Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Backpacking Trip in Tagaytay: Review of Famous Inn

It's my first time to stay overnight in Tagaytay at my own expense (previous trips were care of my company where we had team building and planning sessions).  My first choice was actually at Keni Po since this is the same hotel I recommended to my friends which unfortunately I wasn't able to join them.  I recommended it due to good reviews and very affordable accommodation.  Since Keni Po was fully booked on my chosen date, we opted to stay in Famous Inn after several search on cheap accommodations in Tagaytay.  You can read them here.

As what the name implies, Famous Inn is a small hotel providing lodging and food for travelers.  It has 2 floors with about 15 rooms.  They offer fan and air conditioned rooms good for 2 up to 8 persons.  True to what they've posted on their website, the hotel is painted in bright yellow and their rooms were well painted in bright color as well.  (As of this writing, they've already changed the design of their website but you can still view their rooms from here).

We reserved for a fan room since it'll be cold in Tagaytay on our travel date due to the rainy weather.  The rate is Php 800 per night.  The room offered double size bed, small tv, fan, small table with 2 chairs and a bathroom with hot and cold shower.  They have a small restaurant and parking space is provided.  I was surprised that the room they gave us has air conditioning unit.  I thought maybe all their rooms have it.  I just learned upon check out that the room they gave us was indeed for an aircon room when the receptionist was charging us Php 1,000 for the aircon room.  Well that's no longer my fault.  And besides, we never used the aircon due to the cold weather (we even turned off the electric fan).

Now for my review... To get to Famous Inn, you still need to walk 300 meters from the main road.  But from the main road, it is about 5 minutes away from Picnic Grove.  I didn't expect the room to have big mirrors beside the bed as it was not in any pictures of the room I've searched.  It was like motels in Manila.  It felt awkward and it really didn't seem like a romantic room (honestly, some motel rooms in Manila were better than this).  The headboard of the bed have some black ants crawling that it can get to your bed.  Towels were provided but it was really thin as if it shrunk due to frequent wash.  Good thing we brought our own towels.  No toiletries were provided except for toilet paper which were half consumed (see, motels in Manila were better! haha!).  The receptionist told us that blankets will just be delivered to our room.  It didn't came so we just use their thin blanket on a cold night.  The water from the shower is strong and you can adjust the temperature.  The only problem is that the bathroom can get clogged but the water subsides after a few minutes.  Wifi is provided up to the room though there are certain areas when the signal is weak.  We were not able to try their food but their prices are quite cheap.  By the way, breakfast was not included in their rates.  Even if the inn is walking distance from the main road, it's not scary to walk there at night as there were lights alongside the houses.

If you don't mind sleeping in a motel-like lodging and if you will just be sleeping there, then Famous Inn is ok.  It's cheap and somehow clean.  Just bring your own towel.  Overall, I'll give this small hotel a 6 rating out of 10.  I personally didn't like the mirror and the towel.  All the rest are ok.

23 comments:

  1. awwww sis, I wish I can go to Tagaytay. Hndi ko pa nasubukan pumunta jan.

    (saw your blog on femalenetwork ^^)

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  2. sis, you can check my previous blog on how to get to Tagaytay. madali lang pag commute :)

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  3. Very interesting site. I hope it will always be alive! Sincerely, and great post . Keep in sharing this one.

    James Makker MD

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  4. your blog is very helpful

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  5. do they have a room for 2 person only? coz i as i checked the pics its like a hostel 1 room for 6 persons?

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  6. ^the room we availed was good for 2.

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  7. ^you're welcome :) thanks for dropping by!

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  8. Hi yung 1000 na rate nila 24 hours talaga un? :)

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  9. ^hi, im not sure. did i mentioned that? :)

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  10. --duh?!? Not that helpful blog. You didn't even mention the hotel's check in and check out time. Anonymous (051313) asked you if the 1k rate is good for 24hours and you are not sure. Try to read your reply "did i mentionED that?" Say what???? Proof read honey!

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    1. this is a blog and not the hotels/inns' website. i share information based from experience and research. its no longer my responsibility to post every details of each hotels/inns.

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    2. this only a blog if you want specific info find to thier website moron!

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  11. its just close to our house compound . for backpackers and emergency walk-ins it is really affordable...unknown to many...famous inn is situated in a bukid type of community...if you just walk along the interiors...you find friendly neighbors to accomodate you. a walk to the pineapple plantations and a view of the southridge subdivision is something not seen by ordinary folks because of its exclusivity to non members...a picturesque bukid awaits you good for atv trails...there are also some private houses available but i do recommend famous inn for budget travellers. for more info on Tagaytay travel im willing to give insights on what our city has yet to offer far beyond the usual national highway being blogged and promoted in Metro Manila.

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    1. thanks for this additional information and for dropping by my blog.

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  12. thanks for the info... planning to go to tagaytay 2morrow with my GF.... thanks for great help =D

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    1. you're welcome! enjoy your trip! :)

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  13. hi,,from famous inn,,do we need to ride a tricycle to get in to the main road or pwde nman lakad n lang?

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    1. hi, sorry for the late response. from famous inn, kaya naman lakarin to get to the main road. around 300 meters lang yun.

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  14. Mgkanu un 12hrx sa famous in at keni po ?? Gusto q sana s 5r ksnd walang vacant s date ng oct 18 to 19

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    1. overnight po kami sa famous inn, di ko po alam how much ang 12hr dun. you can inquire directly from them :)

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