domicillo TAGAYTAY: 8-Room Boutique Hotel Designed by Budji Layug (First Look)

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DOMICILLO is the newest boutique hotel in Tagaytay designed by Budji Layug. It’s the latest passion project of handicraft designer and exporter Rene Alcala of Manila Mirrors fame

Here’s a first look at Domicillo for your next romantic escape in Tagaytay …

We celebrated our 12th year wedding anniversary with a memorable Tagaytay escape with the family! 

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Domicillo soft-opened last December 2014 with 8 rooms. Its main restaurant La Finca is still under construction, in time for a Feb/March opening.

Main Floor 

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The main reception area is on the left and La Finca, a farm-to-table inspired restaurant, is on the far end.

The main reception area is like a gallery of furniture, jewelry, and art collections.

We love these circular Manila Mirrors, shaped like the sun, with wood and mirror rays.


Roof Deck

One level above is a roof deck with another restaurant and a common veranda.

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It has one of the most best views of the Taal Volcano and lake.


Upper Lake View Floor

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One level below the Main floor is where the 3 Deluxe Garden View Rooms and 2 Upper Lake View Rooms are located. 

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This is also where the common lounge area can be found.

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Imagine having breakfast with this awesome view of the lake–like a live painting on the wall.


Lower Lake View Floor

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There are 3 Premier Lower Lake View Rooms on the lowest floor. 

Domicillo Mornings-16.jpgReserve these rooms because they’re more private and secluded.

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Premier Lower Lake View Room 101 is the best because of the unobstructed view of the lake.

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The design of the room is spacious, with a very comfortable bed, and minimalist with wooden furnitures and paintings by RM de Leon.

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Love the restrooms but I hope they can provide better organic toiletries.

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Here’s a view of the room from the garden outside.

The garden view…

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You wake up every morning to this awesome view of the Tagaytay sunrise.


La Finca Breakfast

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Breakfast is currently served by La Finca in the lounge area until the restaurant is completed.

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They serve Filipino meals with rice, egg, and your choice of fish, longganisa…

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…or ham (for the kids). 

On our second breakfast, we were served one of the best Arroz Caldo I’ve tasted, with big chunks of chicken topped with adobo flakes.   

It was also a real treat to have danggit for breakfast! 

Best breakfast combination–danggit with vinegar, tomato salsa, and garlic rice! 🙂 

Dessert is a plate of fresh fruits available in the market, and it’s usually pineapple juice for drinks. 

Congrats to Butch Zaldarriaga and partner Joel Esguerra for the good breakfast food at La Finca! 🙂

TIP: Request to have your breakfast on the roofdeck if possible. 

Congrats to Rene Alcala for the tastefully designed boutique hotel! Tagaytay needs more of this! 

Note: You can order the Manila Mirrors you see around the hotel and have them custom-designed to your specifications.

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We love the design of the hotel and the awesome view of the Taal volcano and lake. The breakfast is decent; we can’t wait for La Finca to open.

The acoustics of the place needs improvement because you can hear when somebody is having a good time in another part of the hotel. 

Make sure to also check out the Budji Royal-designed Qi Wellness Secret Tea House & Bath House for tea time and romantic massage. 🙂

domicillo TAGAYTAY
km 58 General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Maharlika East, Tagaytay City
(Along the Tagaytay Highway near Petron and besides Joaquins)
Telephone: +63 46 413-3552
Mobile: +63 922 884-1532
Facebook: domicillo TAGAYTAY

Room Rates:
Premiere Lower Lake View with Garden (P13,000++)
Superior Upper Lake View with Veranda (P11,000++)
Deluxe Garden View (P9,000++)
Additional Bed (P1,800++)

Check out their 40% Off Introductory rate!

– Check in time is 2.00pm and check out time is 12.00 noon
– 20% corkage fee on food and drinks brought inside the hotel including deliveries
– Extra charge for extra pillow, towels, comforter, bath towel and amenities.

Live an Awesome Life,


Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of our friend Rene Alcala. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Travel Tip: We usually bring our Playstation 4 when we travel with the kids, with Just Dance game for exercise and a few competitive games for the boys.

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2 thoughts on “domicillo TAGAYTAY: 8-Room Boutique Hotel Designed by Budji Layug (First Look)

  1. “The acoustics of the place needs improvement because you can hear when somebody is having a good time in another part of the hotel.” 😀

  2. Wow. That “Extra charge for extra pillow, towels, comforter, bath towel and amenities” just turned me off. For Php9,000+++ cheapest room, they have the nerve to charge extra for those? I have stayed at different nice B&Bs and hotels but have never encountered such a thing!

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