The Definitive Guide to T-House, Tagaytay

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T H E D E F I N I T I V E G U I D E T O T – H O U S E , T A G A Y T A Y
T-House embodies the luxurious charms of a Boutique Hotel with the service and warmth of a
Bed and Breakfast Place, and affordability of a typical hotel outside Metro Manila.
It is a blessed place with sacred grounds because of its close proximity to the Ina ng Laging
Saklolo Parish Church. It redefines your definition of a weekend escape in Tagaytay!
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WELCOME TO T-HOUSE

” Fresh, cool air… Relaxing Ambiance… Good Food, Great Service… Plus all the comforts of pleasureable Living…”

” T-House is your tranquil home in Tagaytay. A cozy 15-room bed and breakfast, every facet of the T-house has been designed to let relaxation flow naturally. Gaze at the abundant mango and jack fruit-laden orchard and mahogany trees that surround this clean, modern architecture, with zen-inspired rooms and landscape.” (T – House, Tagaytay Official Website)

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T-House Tagaytay
Telephone: (+63 46) 483.0011, (+63 46) 483.0012
Mobile: +63 922-8THouse
E-mail: Stay@THouseTagaytay.com
Address: 3195 Calamba Road, Tagaytay City

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I’ve always wondered what T-house means when I pass by this place. Lori had a good post on it and like many, I was dying to try it out πŸ™‚
> T is for Tranquility (1st of 2 Parts)
> T is for Tranquility (last of 2 Parts): The Food

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I was pleasantly surprised that it was beside Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish Church. Everytime we go to Tagaytay, we usually stressed out on how to hear Sunday mass with Aidan. We would usually alternate because we cannot contain Aidan (2.5 yrs old) anymore in the Church. Thanks to T-house, our Tagaytay weekend experience is indeed stress free because we can schedule our sunday mass easily without any hassle. Here are the Sunday Mass Schedule in Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish Church:

6.00pm Saturday Anticipated Mass
7.00am, 8.30am and 5.00pm Sunday Mass
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here is the Complete Mass Schedule)

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You will be greeted by this lovely circular reception. They will offer you a cold towel and cold drink to relax you as you settle down for your tranquil weekend in Tagaytay.

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The green tea soaps available in T-house are specially made for them by Ilog Maria. You’ll definitely need the mosquito repellant if you forgot to bring one during your stay in T-house.

THE T-HOUSE ROOMS

” Each of our rooms has a different personality. Divided into three clusters — Fire, Earth and Water — each has its “yin” and “yang”. But all the necessary creature comforts: air conditioning, cable, TV, wifi connection, hot and cold showers with a set of herbal soaps and bath amenities. A perfect melding of rural comforts and urban pleasure”

Tranqui Garden Deluxe Rooms, Earth Cluster – Biggest Rooms

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Earth Room 4 and Earth Room 5 (P5,000++). These are the two biggest rooms and I highly recommend that you booked these rooms if you have a family. We stayed in Earth room 4 (lower door) while the photos you see in Lori’s blog are from Earth Room 5 (door with stairs). The room rates includes breakfast for two. Guests in excess of two and above 12 years old will be charged Php 500 ++ per head (without breakfast). The rooms can easily accommodate up to 4-5 people because of its big sofa beds.

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These are the double beds in Earth room 4. The beautiful fabrics are designed by Romy Glorioso which bring to life the different personality of the rooms — from the fiery warmth of the sheets in the fire cluster, the homey comforts at the earth cluster, and the cool ever-changing hues of the water cluster.

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April Inocentes, who owns the place, is very proud of the comfort rooms. Together with her mom, they designed and hand-picked the stuff for it. Although just after one month of operation, there are already maintenance issues (like tarnished flush) and I do hope they will be able to maintain it over time.

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Aidan loves this sofa bed and decided to sleep here instead. I love the Japanese zen feeling of opening the sliding doors with the view of mahogany trees and bamboo in the simple garden. One downside of building the rooms amidst the trees is that you should expect other companions in the room (big black ants, mosquitoes, etc..) which is part of the overall ambiance of the place. Also, the sliding doors were not done with quality because it is always a struggle to lock it.

