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Have a tropical Christmas like no other!
Images: Eco Hotel
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Unfortunately, realizing this dream is impossible in a tropical country like the Philippines. If you cannot go where you can experience a winter wonderland just yet, do not feel bad! Head to Tagaytay with your loved ones instead. There is no snow, but Tagaytay is at its coldest during this season, so it can give the same feel and vibe as a white Christmas would.
If you are convinced that the city is the place for a family staycation in Tagaytay this Christmas, read on, as this staycation guide will help you choose the best place! We give you a quick tour of Tagaytay City from the first stop, Sky Ranch, to Magallanes Square and list down the options for boutique hotels in Tagaytay that are worth your stay and budget-friendly!
A bit farther south from Olivarez Plaza and Magallanes Square is Sky Ranch, a small leisure park offering several rides and activities for families and friends. Your stay is worth it if you spend Christmas in Tagaytay; they have many kid-friendly attractions, such as the Sky Eye, Safari Splash, and Grand Carousel. Those feeling more adventurous can try the Drop Tower and Super Viking.
Country Chateau Hotel is about 5 minutes away from Sky Ranch by jeepney or a private vehicle. Located along Mahogany Avenue, it is also just a 5-minute ride to Mahogany Market, where you can enjoy the best bulalo (beef shank soup). The hotel exterior hints at its minimalist yet cozy rooms. Their lowest rate is PhP3,500 for a deluxe without a balcony and PhP4,500 for a deluxe room with a balcony.
2. The Lincoln Place
Distance from Sky Ranch:6-minute drive
Room Rates:Start at PhP9,733
Interior of one of The Lincoln Place suites
Images: The Lincoln Place
The Lincoln Place offers guests a relaxing stay with its ambient “cabin in the woods” accommodation. A private villa costs PhP9,733, including complimentary drinks and breakfast for two persons and full access to various clubhouse facilities and entertainment. Lincoln Place is about 6 minutes away from Sky Ranch by car and within walking distance to Mahogany Market.
One of Tagaytay’s all-time favorite recreation spots, the Picnic Grove offers a panoramic view of Taal Volcano, Lake, and the surrounding area. Aside from having a picnic, you can try the zipline, fish spa, or horseback riding. There are also many tiangges (discount shops) and restaurants.
Jacob’s Hill Tagaytay or formerly known as Tagaytay Lake View Villa, is an upscale-looking boutique hotel that offers affordable rooms. You can avail yourself of a room with breakfast starting at PhP1,180. The hotel has free parking and a veranda overlooking Taal Volcano and Lake. Accessible from Tagaytay-Calamba Road, it is only 5 minutes away from Picnic Grove.
Images: Shaye Taguic (R); Keni Rooms Po Facebook page
Keni Po looks more like a countryside home than a hotel. Located on Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Keni Po is only a 5-minute ride to Picnic Grove and 10 minutes to People’s Park. Family room rates range from PhP2,000 to PhP3,500.
5. Lazea Inn
Lazea Inn’s charming grounds
Image: Lazea Tagaytay Inn Facebook Page
With its landscape of grass, gravel, and flowering plants, Lazea Inn is a garden of Eden in the 21st century. For PhP3,050, you can get a spacious standard room with a queen size bed and enjoy your meals and unlimited coffee at an outdoor cottage surrounded by a landscape view. This boutique hotel in Tagaytay is right beside Tagaytay city market, where jeepneys bound for Picnic Grove and People’s Park stop for passengers.
September 2022 Update:Lazea Inn is permanently closed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The first stop in Tagaytay for most visitors coming from Manila is Olivarez Plaza, a public square that houses many restaurants, convenience stores, and ukay-ukays (second-hand shops). Located in Tagaytay Junction along Aguinaldo Highway, it is also the central transportation point around Tagaytay. It is where you can find the transport terminal of jeepneys and tricycles and serves as the stopover of Batangas-bound buses.
New Orleans Auberge Hotel’s façade (L) and room (R)
Images: New Orleans Auberge Hotel Facebook page
New Orleans Auberge Hotel is within a 5-minute distance of Olivarez Plaza and near the viewing deck for free sightseeing of Taal Volcano and its surroundings. This boutique hotel is a good option for a family staycation in Tagaytay. A modest hotel for a fair price, it has 25 well-furnished air-conditioned rooms and its restaurant. Accommodation starts at PhP2,177 per night. There is ample parking space at and around the hotel.
A 5-minute ride away from Olivarez Plaza and situated just across the new Ayala Malls Serin, Eco Hotel shows off an upscale rustic façade but offers reasonable accommodation. A room for two persons costs around PhP3,500, while a family room for five starts at PhP7,000. This pet-friendly hotel has free parking spaces and a roof deck for sightseeing.
Just a few minutes from Olivarez Plaza is Magallanes Square. With several bars and restaurants, and a couple of tiangges and souvenir shops, it is perhaps the dining and night entertainment hub in Tagaytay. It is also one of the best places for viewing Taal Lake and Volcano for free.
Mi-jo Hotel offers affordable, cozy rooms, a four-story home turned into lodging. It is located in Ronquillo Compound, a peaceful neighborhood about a 5-minute distance from Magallanes Square. Their rates start at PhP1,920 for a standard air-conditioned room.
Magallanes Square Hotel has a vast parking lot as well.
Images: Magallanes Square Hotel Facebook Page
Magallanes Square Hotel is convenient to stay in as you can readily find several restaurants and establishments such as Don Juan Restaurant, Gerry’s Grill, and 7-Eleven. The standard rate for a deluxe room is PhP4,399, but they offer promo rates during the Christmas season, starting in October.
Getting around Tagaytay is pretty straightforward, but getting accommodation closest to your point of interest is always more practical. As Christmas draws near, there is an influx of tourists. Book your reservations early at any of these hotels so that you can have more options and take advantage of discounts.
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Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!
This article was initially published in Yoorekka on December 15, 2016.
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About Rei L.
A writing major from UP Los Baños, Rei is currently pursuing a career in food and lifestyle writing. She is a self-indulgent, go-getting, independent twenty-something career girl who loves coffee, solitude, and hugs. A sentimental writer, she considers coffee shops her haven and writing her refuge.
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