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Taal Vista Hotel
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Tagaytay
Vancouver, Canada
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“Save your money and do a Day Trip instead!”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

The location of the hotel and the views from SOME of the Premier Lakeview hotel rooms are breathtaking. The downside is you definitely pay for it! For a King-size Premier Lakeview room, it cost $175/night. This is pretty expensive considering the rooms are very basic and overall the hotel seems a bit dated and leaves a vacant feeling (not cozy or high-end at all) I would consider this a 3+ or 4 star, definitely not a 5 star.

My mother stayed in a Mountain room which has a view of the oudoor concrete courtyard. She still paid too much for this basic room at $141/night.

The other big issue I have is the best Premier Rooms are located on the 4th floor of the new Lakewing, which unfortunately happens to be a Smoking Floor. The highest non-smoking rooms are located on the 3rd floor but the King size rooms have blocked views due to the landscaping and trees situated directly in front of the balconies. This completely blocks your view of the Taal volcano. Why would anyone pay a premium rate with a balcony view to look at trees?

I expressed my dissatisfaction of my 3rd floor room to the hotel staff. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything they could do unless I opted for a smoking floor room. Because it was mid-day, the hotel was pretty empty, so we took the risk and moved to a 4th floor room, hoping no one would stay adjacent to us. The front desk staff were efficient and professional. The bellhops were great. The hotel is huge and the Lakewing is a good distance away from the lobby.

We just came to relax and enjoy some R&R. Unfortunately, we didn't get much peace and quiet because the landscaper was trimming the grass with an electric handheld mower/trimmer. It would have been acceptable for a short time, but he cut the grass for over 2+ hours, right outside the Lakewing Rooms, directly below our balcony. The fumes from the gas powered trimmer actually started to get to me and made me feel nauseous.

Wi-fi has a really bad connection. It always cuts out and you have to re-log into the hotel account/password.

Best part of our stay was the buffet breakfast. The variety of food was great and the service was impeccable.

Next time, I would just drive up in the morning to Tagaytay and visit Taal Vista Resort. I would enjoy their buffet and then take a stroll outside to to take in the stunning view of Taal. Then you don't have to worry about booking a room at an expensive price. Same stunning view for a fraction of the cost!

I wouldn't recommend this hotel to my friends/family. The value just isn't there. I'd recommend the restaurant and resort location for a day trip instead.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Stayed here twice. The rooms I stayed in was fairly basic and the wifi in the rooms was very slow, but its free... In the dining area and lobby café it is however quite good.

The lobby café is quite nice with grand piano player and later a singer most nights. Well stocked bar, but it closes around 10.

The view is the main thing though, which is really sumptuous. Beautiful, huge volcanic lake with central island with several cones and its own mini lake.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We stayed here last June for some quiet weekend that is just an hour drive from manila. We visited Tagaytay many times already but I can say that this is the best so far in terms of location and has the best view of Taal volcano. Room is spacious and clean enough, including the bathroom. Our room is very near the pool area, although small, which can be a bit crowded especially during weekends. We enjoyed the wide choice of food for our buffet breakfast. We promised to stay here everytime we visit Tagaytay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paranaque, Philippines
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We went here for our strategic planning sessions for my current company. Our stay was just for one night and we were allowed to share the room with our loved ones as approved by our good management team. It was a FOGGY morning and we drove through all THE MIST. Room was clean and the complimentary fruits was OK. The only bad thing was the toilet bowl was not flushed! Anyway, I'm not much affected by it. Breakfast was good but could be better given it has a 5 star rating. Had a problem with their Kani salad during lunch time, my stomach did not liked it much. Restaurant prices for ala carte were too high and it's not much of a 5 star quality either. Overall, did enjoyed the conference rooms and hotel accomodations. If they have a promo, I will try it out again with my wife and kid.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Overlooking the lake and an active volcano, the place reminds you of adventure@nat geo... :-)

The view from the rooms facing the mountain is nice and there is Mc Donalds which is open 24 hours!

Overall get's you close to adventure from a distance... :-)

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Taal Vista is one of the oldest hotels in Tagaytay with the best view of Taal Volcano. The new wing which we stayed in last year was fitted with modern amenities and had a balcony with a breath-taking view of Taal volcano and the lake. On this trip however, a mis-understanding with their reservation office led to a disappointing room with no view or balcony. The room was still spacious, clean and came with all the modern amenities but we really came for the view.

A quick call to the front desk explaining the situation was quickly met by the front desk manager who offered alternate accommodations. It was explained that rooms with the lake view in the new wing were already fully booked and we were offered rooms in the old wing instead. We were a bit wary as we were led to see some rooms in the "old wing" and we were surprised that the rooms were equally well fitted and maintained; not to mention, bigger than the rooms in the new wing. In the end, we got a room with a balcony and a view in the old wing allowing us to enjoy the gorgeous sunrise, crisp air and cool weather of Tagaytay.

Kudos to all the front desk manager and the staff who were very friendly and accommodating!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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manila
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Tall vista lodge has been a mainstay of the tagaytay ridge for as long as I can remember. But with the new management team the place has been transformed into a classic, comfortable and enjoyable place for family or business meetings.

Security is good, parking is spacious.

Rooms even in the old wing are comfortable and very clean!

The lobby is simple but has a magnificent view overlooking the lake. The main restaurant is excellent, try the homemade ice cream! There is even local entertainment on local traditional dances- you seldom see this in hotels anymore.

It may not be the newest property but it has transformed itself into a timeless classic!

Room Tip: Choose a room closest to the hallway entrance if you don't want to walk a really long way.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Taal Vista Hotel
Address: 60 Aguinaldo Highway, Km, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Cavite Province > Tagaytay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tagaytay
#3 Spa Hotel in Tagaytay
#4 Family Hotel in Tagaytay
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tagaytay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Taal Vista Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 261
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breathtaking views, crisp cool mountain air, lush flora and quaint nooks all come together at the new Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City - the country's favorite destination. Taal Vista Hotel, is perched on a 700 meter high ridge that has the best view of the majestic Taal Volcano and its surrounding Taal Lake. ... more   less 
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