Tranquil Superior, Earth Rooms – Standard hotel type rooms
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Tranquil Superior Rooms, Earth Cluster ( P3,000 ++). These are the cheapest rooms and you need to add 12% VAT and 3% service charge. This is basically a hotel room for friends and barkada. There are a total of 10 superior rooms in T-house (4 in the Fire Cluster, 4 in the Earth Cluster, and 2 in the Water Cluster).

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This is one of the superior rooms with a standard king size room bed with decent space to go around.

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This is how the rest room in the superior room looks like. Nothing fancy.

Tranquil Deluxe Rooms with Bathtub @ Water Cluster !
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The Water Cluster is located at the back of T-house. The Deluxe rooms have Bathtub (P4,000++) and there are only 3 rooms (2 in water cluster, and 1 in the earth cluster). This is definitely a room for honeymooners or couple!

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I love the coolness of these rooms with the clever use of different shades of blue and white motif.

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Don’t you love to use this bath tub?

Tranquil Superior @ Fire Cluster

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This is the entrance to the fire rooms which is directly behind the main reception area. The three clusters (fire, earth, water) are different houses before and hence the different look / setup of each cluster.

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(Photo Courtesy of T-House)
The Fire Cluster has this cool reception area which is ideal for the barkada gimmick Tagaytay Escape. We would usually go to Keni Po if we want to drink and stay overnight in Tagaytay with friends . This is a cool alternative place specially if you are a group of 8 or more. You need to reserve the entire Fire Cluster which is composed of 4 superior rooms (P3,000++) so that you can use this cool sofa area.

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(Photo Courtesy of T-House) I was not able to take a photo of the Fire rooms so here is the photo from the T-house website.

T-House @ Night

“Hear the impromptu concerts of birds and crickets…
Be smoothed by rippling brooks and fountains…
Smell fresh herbs and flowers growing in the garden…
Enjoy the aroma and taste of freshly brewed coffee,
Comfort food, and gourmet meals…
Be soothed by our massages and spa treatments…
Or just chill out in natural nooks and crannies…”

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Earth Cluster @ Night. It is indeed lovely to just walk around peacefully within the compound.

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The T-house drive way with the T-house dining on your right.

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Fire Cluster @ night. It is lovely to see the cool circle fountains at night.

The SPA?
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(See T-house Spa Services) There is really no spa in T-house. I wouldn’t call this spa per se since it is too crowded and claustrophobic for me. The spa services are provided by Venus Spa in Tagaytay owned by the General Manager of Tagaytay Highlands. The masahistas are very good so I would recommend that you have your massage in the comforts of your room instead.

Some Suggestions for T-House

1. Adding DVD Players inside the rooms would be a great addition to the overall experience in T-house.
2. I do hope that we can have the option of dining inside the room specially having an option for a Breakfast in Bed setup!
3. The acoustic in the T-house Dining is poor such that you can hear the conversations of the people from the next table.
4. They need to do a lot of Pest Control to minimize the “companions” inside the room.
5. Hammocks and hang out areas in the compound is a must. This would add to the overall tranquil experience of the place.
6. T-house would be ideal for a corporate teambuilding / offsite as long as they provide a secure meeting / event place for the group. They can still construct one at the back of the property.
7. Misaligned sliding doors could add stress to the overall experience. I do hope there is a way they can fix it.
8. It should be child friendly with high chairs available in the T-house dining area , and availability of DVDs for children.
9. The only advantage of The Boutique versus T-House is the view of Taal Volcano Lake. In all other aspect, T-house can be much more than The Boutique and I would highly recommend it because of its affordability and overall value for money.
10. The Spa area was disappointing but at least spa services are available.

