The Diplomat Hotel Heritage And Nature Park

Dominican Hill Rd., Baguio, Benguet

The Diplomat Hotel Heritage And Nature Park
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Kathleen Cerla G.
4.0 Stars
5

This building intrigued me from the stories my friends share.

When we, my friends and I, were excited to see the whole building. Unfortunately, the second and third floors are closed as they are not safe anymore. Alternatively, we checked the whole first floor (both inside and outside) which gave an eerie feeling that someone's watching.

The good thing was that we explored the outside building that has that charm through the rough exterior it has.

There are timeline and building has pictures on how the structure was used.

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Jacqui T.
5.0 Stars
5

Baguio trip would not be complete without visiting the historical and haunted Nature and Heritage Park, formerly known as Diplomat Hotel located in Dominican Hill. Once you entered the gate of the said park, you would feel the eerie feeling.

This 17-hectare property once became a school, vacation house, WWII refuge and a 33-bedroom hotel. It stands there for more than 100 years now and the history stays in it. Many people, including us are now saying that this place is really haunted.

One of the shots from my action camera showed a picture that we cannot explain. My husband pressed me to delete the photo immediately as he was saying it is malas to have such kind of picture with me. We hope and pray that she is fine.

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars
8

I remember when I was having that tattoo session with Sarah Gaugler, she asked how did I find her movie, Diplomat Hotel. You know the feeling when you don’t want to hurt someone but at the same time you don’t want to lie? That’s what I felt, so I didn’t say anything and let my friend do the talking. To cut the story short, I love Sarah Gaugler, I hate the movie. Nonetheless, I wanted to visit the Diplomat Hotel myself so I was quite excited when I learned that it’s part of our itinerary.

The Diplomat Hotel sits atop the Dominican Hill. People are drawn to this tourist spot not only for its beauty but also for its reputation for being haunted. It’s a 17-hectare property that has seen so much history. It used to be a vacation house of the Dominicans, a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario in 1915, a sanctuary of the refugees during World War II, and a 33-bedroom hotel in 1973 where the faith-healing sessions of Tony Agpaoa were held.

It is now believed to be a haunted place. Locals claim that they could hear strange noises in the middle of the night like the banging of doors or windows, clattering of dishes, or horrifying screams. Given this fact, you’d think I would take the opportunity to finally go with my companions? Nope. I braved roaming its rooms and halls on my own. I’d be lying if I tell you I didn’t imagine facing some unknown entity along the way, but I guess it wasn’t enough to deter me. I was more fascinated than spooked because the hotel is made eerily beautiful by the decay that it’s suffering. I thought about the people who used to walk through these empty halls, those who slept in the now empty rooms, and those who cowered in fear of the Japanese during the war. I was free to inspect its crook and cranny, free to visualize its history, which wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t alone.

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Rocky R.
3.0 Stars
6

Located in Dominican Hill (because once occupied by Dominican priests), this tourist spot was once many-a-things:

a vacation house for Fr. Roque Roano (1913)

Colegio del Santissimo Rosario (1915)

sanitarium house (1917)

WWII refuge house/hospital

a 33 bedroom hotel (1973)

and now a haunted hotel.

Because of the passing of one of its stockholders, Diplomat became bankrupt, forcing the hotel to shut its doors. During the short run of the hotel, many stories of ghosts came about due to the brutal killings of priests and nuns during the invasion of Japan during WWII, hence making Diplomat Hotel a ghost hunter's dream.

Luckily I was able to go there at 5AM, when it was still cold and no tourists roamed around. It gave that eerie feeling I was trying to capture. What I enjoyed about Diplomat Hotel is the rich history behind it. If those walls could talk, they would tell extraordinary stories not told to us by historians of the place.

By the way...there were no ghosts when I visited. 128542

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Norman Lester T.
5.0 Stars
6

Diplomat Hotel is a tourist spot in Baguio that I always skip every time. Haha let's just say that my idea of vacation is to be relaxed, and eat yummy food. Not to scare and stress myself. But my friends (Cindy S and Arzola) insisted to visit this so no chance for me to say no. Haha. I must say, I should've visited this earlier. Very very beautiful. I kid you not.

So I agreed to include this to our Baguio itinerary provided that we'll go here before 4pm. You know, habang maliwanag pa. I'm not sure what happened, but we arrived here past 5pm. Intense! The place is supposed to be scary, but it's too beautiful to mind if there's something paranormal happening beyond our circle.

