Antipolo has become one of the favorite weekend destinations because of its proximity from the Metro. Known as the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines, people would often flock the place for contemplative church visits. Aside from that, those who wanted to unwind from the busy city life do get a dose of some nature escape and awesome food trip in the area. Surely, an overnight getaway in this popular Rizal town sounds exciting with Café Lupe Bed and Breakfast spoiling guests with a home-away-from-home accommodations with a bonus family KTV.
Deriving its name from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Café Lupe was first established in 2003 by Mr. Alvin M. Carranza. It started as a Mexican inspired restaurant in Manila, specifically along Guadalupe, that later on reached as far as Tagaytay and Boracay. Today, Café Lupe resides in Antipolo and has evolved into a homey hostel consisting of a restaurant and family KTV.
“We wanted to give guests just a chill vibe”, says Albright, son of Mr. Alvin Carranza, who now manages the place. When we got to sit down with him over some food in the hostel’s resto, he added that Café Lupe’s intention is to give that laidback feeling where people won’t even mind what clothes to wear.
Set on a combination of concrete and wooden interiors, Café Lupe’s atmosphere is simply modern. With eight rooms, the place felt so intimate as if I was not staying in a hostel but in our home. If you actually have a slightly huge family or group outing, you can rent the entire place to yourselves.
All of the rooms are good for two persons (with an option of either a queen size bed or two single beds) except for one room with king size bed that can accommodate three guests. I stayed in Teen Azkals room having two single beds with my fellow blogger, Dianne of Curly Dianne.
There was nothing fancy in our room but I personally find it really neat and spacious enough for two. Even the small bathroom is very clean with basic toiletries and hot shower. Wi-fi is a bit problematic though with a poor connection.
For an affordable budget, Café Lupe indeed offers a pleasant accommodations meeting the fundamental necessities of guests.
Restaurant and Food
Café Lupe restaurant combines traditional Filipino and Mexican food in their menu. Favorite Filipino breakfast like Tosilog and Tapsilog is being served all day.
Breakfast is already included for the basic rooms costing PHP 1.800. If you want to try some of their dishes, their menu is affordable. From some of the dishes we’ve tried, I like their Grilled Liempo, Kadyos and Pork Sisig. I also recommend their Nachos Muchos especially if you’re availing their family KTV.
A cozy bar is also available where you can have some beer or cocktails. Whether day or night, you definitely will enjoy the view of Manila skyline from the restaurant.
Live Band and Family KTV
Yes, you read that right! Café Lupe offers family KTV! Aside from chilling at the restaurant’s bar, you can spend the rest of the night singing and partying with your group. You can even have your food ordered at the restaurant served in the KTV room.
Aside from the family KTV, a live band also performs at the al fresco eating area. Just imagine dining while being lighted by the moon and the stars and being serenaded by good music!