Let me start off by confirming that this inn is a very good choice if you're looking for a decent and affordable place to stay for the night in Tagaytay/Batangas.. The place itself is near Caleruega chapel so it's very ideal for those attending a wedding. Plus Sonya's Garden is just right at the corner.. And I have nothing but praises for the hotel staff most especially the owner Ms. Adora, who was very accommodating right from the start.
My husband and I stayed there for a night last July just as a mini-getaway to revisit Caleruega where we got married not too long ago, as well as our reception venue near the area. We thought it was nice to stay for the night so we could take our time, and so we just needed a clean hotel, nothing too expensive nor extravagant. MC Mountain's rates fit right into our budget, and Ms. Adora was very kind enough to even give us dicounts. She even suggested the Sunset view room instead of the Taal view room since she said it has better view and a favorite among the hotel guests. So we took her advice.
When we got to the hotel, the staff was pleasant and brought us to our room (rm103). Now I don't know why, but the room disappointed us both BIG time upon entering. To be frank, it was really small considering we got one of their best rooms (their Sunset View and Taal View rooms are the most expensive ones), which was why I can't even imagine how big the Standard rooms are. The bed though is HUGE, i will give them that; it practically occupies half the room. There was a tv with cable, a small bedside cabinet, a dvd player, and a small ref (which was worn out and slightly dirty inside you wouldn't dare put any food inside, so dirty!). There was no table inside the room, but there was a plywood-like table at the balcony which was really dusty/dirty (i'm not sure if that was supposed to be inside our room). The balcony, which is supposed to be the room's saving glory, had lots of leaves and mini-trash lying around, absolutely horrific you wouldn't want to stay and sit outside specially since the two chairs were dirty as well. The whole balcony looked like it wasn't cleaned at all before we checked in. You couldn't touch the curtains unless you're ok with getting your hands dirty; they look like they haven't been washed in a long time.. My husband most especially hated the shower curtain; absolutely grimy :( I personally noticed the lack of a small trash bin in the room, though there's one inside the restroom. Sink/shower was working normally though. And the closet is good enough for our stuffs. They did provide two towels for us. Breakfast was alright, nothing special but filling. I love their coffee though; authentic Kapeng Barako.
At least the view was nice though it was mostly plants, etc... Let me also note how surprised I was with the restaurant; I didn't even notice that it was the one right at the Reception Lobby! I thought they were just bunch of chairs/tables for the lobby area; I didn't know it was alreayd THE restaurant. I only found out the next morning when we were going to have our breakfast. Plus I don't know if the free wifi is simply not working on my Blackberry or what, but we could not detect a network even with the help of the staff.
All in all, I really would like to come back to this inn coz I could see that it IS a decent one with friendly staff and really hospitable owners. It wasn't like the place stink or was horrific. But unless the management sees to the housekeeping and cleanliness of the rooms (most specifically the balcony), more and more guests might go home disappointed. And perhaps it would be best to replace some of the worn-out appliances such as the refrigerator, and make sure the curtains get regularly washed. It's the little things that matter.
Let me just emphasize once again how lovely the owner Ms. Adora is, and I feel bad that I had to point out such negativities in the hotel. But sometimes you just have to give negative but honest opinions for the establishment's good. I hope this will be a motivation for improvement. Goodluck and more power!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MC Mountain Home Apartelle is your home away from home which is strategically located to have a view of the Taal volcano and lake at the dining area and reception lobby as well as at the 2 Taal view rooms.It is located along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road a ridge highway on the west side of the said road and such location gives a panoramic view of the rustic country side and mountains and sunset view. We have a total of 18 rooms that can accommodate a total of 36 persons on double/twin sharing per room and can be maximize up to 65 persons by addition of extra mattresses to bigger rooms. We cater to families, romantic getaway with special arrangement surprise, live in seminars and garden weddings and reception. ... more less
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