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“Experience a Traditional Tagalog Countryside Getaway Here” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Escudero Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Pablo City
Certificate of Excellence
Baguio, Philippines
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57 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Experience a Traditional Tagalog Countryside Getaway Here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

I recommend Villa Escudero as one of the best family destinations, especially for expats who want to see what Tagalog farm life is like, or balikbayans who would want to "trace their heritage" and see what life was like in the countryside. The entire estate looks so picturesque and relaxing - it's a "heaven" for nature photographers. There are a lot of activities offered - both for the active (hiking, bike tour - you may bring your bikes or rent some, raft rides) and for those who appreciate a more leisurely pace (cultural dance performances, carabao cart ride, museum tour, and fruit picking!). The museum tour alone would take most of an afternoon (or morning) - and here one would appreciate how daily life was in the past 2 centuries through the items collected by the Escudero family (clothes, school items, jewelry, accessories, appliances - even iron diving gear!). Best lunchtime venue would be at the Waterfall restaurant where you could literally cool your heels after hiking - the dining tables are set near a live waterfall, with benches set on the shallow brook.Meals were all sumptuous and authentic - our folks loved the Lechon. The cottages were spacious, clean and cozy. Service is warm and excellent, the staff were very helpful in their suggestions about the activities offered.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank kindredfreedom
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212 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

Villa Escudero is a walk down memory lane! While some parts do feel a bit old now the experience is funnily heightened by that. The buffaloes on arrival; the lovely and rustic bungalows on the water with geckos running around, the bamboo raft paddling experience and of course the famous lunch at the waterfalls with lechon, kids running everywhere and more. Certainly not your run-of-the-mill holiday destinations but, for me, one place I simply can not stop going back to!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank S E
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Tarlac, Tarlac, Philippines
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

My friends and i stayed here last October 5 to 6, 2013. From Tarlac to Villa Escudero, we traveled 6 hours and when we arrived at the place, we were greeted courteously. They let us check in on our room (Gumamela D) at 1pm even if their check in time is at 5pm. Our room was clean and we have a basket full of complimentary fruits and drinks. The food served at their restaurant and at the buffet is delicious.

You will be amazed at their museum.

The Waterfalls Restaurant is a MUST-SEE place. It is a different experience dining near a waterfalls.

I must say our long travel and cost of money is definitely worth it. Two thumbs up for their multi-talented, courteous and approachable employees.


Something they need to improve on:
The Souvenir Shop, there's not much to buy in there.

Room Tip: For "pasalubong", i suggest you buy the Yema Cake of Kalahi's Bakery at San Pablo City...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank einnej27
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Toronto
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed for 3D/2N in Villa Escudero last Sept 13/14 and we just loved it. The place is huge and lots of time to relax and enjoy. The staff were very friendly and enjoyed the quiet times with you. We were being serenaded and toured on a water buffalo cart which was quite amazing. It reminded me of my childhood growing up in a farm. The food was excellent. You will not go hungry. The lunch experience by the falls was something to remember. There was a group from SOS village that day who were fun to be with and we had good times with them. Also, that same day, there was a live recording of "Umagang Kay Ganda" with Winnie Cordero so it was quite interesting being told that we were live on television! The cultural show that Friday was spectacular! They put on a lot of effort to please their guests. The lanzones trees were bearing fruits so we got a chance to pick some! We have nothing negative to say but to "Thank you all the staff" at Villa Escudero for the good times we spent.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent but if you have extra funds, stay by the riverfront!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank PAPAKO
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Makati, Philippines
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Brought some tourists to Villa Escudero. It is a nice place to visit. The lunch at the waterfalls was a good experience, although I felt that the area was a bit small. The cultural show was nice to watch and well choreographed. It shows the different cultures, traditions and dances from different parts of the Philippines. The cultural show runs for an hour and is only available on weekends and holidays.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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2 Thank TravelSpeak
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

I brought my family and my husband's family here before we left for Dubai. Everyone enjoyed! We love the rooms connected to each other next to the river. No mosquitoes! We love the buffet! We love all the activities! I wish though that the videoke are free too :) We enjoyed the tour of the museum. We all want to go back! All the people are smiling and very friendly!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank pinkygurl86
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Tons of trees, the river is a bit scary for me although I didn't sleep on the veranda, mosquitos not so hard to find so I suggest a repellant all throughout your stay. The Cultural Show is worth watching. Food is great as well, I love their dried fish so much it's always the first one to run out. ;)

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maria Victoria L
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Additional Information about Villa Escudero Resort

Property: Villa Escudero Resort
Address: Pan-Philippine Highway, San Pablo City, Luzon 4000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Laguna Province > San Pablo City
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Pablo City
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Villa Escudero Hotel San Pablo City

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