• Cafe Frederico offers the best view of Naga's Centro

  • Crown Hotel

  • Mama Eñga: Bicolano Dishes and more!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Cafe Frederico and Crown Park Restaurant

Naga City - The Heart of Bicol has a lot of homegrown coffee shops answering to the call of 'coffeholics'. One to many is the Cafe Frederico as the in-house cafe of Crown Hotel. Because the hotel boasts the best view in the Central Business District 1 of Naga, the least thing that you can do if you're not checking in is to dine at Cafe Frederico. We have no skyscrapers in Naga that offers the best view of the city while enjoying good food, but Cafe Frederico is the closest thing we've got located on the 2nd level of Crown Hotel. It may not give us an aerial view of the whole city, but it's worth your time because the best things in Naga City can be seen up close and personal. 

As of writing, the menu they offer is that of the Crown Park Restaurant. Mainly because many of the customers enjoy Crown Park Restaurants food while staying in Cafe Frederico which is on the 2nd level of the hotel. Soon they will serving a different menu and we're sure this is something to look forward to.
Photo by NickAstig.me
Just like staying in Crown Hotel, it offers the best view of the city day or night. Crown Park Restaurant is also one of the first Chinese restaurants in the city and in my own personal opinion, one of the best. The authentic Chinese herbs and spices is very noticeable in smell and in taste. The food plus the classic view of the city makes this restaurant special and can make you feel like a local. 

I often describe this view as that of a large screen, live feed television of Naga City, in it's pure and classic awesomeness form of Naga's city lights, cars and busy Nagueños. And as one fellow NcDecker said on our Facebook Page: "...with no commercial breaks!"

Best Sellers: Beef Brisket and new Mini Hungma Bread
Photo by @nickastig

Sal & Pepper Spareribs - Php 265

Fish Fillet Tofu (Hot Pot) - Php 210

Iced Tea Pitcher - Php 110
Salted Fried Rice - Php 145
Center: Shrimp Ginger Onion - Php 290

Green Seafood Soup Php 190
Broccoli Beef Php 365
Hototay soup is also my personal favorite.

Starbucks isn't the only one serving Coffee Jelly! Cafe Frederico & Crown Park Restaurant does too!
Perfectly smooth coffee flavored gelatin topped with vanilla ice cream. Just perfect for your dessert!

Crown Park Fried Rice is also a best seller.
Photo by Stay Stray, Play, & Feast Blog
Other Crown Park Faves from my Foursquare Account Check-Ins

Four Seasons - also one of my personal favorites

Best Sellers: Hungma and Hungma Bread

Cafe Frederico is also open to venues for meetings, celebrations and the like. 
Superb Chinese Food + Classic View of Naga = Authentic Naga Experience brought to you by Cafe Frederico and Crown Park Restaurant

*Prices are subject to change without prior notice*

Crown Hotel
2nd Level, New Crown Hotel
Elias Angeles corner P. Burgos Sts.,
Naga City, Bicol, Philippines

Crown Park Restaurant (with SM City Naga Branch)
Elias Angeles corner P. Burgos Sts.,
Phone Number
(+63 54) 473-1845

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Jack's Blue Plate Diner Magsaysay

Because one branch in Naga is not enough. A new concept of Jack's Blue Plate Diner is soon to open this March right at the gastronomic strip of Magsaysay Avenue. Stay tuned for updates!

Photo Credit: Choi Fante Photography

Mt. Isarog Rainforest Enduro Challenge

Mt. Isarog Rainforest Enduro Challenge
April 11, 2015
Penafrancia Resort

Registration Fee - Php 500
Onsite Regisration - Php 600
Deadline of Registration: April 7, 2015

Register online at EnduroPilipinas.com or at Enduro CamSur FB Page
Send your payment to the following accounts:

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands Account Name: Francis Lindsey Borromeo Albos, Account Number: 3929-1653-99 (Savings Account) 
  • BDO Unibank Inc. Account Name: Francis Lindsey B. Albos Account Number: 0018-9029-3758 (Savings Account) 
Contact Persons: Francis: 09062158781 Ben: 09193180408

For updates visit CamSur Enduro Fb Page

Image Source: CamSur Enduro FB Page

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tagbo Sa Puso Kan Bikol

Tagbo Sa Puso Kan Bikol
Plaza Quince Martires
Feb. 26 - 28, 2015

National Arts Month Celebration

Image Source: Naga Smiles to the World FB Page

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Summer Class / Lessons in Naga 2015

Summer 2015!!! On this page you will see updates about the available summer classes / lessons / workshops in the city ranging sports, music, dance, art, cooking and a lot lot more. For organizers, please feel free to message us on NCD Facebook or  via our Contact Form for us to include your program. Bookmark this page now!

