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“Taal at its' finest!”
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Villa Ibarra
Certificate of Excellence
Manila, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Taal at its' finest!”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

With a total of only 8 rooms, they customise their service observing the specifications of their guests. The rooms are large equipped with the needed facilities and the restrooms are very clean. The staff are attentive to their guest's needs. The location is strategically located near restaurants plus they have a very great view of Taal volcano. The cozy ambience of the hotel places you on a relax mode. We also want to commend the chef for making a very authentic Paella! Thank you Portia and staff for making our stay here memorable. See you soon!

Room Tip: For persons with disabilities, the recommended rooms are on the first floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The building and view over the lake are great. Unfortunately, the hotel is located close to the main road and the traffic can be heard early in the morning. Management does not seem to care about noise either. I had to request that workers on the terrace stop working with drills and noisy machinery at 8am to be able to enjoy my breakfast. The cook was ostentibly watching TV in the small restaurant while I was ordering and just left the TV blasting after I placed my order. If you are after a quiet hotel for relaxation just do not go there! Oh, and yes, the breakfast was really just average.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Staff were customer-friendly; they have a stunning view of the Taal volcano; rooms were clean but they only have few rooms available; just along the highway; near the restaurants with overlooking view of the Taal; their food is just ordinary, nothing fancy

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The facilities are nice especially the bathroom - very up-to-date and very clean. The quality of the food is average to above average. They advertise free internet but it's not working or extremely slow. I'm not sure what's up with the front desk staff. They say yes and nod to everything you say but in fact they have no clue what you just said. We placed our order three times before they understood. We tried both English and Tagalog. The view is stunning but there's no seating to enjoy the view. They was some minor renovation going on when we visited.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The room that we booked for my bride’s preparation is big enough for all the suppliers to move around. There’s a restaurant inside that serves sumptuous meal. The parking can only accommodate 20 cars. Better to check and confirm if there’s an available parking space during your stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Adelaide
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed here earlier this month (May 2013). The view was amazing but the rest of the hotel didn't really impress me. We were in the honeymoon suite which is very small and there is no shower (bath with a hand held showerhead), it is also located seperate from the main hotel area and is quite dark going down the stairs. A lot of bugs in the room too. Staff were not very friendly/happy except one girl on reception. This added to the overall disappointment I think.
The view is breathtaking when you open it up, but I wouldn't stay here again unfortunately.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Each and every room has a different size and configuration and the hotel is actually converted from a family holiday villa. There are excellent views of Taal Lake from some of the rooms while some rooms have no views of the lake. So make sure what type of room you are paying for. The water pressure in the bathrooms are great and the rooms and bathrooms are clean. Note that some of the rooms are only accessible by stairs hence be aware of this if you have children or elderly in your travel party. We stayed here for two nights and we had no issues and a comfortable stay. The rooms are pricey especially those that had a view of the lake. Be aware that you are in a hilly/mountainous environment and that the weather may be cloudy or misty and thus obscure views of the lake. Fortunately during our stay there was minimal mist and cloud cover and we had great vistas. Check in and check out was smooth.

Visitors should be aware that a clear view of the crater lake is not guaranteed as depending on the season and weather which varies, the lake is shrouded by thick clouds or mist or fog. We were very fortunate that we had clear days with fantastic views.

The waiter in the restaurant needs to improve his English. Service for breakfast was slow at times. Quality of breakfast is nothing to shout about. Fruit juice was packaged and not freshly prepared. The lobby has a tall glass panel facing the lake and through this the sun and heat comes through. I feel sorry for the staff working in the reception area as it is so very, very warm during daylight hours and there is no natural cross ventilation or air conditioning in this area. Also the portico on the lowest level that looks out to the lake and which is a poputar wedding venue, now is covered by a metal roof. This totally destroys the ambience of the entire propert. Apparently the roof was put in due to the fact that the noise from wedding activity on the portico was annoying to guests staying in the rooms at the front of the villa....Visually this destroyed the entire appeal of the villa. As this is popular venue for weddings in particular on weekends...you are advised not to stay over a weekend if you want quiet and solitude. We stayed over on a Thur and Fri night and exited on Sat when the wedding parties checked in on Sat morning.

Have your meals outside…there are a number of good restaurants in the Tagaytay area including some fine dining…eg. Antonio's, Sonya's Garden, restaurans at the Tagaytay Highlands Golf & Country Club - a friend who is a member took us there, etc.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Villa Ibarra
Address: 130 Gen E. Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Cavite Province > Tagaytay
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Ranked #3 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Tagaytay
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Number of rooms: 8

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