UPDATE 1/11/08 : T-House Romance

Anton

32 thoughts on “The Definitive Guide to T-House, Tagaytay

  1. i first saw t house on lori’s blog, and she said she enjoyed her stay there, a rare feat for a city girl like her, sabi nga nya.
    we already blocked a particular weekend for this. πŸ™‚

  2. thanks for posting this, anton! i was really curious about this place when lori has posted this in her website. the tranquil garden deluxe rooms look really nice. we were “almost” on the verge of booking there…now we are having second thoughts because you mentioned that there were “companions” inside the room. that’s a no-no for me with also a 2.5 years old child. i would just like to ask for the boutique bed and breakfast hotel, no mosquitos/cockroaches nor ants inside? also…the boutique looks more attractive to me. hehehe.
    have you heard about the new hotel in subic called lighthouse marina? from the website, it looks like it is also worth a try! πŸ™‚

  3. hi anton! when i read lori’s blog i was so eager to book a weekend there, but now thanks to you i think i will have to wait a few months for them to do something about the “companions” and sliding doors, toilet flush etc. also, it would be really nice to have an option to dine in the rooms.

  4. great pics, anton! you’ve outdone yourself!! πŸ˜€ i’m not sure i quite agree with your suggestion to put DVD player inside the rooms…after all, that doesn’t seem to jibe with the “tranquility” theme…. πŸ˜€

  5. Hi anton! i was searching the net looking for an alternative vacation spot than the usual hotel in tagaytay when i came across your blog. i haven’t heard of T-House until today, and boy am i excited to go there. i only have a question regarding the P550 meal they offer consisting of four-course meal with two choices of soup, salad, an entrΓ©e, and dessert that i read from lori and t-house’s webpage as well. when she said “entree” does she mean smaller course that precedes the main course or is it the main course already (her pictures in her blog include meat)? it would be nice to have a good dinner with my husband if indeed the meal just cost P550 per person (excluding the taxes and drinks). Thanks anton and please answer my query. God bless!

  6. My brother stayed at the T House upon my recommendation last weekend and was very disappointed with all aspects. The spa treatments according to him were nothing to rave about, the dinner unexceptional and bland. Room furnishings were very basic with an ok toilet but the tub that was uncomfortably small.
    Verdict according to my brother: You can find much better value elsewhere.

  7. hi,
    sorry i didn’t scroll further down when i first asked where T-house was in your other post.
    some of the pics didn’t show though.

  8. hi anton.. i’ve once posted at your blog for The Boutique.. and now I’m looking forward to visit the T House.. I just want to know if it’s worth to reserve one of the the tranquil deluxe room with bath tub??? I can’t think of any gift for my better half.. now that I saw this.. my question has been answered!!
    Thanks!

  9. My husband,our baby and I stayed at the T-house last weekend and we fell in love with the place. Aside from the great ambience, the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. William, I think he is the manager, even gave my baby cookies when he learned that he can already eat them. We felt pampered by the staff. Also, we did not encountered any problem with unwanted insects. We enjoyed this place so much that we decided to book a room immediately for my birthday!

  10. hi anton!! we just came back from THouse.. i say the place is okay for the price but if you’re really looking for something extra special.. boutique bed and breakfat pa din! hehe πŸ™‚

  11. hi…. i just found t house by searching the internet and i think i really like it… my boy friend and i are going to spend a night there on february next year and we are excited… i hope it really looks like what it is on the pictures…. can’t wait! looking forward to be there and meet william too!!! πŸ™‚

  12. are you allowing weddings at your place because me and my fiance are looking for a nice place to do our wedding at tagaytay.when i saw the T-House,i like it.and i think it’s a perfect place for us to do our wedding.so what do you think…hope you’ll keep in touch… thaks

  13. My experience at THouse started on the wrong foot. After reading this and Lori’s blogs I had big expectations on THouse and expected professionalism. My, was I in for a big disappointment! I was making plans for our wedding anniversary and wanted to make it extra special. Just to make sure I would get a nice room, I personally dropped by 3 weeks before our anniversary and asked about room availability. I was told the slot I wanted (Jan. 5-6) was very open, so I said I would just call as I was in a hurry. A week after I tried calling their SUN number, to no avail, so I emailed them instead, supplying information like check-in date, room preference, etc. I got a response saying I would be contacted by the THouse staff. 3 days pass by without contact,so I decide to call them again thru landline (long distance mind you). Imagine my consternation when I was told the suite I requested was NOT available!! Grrr. To make the story short, I was given the runaround by the receptionist and manager, my whole plans for our anniversary were ruined and we just decided to use the room I was given (deluxe)the next day because I had already made a deposit. I’m totally disappointed with THouse!