Creative Drama and Music
Summer Clinic

Registration is ongoing in
Asiawise Study Center, Inc.
Sta. Cruz Proper corner Barlin Sts., Naga City
(near Porta Mariae and Holy Rosary Minor Seminary)
(054) 472-5585 / (0933) 3540681

From Young Learner's Hub Tutorial Center


Walk, Run & Ride for Voters' Awareness

Walk, Run & Ride for Voters' Awareness
March 15, 2015 (Sunday), 5:00 AM
Plaza Quezon, Naga City

This event is brought to you by Commission on Elections Camarines Sur

Ride (Bike), 25K, Mixed (1 loop) - Php 350 Reg Fee
Run, 5K & 10K, Mixed (1 loop / 2 loops) - Php 250
Walk 3K & 5K, Mixed (1 loop / 2 loops) - Php 250
All with Free Singlet and Race Bib

Registration Site: Comelec Offices
For further updates visit the event's Facebook Page HERE

All Images are from the events Facebook Page

Que Pasa Naga

Que Pasa Naga SOON TO OPEN!
A barbecue and Asian Fusion Restaurant
@ Corner Barlin St. and Iglesia St.
Adjacent to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds

Image Source: Que Pasa Naga Facebook Page

As of Feb. 21, 2015
Photos by P. Suzara 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bubble Gang Summer Kick-Off Party

CWC Presents Bubble Gang Summer Kick-Off Party
@ CWC Poolside
February 27, 2015

Are you ready for SUMMER 2015?! GMA 7's longest running gag show will visit CamSur for a shoot and for a POOL PARTY!! Spread the word to your friend because this is definitely the fun way to officially start summer!

Win an overnight stay at the Wooden Cabins!
Post a photo on Instagram taken at CWC and use the hashtag ‪#‎BubbleGangInCWC‬.   
Don't forget to tag @HappyEndingBar!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tour Packages to Famous Destinations in the Philippines

Summer is almost here! Here are tour packages that you can avail from Naga City famous destinations in the Philippines like Ilocos, Baguio City, Metro Manila, Tagaytay, Cebu and Davao. Tripolds Travel and Tours can arrange specific trips for you and your company: Corporate and Academic Tours, Pilgrim Tours, Seminars and other events!  They have experienced and courteous drivers with conditioned buses and vans ready for travel. All these convenience for your trip hassle and worry free.

Here's one package for this summer Vigan - Laoag - Baguio - Manila - Naga for only P8000 per person inclusive of accommodation and food! So no need to worry about anything, all you have to do is just enjoy and have your cameras ready!

Travel Date: April 8 to 13, 2015
For more inquiries please contact Mae at 09997026448/ 09156115895

* Check back for new tour packages

Day 1
Departure from Naga City to Metro Manila
Day 2
Arrival in Vigan
City Tour
Baluarte ni Chavit
Heritage Village
Hidden Garden
Marcos Museum
Paoay Church
San dunes
Malacañang of the North
Off to Hotel

Day 3
Laoag Tour
Sinking Tower
Rock Formation
Hannah Beach
Off to Baguio
Day 4
Arrival in Baguio City
The Mansion
Mines View
Botanical Garden
Burnham Park
Off to Hotel
Day 5
Lourdes Grotto
strawberry Farm
Off to Manila
Star City
Ocean Park
Back to Bicol

Day 6
Arrival in Naga City
Home Sweet Home!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Crown Hotel: Complete Naga Experience

Naga City - When we think of home, it can be anything (insert adjective) according to our tastes and senses. Naga City by far has ample of hotels across different types and offers that can suit every guests needs. From among the hotels in Naga City, personally, there is nothing else that I can compare Crown Hotel as a "home away from home" which you can describe  with a "Complete Naga Experience" from comfort, to food, to events and history. 

Heart of the Heart of Bicol and one of the firsts. We have numerous good hotels in the city and each has its own charm that attracts patrons. Crown Hotel has been serving local and foreign tourists for over decades now and started operations around 1960s. I grew up seeing this hotel right at the heart of the Heart of Bicol. All these years, Crown Hotel has proven their way to being one of the best recommended hotels in the city. No wonder, I keep seeing Crown Hotel in directories, travel magazines and guides like the prestigious Lonely Planet. I believe the hotel has the advantage of being the most strategically located hotel in the city. It is a hotel with three possible street as the address: Peñafrancia Avenue, P. Burgos St. and Elias Angeles St., beat that! They have the access to everything, from places, to lines of transportation that can bring guests to farther places, pharmacies, banks, malls and most especially food shops and restaurants serving local favorites and other national brands.

