Stayed at the Taal Vista hotel for 3 nights. The hotel was about 2 - 2 1/2 hours from Manila, timings depend on the traffic conditions. It is located just off the highway, and comprises two wings - the newer wing, somewhat distant from the main building and the older wing, nearer the pool, spa and gym.
The main attraction of the hotel (a renovated building displaying some traces of it's 1960's heritage) is the view - simply a panoramic vista of the Taal lake. The restaurant (and it's attached outdoor seating area) shares this view.
The newer wing definately has rooms with a breathtaking view. I can't comment on the older wing, as I didn't stay there. The older wing has proximity to the (rather small and basic) gym, and the (small and limited) pool. Rooms in the new wing were comfortable, if non-descript. There was a balcony with supplied chairs and table, free internet, coffee and tea making facilities and an electronic safe. Cable television on a LCD screen was also available, with an excellent array of local and international channels. The rooms suffered a bit from noise - you could certainly hear the plumbing noises from adjoining rooms. Rooms were a bit dark - with limited lighting for bedside readers!
Food choice in the restaurant was limited - there is only one main restaurant area. Morning buffets were uninspiring but perfectly adequate. Service was generally warm and friendly. The spa was tucked away in the old wing - unpromising entrance, but relatively pleasant rooms once inside.
Likes: The view! Service.
Dislikes: Functional rooms with relatively poor soundproofing. Uninspiring food.
- 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