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Part 2 – Short Tagaytay Break: Joaquin’s Bed and Breakfast

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post, hubby and I spent the night in Tagaytay to simply relax and get away from work. We haven’t had househelp since April so we were juggling everything: household chores, taking care of Bryce, doing our secular jobs. A couple of weeks before our scheduled trip, our house got flooded again so August was a pretty stressful month for us.

The first time we stayed overnight in Tagaytay was during our first anniversary back in 2010. We stayed in The Boutique Bed and Breakfast and since then, we were hooked in boutique hotels. In November 2012, we tried Discovery Country Suites; and then we spent this year’s New Year in Lee Boutique. There’s still a lot of other boutique hotels in Tagaytay but we have heard good reviews about Joaquin’s. For P3,700++ (through Agoda.com), their rate is pretty reasonable so this hotel was our next in the line up. Here’s our Joaquin’s experience…

joaquin's-7When trying out hotels, I’m quite particular about their checking in convenience and if they can accommodate early check-in. We came at around 2:30 p.m. so I can’t make a review about early check-in. But checking in itself was a breeze. After filling up the form, they made us choose our breakfast and time it will be served and we were almost instantly ushered in our well prepared room.

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As always, I checked out the bathroom as soon as we entered the room. According to Agoda, one of the room’s features is a bathtub so I was quite disappointed when I found none. I even asked the one who helped us with our stuff which rooms have bathtub and he said, none. I hope they will update their information soon.

I brought three DVDs so we can have uninterrupted movie marathon, but to my dismay, they don’t have a DVD player in the room or one that we can borrow. Good thing we don’t have cable programs in our house so we just tried to enjoy our rare dose of National Geographic. HBO and Star Movies. Hehe!

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We have heard that Joaquin’s has the best view of Taal Volcano and we proved it true! The image was taken right inside our room with me standing up. It’s such a perfect view to see when waking up in the morning.joaquin's-3

What I love about Joaquin’s interior is the vintage, rustic, country feel. I may not be a fan of this room’s purple washed walls but I love the use of hard wood planks. I also wished they chose more interesting pots for the fake plants rather than using plastic ones.joaquin's-1Most hotels wouldn’t bother adding decors in their rooms, keeping everything streamlined and minimalist. But with Joaquin’s BnB, they went an extra mile to “personalize” their rooms. Staying here does not feel like we’re paying at all. It was like sleeping over at a friend’s vacation house, so cozy and welcoming.

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When staying in Tagaytay, we usually eat out for dinner. This time though, the plan was to stay in all day and night so we ordered room service. The hubby ordered pork binagoongan and I had sizzling tuna belly and garlic rice. The dish were less than p300 each and were enough for two. The garlic rice was in generous amount too and we were definitely satisfied for the night. Hotel food always scares me because they are either cheap but unappetizing or really tasty but ultra expensive. With Joaquin’s, I do not have anything negative to say. Even our breakfast was so good and filling, we didn’t have lunch until we got back in Manila.

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I love this area in the hotel. If we brought Bryce with us, we can have our breakfast here and he can run around chasing butterflies and love birds. It would even be great to have a lunch party here so everyone can enjoy the perfect view.

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And of course, whenever we stay in hotels, I always look for ideas to steal.

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1 and 2. Brightly colored, distressed furniture. I am still waiting for a furniture to re-do so I can apply this. I’m planning to use DIY chalk paint.

3. Crackle paint finish. I’ve seen a tutorial on how to do this and will try this myself soon to our shoe rack. I promise to keep you posted.

4. Plank bathroom countertop. Instead of using granite, marble or tiles, you can add a rustic feel to your bathroom using wooden planks finished with several coats of polyurethane to protect the surface from water.

5. Recycled wine bottles. Yes, we’ve seen it several times but it still looks good. Add a drop of food coloring to the water to make it a bit more colorful. See, even a simple suntan flower can look elegant with the wine bottle!

6. DIY bed canopy. If you want to add a whimsical feel to your bedroom, you would only need a few yards of sheer fabric, a large embroidery hoop and some hooks. Just sew the fabric on the embroidery hoop and attach the hoop to the ceiling using screw hooks. You can always take it off when you get tired of it.

Overall, our stay in Joaquin’s is one of the best. We’re actually planning to spend the New Year’s Eve here, staying in one of the rooms below with garden veranda.


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