Our Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay Staycation: The Hotel

Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay
Amadeo Road, Brgy. Kaybagal North, Crisanto Ave.
Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
Phone:  +63 2 521 1888
(http://www.hotelkimberlytagaytay.com/)

I’ve always considered Tagaytay to be our “default getaway” whenever we feel the need for a quick out of town trip.  We had so much fun at our stay in Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay that we took so many photos!  I had trouble sorting out which ones to put up on my blog! In fact, we have so many photos that I’ll be doing three blog entries on Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay: The Hotel, The Activities, and The Breakfast Buffet.  I’ll start with The Hotel.

We’ve stayed in different places in Tagaytay, but this was going to be our first overnight trip there with both of the kids with us (it was only the Princess before). I researched online for a kid-friendly and budget-friendly hotel, and I was excited to discover the #1 Family Hotel in Tagaytay on TripAdvisor: Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay.

The Hotel opened in 2009 and sits on an impressive 2 hectares of farmland. It’s located off the main Tagaytay road, but is relatively easy to find via the map on their website. The drive from the hotel to the main Emilio Aguinaldo Highway (where all the restaurants and lookout points of the Taal Lake Ridge are) takes approximately 5 minutes, so everything’s very accessible.  Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay (since there’s also a Hotel Kimberly in Manila) is popular mostly for its in-house activities for young children. Perfect!

Photoblog time!

The Lobby

20160910_112643
Expansive and inviting area upon entrance to the hotel

20160910_112649
There’s something about high ceilings and glass windows that instantly make a room feel more relaxing and spacious.

running
Front desk

20160911_114727
There’s this cute photo op wall opposite the front desk, on the other side of the lobby.

20160910_113028
 The Princess especially enjoyed trying all sorts of hats and poses.

20160910_113041
Tracing out the word “g-w-a-p-o”. Good job, Baby Ball!
img_1437 Gift shop. The hotel clinic is inside.
img_1413 The Princess in another photo corner of the lobby. Princess: Mama, take a picture of me looking at the Love Heart!!

img_1428
Sign in front of the cafe area advertising their weekend lunch/dinner buffet. We opted to dine out for dinner.

img_1439
Driveway and parking area view from inside.
The Game Room/Indoor Play Area/Gym

img_1438
After the elevators and the stairs, you can see the window into the hotel’s indoor game room.

img_1445
Play and activity area for the smaller kids and some activities for the not-so-little kids. I wasn’t able to take photos, but there were facilities for table tennis, darts, billiards and air hockey.

20160910_113830
We let the kids play here after their afternoon rest. But they didn’t spend much time here as they opted to explore outdoors.

20160910_113908
The Baby Ball trying out the kid’s play area while I quickly snapped some photos.
The indoor play area also doubles as a gym.  There are only two pieces of gym equipment: a treadmill and a bike. No bench press or weights here. Not to worry though: if you have kids with you, you’ll get a good workout running after/with them on the grounds.

The Pool and Joya Pavillon

20160911_114227
Cut across the lobby and you’ll reach the pool area. Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay has a big pool and a children’s wading pool. 
There were lots of guests enjoying the pools, but I purposely didn’t bring our swimsuits because the weather was so unpredictable.

20160911_114229
The hotel’s Joya Pavillon is right after the pool area. There was a late afternoon wedding, so I’m guessing the hotel was fully booked.

img_1472
A shot I got of some wedding guests having cocktails that afternoon.

img_1431
More outdoor seating by the pool.
The Room

We got a premier room, which is I believe the most value-for-money package of the hotel. I am so happy with the price point of this room. It was very spacious and had two queen beds so we all were very comfortable. The room already included four welcome drinks (soda, iced tea, or local beer) and breakfast for four adults, and since the Princess is 5 years old and the Baby Ball is 2 years old, lodging and breakfast for them was free . The room and bathroom amenities are not something I’d call luxurious, but they’re clean, comfortable and functional. We really didn’t plan on staying in the room but rather making the most of the activities of the hotel, so this was really value for money. There’s free wifi in the rooms as well. I suggest to check their website for promos and early-bird rates.
img_1448

Premier room with two queen beds and window-type A/C. There’s a flatscreen TV and writing desk on the wall opposite the beds, and the sliding doors open to a small veranda. I like that there are several socket outlets on the table between the beds for our chargers. The TV service also had a lot of cable channel options, which is more than I can say for some of the hotels I’ve stayed at in Manila or elsewhere.

20160910_120348
The kids staking claim to their beds

img_1456
Writing desk

There was a small refrigerator, complimentary tea and coffee sachets, and complimentary purified water in the green bottle. Snack items and canned drinks were also available for purchase in the room.  There was an in-house safe and hotel slippers in the closets. No complimentary bottled water though.

img_1452
Bathroom amenities: Toothbrush kits, towels, and soap are for four adults, two bottles of shampoo, and one of lotion.  The bathroom is not really spacious as compared to other hotels.

img_1453
No bathtub but has a rainfall shower head. Toilet has a handheld bidet.
As I mentioned, except for the hubby who had to go online and work later that night (boo.), we didn’t really stay in the room much.

The Hotel Grounds

I’ll be posting more about what we did at the hotel in my next post, but here’s a preview of the hotel grounds for now.

20160910_160733
Lovin’ this shot with the sun shining through the clouds at the playground

20160910_160738
Did I mention my kids love running in open spaces?

img_1470
Closer shot of the playground. I appreciate the durable and strong material this is made of.

20160910_163009
No sharp edges  and minimal or no metal here (except maybe for some of the lower steps maybe?).

img_1467
More open spaces near the petting zoo and bonfire areas. You can find animals grazing freely here (with human supervision).

img_1461
Hotel facade view from the petting zoo and bonfire areas. You can see the Joya Pavillon before the hotel building at its back.
I’m excited to share the awesome activities the kids were able to do at the hotel in my next post. Stay tuned!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s