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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay
- Hotel Taal Vista