Holiday Staycation at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City.

Holidays and long weekends allow us to switch from a busy to a relax mode. It is also a great chance to bond with family by going out of town for a staycation. For this, I suggest that going to Tagaytay City will be the most practical destination considering its distance from Manila.

Famous for its fresh and cool air, captivating scenery, and delectable cuisine, Tagaytay is absolutely a perfect getaway from the hectic city life.

I visited the Hotel last December 22, 2018, in celebration of my parent-in-laws’ 49th Wedding Anniversary where we had a lunch buffet at the Veranda, one of the extravagant restaurants of the hotel.

A brief history of Taal Vista Hotel:

  • Previously known as Taal Vista Lodge
  • It is one of the oldest landmark in Tagaytay where then President Manuel L. Quezon held cabinet meetings at this hotel.
  • During the Second World War from 1942 to 1944, Taal Vista Lodge was converted to an officers’ quarters for the Japanese.
  • In February 1945, the 11th Airborne Division of the US Army parachuted down onto the Tagaytay Ridge to assist in the liberation of Manila.
  • Between 1956 and 1964 Tagaytay began to bepromoted as a major tourist destination in the Philippines with Taal Vista Lodge as one of the leading attractions in the city
  • One of the many regular visitors of the hotel was a young man who often chose one spot on the grounds from which to gaze out and dream. He is Henry Sy of SM Investments Corporation—the company that would later acquire Taal Vista Hotel.

Source: Taal Vista Hotel website

At the lobby

The hotel lobby is spacious, cozy and classic yet elegantly dressed up for the Holidays. A tall Christmas tree at the center brighten up each visitor’s mood.

Upon arrival, I presented the confirmation details from and one valid ID then paid it using my debit card. The staff briefly discussed hotel rules and regulations then gave me the room key card afterward. Overall, it was a hassle-free transaction.

Reception Area
Room key card

Room details:

Superior twin room- mountain wing. This room comes with 2 single beds, a day bed, air conditioning unit, flat screen TV, safety deposit box, personal ref, and a flat iron with iron board.

The room is just enough for three persons, beds are small yet comfortable with fluffy pillows, bedding smell fresh and clean.

The room overlooked a mountain which is a great way to start the morning.

While we were waiting for our lunch buffet at the Veranda, for the celebration of the 49th Wedding Anniversary of our parents, they stayed in our room for a little while.

The bathroom is clean with complete toiletries, hair dryer and sets of towel. By the way, towels are sparkling white and looks new.

the bathroom features both rain shower and hand held shower heads

Hotel’s Complimentary Amenities:

Swimming Pool: Operating hours 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Having a second thought taking a quick dip at the pool? You can while the sun is up. It’s cooler in the afternoon, specially when the wind blows.

Kid’s corner’s play room is where kids will enjoy playing in the ball pit, colorful toys, slide, and kiddie art activities.

Fitness Center- sweat it out and feel energized using the gym’s facilities.

Picturesque background

This place is truly instagrammable. Just don’t forget the #taalvistahotel.

This photo explains why Taal Vista Hotel is very popular. The stunning view of Taal Lake and volacano, trees, flowers and cool weather is perfect for a romantic afternoon.

Photo credit: John Martin

A breathtaking view of the Taal lake can be experienced at the view deck.

This iconic outdoor Christmas tree standing outside the hotel perfectly welcomes the Holidays!

This huge Christmas tree is perfect for a family photo
Don’t forget to strike a pose at this huge picture frame
Go the distance and enjoy the view

Insta worthy backdrop with Arnel and Glecy.


We feast in the wide selection of International and Local cuisine served on buffet breakfast


  • All Day Dining
  • 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
The main dish for breakfast are fried biya, adobong puti, sardines with olives, fish fillet, tocino, chicken longganisa and beef steak.
Make your own ramen
cold cuts and cheese
Salad bar
Fruits in season and yogurt
Bakery corner. They have pandesal, banana bread, croissant, muffin, etc. Tip: The bread pudding tastes great!
Cereals are also available

Food served was sumptuous and fulfilling. Unlimited coffee and tea.


Souvenir item shopping at Kultura Butik open daily from 9AM to 8PM.

You can bring a bit of Tagaytay to your loved ones. Local and unique items are available here like travel essentials, key chains, ref magnet, mugs, bags,, etc.

Taal Vista Hotel is a place where you would want to visit again and again because of its ambiance, breathtaking view of Taal Lake, the classic yet elegant beauty of the structure , and the service provided by the staff.

This place is recommended for people who look for a real relaxation.

Address: Kilometer 60, Agiinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Thank you for reading our story!

God bless always!

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