Featuring yet again another review of our recent staycation in Tagaytay. 🙂 Really, this place is easily becoming a favorite and a default go-to for quiet weekend getaways. And why not, it’s a short drive away from Manila, has everything that you need- good food, fun attractions, spas, outdoor activities, and above all, it’s way colder here compared to the city. The rainy days is an even better excuse to go here and chill IMO.
Book your staycation in Tagaytay
We found ourselves driving to Tagaytay one weekend to meet old colleagues turned good friends. Catching up on each other’s lives needed the whole of that weekend (LOL) and so we went for an overnight staycation in a privately-owned condo that was conveniently near Olivarez and Tagaytay-Rotunda.
The place is a one bedroom unit that we booked via Airbnb. In case you don’t them yet, Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows hosts to open their homes to travelers; it can be a room within a small family’s humble home, a spacious apartment or tropical-themed mansions and even mobile homes. There are plenty of differences with a regular hotel or hostel, but what I love most about Airbnb properties is that most of the time, you are allowed to bring your own food (with no corkage fees!) and cook. Give them a try on your next trip. Register an account here.
The unit is at Tagaytay Prime Residences near Tagaytay-Rotunda and Olivarez. Whether you are commuting or driving it is very easy to locate them because like all their other buildings, it bears the name Cityland at the top. You only need to cross the street toward Olivarez if you come from Aguinaldo or Silang.
Around the building there are already a lot of establishments like fastfood restaurants, cafes, convenience and grocery stores. Drinking water is available just outside the building, you can request for a delivery to your unit or you can bring your own empty bottles at the shop to refill. There’s a tricycle terminal outside Olivarez College if you are commuting though sometimes there are tricycles already waiting right outside the condominium. You have to note though, that the main entrance to Tagaytay Prime Residences is at the back of the building and not at the front where the commercial spaces are.
Tagaytay Prime Residences Building
Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
*To get directions, simply click on the pin in the map above then click on the arrow.
The rented unit was at the 6th floor with a view of the Rotonda and main highway. Typically, you will be met by the unit caretaker when you check-in, this person will give you the keys of course and brief you on the building rules.
The owner shared with us her humble abode- simple and basic, with only the bare necessities but nonetheless, the place felt very homey and it was spotless. We had everything that we looked for a place to stay over the weekend: a nice smelling room with fresh linens/towels, can comfortably accommodate a group of 4 people, a good working toilet and bath with warm shower, and a semi-equipped kitchen.
The bedroom’s queen size bed (though I thought it was a “pretending” queen size because it’s way bigger than normal) is big enough for 3-4 persons. There’s space for a closet complete with hangers and some extra towels. The room also has a balcony with a view of Tagaytay Rotonda.
In the living room there is a sofa bed (where 2 persons can sleep in when spread), a flatscreen TV with cable connection, some board games, and a wireless internet connection! I knew you were waiting for that.
The unit also has a semi-equipped kitchen with a fridge, microwave oven, rice cooker and tableware. The dining table albeit small can also sit 3-4 persons. All the snacks and booze we brought were shoved inside the fridge. Yes, we brought a “few bottles.” 😀 There’s really no need to cook anyway because we preferred to eat outside during meal times.
Nearby attractions and building amenities
The place is near several famous attractions like: Sky Ranch, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Ayala Malls Serin, and People’s Park in the Sky.
The building is only a 5-minute walk or so to get to Puregold supermarket, 7-11 convenience store, and some 10 – 20 minute walk from fastfood chains like Mang Inasal, McDonald’s, KFC and Chowking. If you like to try local restaurants the place is also near a branch of Bag of Beans and Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe.
Tagaytay Prime has their own indoor and outdoor pool. It’s actually a one big swimming pool that has a section of it covered. They also have a kiddie playground and a rooftop where you can lounge in or go there to simply soak in the view. As a guest, you are allowed to use these amenities too, provided that you take note of the rules. There are only specific times that you can use the pool, better ask your caretaker when you check-in.
As for the parking space, you will have to pay Php50 for every entry at their parking lot. Bummer, I know. But that is the only minor issue I’ve observed because the whole experience was generally pleasant.
Will I book with them again?
Yes, if I ever need a place to stay here again. I would even recommend them to friends.
» The room is clean. We came in to the room smelling of fresh linens and a crisp scent of pine.
» Affordable and comfortable. No more explanations needed.
» The location is perfect. It’s at the center of everything – malls, parks, and food!
» Transaction is a breeze. The host responds quickly and is generous to requests.
How to book via Airbnb?
The Airbnb website is pretty upfront and very easy to use. To book with them simply follow these steps.
- Create an account with Airbnb. That is if you don’t have an account yet but if you do, then skip to #2.
- Go to this link, choose your travel date/s and book: Book Tagaytay staycation
- Contact your host then make sure to show up on your scheduled booking! 😀
Have an awesome staycation in Tagaytay!