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88 Hotspring Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pagsanjan
Reviewed 31 March 2013

I wasn't expecting much from a Hot Springs in Calamba but granted that this is not the run of the mill Hot Springs we proceeded to the place.

The place was bigger than I expected, clean, well kept and the staff are very courteous and accommodating. We took an ocular inspection and decided to spend the day here with the family. Patrons are a mix of locals but more of Asians (Korean tourists).

They have lots of hot springs (though not counting to a total of 88 -- i guess not that, that many but good enough) ranging from jacuzzi, very hot pool (temperature ranging from 37 to 43 degrees celsuis), regular pools and fenshui energy spots. You can just choose which ones you want to try and dip in . . . but do careful note of each of the pools signage with an advisory or recommendation as how long you should take a dip in each of the hot spring . . . These are good for your health but don't take too long - only from 5 to 10 minutes for those super hot areas.

Korean food is available. For snacks they have kiosks here and there and for a meal they have a restaurant inside the facility.

I guess the place did exceeded my expectation for a Hot Spring in Calamba.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

After getting a rundown of Laguna hotspring resorts on the web, we chose to try the touristy 88 Hotspring Resort. Entrance fee was pricey so we requested to check the place first before paying at the reception. The staff allowed two of us to enter and explained the concept of the different pools with varying temperatures from 37-43 degrees.Since we were already knowledgeable on the medicinal properties of the spring water we only wanted to check: if the pools were clean,if the place was well maintained,if it was not overpopulated/congested and if the amenities were comfortable enough for our stay. We were pleased with what we saw that we decide to spend the day at the resort. Since it was just a day tour, there was no need for us to rent a room or a nipa hut since they provided lockers for our stuff while we went out for a swim. The lush greenery, the well-manicured lawn, the vast expanse of landscaped and natural scenery (including Mt. Makiling) were extra features that made the experience truly memorable and relaxing for the entire family.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
3  Thank sonjie923
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

C2(2008)
The swimming pools were very good, but the others were not that good. And we slept in bangalow. And there were cool and warm swimming pools, and Jacuzzi. And the biggest pool was the best I swam in. So we recommend the biggest pool. And if you want to swim(like swimmer), I recommend the cool pool near the restaurant.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank CanisHan
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

If you're looking for a place where you could swim (or just soak in the water) all you can, rain or shine, then 88 Hotspring Resort is the place for you. If, however, you are looking for other amenities such as spas and fine-dining restaurants on top of places where you could go swimming, better look someplace else.

My family (husband, daughter, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, 2 cousins and their spouses) and I spent an overnight weekend swimming get-away there last January. The place was more than adequate for our purposes-- they have nicely manicured lawns/gardens and more than enough pools, all at various temperatures, shapes, and sizes (my favorite is the cluster of hexagonal hot spring pools nearest the man-made lagoon)-- but for people who are looking for something extra, the resort leaves much to be desired:

(1) The rooms (including bathrooms). We rented 2 villas, situated side by side. While the rooms were big enough, and clean enough, our main problem was the beds. They are more than a bit hard and uncomfortable to sleep on. Other than that, I can say we were satisfied (we didn't check about the TV, since our purpose there was to swim and soak in the pools and not watch TV).

(2) The food. The resort has a restaurant situated uphill, as well as a couple of kiosks beside the main pool area. The food at the kiosks was nothing special-- just a couple of ice cream and chips that you can usually buy at grocery stores outside. The restaurant serves mainly Korean and some Filipino foods. The quality is quite good and the price is okay; the main issue is, if you don't like Korean food, there isn't any alternative, not really since the Filipino dishes are served mostly for breakfast (fried rice, egg, tocino/longganisa) or as a dessert (halo-halo). You could, of course, go and eat someplace else outside of the resort. (Or you could buy food outside and sneak it in, just make sure no staff sees you and that you take whatever trash with you when you check out-- the resort charges extra if you bring food in, albeit they never check your bags)

Lastly, (3) other amenities. Don't look for a spa-- it doesn't exist there yet. There might be plans, as one of the buildings near the lagoon is under construction and I could swear I saw a sign saying "steam rooms"... but don't hold your breath on that. The resort also offered fishing and horseback riding for kids. However, during our brief stay, I neither saw anyone fishing nor anyone riding horses. In fairness though, they did warn us in the form of placards that the horses were currently unavailable as they are still undergoing training. As for fishing, I seriously doubt there's any fish in the lagoon, but as compensation, the kids could get a boat ride in the lagoon if they wanted.

To recap, I can say that 88 Hotspring Resort is an ideal place, if what you are after is a place outside of congested Manila, with a nice view, and where you can swim or soak in the water as much as you want. It is, however, not the place to travel to if what you are looking for are fancy things, and if you are looking forward to being pampered and indulged.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Catherine F
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

Decided to give the place a try after seeing it being featured on a news-magazine program on tv. The place was easy to find since it is just along the National Highway. Parking lot was big. Staff were accommodating and helpful. We stayed on one of the standard rooms. Room was clean, aircon worked fine. The bed was really uncomfortable and hard. Hot and cold water was available on the bathroom. The bathroom however was really small for the room and taking a shower leads to the water leaking out into the bedroom floor. TV remote control was not working at all and we reported it in the front desk, no action was done however to replace it. For dinner we ate outside since we heard some feedbacks that their food was a bit pricey. We also brought along snacks which was not a problem since no one checked our bags.
The place was beautiful, situated at the base of mount Makiling. Loved the pools with its different temperatures ranging from hot to cold, though not all were available when we went there since some were being cleaned. Night swimming was allowed. The man made lake however could use a bit of a clean up. The water was murky and trash could be seen floating on it. Staff said you can fish in it for free and whatever you catch is yours but we saw no one fishing when we went there. Water was too dirty anyway to see if there were fishes in it.
Overall, this place is worth a try especially to those who want a different experience when it comes to hot springs.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank AngeltheExplorer
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

Been twice to 88 Hotspring. Beautiful environment, green, fresh, amazing pools. Each one has a different temperature. It will take a while before you to be bored to move from a pool to another. But nothing else memorable. Front desk staff is not knowledgeable. The Korean manager/owner seems to be concerned only by Korean guests. The food is pricey and after ordering many dishes , we had the impression to have eaten 2 leaves of lettuce. You are also not allowed to bring any food. Their cottage are infected of insects. We have been moved twice because of this but not without trying to up-sold us for their concrete room even if it was 1 am with early check out. So yeah, nothing memorable. But the pools are. And only for this we will be back, but probably only for a day use.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank bobOkinawa
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

we had our teambuilding in this resort yesterday. although we travelled far to get to this resort, the magnificent view of nature made it all worthwhile. what i like most about this resort is that it is very accessible. you don't need to bring your own private car because buses/public transpo would bring you right in front of this resort. the whole place is very clean--well maintained. the resort has a lot of pools and a number of them have healing benefits. we also tried eating at their restaurant. the prices of the food are a bit high, but i still find them reasonable based on the serving, taste and freebies that come with them. entrance fee is 500 for day tour. it may be high compared to the other resorts in the area, but it's worth it..plus it keeps the resort from being too crowded. my team felt as if we rented the whole resort to ourselves because there aren't too many people around :) i will definitely go back to this resort with my family.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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Address: 9601 National Highway | Bagong Kalsada, Calamba City, Pagsanjan, Luzon, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Laguna Province > Pagsanjan
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pagsanjan
Number of rooms: 16
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