Hidden among the trees and overlooking Padsan River, sits the Rivermount Hotel and Resort. This hidden gem in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte is the perfect getaway for people looking to dive into the peaceful and relaxing provincial atmosphere, all the while enjoying the comforts of a 4-star hotel.
Tastefully designed with travelers of all kinds in mind, Rivermount has 49 rooms, two conference rooms, an infinity pool, and delicious food and drinks that can be enjoyed either at their restaurant, at one of their cabanas or in-room. The best feature that the hotel has though are the gorgeous views of the Padsan River and the Sarrat Bridge.
Often used as a venue for team get-togethers and conferences, Rivermount is usually booked full with working professionals. Even then, the property has proven to be an ideal vacation spot for couples, families and big groups of friends.
With a minimalist design, space and all that you need to tuck-in for a comfortable stay, each room comes with the following: a balcony, set breakfasts for guests, turndown services, free use of the swimming pool, mini refrigerator, 32 inch LED TV, cable, bottles of water replenished daily and more.
Extra beds, early and late check-in, and free parking for guests are also available. You can also book the room for daytime use only for either between 12:00 MN to 9:00 am or for room use of up to three to four hours.
There are 20 deluxe rooms (30 sq m) and each has one queen size bed. Guests can request for either a mountain or river view. Set breakfast for two also included.
There are 23 superior rooms (30 sq m) with views of either the Padsan River or the mountains. The room comes with two single beds and a set breakfast for two.
Big and spacious, there are two family rooms (30 sq m) available for small families. Each room comes with three single beds and set breakfast for three.
For couples needing a more spacious and comfortable room, they can opt to book the executive suite (44 sq m). With a separate living area and a comfortable queen size bed, this is perfect for people who’d enjoy chatting, dining and spending time with each other in-room.
Another room that’s quite spacious and perfect for bigger families or a bigger group of friends is the Binakol Suite (40 sq m). With two queen size beds to fall asleep in, guests can wake up to a gorgeous view of the mountains and to a delicious set breakfast for four.
Located in a separate building on the property are hotel group rooms that can accommodate as many as eight to 20 people! Guests have their own entrance leading to a room full of bunk beds which would be perfect for individuals attending team building events or conferences at Rivermount. This is also perfect for huge barkadas who want to stay in one room.
There are two conference rooms that, depending on the set-up, can fit as many as 30 to 100 people. Both rooms come with complimentary use of the PA system with microphones, use of the podium, projector white screen, extension cords, whiteboard and accessories. Guests who are checked-in are also entitled to complimentary use of the swimming pool.
There are three cabanas where guests can wine and dine with a gorgeous view of the Padsan River and the surrounding greenery. Each cabana can accommodate a different number of people, with group sizes ranging from nine to 20 people. The cabanas are free to use for four hours, however there are consumable packages with rates that vary from P3,500 to P8,000 pesos.
The infinity pool overlooking Padsan River is open to both in-house and walk-in guests. The latter have to pay a minimal entrance fee and are only allowed to swim between 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. While in-house guests can enjoy the pool up to 10:00 pm. The kiddie pool is one to two feet deep, while the adult’s pool is two to six feet deep.
With a capacity for up to 150 people, the restaurant is constantly busy whipping up delicious local and international fare. Guests should sink their teeth into “Poque-poque” which is an Ilocan eggplant dish with tomatoes, onions and egg or “Pasta Dinuguan”, spaghetti noodles with the classic creamy blood sauce.
Available with reservations only, guests can hang out at the fully air-conditioned and non-smoking room that comes equipped with a 55″ karaoke tv and a state-of-the-art sound system.
At just P4,500, up to 20 people can enjoy up to three hours of karaoke with one platter of each: buffalo wings, tonkatsu, onion rings, french fries, garlic squid and street tacos.
There is also one round of drinks for all 20 people with choices of Pale Pilsen, San Miguel Light and Red Horse.
The coffee lounge is the perfect place for guests to catch up with one another or for one to simply order their drink and to enjoy a book. This is also where guests can connect online and/or get some work done as the lounge is one of the few places where guests can connect to the hotel’s wifi.
With so much to see and do in Ilocos Norte, the logistics of it all may seem overwhelming! Which is why guests can count their lucky stars because Rivermount has several tour packages available. Whether you want to go around Pagudpud, Vigan or Sarrat – guests can opt to rent a car/van to take them to where they need to be with the option of having a guide accommodate them.
If you need the hotel to pick you up or drop you off at the bus terminal or airport, then no problem! With vans that can carry as many as 13 individuals plus luggage, getting to and fro the hotel will be a breeze. Transportation service charges depend on where you will be picked up or dropped off, and whether it is one-way or roundtrip.
Guests can have their laundry done with minimal charge. And can also have their formal clothes and gowns dry cleaned and steamed ironed, if needed. This is especially handy for guests who are staying over for nearby weddings, debuts and other formal events.
Rivermount Hotel and Resort may be tucked away, but it is a gem worth finding. Guests are absolutely spoiled with comfort, relaxation and greenery – making it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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