ALFONSO, CAVITE – It was by coincidence that I have known Camp Benjamin. By the looks of it, this is a newly built hotel complex in the sleepy town of Alfonso, Cavite.
I liked the serene environment of Alfonso. It was such a relaxing place seeing the locals do their daily chores. It was an escape from chaotic Metro Manila.
Commute to Camp Benjamin
The best way to commute to Camp Benjamin will be via a direct bus to Alfonso, Cavite. Go to the bus terminal in Uniwide Coastal Mall. Fare was about 75 pesos for ordinary non-air-conditioned bus. This will take around 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the traffic.
This bus will pass through Tagaytay via Emilio Aguinaldo Highway with Tagaytay-bound passengers alighting in Olivarez. It will then turn right to Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. You will see Skyranch along the way.
It will make a right turn to Luksuhin-Mangas Road until the town plaza (“bayan”) of Alfonso. No available fast-food chains here. There is a Mercury Drugstore where we bought some chips and drinks. A 7-11 is also available in front of the plaza/Basketball court.
A tricycle ride to Camp Benjamin will cost around 20 pesos each person. It was not a problem finding a trike in this town. The tricycle terminal was beside the Basketball covered court.
Going back to Manila, the bus terminal is also in the town plaza.
Camp Benjamin Overnight Stay experience
Our check-in process in Camp Benjamin was a breeze. The Shalom Hotel complex is composed of two hotel buildings. Finding the reception area can be confusing.
Once we were in the room, we saw 3 single beds. The bed sheets and bed spreads though were thin but we were able to sleep comfortably during our overnight stay.
The bathroom/toilet was clean and well-lighted. The hot shower was very pleasant after a dip in the pool.
Other highly recommended hotels around Alfonso:
- Hillcreek Gardens Tagaytay Hotel
- Potter’s Ridge Tagaytay Hotel
- Alfonso Hotel
- Le Jardin Rosella Boutique Suites
- Residence Inn
- The Lincoln Place
Camp Benjamin swimming pool
The swimming pool was the highlight of our Camp Benjamin overnight stay.
It was huge and well-maintained. It was big enough for me to do some freestyle laps.
It was also a great experience swimming while raining. We went here last June.
Since it was not a peak season or maybe this place is not known yet by many people, we were able to enjoy the different facilities of Camp Benjamin to our selves.
Dinner and breakfast in Mon’s Resto
We ordered their bulalo dish. We did not know that the serving will be already good for 3-4 persons. The taste was just average though. There are places in Tagaytay that serves better bulalo. However it was served hot and with big bulalo/beef portions.
We did not enjoy the chicken asparagus soup. The krispy squid and pancit canton were also not that good.
For our set breakfast, we were not expecting too much considering what we have eaten last night.
We were served with coffee, hamburger patties with mushroom gravy, rice and some mixed fruits. Breakfast was just okay.
Camp Benjamin complex: Win Farm
Camp Benjamin is a perfect place to hold teambuilding activities. They also have ziplines and wall-climbing facilities.
At the end of the complex was Win Farm, an in-house farm with a variety of fruits, plants and livestock for sale.
This is a good area for children to see how to take care of plants and animals.
End of Camp Benjamin Overnight Stay
It was a very relaxing Camp Benjamin weekend. We really enjoyed our stay here.
I am happy to be back here in the future. In the meantime, why not go and check-out Camp Benjamin.