Taal Vista Hotel: A Little Tour Of This Classic Tagaytay Accommodation!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I found myself back in Tagaytay last week with other travel bloggers and writers so we can experience Taal Vista Hotel--to me, the classic accommodation in this city. I was so excited to relax and maybe find photo and writing inspiration from the change of scenery.

I am lucky that I live only about 1-1.5 hours away from Tagaytay, but guilty that I still haven't done a lot of the must-dos when in the area. My family tends to just go for the usual Antonio's or Bag of Beans for birthdays or some long weekends, but I realized that there's still so much to see and do (and eat!) in this city in Cavite.

To name a few:

1) Hike the Taal Volcano
2) People's Park In The Sky
3) Paradizoo
4) Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm
5) Tagaytay Picnic Grover

And of course, to actually stay in a nice hotel and spend a night in this popular holiday town south of Manila. Since summer is here, and I am sure a lot of you are already planning to go somewhere relaxing and a bit cooler and less crowded than Metro Manila. A Taal Vista Hotel staycation is the way to go!

We had a private van to transport us from MOA to Taal Vista, but for commuters, just go to LRT Gil Puyat Station (Buendia) for the bus terminal. There are DLTB and Jam Transit buses heading to Nasugbu, Balayan or Lemery that will pass by Tagaytay.

When we arrived at the hotel, it's just in time for lunch! We first toured around and then checked out Taal Vista's 196 sqm, beautiful Tagaytay Suite--I think their biggest and best room here! We had fancy pineapple juice with bamboo straws, while enjoying the room's panoramic view of the Taal Volcano. See more of Taal Vista Hotel rooms HERE.

Lunch at the Veranda

First order of business: FOOD! Taal Vista's Veranda offered us a wide selection of international and local cuisine served buffet style, but they also have ala carte options. It was perfect because by that time my tummy was already growling. We also had our breakfast here the next day.

Aside from the variety of selections, they also have cultural presentations on the side including per table harana, live music and sometimes even dancing! I like the touch of Pinoy because of the songs, I imagine bringing balikbayans families or friends here on their vacation.

What I love most about the Veranda is their beautiful and maaliwalas interiors. It looks very modern yet homey and inviting--much like visiting a kamaganak's home for a good meal! Oh, and they also serve Filipino kakanin like kutsinta and sapin-sapin, my ultimate weakness. 😁

My Room: Taal Vista Hotel's Deluxe Mountain Wing

Room tour! The most impressive from our whole stay in Taal Vista is most prob the view. Imagine waking up to the sight of nature and cool breeze when you open your window just a little bit. I can definitely get used to this!

Since our Deluxe room is on a higher floor, we had a better view of the ridges. Learned that the rooms on our side are also newly renovated and furnished, A++ for keeping an 80-year-old hotel well-maintained!

Upon entering the door, on the right side is the toilet and bath, complete with all the essentials: different towels, toiletries, hand-held and rain shower, hair dryer, and of course a bidet.

On my left from the entrance is the closet area, housing several hangers, a flat iron and board, safety deposit box, laundry bag, and hotel slippers.

Single king sized bed, comfy duvet and fluffy pillows that made it harder to get up from nap!

Where I worked during our break. I seldom bring my laptop during trips, but the workload is slowly piling up. Thank God for fast internet and Taal Vista's comfortable room that made me more focused on my work.

Below the desk is the closet housing the complimentary bottle water, water heater, packs of coffee and tea, and an empty mini fridge:

They say that when you're inside your room in Taal Vista, it's so hard to go out na because you already have the view in the comforts of a private space. You can just call for room service in case you get hungry:

Hallway of our rooms is also very maaliwalas. It has clear glass windows overviewing the property. Buti G si Mikyle to take my photo on the zigzagging road! Joke ko lang dapat yun e ("Picturean mo ko nandoon ako sa malayo!"), but the result is nice! 😁

We weren't able to use the pool, but maybe on my next visit:

Taal Volcano and Taal Lake Viewing Deck

It was right before sunset when the group huddled again. We checked out the viewing deck for the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake, took photos, and planned to avail their Fun Family Picnic but sayang we missed the cut-off time sa tagal namin mag photo op haha! πŸ˜…

It's okay, though. I really had a nice time at the Veranda fireplace, chatting with new and old friends with wine and picas, purplish pink sunset of Tagaytay as our backdrop. We really do have the best sunsets!

Sky Ranch amusement park is literally just next to Taal Vista! Another activity in case you visit Taal Vista Hotel for 2-3 days.

Dinner at Taza Fresh Table 

Taza, or fresh in Arabic, is true to its name as they served us garden-fresh local and international dishes, with the best locally sourced ingredients. I know, all we did while we're in Taal Vista was eat and eat! But just when I thought I'll say no to another dish, I cannot resist the new plate served right in front of us--especially since they were very mindful when they learned about my food restrictions! Thank you for the great service, Taal Vista!

Cocktails and Live Band at the Lobby Lounge

Ended the night with music and beer at the hotel's Lobby Lounge, a Tudor-designed rooftop with a nice view of Tagaytay during the day. You can just chill here while waiting for friends or family. They serve appetizers, desserts, and wide selection of beverages.

Right before dinner, we were asked who still wants to have a nightcap at the lobby lounge. I was guilty of saying "Tita nako, aakyat nako to rest", but then found myself one of the last ones to go back to our rooms HAHA! It was the perfect venue to try local brew Engkanto, and catch up with my college friend Jen who is now with Pico De Loro.

Nakaka relax after a long day of in-transit, work mode, and all-out eating! Ahh, the magic of Tagaytay! Thank you Taal Vista Hotel, Sir Michael, and Kuya Melo of for having me! 


Things To Do While In Taal Vista Hotel:
1) Dine in their restaurants! (Veranda and Taza)
2) Avail their picnic near the viewing deck.
3) Go on a photowalk, the area is so nice you'll get inspired to take lots of pictures!
4) Workout! Enjoy the hotel's pool and fitness center.
5) Go to the Sky Ranch amusement park, they have a convenient access coming from the hotel!
6) Sunrise or sunset by the viewing deck, with a great view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake.
7) Grab a drink or dessert at the lobby lounge at night.
8) Have a massage at the Asmara Spa
9) Going to Taal Vista with kid/s? They have a Kid's Corner and Game Room!
10) Just enjoy the comforts of your room!

Visit Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay:
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
+63 (2) 917 8225 | +63 (46) 413 1000 | +63 (917) 809 1254
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