  14. let me start of by saying how much i love reading your blogs and i am practically addicted to trying every dining places you recommend, so far, i have not been disappointed. however, when i read about the t-house on your (and lori’s) blog, i was so excited to experience the place myself. so my boyfriend and i scheduled a weekend getaway to check out the t-house and dine at buon giorno and bag of beans, which i read from your blog as well. sad to say, i was fairly disappointed with the place. first of all, i booked by email, wherein i got a reply 3days after, stating that the weekend was fully booked already. oddly enough, a t house staff called me via cellphone to inform me there was a room available. i was a little confused, but relieved. the only available room was the smallest one which costs about 4k plus. i took it anyway, expecting a lot from the place. so imagine my surprise when i got there and was shocked on how tiny the room was! for 4k?! it was extremely claustrophobic for me. when the staff heard my reaction, she immediately stated that there was a bigger room available, why didn’t she say that beforehand?! so we had to move our things to the bigger room. i felt the interior of the place to be too cold. a bit dusty and they need to properly train their staff who appears to be completely lost! even the couches in the common areas were filthy and full of ants! sad to say, even our free breakfast was disappointing. i got so excited about the pancakes, but it was dry, tough and bland. i do hope other people have a better experience than i did.

  15. Hi! Anton! have gone to T house about the same time you first visited the place and I agree with your recommendations/suggestions. I would just like to know if they improved from the time of your first visit…thanks…irene

  16. gudpm i want to stay there for 2 nights and how much i pay for staying there in t house just only 2 nights thanks

  17. This post has been very helpful since I am looking for a Redemptorist Church somewhere in Tagaytay. I’ll be going tomorrow for the morning mass here in Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish. Thanks, Anton!

  18. as i read ur blog, my husband and I decided to try to stay at T house. we went there 2 see the place, and it was nice. so i told the receptionist to book me on Dec. 29,2008. but now we want to cancel it coz of personal reasons, but the problem is we already deposited the P2000. i ask Melody (the receptionist) if i can have a refund, she told me its already forfeited. but can change my booking to a different date. what a business!!!! they have to give us d refund coz its our money right?!!!!! its not fair!!!!

  19. hi, m celebrating my bday next week and my boyfriend and i are planning to spend it at tagaytay. where would you suggest for us to stay? we’ve already tried sonia’s garden so we we’re thinking of other places to stay? our budget is most likely from 5k-7k… thanks

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  21. I thought I’m the only one disappointed with T House. We’ve been trying to get a quotation (for an intimate wedding) from them since Aug. 5 and up to now, my fiance and I still haven’t received feedback from them yet despite many email and call follow-ups. πŸ™
    But thanks Anton for posting this. πŸ™‚ My ate and I are regular readers of your blog.

  22. I know! When we went there last Aug. 5, it was magical! The receptionist (her name’s Alma, if I’m not mistaken) was very accommodating. We loved everything and everyone.
    Anyway today we got to talk to Melody and FINALLY, we got our requested quotation! I’m happy! πŸ™‚ We plan to visit the place again soon before we make our reservation. But I’m still thinking of considering The Boutique B&B again because of our experience with T House.

  23. Hi Anton,
    Thank you very much for this review. We were wondering if we would stay at T-house this holidays. We just tried their spa, and was a bit disappointed. The therapists kept on talking to each other and checking on their watches. Sobrang minadali ang massage. We were thinking na baka their accommodation could be better.
    Btw, i love your pix! ikaw ba lahat kumuha nyan? very pro!
    thanks πŸ™‚

  24. Yes I was the one who took the shot for this blog post. Yeah their Spa
    is not that good. On the accommodations, and service mukhang OK naman
    and hopefully they were able to maintain it.
    Anton

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