So why would you choose to stay at Vista Real Hotel in Tagaytay?

Well there are a lot of reasons actually but probably the most important thing is its close proximity to the Tagaytay Rotunda which is the main junction for vehicles going to and from Calamba, Talisay, Nasugbu and Manila.

Located at #6 Tolentino East along Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., it is just couple of blocks away from Olivares where dozens of shops and restaurants are located. Various transportation terminals are also within the area so you are never too far away from anywhere in Tagaytay, Batangas, Laguna or Manila.

There are also a lot of 24/7 convenience stores, a medical center and a church.

LOCATION was the very first thing that I considered when I selected Vista Real Hotel to be our hotel in Tagaytay for our annual Visita Iglesia. Tagaytay would be our first stop and then visit the churches along Aguinaldo from Dasmarinas to Bacoor and back to Manila.

We checked in at around 2 in the afternoon of Holy Wednesday.

Now, the second thing that made me choose this hotel from all the other hotels in Tagaytay is the swimming pool.

The kids have been bugging me for a trip to the beach or a pool resort all summer and so a hotel with a pool in Tagaytay (which is pretty scarce by the way) is like hitting two birds with one stone. And so we spent the whole Wednesday afternoon on the pool from around 3 until sunset. It get really cold after dark so a night swimming in Tagaytay would be a very bad idea.

We were the only ones there who checked in on Holy Wednesday so we had the pool all to ourselves – the whole hotel in fact. The attendants said that their booking during the holy week is heavy from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. But they do have a couple of families who booked as early as Thursday – but not on Wednesday. So Yebah!

I just wished that the pool was hot so we can swim during the night too.

The third thing that’s great about the place are the rooms (or at least our room). We stayed at their Deluxe Room – an air-conditioned room with balcony, view of the lake, closet, bathroom and 2 queen-size bed for 4 persons. The room have a cabled TV, 2 complimentary bottled water. It’s bundled with unlimited use of infinity pool and Jacuzzi with 1 hour free use of amenities (billiard/table tennis/beer pong/dart).

Yes, it’s a litlle bit small and old-fashioned but the beds are so comfortable. Plus the balcony specially when you’re the only one who checked in – it’s a great place to “make tambay” at night. We actually stayed up late and played Monopoly Deal there.

We also ate our complimentary breakfast at the balcony. However, you’ll have to eat it fast or eat it early because the sun rises over at that area.

Vista Real Hotel also has its own restaurant called Leon’s Bistro. But I guess it’s partly closed during the Holy Week so we decided to have our dinner at a restaurant near the Rotunda.

Right next to the hotel, is a McDonald’s outlet. Now, having a McDonald’s store beside Vista Real Hotel can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you will never go hungry – we actually had our lunch there on Thursday before we went on our Visita Iglesia.

A curse because, almost all the dine-in customers can see you while swimming on the pool. And then when you go out on the balcony you can see them also and they can see you too.

Well anyway, you’ll just have learn to ignore them and then go on with your staycation. 🙂

The Deluxe Room with Breakfast has a published rate of 7,035.72 Pesos/Night – it’s usually at 15% discount via Travelbook. So that’s going to be around 5,980.36 Pesos. A bit pricey, but like I said: Location, Room and Pool.

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