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Estancia Resort
Ranked #21 of 26 Hotels in Tagaytay
socali
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Escape from Manila”
Reviewed December 20, 2011

we stayed here for one night on 12/15/11.My family are vacationing from the US and we've bee n in manila for about a week. We wanted to get away for a night to get away from the heat and the traffice. My cousing stayed here in August and he suggested we stay here even though it was only a FAIR rating. I was worried, but he said not to worry, the rooms he stayed were recently upgraded.

When we arrived, we checked into what they consider a DELUXE room. The room appeared to be newly remolded and cleaned. The only negative about the room was that my wife was bitten by mosquitos while sleeping.

The view of the lake awesome. If you walk further down by the pool, the view was much nicer. I read how aweful the food was and they were correct so we ate outside the hotel. We did eat breakfast because we were getting it for free, and it was pretty bad. The reason for the four rating is because of the view of the taal lake.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2011

Our family availed of the package which includes room accomodation and food.
The design of the lobby was overwhelming. It's all white and beautiful. Staff told me that some local TV series were being shoot there. We reserved 2 Family Premier room. The scenery at the veranda, overlooking at the Taal Lake was awesome. We spent most of our time staying outside and just stared at the view. When it was lunch time, we went to the restaurant, all our food were served at the long table. We didn't eat all of them, because they tasted aweful. All of the dishes, none of them taste good. Same thing with our dinner.We decided to eat Bulalo outside of the resort. We went back and we had a very good sleep because it was really quite. Breakfast came in, and we were all looking forward to it, hoping that it would be better. All of us were disappointed, Still,didn't taste good.
Nevertheless, I never regret choosing the resort for our family bonding, what i regret was including the food with the package. If only i knew, that it would be that bad,i could have it excluded it and just decided to dine-out. To my disappointment with the food, I wrote an email to the management, but i have not received any apology nor any response.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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pampanga, philippines
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2011

Our office held our planning session in this hotel. While the scenery is great, overlooking Taal volcano, the accommodation, service & food did not come at par...

First, if you are weak at heart, and billeted at a nipa house, you have to request for a room nearer to the function room & resto pronto... The trip down below might have your lungs gasping for air... It was not worth the trip going back to your room to get something, with all the steps going up back to the function room. This might be a good place for honeymooners though....

Second, the food was bland, I have to request for a seasoning everytime...

Third, on the first night, THE WATER WAS HOT... REALLY, REALLY HOT...Scalding even...It was a little bit chilly during our stay and when I took my shower on my last night, the heater was not working.. Early morning on our last day, there was no water.. We had to call maintenance to inform them... STill there was no hot water.... We were told by our office mates, that they have to call them to restore the heater.. Since we called them earlier we didn't think that they have to restore the heater as well, esp. since we had to leave early... It's December & it's chilly, hot water is a must & the hotel should have been more considerate of that... there should be no more notification for the absence of water & heater...

Fourth, the flush of our toilet was not working. They fixed it alright, but after 1 use, it's not working again... It was frustrating... We just had to ask for a pail & bidet... "Tabo" for us Filipinos...

By the way, you might be cautious of big black ants... I woke up looking eye-to-eye with one...
I nearly fell off my bed.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2011

I've stayed with brother and his family together with my mother and we had a very pleasant experience. I think that this is good value for money specially for those not really planning out on exploring other sites around Tagaytay.

The family room we've stayed in was pretty good, with additional two beds which were also comfortable. The view from our room wasn't particularly spectacular as there are roofs blocking part of the view. There is a good view of Taal Lake specially if you walk around to the Santorini cluster but you won't see the crater as it is on a different angle.

I would recommend walking throughout all the areas specially to the Santorini cluster.

Facilities are nice except that some of the restrooms are not so. Because our restroom are being used, I tried using some of the other restrooms downstairs. Sadly, they have no bidets and some of the restrooms are unclean (the one near the shower area of the swimming pool).

The food was so-so and it was a bit expensive. We had to go out for lunch and dinner.

The service was fine except that we had someone looking out on us while we were having lunch on the veranda. After getting the bill, he went off and never came back to wipe the table.

Location is very good as it is near Olivarez and the Mediterranean architecture is awesome.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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San Pedro, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2011

3 types of rooms,
typical rectangular rooms, one end the door/restroom and the other end the window with a view.
Chalet rooms high ceilings, wood beams, open ceiling restroom. More square shaped.
Cottages, duplex and very nice but far away and remote for privacy.
Complementary breakfast has been nothing exceptional but satisfactory, eggs to order, ham, and toast. They have american, filipino and continental style.
If you are staying at the chalet I might recommend to take your breakfast on the little tables situated near the chalets. You can smoke there as well is that's your desire.
Check with the staff when you make reservations about events that take place there as it can get very busy with movie shootings, weddings, etc. The events tend to affect the staff's performance tapping their energy is the best way to say it.
Overall, for the price mostly, it's where I stay from time to time in the area.

  • Stayed January 2011
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manila
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 5, 2011

i booked this room for 1 night, did not able to sleep. the mouse keep running on the floor. terrible experience. and will not recommend their casitas room.

Room Tip: the hotel rooms are nice. but the casitas, i dont recommend .
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Marikina, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2011

The pictures look fantastic - mainly the lobby photos.

The horror is finding out you're going walk down to your room knowing that if you miss a step, you'll find yourself probably in the ravine.

And then there's the room with "native" decor (deluxe?). It promises a view of Taal Volcano. When you open your balcony doors, there's a jungle beneath you and a huge tree blockinthat view of the volcano.

Service in this place is so-so. You have a clueless security guard who could not answer your question if it's safe to park your car out on front, and then you would discover on your own that they actually have parking inside. You ask for the TV remote control because there isn't one in your room, you get an excuse that they have to collect all remote controls for some reason which makes you raise an eyebrow.

The food was also so-so.

Thankfully their shower has hot water. And that's the only thing that makes this place good.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Estancia Resort
Address: Zone 2, Bgy. San Jose, Tagaytay, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Cavite Province > Tagaytay
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 26 Hotels in Tagaytay
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Hotel Class:3 star — Estancia Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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