Of Memories, Old and New: Bisita at the Taal Vista


A gastronomic stay… it is!

Tagaytay always reminds me of friends, reunions, and of, well, bulalo. It’s ironic—in a good way, of course—to think that a city known for its cold breeze would be reminiscent of memories that bring warmth to one’s heart (and tummy, if you may). So whenever a chance presents itself, I visit Tagaytay to unwind, reminisce, and revisit the “volcano within a lake, within a volcano within another lake.”

Taal Vista Hotel at the side of Veranda Cafe.

It was almost midnight when we arrived at the Taal Vista Hotel. Situating ourselves at the Lobby Lounge for check-in, albeit tired, I cannot help but marvel at the grandiosity of the hotel. With the English Tudor Mansion-style view and the food served before us, I told myself that THIS is what you call a Tagaytay welcome.

Taal Vista at the dawn of Night

The hotel, rich with the union of the past and the present, traces its beginnings back in the days of the Commonwealth. Thanks to President Quezon, who saw the potential of the then-Tagaytay Vista Lodge as a tourist attraction, the hotel has spanned not just years of rich history but also reputable image in an industry that always seeks for quality.

Lobby Lounge:

Coming late at the hotel doesn’t mean we are limit to order what we want, their staff gladly asked our food choices! It’s superb!

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Classic Burger @ 410Php
Homemade Angus Beef patty topped with grilled bacon and cheddar cheese served on a toasted bun with tomato, onion, lettuce and French Fries.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich @ 420Php
Toasted ciabatta bread with homemade achioke spread, grilled marinated vegetables, lemon chili chicken, parmesan cheese served with fresh salad.

After the sumptuous midnight snack, we headed to the Lakeside Wing and into our designated Deluxe Queen rooms. For a hotel that has been present since the beginning of the twentieth century, the rooms are very well-maintained. Contemporary but not overly decorated, it promises restful nights and days with its relaxing feel.

De luxe Queen Room
Our Deluxe Queen Room with the view of Tagaytay’s Sky Eye of Sky Ranch

Being a person who is very particular with hotel bathrooms, I am beyond relieved to see a clean, spacious one. Also, the bedroom felt so comfortable and inviting that I even feared I would take all my time staying in it which eventually happened!

Squad Goals: Excuse the mess in our room! LOL*

If not for my friends who were overly excited about breakfast, I would have opted to stay in the room. But upon reaching the Café Veranda and its wafting breakfast aroma, I totally forgot my separation anxiety with the bed for a while.

Veranda Cafe:

I’m not a morning person and I haven’t eaten a real breakfast in years, but the complimentary selection at the Veranda made me realize what I have been missing all along: danggit (and more danggit!), longganisa, the flavourful fried rice, creamy scrambled eggs, and their selection of bread and fresh juice. I think I stayed there longer than I intended.

My Top 3 Favorite.

Veranda Cafe Salad

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Eats a hearty breakfast!

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Cakes and Pastries

Danggit and Champorado

I already tried buffet restaurants of other hotels, but so far Veranda Cafe of Taal Vista Hotel has the widest (wildest?) selection of foods! Haha

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An itinerary was set for the day, but it was as if the weather was telling us to experience Tagaytay at the comforts of the hotel. Well, it was not a bad idea at all.

Celine of Celineism took a pose at the glass window, wide of Taal Vista Garden area.

The Lobby Lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace that you’ll never fail to marvel at, offers an arresting view that it was almost a sin not to take photos. The Viewing Deck is also a must-visit, where one could take an uninterrupted view of the Taal.

View Deck of Taal Vista: You can see the picturesque view of the Taal Volcano

Aside from the undeniably stunning view, the Taal Vista Hotel also has amenities such as the fitness center, game room, spa, and a swimming pool perfect for staycation.

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It also houses two gardens, the Mid Garden and my favorite, the Herb and Vegetable Garden, where they grow their produce!

TAZA Fresh Table:

Taza Fresh Table

Visiting the Herb and Vegetable Garden led me to the TAZA Fresh Table (from the Arabic “taaza,” meaning fresh). The restaurant offers fresh and organic dishes straight to your plate.

Taza Salad @ 390Php
Quinoa, cherry tomatoes, wild arugula, farm-fresh romaine, microgreens, Cebu dried mangoes, radish, beets, a la minute tarragon-white wine vinaigrette.

It amazes me how committed the hotel is in supporting local products.

Steak and Eggs @ 995Php
Ribeye wagyu, fresh vegetable greens and home fries.

I tried their Steak and Eggs, and man, I can say it is undeniably good.

After experiencing local flavors at TAZA, we gathered back to our rooms, took a rest and then later went to the Lobby and headed out to walk around and visit a new nearby food park, The Barracks Foodpark! (Which I will write and review separately [hehe])

Night at The Barracks Foodpark!

The night went by full of cold breeze, music, beer, and music.

The night got the best of us and so we started our Saturday morning like the previous one. TAZA had saved our hungry selves (am I accustomed to breakfast now?). After the filling meal and last-minute catch-ups, we bid our see-you-again to our stately abode for two days.

TAZA Fresh Table served us a grand breakfast!
Morning at TAZA Fresh Table!

Tagaytay always reminds me of friends, reunions, and of, well, bulalo. Of beers, breakfast, and Taal Volcano. All of these, like the Taal Vista Hotel, never gets old, eh? (Pun intended, yes.)



Facebook: Taal Vista Hotel
Type: High End Luxury Hotel
Address: Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay
Contact Number: +63 2 9178225 or +63 46 4131000 / Mobile +63 917 8091254
GPS Coordinates: 14.0954212,120.9324853
Operational Hours: 24/7 Hotel Operation


This is a hosted trip, but the views and opinions are all from the author of EatsInThePh.

Photos without our Logo are credited to Taal Vista Hotel.
©Eats In The Philippines

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