I treated my wife to a Valentine's weekend at this hotel upon recommendation by my sister. We booked one of their rooms for Feb 13 - 14, 2009 to enjoy a nice romantic trip that's near the city.
One great thing about this hotel is that its off the highway, which makes it a nice hidden retreat in Tagaytay City. As we turned from the Tagaytay highway, we found ourselves driving on a narrow hilltop road that oversaw a vast pineapple field and nothing else! We were also met by strong, chilly but refreshing winds which I assumed was because of the position of the road. We had to stop to take pictures :) It made for a nice approach to the hotel, which stood all alone and free from neighbors. This picture made us even more excited about our stay.
The facade is 8 Suites is that of a modern house. This is a newly-built hotel. It is all-white and marked by stone accents on one corner. Given its name, it has only 8 rooms for its guests, making it quiet and secluded. It is built like a house, so the home-y feel that you get when you're inside comes naturally.
As we pulled up in front of the hotel (which had 3 parking slots at our time of visit), the security guard helped us with our luggage. The main door is marked by stepping pads built on top of a small modern pond. Nice touch. The reception desk was small but did not affect the efficiency of the reception staff, who helped us check in in under five minutes. The staff were in informal uniform, which I thought was their intention of keeping this hotel home-y.
The hotel has a living area, a bar and a small restaurant that had a view of Taal Lake. Touches of wood and paintings decorate the otherwise all-white modern interior, which was consistent with its design.
Our room was pleasant: Modern interiors with modern amenities. The walls had plain color finish but accented with modern curtains. The bed was soft but firm. The beddings were smooth and inviting. Flowers and chocolates greeted us from the bed. It had a flat panel TV with cable, a phone and a fridge with stock. The bathroom was modern too, and featured a rainshower head.
There were some things that pulled the room back though: I noticed that the room's floor had tile finish. In my opinion, a nice parquet or slatted wood treatment would've made a better touch. The walls could use better paintings and accents too, just to pull along with the other elements that tried to make the room impressive. My wife noticed that from inside the room, we could hear guests chatting outside in the living room. Maybe it was because of the position of our room.
But nothing could topple the best feature of the room: the balcony that presented a great view of Silang and Taal Lake! Combined with cool Tagaytay winds, this, we decided, is where we would spend most of our time. One drawback though: if the guests next door were out, you would hear each other's conversations.
We immediately ordered drinks and cocktails from room service, which came promptly and with friendly service by the hotel's kitchen staff. The hotel had standard cocktail menu, and their lack of more sophisticated concoctions was forgivable. We had a great afternoon at the room's balcony that day.
We spent Valentine's dinner outside the hotel, at a restaurant called Antonio's. When we came back at 11pm, we found the hotel entrance closed and without lights. We had to call the security guard to let us in. Haha it's ok, we guessed, the hotel was sure like home :)
Breakfast the next morning was great: the balcony served its purpose again. We had tawilis and tocino breakfast with Taal and Silang in the background. Great!
Overall, we had a nice stay. The pluses outmaneuvered the minuses, but not by a great margin. For a decent price, we would go back to this hotel again and enjoy the view and the secludedness, but we'd most likely do so on a weekday.
- Also Known As:
- 8 Suites By Fat Jimmy Hotel Tagaytay
- 8 Suites By Fat Jimmy Hotel
- 8 Hotel Tagaytay
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