The Best Hotels to Book In Tagaytay for Every Traveller

Many of the hotels in Tagaytay in the Philippines boast views of Taal Lake
Many of the hotels in Tagaytay in the Philippines boast views of Taal Lake | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Emma Sparks

Located on the Phillippines’ Luzon island, just south of Manila, Tagaytay is popular with Manileños looking for an easy weekend break and a breath of fresh air. Snaking along a high ridge above the active Taal Volcano, it has stupendous scenery overlooking Taal Lake and a mild climate. Whether you’re an adventure-seeking solo traveller, a couple planning a romantic retreat or a family looking to escape the city, we’ve selected the best hotels in Tagaytay for every traveller – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. OYO 642 The Junction Tagaytay, for roadside relaxation

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The Junction Tagaytay restaurant with cool industrial style
Courtesy of OYO 642 The Junction Tagaytay / Expedia

Fans of a road trip will appreciate this low-key hotel on the buzzy stretch of Mahogany Avenue, home to the Mahogany Beef Market, famed for its beefy bulalo broth. Simple rooms and suites, some sleeping up to six, some with seating areas for flipping through that guide book, welcome you with cheerful red-and-white decor. Wake to a breakfast feast of continental or Indian dishes to set you up for a day’s sightseeing at nearby Fernwood Gardens, a local beauty spot and popular wedding venue.

2. Hotel Monticello, for romantic poolside dining

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Hotel Monticello pool with loungers and palms
Courtesy of Hotel Monticello / Expedia

This Tagaytay hotel’s impressive entrance – all grand chunky pillars and stone steps topped by potted palms – leads to a sophisticated piano bar, an Asian-fusion restaurant for crispy duck and bulalo, and a poolside trattoria for creamy pasta dishes eaten under the starry sky. Rooms and penthouses with hints of green will help you sleep well, with space to unpack before hitting the two outdoor pools – one so sleek you’ll probably just take photos of it. If you need to let off steam, it’s an easy three-minute drive to Sky Ranch theme park.

3. Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay, for tropical gardens

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Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay room with balcony, tile floor and traditional decor
Courtesy of Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay / Expedia

You’ll feel refreshed by the breezy Tagaytay air as much as the tropical grounds of this smart cream-fronted hotel with light-filled rooms. It also offers a relaxed low-rise villa in the grounds dressed in layers of polished wood, with tropical art and rustic stone fireplaces creating a homey atmosphere. Did we mention the mini-farm where you can feed and pet farm animals? If you’re feeling a little too relaxed, you’re only 3.5km (2.2mi) from the thrills of Sky Ranch amusement park.

4. Royale Parc Hotel Tagaytay, for rustic-luxe rooms

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Royale Parc Hotel Tagaytay room with balcony, wood floor and flowers
Courtesy of Royale Parc Hotel Tagaytay / Expedia

Fancy padded headboards, silky turquoise bed throws and rustic-luxe sliding barn doors to the bathrooms add to the charm of fawn-toned rooms at this Tagaytay hotel. While the scenic hilltop Picnic Grove is just 6km (3.7mi) away, equally scenic is the hotel’s furnished terrace that juts into the central pool, where you can sip a cool sundowner on balmy evenings before dining on traditional Filipino favourites such as spiced, brined chicken or pork adobo.

5. The Carmelence View, for lake-view loveliness

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The Carmelence View room with floor to ceiling windows, terrace and tv
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Nudged by a dense forest, 3km (1.9mi) from Taal Lake, this family-run hotel in Tagaytay will make you fall in love. Soak up mountain and lake views through the frameless, floor-to-ceiling windows in every room – including the bathrooms with freestanding tubs. Maximise mindful time spent gazing at the scenery in the hotel’s cosy seating areas with a local beer in hand. If you need to see it from the heat of a hot tub, call reception for an upgrade.

6. Anya Resort Tagaytay, for relaxing aromatherapy

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The exterior of Anya Resort Tagaytay with a large outdoor pool and green grounds.
Courtesy of Anya Resort Tagaytay / Expedia

Awash with neutral-toned textiles and geometric prints, the 78 opulent suites at this Tagaytay luxury hotel come with spacious balconies or garden terraces. You can even customise your room scent and amenities to optimise your stay. Treat your senses to even more aromatherapy with a massage at Niyama Spa, or venture to Taal Lake for boat rides and volcano views.

7. The Lake Hotel Tagaytay, for views of Taal Lake

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The outdoor pool and seating deck at the Lake Hotel with views over Taal Lake.
Courtesy of The Lake Hotel Tagaytay / Expedia

This top hotel in Tagaytay has clean, functional rooms, but the real draw here is the view. The infinity pool, al fresco bar and wide garden – as well as the best suites – have a clear, expansive view of Taal Lake. Kids will love the games room and indoor pool, but if that fails, the bumper cars and carousels of Sky Ranch are just a 20-minute walk through town.

8. Taal Vista Hotel, for large groups

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The exterior of Taal Vista Hotel fronted by a curved outdoor pool.
Courtesy of Taal Vista Hotel / Expedia

Part Tudor-style mansion, part mid-century motel, this hotel in Tagaytay is practically next door to Sky Ranch and features a pool, kids’ corner and plenty of adjoining suites and large rooms, making it ideal for group and family trips. The Mountain Wing rooms are more modern than those in the Lake Wing and offer some of the best views of Taal Lake. Don’t miss an evening cocktail in the lobby bar, where entertainment comes in the form of live piano performances and panoramic sunset views.

9. Containers by Eco Hotel, for low-waste living

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The exterior of Containers by Eco Hotel in industrial style
Courtesy of Containers by Eco Hotel / Expedia

What makes this Tagaytay boutique hotel special? The clue’s in the name: all 30 rooms here are made from repurposed steel shipping containers. The hotel ethos revolves around low-waste living, which is reflected in the upcycled furniture, crafty decor (such as wine bottle lampshades) and, of course, the structure itself. Playful murals line the walls and there’s a large, laid-back rooftop with a Pinoy barbecue restaurant.

10. Nurture Wellness Village, for smoothies and yoga

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The tropical outdoor pool area at Nurture Wellness Village.
Courtesy of Nurture Wellness Village / Expedia

Tagaytay may only be an hour’s drive from Metro Manila, but you’ll feel a world away at Nurture Wellness Village. Like organic kale smoothies, yoga and massages galore? You’re in for a treat. Take your pick of Ifugao-inspired huts, garden-view rooms or glamping tents around a bonfire and let the detox begin. Don’t miss a visit to Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm, where you can learn about the healing benefits of honey and even bee stings.

Jo Fernandez contributed additional reporting to this article.

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