We decided to go upstairs, where the big cross is located. Since it's already dark, we were able to witness city lights of Baguio. Very scenic. We also had silhouette photos with the cross. Interesting! However we felt something unusual afterwards. I'm not sure if we were just scaring ourselves, but I swear, we felt something scary. So we decided to go down, and besides, the place should be closed already - by 6 or 7pm. We used our cellphone's flashlight on our way down as there are no lights here. When we almost reached the ground floor, Cindy saw someone looking at her eye to eye! Scary shit! She screamed only to realize that it was Kuya guard who's assigned to look after the place. Tinakot kami! Tapos ayun tumawa after. Hahaha but Kuya was kind enough to have our group picture taken. Pero nagbibiro pa siya na meron pa raw kaming ibang kasama. 128584128584128584

P.S. Given the chance, I'd still choose to go here past 5pm. Diplomat Hotel's beauty is different at night - very picturesque. Just don't get scared though!

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Annica O.
5.0 Stars

When in Baguio this is a must see place. They say that there are ghost in the place but I don't find it that creepy. Actually I find it a beautiful place. At first glance you will be amazed by the beautiful rustic feel of the building. I think this will be the best training ground for photography newbies or wannabies. It is an ugly beautiful place and very instagram-mable. Hahaha 128513 It is located uphill so you can get a beautiful view of Baguio City. Ang tagal namin nag picture taking sa labas pa lang ng hotel. Hahaha even in the door hindi namin pinalampas. Inside you can notice that the place is being rehabilitated. They also have photographs hanging in wall. There's just some photos that we found creepy, the one where nag oopera yung albularyo sa isang patient. Hahaha 128560128560128560 at both side there are large water fountains that's old looking na with plants and lumot but it is so magical when you look at it. There is a wooden spiral stairway to second floor where you can also take photos. Hahaha 128522 In the second floor you will see a much clearer view of the city. We took photos and selfies in the windows but my favorite part is the brick wall. It is so instagrammable talaga. Hahaha 128522

P.S Sabi nung Taxi Driver nung bumaba kami wag daw kami matakot sa Diplomat dun daw kami matakot sa ginagawang muslim looking building na ginagawa sa side ng gat the diplomat. Hahaha creepy! 128555128555128555

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Larah L.
5.0 Stars

Went here at night and it was already closed. The guard gave a good job of taking us around the place talking about the historical background.

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Kate R.
4.0 Stars

A former convent-sanatorium turned hotel atop Dominican Hill that has gained notoriety as one of the most haunted places in Baguio City. It is now undergoing rehabilitation through the efforts of the city government. The whole property on which it stands has been renamed as the Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park. (thanks Wiki 128514)

Be sure to go on top floor for a panoramic view of the city. There is a big stone crucifix on top, perfect for photoshoot. 128522Maybe this can be a haven for photographers due to its rustic feel and the beautiful interior and exterior of the hotel. I love this place, it feels haunted and I appreciate how it looks, maybe I’m just weird.128516

When we visited Diplomat, I bravely entered each room to see the ruins from yesterday. It’s creepy but it’s inviting for me. I know that there are ghost here from people stories but I haven’t seen one. Maybe they show up to people whose too afraid or it’s just a fragment of their imagination.

Creepy or not, I believe this is a must see when in Baguio. 128526

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Cassandra E.
4.0 Stars

one of the most horrifying hotel in baguio 128520128074🏼128561

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Paul G.
5.0 Stars

Wasn't able to go back last Saturday night but we finished early last Sunday so I decided to go back here..
Place was closed to the general public but I was given a private tour since the place we were staying was just beside the hotel.
Almost backed out actually and told my escort that I'll go inside the ground floor lobby only.. But we wee joined by two of his friends who convinced me to climb all the way to te roof deck because rhe view up there was awesome.
On the way up and armed with 3 flashlights, one pointing in front, the other one at the back and mine flashing on our left and right we slowly climbed to the 2nd floor first. Man it was super scary and just the thought that something might be out there and just appear from nowhere was nerve-wracking!!!
Fortunately for all of us, we did not experience any sightings nor felt anything and upon reaching he roof deck, I was rewarded with a 360 degree of Baguio and it was simply awesome.
After offering a prayer for the eternal repose of the souls who might stillbe lingering, we went down already.
That was one spooky experience I will never forget!

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Paul G.
4.0 Stars

My first post after months of being inactive. Place looked so serene in the morning. Will return tonight to find out how sppoky it is as published :)

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Abbey A.
4.0 Stars

This is supposedly known to be haunted but I didn't think so. It was more of beautiful. Beauty in ruins. I really loved how the old structure was surrounded with gardens full of life, very picturesque.

I've heard it's hard to find but maybe that was before Waze. Hehe Waze really makes driving around easier!

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