 Viva View! Viva Crown! For me, Crown the has best hotel view of downtown Naga all year round. The hotel does not only boasts the perfect location during Peñafrancia Festival but also during special events which are commonly held at the principal streets of Naga. The momentous "turn" of Ina's andas around Plaza Quince Martires is always a breathtaking view with goosebumps tickling your nerves upon hearing the cheer of faith from the devotees. Day or night and most especially if your room is adjacent to the Plaza Quince Martires, one would never get tired of the view and lights surrounding it.

"Fronting two of the city’s plazas, offering the best view of the metropolis from the hotel, Executive Suite A features a King-sized bed, a family lounge, as well as a spacious bathroom that includes a bath tub and a separate shower area."
Executive Suit A
For more photos visit Crown Hotel Facebook Page

"Features a king-sized bed and a spacious area. Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, this suite’s promise of luxury and comfort is true." This room is perfect during Traslacion Procession.

De Luxe Twin Bed Php 3,000
This was our home during the #SSSstaycation with the #BicolBloggers
"De Luxe Twin features two standard beds. This room is ideal for those who are travelling with company. They also have adjacent De Luxe Twin rooms which are composed of two connecting rooms. These are perfect for families who prefer rooms which ensure privacy but still close enough to make bonding possible."
I was amazed how clean the bathroom was, I even asked if the tiles were new, which they weren't. Spotlessly clean and maintained. Plus plus point for me!
"De Luxe Single Php 2,500: Features a queen-sized bed that's perfect for couples.
It is a suitable setting for restful sleep and private retreat."
Basic, affordable and very "Nagueño-ish". Basic hotel accommodation that is affordable yet not sacrificing comfort and elegance. The hotel is not a five star hotel, who needs it anyway if you have all the means and access to everything you need around the hotel. Staying in Crown Hotel can make you feel like a local, thus very "Nagueño-ish".  

Standard Single Php 1,500

Standard Single and Standard Twin Bed rooms are very affordable and easy on the budget but not below the standard comfort that you could get. Since the hotel is right at the city center, there are rooms where street noises can be heard but just a little, I believe the hotel is working on it.
Standard Twin Bed Php 2,500
24-hour access to food cravings. First and foremost, Crown Hotel has Cafe Frederico and Crown Park Restaurant as their in-house café and restaurant (A separate blog plost will be dedicated for this). If you are looking for authentic Bicolano dishes, just turn to Peñafrancia Avenue and there you will find Mama Eñga with surprisingly low prices and tastes as good as home cooked meals but in a well-presented turo-turo scheme.  Elias Angeles on the other hand is home to 24-hour fast food chains with our local favorite Bigg's Diner fronting Plaza Quince Martires. 

Every local favorite is just a walk away. Pinoy meryenda is just near the hotel such as Casa Moderna and Quality Bakery. Learn the Culture of Bulastog located at Plaza Rizal. It's like streetfood like no other with the value of honesty being practiced when you eat bulastog (kwek-kwek), isaw, bbq, etc. The Naga City Market or now known as Naga City People's Mall is just a block away and find cheap pasalubongs and the like. Naga Garden's toasted siopao and asado mami is also a walk away and the humble Kinalas near Plaza Quezon which only opens at night (You can always visit other Kinalas houses along Dayangdang). Visit San Francisco Parish church which is adjacent to Plaza Quince Martires then buy a steaming hot "Takop-Takop" or others call it Putong Bagas outside the church especially early in the morning.  Know a little bit of Naga and Bicol's history with the main Plazas of the city. All these can make you feel like us, like a local Nagueño.
Hotel employees are very courteous and attentive to their guests needs. If you need anything, just call the front desk and they will readily assist you. Flight bookings and tour packages are also available at the front desk. 

Crown Hotel is located right at the heart of Central Business District 1, Elias Angelest St. Naga City. They have a free shuttle service to and from Pili Airport daily. Contact the hotel at (054) 473 8305 for bookings.

New website will be launched SOON! http://crownhotel.ph

Hotel room rates are subject to change without prior notice. Photo are from Kookai (NCD Contributor), Nick Astig and Crown Hotel Facebook Page

Crown Hotel was our Official Home for the #SSSstaycation Weekend in celebration of SoleSearchingSoul.com's 1st Anniversary and Bicol Bloggers Official Launching. 
Dios Mabalos to my batchmate TR for sponsoring Bicol Blogger's event!

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Crown Hotel February Promo