continued from Valentine’s Randy-vous in Tagaytay Part 1
After having dinner at Restaurant Verbena, we decided to check-in to Las Ventanas and claim our free massage (thanks but no thanks na ‘yung free dinner), then head to Casino Filipino Tagaytay afterwards.
Since it was dark and was raining, we had difficulty finding Las Ventanas. I had to call them up (buti they have Sun) to help us find the way, especially because you won’t find it along the main road. If you’re one of those who intend to go there, let me help you. I took pictures in the morning.
You know you’re near Las Ventanas when you see the flower shops along the Tagaytay Highway. Go farther until you see a wall that looks like a big house’s home (which is actually the marketplace wall).
After seeing the Great Wall of Tagaytay palengke, take note of the Colette’s Buko Pie store across it, as beside it is a dirt road (that’s really dark at night) that will lead you to Las Ventanas.
Before we entered this dirt road, we had to call Las Ventanas again as it was really dark and narrow. Randy was telling me, “Ano ba itong pupuntahan natin, naku…” And I had to agree with him. Thinking back, what kind of place should we expect–it only cost less than P2,000 for two people plus free dinner, massage and breakfast…and it is in Tagaytay, for crying out loud!
I was nervous and ready to look for another hotel should Las Ventanas be a total disappointment. When we finally saw Las Ventanas’ red gate, Randy even said, “Naku liblib na liblib pala ito. Ano kaya kung haunted house ‘yan and we’re in for the scare of our lives?” Of course he was joking! Or was he? When we entered and saw no other car parked, fart! We thought that this place must suck big time because despite the date, it seemed like we were the only guests!
Our vouchers were collected by the guard at the gate. We were met by a woman carrying a big umbrella, and she led us to the pavilion where we registered. Funny thing was, hindi kami isinali sa payong! Siya lang ang nagpayong!
After registering, we were brought to our room, and we told our hostess that we wanted a massage. We were told to wait because another couple was in the massage room. I said, “Ay may iba pa palang guests? Akala ko kami lang (to myself: Thank God!)” She said, “Opo may iba pa kaso commute lang (she meant that the other guests took public transport…note to myself, include this in my next the Grammar Police Report).
Contrary to what we thought, our room was decent. Not grand, but it was warm and inviting, and had that old Filipino room charm: capiz shell window, heavy wood furniture, old-fashioned door knocker, etc. It did not have airconditioning, but because of the weather, we did not even use the fan provided.
After 30 minutes in our room, we went into the massage room. The massage room was just a few steps from our room. We were relaxed by our complimentary massage (pero s’yempre nag-tip pa rin kami).
Randy’s only comments were that the lights were still too bright and the massage bed should have had a hole where we could insert our faces when we were lying face down. But again, we’re not complaining. Less than 2k for two. Good enough deal.
After the massage, we decided to hit the sack because we were too tired to go to the Casino (OK, I left something out of this narrative, hihi…if you don’t get it, bahala ka na!) I worried because I did not bring any book! Books are both my energy drink and sleeping pill. Randy told me to play Drop Words on my cellphone. That’s what we did the entire time: played Drop Words until we fell asleep.
We had breakfast at around 9 a.m. the following day.
As we were waiting to be served, I went to the bar to get reading materials, and my heart jumped when I saw this:
I immediately regretted not getting these Archie’s last night! Our hostess mentioned there were reading materials that may be borrowed from the pavilion but I thought these were old Nat Geo, Time, and other outdated “serious” magazines bought by the bundle at some thrift shop, may mailagay lang na “reading materials”. Sayang talaga!
Anyway, not long after our breakfast arrived.
There was no rice! I had to ask for rice. The extra rice cost P25. The breakfast was again, decent enough. As we were eating, Randy noticed this:
He said that it was good we had dinner elsewhere last night, because the free dinner was us a CHOICE OF any of the three viands. Drinks not included pa…baka ‘yung rice, not included din? Again, not complaining. Just saying, in case there are those who wanna come here too. Just giving some tips. 😉
After breakfast, we returned to our room to get ready to check out. I bought two Archie’s comic books: 1 Archie’s and 1 Betty and Veronica. Upon returning to our room, Randy got the Betty and Veronica as I was about to take a bath.
Me: Bakit Betty and Veronica kinuha mo? Akin yan ah.
Randy: Eh ito ang gusto ko, maraming sexy.
Anyway, I’d like to show your our toilet and bath:
I liked our outdoor T&B! Our photos did not do it any justice. It was like the one we had at Panglao Island Nature Resort. But of course the one at PINR was waaaay better-looking (s’yempre Php11,000 per day yun!) By the way, another tip: although they provide the towels, I suggest you bring your own because the towels they provide are too thin. Almost threadbare. Good thing I brought our own towels. I just used theirs to dry my hair.
Overall, I’d say again that Las Ventanas was a steal.
While our accommodations were not exactly first class, we could say that is was more than sulit—like what was on my mind when I bought the voucher, how can you be wrong with a less than P2,000 overnight accommodations for two in Tagaytay, with free breakfast, dinner, and massage, right?
Tell me what you think!
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