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holy week 2013: la traviesa

Published February 8, 2014 by ladyemelye

for our holy week escapade last year, i got a voucher from ensogo (now living social) for an overnight stay at la traviesa.  the voucher included an overnight stay for 8 adults in an attic room, plated breakfast and use of their facilities.

la traviesa rooms

la traviesa rooms

it was good that the voucher is valid even though we used it during the holy week holidays.  usual check-in and check-out times were followed.  we arrived at the resort at around 3pm.  after the usual procedure for checking in, we settled into our rooms.

the attic room was very spacious.  there were a total of 3 double beds + 1 bed with a pull out.  the room also included a toilet and bath plus a personal refrigerator, lcd tv and phone.  we had 6 adults + 3 children occupying the room.

after getting our things in order, we settled ourselves in a cottage near the pool where we had our food.  the resort was not strict in bringing in of food and beverages.  we even bought our iwatani portable stove with us so that we can cook and reheat our food.

after eating, everyone proceeded to hit the pools.  the resort has a separate kiddie pool and an adult infinity pool.

swimming pool

swimming pool

most of us swam until around dinner time.  after dinner, a number of us tried out the services in their spa.  i availed of the package which included a body scrub + massage for php 1200.00.  the spa facility was nice and relaxing, and the therapists and staff were very courteous and helpful.  they even provided us with disposable underwear for our treatment.  the scrub and massage was thorough and soothing, and i enjoyed it.

complimentary breakfast was plated, and the choice of filipino or american breakfast.  we ordered the tocino, tapa, bangus and bacon.  it came with either coffee or hot choco.  breakfast was served in our room.  service was a little slow as we had to follow up several times before our food was served even though we already called in our orders the night before.  the coffee and hot chocolate (which all came in instant sachets) took even longer that most of us were already finish eating when it arrived.

after breakfast, the kids hit the pool again until it was time for us to fix ourselves and our things and check out of the resort.

overall, i would say that we got the value of what we paid for.  the resort and its facilities were good but it could still be improved a lot, especially on the service.

anyone who is looking for a quick family getaway, or even just for day swimming, i would recommend going to this resort.

at the main building

at the main building

 

 

La Traviesa Hotel Resort​
No. 73 Buenavista II, Gen. Trias, Cavite
http://latraviesaresort.wix.com/latraviesaresort

Ms. Anne A. Dayrit
Telefax: +63-46-4893450
Cellphone : 0999 366 7404 /0922 864 9512
Cavite line : (046) 489-3450
Email : latraviesaresort@yahoo.com

 

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staycation: lee boutique hotel tagaytay

Published January 5, 2014 by ladyemelye

whenever we have the time and budget, we always do a quick getaway somewhere to recharge and refresh.  it usually coincides if we are celebrating something like birthdays or anniversaries.  tagaytay is one of our go to places since it is just an hour drive from us.

using a voucher that was purchased through ensogo (now living social – one of the online group buying sites), we decided to head to Lee Boutique Hotel for our anniversary weekend last 2012.

from their website:

Lee Boutique Hotel, the city’s first Euro-Asian fusion hotel, provides lodging in the heart of the city. It features large guestrooms and suites, as well as a viewing deck where one can catch a breathtaking scene of Taal Volcano.

the voucher was worth php 3000.00 which included a 2d/1n stay in a superior room plus breakfast.

the bathroom

the bathroom

bed

bed

mini living area

mini living area

the room was nice.  it was quite spacious that it even has a small living area with a sofa and a small dining area which could seat 2 persons.  the wall paintings and room decor was also tasteful.  the bathroom has a bathtub with shower and complete set of toiletries were also provided.

the boutique has an in-house restaurant called oui drink tea eat rice located at the basement.  based from our stay, this is where the improvements should be made.  since the location is in the basement, the atmosphere seems a little sad especially when there are not too many people.  you will also have a hard time calling for a waiter since they are not always around.  the food is mediocre.  you can find better food somewhere else.  for convenience, we had our dinner here during our first night, and we were not satisfied (as you can prove with the lack of pictures).

filipino breakfast - longanissa

filipino breakfast – longanissa

american breakfast - bacon and toast

american breakfast – bacon and toast

for the complimentary breakfast, hubby got the filipino breakfast of longanissa and i got the american breakfast of bacon and toast.  as you can see in the picture, the serving was quite small and it looks unappetizing.  the meals come with a cup of coffee which was instant.

overall, i would say that the service and the room was alright, but it was with the food that i have some reservations.

since our stay here was more than a year ago, i really hoped that there have already been some improvements most especially with the food so that more people will be encouraged to stay here as they will no longer to go outside to look for a restaurant to eat at.  most especially, the complimentary breakfast could be a deal breaker.  as we all know, most b&bs and hotels offer breakfast with their accommodation so this could be a deal breaker if the food served is unsatisfying.

 

Lee Boutique Hotel

Tagaytay Calamba Road
Brgy San Jose, Tagaytay City
Phone: 63 (2) 781-1432 / 781-3632
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