May 17, 2007
"Tucked into a corner of one of San Pablo's still-genteel family compounds, Casa San Pablo is a cozy country inn surrounded by Baguio-like pine trees and sprawling lawns. It is country charm that lures visitors here-- portable hammocks make for moveable feasts, lounging chairs looking out into a grove of young palm trees, and the swimming pool is surrounded by hundred-year-old trees. At night, pathways are lined with candlelight and mats are laid out on the lawn for moon gazing.
"Avid art collector and hobby enthusiast Boots Alcantara and his wife An Mercado-Alcantara, writer and magazine editor, run Casa San Pablo. The main cottage, with its eight bedrooms, reflects their pursuit of contemporary and folk art, eclectic junk-turned-art and literary collections. Each bedroom is designed with wit-- Laguna papaer mache' horses, miniature cars, seashells, auto parts, and clay leaves. It is the ideal getaway for those looking for a change to recharge their creative energies and re-learn to look at the world with new childlike wonder." (Casa San Pablo Official Website: www.casasanpablo.com)
This is one of the best jump off point for you to discover the Viaje Del Sol Destinations. Don't get lost with the flowery words of the marketing brochure and website. I'll share with you what Casa San Pablo really is:
- This is my favorite bed and breakfast place if I would decide to stay overnight in the San Pablo area. Other options would be Kinabuhayan Cafe, and Villa Escudero.
- This is a writer's haven where you can get inspiration from the eclectic rooms, or decide to be alone in one corner of the inn. Although, this is a popular spot for team building these days so you might have a rowdy crowd at times.
- A swimming pool that nobody dares to swim in it probably because it is not inviting enough.
- The owners are very friendly. A bed and breakfast place that would ensure you feel at home. I've featured Casa San Pablo last October 2005 but this was my first time to stay in Casa San Pablo but I knew then that this was a special place.
- The best package is their OVERNIGHT STAY WITH BREAKFAST. Rates are on a per head basis including breakfast. There are rooms that can fit 2-4 people (P1,500/head) or 5pax and above (P1,100/head). The best rooms are those on the second floor so don't forget to specify that or else they would assign other rooms for you.
- The breakfast is one of the unique Filipino breakfast I have ever tasted. So don't miss this unique Filipino treat.
Casa San Pablo -- Cozy Place for a Retreat
Free Wifi in San Pablo, Laguna! You can check out your email and blog on top of a banig under the blanket of stars.
This is the main house and off limits to walk-ins. How I wish I could have a chance to at least see the house or even have a dinner inside it. I actually thought they would remember me when I first featured them but I guess not. This place have been featured a number of times ever since I posted it last 2005.
All the meals are served buffet and home-cooked as what is served in a typcial San Pablo Laguna home.
The famous Laguna paper mache' horses.
How to get there:
Coming from Manila, after the San Pablo border, watch for the following landmarks to your left (km readings from the border): Total Gas Station (1.7kms) and a Caltex Station (1.9kms). After Caltex, there is a fork in the highway (2 kms.) The right side of the fork heads straight to Lucena, the left leads to San Pablo City. Take the left road, this is Colago Ave. Watch for the Community Hospital on your left. Shortly after the hospital to the right, is Kay Inay Resort (2.9kms.). This resort has been closed down but it is the access to Casa San Pablo. Turn into the resort gate, drive to the parking lot and you will be directed to Casa San Pablo.
Call or Text Boots Alcantara at + 63 917 812 6687 or +63 920 962 4083.