How to Get Cheaper Bookings
Its cool climate and breathtaking nature views may be the reason for Tagaytay City's popularity among tourists but its proximity to Metro Manila is what definitely keeps them coming back. Thanks to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Tagaytay is now just a short one-hour road trip away for those with private vehicles. But even if you don't have your own car, getting there won't be a problem at all. You can easily get to Tagaytay via public buses and vans from Metro Manila.
However, because of its accessibility, Tagaytay City is always full of visitors exploring its many sights and attractions. But there's no need to worry because there are plenty of accommodations for tourists who have more than just a day trip in mind. From hotels and resorts to inns and homestays, you have a lot of options on where to stay in Tagaytay. And if you're on a tight budget, you'll be able to save more on your vacation if you do some preparations and planning first,
The first thing you have to know is Tagaytay does not run out of tourists. However, it is during summer when it receives the highest volumes of visitors. People head to Tagaytay to escape the heat, which is why it is named as the "Second Summer Capital of the Philippines" next to Baguio City. You'll also encounter lots of couples, families, and friends spending their Christmas vacation during December. Because of the high demand for accommodations, room rates will be higher during these peak seasons. If you want to get cheaper deals, it's recommended that you avoid scheduling your visit on these months.
Another way you can get cheaper deals on accommodations is by booking in advance. Months before your scheduled trip, you should already have a place to stay as hotel rates tend to get more expensive the closer you get to the day of your trip.
And of course, remember to book your accommodations using TravelBook.ph so you can spend less. Its discounted rates are guaranteed to be the lowest you can find online. Add to it the occasional promos and reward/discount points that you get for every booking and you’ll easily have huge savings when you check out. Make sure to sign up as well for the newsletter so you can be notified about promos and great deals. Download the TravelBook.ph mobile app as well so you can book anywhere the discounts and rewards are bigger
Recommended Hotels in Tagaytay with Cheap Rates
If you don't have the budget for a five-star hotel or luxury resort, don't fret because there is a great selection of hotels where you can stay for your Tagaytay getaway. Even if you only have a budget of PHP 1,000.00 to PHP 1,500.00, you will still be able to find an accommodation that is decent and convenient. You can browse TravelBook.ph’s website and mobile app for great hotel deals that will meet your budget needs.
Take your pick among the inns, lodges, and budget hotels that offer cheap rates for budget-conscious travelers. Some of the recommended establishments are Sunburst Lodge, Famous Inn, Tagaytay Lake View Villa, Jessar Apartelle, Keni Po, Cittaviere Suites, Rehm Rooms for Rent, Morning Side Hills, Tagaytay Haven Hotel Ulat, and Vivi's House. Cheap as their rates may be, you can expect that most of them are equipped with convenient facilities and amenities that will make your stay worthwhile and memorable. Some offer free breakfast with your stay as well as free WiFi access. There are even hotels that come with a swimming pool and even a view of the stunning Taal Lake.
Affordable Activities in Tagaytay
For budget-conscious tourists, there are many places and activities in Tagaytay that won't burn a hole in your pocket. Places like People's Park in the Sky and Picnic Grove are great to visit if you're traveling on a shoestring budget.
Enjoy your lunch on the cottages or the green grass surroundings of Picnic Grove. For an entrance fee of PHP 50.00 per person, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Taal Lake as you and your family relax in the soothing breeze. With its beautiful nature views, it is the perfect place to unwind in Tagaytay. But for those looking for fun, Picnic Grove also has recreational facilities that you can enjoy. Have a go at the zip-line or enjoy a ride on the cable car, or go horseback riding for reasonable fees.
People's Park in the Sky is another major draw in Tagaytay. It is originally named "Palace in the Sky" because of the beautiful mansion built in the city’s highest point within the park. From the palace, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the ridge. An amphitheater is another must-see facility in this park. It only costs PHP 30.00 to get inside and enjoy the breathtaking sights.
Tagaytay also has a lot of magnificent churches and places of worship. Pink Sisters Convent has a quaint church where you can pray and hear mass, but most people come here to write their wishes on paper and ask the Adoration Sisters, or the Pink Sisters, to pray for them. Another must-see attraction is Tierra de Maria, which is home to a 50-foot image of the Virgin Mary.
Affordable Shopping in Tagaytay
If you're planning to buy pasalubong and souvenirs for your folks, there are many places in Tagaytay to go shopping. First is Olivarez Plaza. Located in Tagaytay junction, it has various commercial establishments selling all kinds of merchandise but is mostly famous for its thrift shops or ukay-ukay stores. You can buy a designer secondhand jacket to shield you from Tagaytay's cold weather at a fraction of the price.
Another great place to shop is Mahogany Market. You can buy anything here, from fresh vegetables to food products and souvenirs. Make sure to bring home some fresh lettuce and souvenir shirts.
Affordable Dining in Tagaytay
Tagaytay has also become a dining destination because of its satisfying variety of cuisine and places to eat. There are many things to dry here and one dish that you should not miss when in Tagaytay is bulalo. This steamy soup of this savory bone marrow stew will warm you up from the cold climate.
Although almost all of the Filipino restaurants in Tagaytay offer it in their menu, the best and most affordable place where you can enjoy a bowl is at Mahogany Market. At this establishment, rows upon rows of carinderias advertise it as their specialty. Aside from bulalo, make sure to also order fried tawilis. This crispy dish is made from a type of fish can only be caught from Taal Lake. No part of the fish will be wasted because it's customary to eat it from head to tail, especially when it’s deep fried.