Dark brown, Swiss-arc wood like facade on a flat grassy plateau lies a landmark that made Tagaytay as one of the idyllic getaway hubs in the south. Here’s my take on this iconic building.
Location: You can easily spot this hotel as its Swiss like roof is hard to miss along Aguinaldo highway, but compare to any hotels (Days, Summit Ridge and The Lake Hotel) in Tagaytay it is almost at the far-end stretch. Neighbors to PAGCOR’s gaming hub Casino Filipino, you cannot deny the fact that most of the guests here are foreigners. When we checked-in on a rainy Monday afternoon, I was surprised to meet more than 5 foreigners checking in too. Across the street is a McDonald’s so never worry to get hungry during late nights, some of the nearest too are the food stops on Robinson’s like Giligans
Ambiance: Built in early 20’s and one of the favorite meeting / getaway spots of the late President Manuel Quezon, the hotel sure had gone a long way of transformation. Spacious lobby, high-ceilings lounge, thick crystal-clear wall-size windows; this hotel never stops to bring out a modest classic feel to guests like me. The garden has the most vast view of the Taal lake in every corner, pool is seriously enticing for a swim, just wished though that there was a bit of music in the lounge – maybe some jazz band or old piano just enough to take you in a mood of coziness.
Service: When we arrived hospitality embraced us automatically. They open a door for you, greet you in a most sincere way in late hours, and keep reservation attentively even if it was only 2 weeks old. High regard to cleanliness is just one thing I adored in this hotel and they are most even willing to snap a picture of you too. But one thing I really really loved is the open letter suggestion policy that every guest should sign after checking-out, sealed and addressed to the acting general manager. It is a humbling thought that at least in a way the management is more than willing to listen whether for compliments or constructive criticisms from each and every guest.
Rooms: We stayed in their new Premier Room (no. 84) located in the east side wing. Must say, the room is way gorgeous than I expected. Initially spacious for 2 persons as it can house a total of 4 pax. Clean, well-groomed and chic. They have flat screen with cignal hd cable, cute not so ordinary head lamps, wooden fixtures, marbled lavatory – all is a mix of modern-baroque feel that will entice you to stay longer. Not to mention the room is generous with full length mirrors, spacious cabinets with soft bath robes and a free laundry bag which I totally appreciate for our wet clothes. Hubby fell in love with their wall-size window door connected to the veranda facing directly to Taal volcano; the view is definitely something that wakes you up in the morning. The bath room is spacious and clean too with a big tub, but I think they should have invested to make it look more modern-ish to match the whole room’s persona. The room is wifi equipped but generally slow so I normally use the wired connection. Downside, you need to deposit at least 2,000 PHP for an incidental fee upon checking in.
Sleep Quality: What we totally raved about in this hotel is how spotless the bed was. Big, nicely tucked, clean, and fresh smelling sheets. We hardly hear passing vehicles nor whining horses, no wonder we slept more than 10 hours that day. Truly a perfect relief from stress.
Value for Money: Purchased our accommodation through a voucher site and we snagged a good deal of 4,300 PHP / night for the Premier room. It is cheaper than its published rate which costs around 7,000-8,000 PHP a night and given with all our observations and granting some little improvements in their part I would still not mind paying.
TAAL VISTA HOTEL,TAGAYTAY
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
Tel No: +63 (2) 917-8225 / +63 (46) 413-1000
Mobile No: +63 (917) 809-1254
Fax No: +63 (46) 413-1225
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