When things get a bit too much in Manila (it gets too hot, we get too busy or too tired and even when we find the city too boring), the family would clear our schedules and head off to Tagaytay to recharge, renew and recover. Happily, we found our 2nd home in Tagaytay, its a quiet hotel, with very friendly staff and awesome food!
View Park Hotel must be one of the best-kept secret hotels in Tagaytay City. From the outside, it looks small but this houses one of the best restaurants in the city, has plenty of rooms and it even has a spa center!
Rooms : The rooms are simple but complete and more importantly, it is clean. The General Manager, Dorothy Joy Tung, runs a tight ship making sure rooms are spotless for their guests. They have dorm type rooms for big families (fits 10 people!) or a vacationing barkada (group of friends), standard and premiere rooms with either single or double beds, a Junior Suite, Executive Suite (with its own living room and small kitchenette) and even a Presidential Suite (this one has a mini-Jacuzzi tub!). All rooms have WIFI connection, basic toiletries, bottles of water and comes with breakfast for two.
Dining : Siglo, their primary restaurant, boasts of letting diners travel around the country through food. It has almost all the comfort food that Filipinos enjoy – Adobo, Kare-kare, Bulalo, Crispy Tawilis, Pancit, Crispy Pork Belly Rolls, etc. Chef Vic Dinawanao took pains in researching popular regional dishes and re-created them for Siglo. The resto also serves very interesting dishes like the Himagsikan chicken – nothing is bland in this dish, it is spicy, tender and oh! just perfect for that cold bottle of beer. And who can resist their signature Halo-Halo? It has ice cream (either ube/purple yam or vanilla), leche flan, pinipig, nata de coco, various beans and gooey ube. Yum! Yum! Yum!
Spa : The 2 ladies running the spa, Arlene and Weng, are both good masseuse. They can do both Shiatsu and Swedish massages, body scrub and food spa. Overall, they’re there to help guests de-stress, unwind and relax. And the service prices are not bad. Massage starts at P499/person (as of June 2017). Am hoping that they can add more salon services soon!
View Park Hotel is right in front of People’s Picinic Park along Tagaytay-Calamba road. Reservations can be made via http://www.viewparkhotel.com. For inquiries, check out their FB pages