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May 12, 2012

Celebrating Mom's Day at Taal Vista Hotel

Tagaytay is one of the best places to plan a summer getaway aside from being the second summer capital of the Philippines.  A place to choose instead of Baguio if you're on a budget, I mean lesser gasoline expenses.

It was April 2012 when I decided and booked our reservations for an overnight stay at Taal Vista Hotel.  I didn't plan but it turned out that the date I chose was actually Mother’s Day.

Why in Taal Vista Hotel?  Besides the hotel promo (Diamond Cut) which is until end of May this year, we were offered a much lower rate being employed in the bank whose owner (leads Filipinos in Forbes’ richest list) made Taal Vista one of his previous acquisitions.  Moreover, Taal Vista Hotel is still has the best view of the Taal Volcano.

Picnic Grove
I, together with my husband and kid arrived in Tagatay around 10 a.m., an approximately two hours of travel time from Metro Manila.  Our first destination was the famous Picnic Grove.  It was long time ago since I last visited the place.  There are zipline and cable car ride now.  A cost of P300 per person for a one way ride and P400 for a two way ride which in my humble opinion are pretty expensive.  That's why we didn’t try to ride or I didn’t insist either maybe because I had this experience in my recent tour in Palawan together with my colleagues.  But to all the readers who haven’t experience yet this exhilarating ride, I would suggest that one in Picnic Grove.

Mahogany Market
Mahogany Market

After an hour, we headed ourselves to Mahogany Market to have our lunch.  We ordered Bulalo, good for 1-2 persons for only P120; half order of Tawilis and Isaw.

Taal Vista Hotel Lobby Lounge

It was around 1 p.m. when we checked into the Taal Vista Hotel.  We were quite exhausted and welcome drinks (free of course) which we had in the hotel lobby lounge were just in time.

Taal Vista Hotel Superior Room West Wing

Our hotel room was Superior Room West Wing which I think is their lowest room rate and it's situated near the hotel outdoor swimming pool.  There’s a choice of 1 king size bed or 2 single beds in which we picked the latter.

Taal Vista Hotel Superior Room West Wing
Taal Vista Hotel keycard/slot

The hotel uses keycard to open the door (just hold the keycard against the sensor, located directly above the door handle) and to switch on the main power (just insert the card at the key slot located at the door entrance).

There are complimentary bottled waters, coffee, creamer, tea and sugar; electric kettle, personal ref (that's why we brought some refreshments), cable LCD TV, Wi-Fi internet connection, electronic safe for your valuables, slippers, towels, extra pillow, morning newspaper, hair dryer, hot & cold shower and bathtub.  Toilet and bath are complete with basic toiletries.  Closet is large and spacious.

Taal Vista Hotel complimentary drinks
Taal Vista Hotel personal ref 
Taal Vista Hotel toilet & bathroom
Taal Vista Hotel bathtub
Taal Vista Hotel toiletries
Our stay includes use of hotel amenities such as the outdoor swimming pool.  As we had planned, we brought our swimming outfits and didn't pass this opportunity to enjoy the summer.

Taal Vista Hotel Swimming Pool

In front of the Taal Vista Hotel is the Casino Filipino and McDonald's in which we had our dinner, my son’s favorite.

Taal Vista Hotel Entrance
Taal Vista Hotel Superior Room West Wing
The hotel room has centralized air conditioning.  Sheets and comforters are really comforting.  We did sleep early that night.

I set the alarm of my mobile phone at 5 a.m. for us to have an early morning stroll through the hotel grounds.  But the beds are too inviting, we woke up past 6 a.m.

We have had picture taking sessions before we had our breakfast buffet.

Taal Vista Hotel
We couldn't view the volcano that time due to fog formation.

Taal Vista Hotel
Taal Vista Hotel Cafe-on-the-Ridge
Included in our availed hotel accommodation (promo) is breakfast buffet for 2 adults at Café-on-the-Ridge, located beside the hotel lobby lounge.  Since my son was not included, we paid half of the buffet price for P339 as the waitress suggested.  Said buffet price is almost the same price if we ordered a la carte.

Taal Vista Hotel Cafe-on-the-Ridge
Their hot choco for me is the best.

Our overall stay in Taal Vista Hotel is indeed memorable and unforgettable one.  We loved the food, the place, the views and the weather.  The hotel staff are courteous and friendly. They also immediately attended to our room service needs/requests.  

At present, my son keeps on asking me and my husband as to when are we going to return to Taal Vista Hotel.  But for now I'm thinking of other hotels to stay.  So watch out for my next blog. :)

Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
Tel No: +63 (46) 413-1000
Fax No: +63 (2) 886-4325
               +63 (46) 413-1225
Website:  http://www.taalvistahotel.com/


  1. This post of your's was very inspiring most especially to all parents out there. Thanks for sharing this info! Hopefully we will visit and experience to stay in Taal Vista Hotel someday. I will also refer this to my friend.

  2. Thanks for sharing us your wonderful experience. I am planning to have an out of town trip and I might do your itinerary. By the way, may I know how much does the overnight stay at Taal Vista cost?