The Boutique Bed & Breakfast

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After several years of the ‘oldies but goodies’ destination spots in Tagaytay like Sonya’s Garden, Antonio’s and Taal Vista Hotel, to name a few, there’s finally a new kid on the block. With its crisp white façade and ultra modern interior, The Boutique Bed & Breakfast beckons all yuppies and yuppies-at-heart to experience an ‘emotional’ attachment to their hotel, which I described to a friend as something like The W and a quaint inn rolled into one fabulous space along Aguinaldo Highway.

There are a lot of quirky and unique details within The Boutique. The most noticeable one is the lack of room numbers. In lieu of digits, the owners (or ‘boutique-keepers,’ as Allana and Happy like to be called) have named each room after an emotion: (I) dare, dream, desire, lust, love, surrender, and escape.

I was lucky enough to get the I love room (with a sublime view of Taal volcano and the outdoor eating area, P5,950 on weekdays, P6,950 on weekends), but I’m thinking that the room’s availability had a lot to do with the fact that not very many people hightail to Tagaytay on a Tuesday.

The I love room – as do all the other rooms at The Boutique – comes with the hotel’s standard amenities, which is an impressive high-tech laundry list that consists of a wall-mounted LCD t.v., iPod dock, DVD player, and three albums worth of DVDs for me to watch in case I needed something to do throughout my overnight stay. Perhaps what many guests will find the most convenient at The Boutique is their free Wi-fi internet access in every nook and cranny of the premises. I was able to communicate with my boss throughout the afternoon on yahoo messenger and clean-out the day’s e-mail inbox while munching on a mouth-watering plate of baby back ribs at the hotel’s on-site barbecue restaurant, Hawaiian Barbecue (P350.00 for a medium platter, good for 2). The meat was tender, prying itself away from the bone with a mere touch of the fork - I highly recommend making a trip to The Boutique just to have a taste of this finger-lickin’ good platter.

If you’re the kind of person who takes note of hotel bath amenities, then you’re going to have a field day at The Boutique. Before settling into a guestroom, the copper shantung wrap-clad ladies at reception will usher you into their exhibit of hair, body and scented products from the hotel’s Pamper Me line, which you’ll pick-out for your own use (don’t worry, it’s included in the room price already). When you get the chance, take a whiff of the Chocolate Vanilla scrub (P250.00) – it’s sweet enough to eat. But don’t because I’m not so sure it’s edible. All of the items in the shop are for sale, perfect for pasalubong or for your own personal use.

Breakfast (in bed and for two, mind you) is served 24-7 here and is inclusive in the room price. I enjoyed mine at a regular hour, complete with a glass of orange juice, fruit platter, bread basket, and waffles with scrambled eggs while watching the Today Show, comfortably wrapped in the warmth of my goose down comforter. I stayed in bed for another hour until, alas, Manila beckoned.

For reservations and inquiries, please call The Boutique Bed and Breakfast.

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