It has been a tradition in the family to celebrate birthdays either out of town or at a restaurant. Priorities have changed lately to give way to financing our dad’s medication and paying for car and house amortizations. I just wanted a simple celebration for my birthday this time.
Perfect timing it is, the scheduled trip to One Tagaytay Place was moved on the day of my birthday. I was invited to review the hotel’s amenities for a complimentary overnight stay. It was indeed a special birthday gift that I decided to bring my family with me to savor this unforgettable occasion.
The Facade and Lobby
From the outside, the hotel looks like a low-rise building with a convenience store, ATMs, and a bank on the ground floor. The main entrance is actually at the back of the huge signage. The lobby looks elegant and classy with its modern furniture and marble floors. Upon entering the hotel premises, we were immediately assisted by their staff by carrying our luggage and ushering us to our rooms. Instantly, that echoed good customer service.
I was given a Deluxe Double Room (26 sqm floor area) and I booked another Deluxe Twin Room (26 sqm floor area) for my family. For our convenience, we were provided two connecting rooms on the second floor. Each room has access to the veranda. The rooms were not spacious but the size is just right to move around comfortably.
Just like any standard mid-range hotel, it was well furnished with basic hotel amenities — a comfy bed with a duvet cover, LCD TV with cable channels, a safety vault, a small working space, a mini ref, and coffee-making facilities.
Double Deluxe Room
Deluxe Twin Room
The bathroom is small but tidy. Dental kits, towels, and handy toiletries were provided. Good thing, the hot and cold shower was working. It just takes time before the water gets heated.
The swimming pool is located at the lower penthouse. There are two pools— one medium-sized and a kiddie pool. It would be better though if they have heated pools because the weather can get too cold in Tagaytay. The view is nothing spectacular, just a plain overlooking of the city line in Tagaytay. There are only a few sunbeds so it’s not advisable for lounging too long.
My sister and I tried the massage at O’Spa. O’Spa gives the guests the chance to pamper themselves by getting relaxing massages at reasonable prices. I availed the Filipino Hilot + Ventosa while my sister had the Swedish + Ventosa. The service was done in a couple room which has a private toilet and bath. After the soothing massage, we were given complimentary hot tea and mixed fruits. I felt very relieved afterwards because my body has been strained lately from carrying heavy bags and having improper posture.
I also liked the ambiance of the spa. It was very cozy and relaxing. Instrumental music was being played and a fragrant scent filled the dim-lit room.
The hotel is also known for its modern Filipino restaurant, Amacena, pioneered by Chef Luigi Muhlach. I will write another post about Amacena soon.
Birthday Made Memorable
Staycations in Airbnb have always been a common option when staying in Tagaytay. However, One Tagaytay Place changed my mind about considering hotels again. I missed the personal assistance of the staff, the extra amenities, and other services which cannot be found in Airbnb. More than the decent facilities, the warm guest service is something that I’d look forward to if I’ll visit One Tagaytay Place again. My family and I enjoyed our stay here.
- Incidental deposit fee of 2k is required
- Check their website for ongoing promos or discounts
- Request for a room on a higher floor to get a better view
- Parking slots are available
- WiFi is not that strong, better to use mobile data
- 7-11 convenience store and BPI ATM available
One Tagaytay Place
Barrio Sungay, Tagaytay City
Cavite, 4120 Philippines
Telephone number: +(63 2) 584-4111 or 477-7111
Facebook: One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites