Darlyn’s Transient House: A Home Turned Destination in Benguet

December is quite a stressful month to travel in and out of the Philippines. Apart from summer, this month of the year is when people are at their busiest, and the influx of tourists doubles in time for the celebration of the most awaited holiday of the month, Christmas. And while Baguio is one of the chart-topping places whatever the season is in the Philippines, looking for the best accommodation as well as the best value for money is a challenge.

From experience, a lot of houses rejected me prior to my Baguio trip back in the first weekend of December due to being full booked. Thus, I trusted in the power of Internet to lead me to good places, until I found Darlyn’s Transient House.

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Humbly located in Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet, Darlyn’s Transient House is the best accommodation to stay in during your visit in Baguio if you want to veer away from the hustle and bustle of the city scene, and experience quiet, authentic mountain living without leaving the peripheries of your comfort zone. The four-story transient has five huge rooms that could accommodate three to five guests each at an affordable rate that ranges from PHP 350 to PHP 500/night/head. Though the location may sound a bit far, know that this transient is merely a good 20-minute taxi ride away from the different points of interests in Baguio like night market in Harrison Road, food strip in Session Road, Mines View Park, Good Shepherd, Burnham Park, Botanical Garden, and SM Baguio, among others.

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What is more, sites like the the flavela-inspired houses in Stobosa Hillside homes are a five to 10-minute jeepney ride away, the jump-off point to Mt. Yangbew, more popularly known as Benguet’s “Little Pulag”, is 20-minute taxi ride away, and the famous La Presa site from the Filipino teleserye “Forevermore” starred by Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil is a few stone’s throw away from the transient.

If those are not enough points to convince you, here are more reasons why Darlyn’s Transient is a home turned destination in Benguet, and why you should book your stay here:

  1. The family who owns the transient house will keep you warm with their smiles, kindness, hospitality, and perfectly cooked meals throughout your stay. They will even give you insider guides for both Baguio and Benguet!
  2. Unlimited free brewed coffee and tarragon tea will welcome you as you set foot in their transient. Well, this proves that the best things in life are free.
  3. All rooms are spacious, clean, and cold enough to rest you weary self in.
  4. Bathrooms are equipped with heater, and water supply is not a problem here.
  5. The pathway to their transient is a long stretch of perfection that gives an unobstructed view of pine trees, wild sunflowers, and the views of both Baguio and La Trinidad, Benguet, which give an opportunity to do photoshoots in between walks and talks!
  6. Cliché but trust when we say that their transient is nothing short of a ‘home away from home.’
  7. There is no WiFi access in the transient, and that will make you more physically and mentally connected to the place.

The only problem we have in this transient is leaving it behind and going back to the concrete jungles of Manila. We stayed here for three consecutive weekends in December, and we can’t wait to be back and heed the calling of the mountains once again! See you, yes?

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For bookings and inquiries, reach Darlyn’s Transient House at 0918 520 8006 or at www.facebook.com/DarlynsTransientHouse.

All photos by Ian Francisco

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Mikee Pascual

Mikee is a Filipino travel and lifestyle writer gradually shifting from a sedentary life to a nomadic one. On a personal note, she dreams of traveling to all 81 provinces of the Philippines and having her own travel book, hostel and restaurant someday.

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