Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from the abundance of standard hotels out in the market nowadays by providing their clients with an intimate ambience and personalized services. Such establishments appeal to the modern day traveler who seeks to enhance his traveling experience with the promise of hospitable, worry-free lodging after a day of adventure at his destination.
One such establishment is The Boutique Bed and Breakfast hotel located along the Tagaytay Ridge. An old property rebuilt through the help of architect Jay Pabalan and interior designer Chat Fores, the hotel combines European aesthetics with the inviting comforts of the Filipino home. Co-owners Happy Ongpauco, Dexter Tiu, Allana Montelibano, Melon Santiago, and Mark Canete envision the place as a “boutique of emotions,” designed to inspire and make guests fall in love with its pleasurable hotel experience. It also offers a generous view of the Taal Volcano Lake, which is a convenient plus for Tagaytay visitors.
Rooms are available in seven types for the discerning customer. Each room comes with a wall-mounted LCD TV, a king-sized bed, and iPod-ready speakers and docks. Guests can choose pillows from the hotel’s extensive pillow menu, which includes options like specialized pillows for back aches and headaches, and pillows for side sleepers. Perhaps their most unique service is a selection of free items from their personal body essentials line, “pamper me,” provided for guests upon check-in. Besides the usual bath items like shampoo and conditioner, guests can also choose their room scent. Room rates are inclusive of several personalized services including welcome drinks, midnight snacks, breakfast in bed for two, and complimentary 10-minute massages for two. Guests are also entitled to free Wi-Fi and free use of DVDs from their DVD library.
Among The Boutique’s other amenties are a restaurant and a spa. Guests who walk into the dining area will find the hotel restaurant, Hawaiian Bar-b-que, open for business. Its seafood recipes and fruit-infused barbecues are all made by restaurateur Happy Ongpauco and her partner, Dexter Tiu. Meanwhile, travelers in need of pampering can choose from a variety of massages at The Spa, as well as therapeutic therapies like reflexology and aromatherapy.
How to get there:
From the rotunda along Aguinaldo Highway, take the westbound road towards Nasugbu. The Boutique is on the left side of the road after the rotunda.