First of all, I wish we booked somewhere else for that overnight weekend. The lake doesn't look good, the resort itself is nothing special and there's not much to do. It's a good thing I was with great company.
The Standard Room we got was rather small. It had two queen beds and was part of a cottage with about three other rooms. The first thing I noticed was the ceiling, which was built too low, making the room look even smaller than it already was.
We had trouble trying to take an afternoon nap because a kid who was staying in a room in the same cottage kept running around the common area and was making too much noise. I understand this is not exactly to be blamed on the property but I thought I should put it out there to set the expectation of future guests.
After we went swimming in one of the three pools, we came back to our room and were welcomed with the smell of barbecue smoke. It was terrible because the smell was already absorbed by the bedding and whatever clothing we had left by the time we got back. It turned out someone staying in one of the villas was having a barbecue and the smoke entered through the window of the restroom. The restroom door was closed but the smell still managed to enter the room and it was really bad. Naturally, we complained and thankfully, the staff were kind enough to transfer us to a better room (Ilang Ilang 3). It was bigger and had a small veranda. The problem was, when we got to the other room, we had to request the towels, the toilet paper and the trash bin, which should have been already there by the time we got in. I don't mean to sound like a whiner but we already lost almost an hour trying to sort things out following the smoke-smell incident.
The resort seems like a big place and has great potential, especially since it's so easy to get to from Manila. I like it that they left some spaces undeveloped and just allowed trees and bushes to thrive. There's also ample space for parking.
Breakfast was just ok for something that costs P295. The juices are powdered and not even from the can, so that's a little sad.
In conclusion, I think the place could really use some renovation and some sprucing up. Families that like to spend time poolside might find it fine but it can get a little crowded. The food is moderately priced but the rooms cost a little too much for what you get.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right on the shores of the world-famous Taal Lake and across from its volcano is a place where you can relax, connect and be with nature. Club Balai Isabel offers an option for an active lifestyle with all the comforts of city living. A mere fifteen minutes from the Tagaytay ridge, it offers an up-close and personal view of the lake and its world-famous volcano. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Balai Isabel Hotel Talisay
- Hotel Balai Isabel
- Club Balai Isabel Talisay, Batangas, Philippines