card.
Breakfast the next day
Included with our booked room was breakfast at the Hotel Oriente the next day. Breakfast starts at 7:00 AM. It gave us time to take a walk around and take photos before we headed to the breakfast hall. Breakfast was in buffet style with generous selection of food. We took our breakfast early because we had an already planned itinerary for the rest of the day.
Walking Heritage Tour + Play
The Guided Heritage walking tour is included for all in-house guests. It is a 30 minute to 1 hour walking tour around the heritage resort. You will learn more about the old houses and the stories behind it. The guests are also encouraged to wear easy to remove shoes for the tour . Some of the houses requires everyone to remove shoes upon entry. The walking heritage tour starts at Casa Binondo and the schedule of tours are as follows:
- Morning Tour- 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30
- Afternoon – 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30
We decided to go for the 8:30 AM walking heritage tour to get an early head start of the days’ activities. We were lucky that it was a small and manageable crowd. The other guests were either still getting ready or having breakfast that early. It made it easier to take photos without too many people around. If you’re trying to avoid large crowds during the walking heritage tour, I highly recommend the first tour of the day.
Josiah and I are already planning our next visit – hopefully another overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. We are also looking for other travel destinations and hotel promos we can score at Deal Grocer when we get a free weekend to escape Metro Manila.
Reminders for check-in guests
- Standard check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 NN
- Please present attached Confirmation Voucher upon arrival at the resort
- Only cash and credit card are acceptable means of payment
- Smoking is not allowed inside the rooms and houses. Violators will be fined PhP 1,500.00.
- Bringing of food and beverage are strictly prohibited. You can only bring chips, nuts and bottled water.
- No pets allowed inside the resort
- Strictly only swimwear attire in the swimming pool (for in house guest only).
- All guests main entrance will be on Gate 5 along National Highway and register at the Casa Alcuaz (New Manila)
- Please be advised that the Guided Heritage tour is a 30 minute to 1 hour walking tour.
- Please wear easy to remove shoes. Some houses require to remove shoes upon entry.
- Schedule of tours as follows:
- Morning Tour- 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30
- Afternoon – 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 only
- Guests for check-in can bring vehicles inside for luggage drop off only. Maximum time to drop off luggage’s is 15 minutes only, otherwise no vehicles should be allowed.
+63 917 547 6237
Las Casa Filipinas De Acuzar
+632 866-8500; +632 332-528