A SHORT TRIP WITH THE FAMILY
My family and I stayed at Jamjen’s Lodge on the 13th to 17th of November.
If you’re looking for a less expensive, clean, no-fuss place to stay in Baler then Jamjen’s Lodge is your best option. It’s about a minute walk to the beach with a lot of restaurants and small sari-sari stores (convenience stores) nearby.
Their rooms are averagely sized, very clean, and the beds were equally comfortable. We’ve asked for an extra bed and unlike other inns/hostel, they’ve provided a single foam bed instead of the usual annoying folding bed, so that was a plus. The bed sheets, pillow cases, and towels were clean and pressed as well. Their bathroom is basic but functional; I think it’s a norm in the Philippines specially if you have limited space that the shower is in the same area as the toilet bowl. This is not a problem at all as the bathroom’s size is not really that small. The also have free Wi-Fi.The lodge’s grounds and surroundings are kept by the diligent helper who comes every morning to clean the area. The owners (Marlon and Marivic) are equally helpful and nice.
The lodge is 5-10 minutes ride to the town’s market (Pamilihang Bayan ng Baler) where you can find the bigger convenience stores, souvenir stores, and stores that sell fresh produce in case you intend to cook your own food. The bus/ city terminal is also in the same area. Just few minutes away from the lodge is the main town where you can find few of their heritage sites such as Aurora Quezon’s ancestral house, Museo de Baler, and Baler Church. These 3 places are just walking distance from each other.
Just outside the lodge, you will find tricycle drivers who offer tours + rides to more attractions for a fee. You will find the itinerary on their tricycles. If you brought your car just like us, you may, of course you’re the ever-trusty Google Maps that can take you to these places.
Baler is a tourist-friendly town with nice people but don’t expect to see supermarkets, large malls, and popular fast food chains. You are here to enjoy Sabang Beach and the historical sites of Baler anyway. Power outage in Baler is also common, so be prepared. Overall, it’s a restful and wonderful stay!
Family - Nov 25, 2016