I am trying to catch up with suuuuperrrr late posts so please bear with me.
Like we have often done during the holy week, we decided to have our Visita Iglesia in the Laguna area for the sole reason that there are a lot of towns clustered together which we can visit in one go, and the churches are all very beautiful and charming in their own way.
By this time, Sam was already around 8 months old and I felt more comfortable bringing her on our escapades. It was still a challenge but we enjoyed the trip immensely.
On this trip, we decided to have an overnight stay in the area of San Pablo Laguna, precisely in a little known lodge or bed and breakfast called Tahanan ni Aling Meding. They are located at Dagatan Blvd., Sampaloc Lake, San Pablo City. Contact numbers: LagunaTel. No. (049) 562-5851; (049) 562-5855/ Telefax No. (02) 520-6089/ Manila Line: (02) 520-6089; Cell. No. 0917-592-2830. You can also email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tahanan (in short), is located right along the banks of the Sampaloc Lake and along with with this majestic scene is a beautiful view of Mt. Cristobal (I initially thought it was Mt. Banahaw). It was a private mansion turned into a hotel by the owners, the Borja Family.
They have 10 air-condition rooms some of which can accommodate as many as 6 pax like the family room priced at PHP7500. We also booked
their superior rooms which could fit about 3 pax and had a balcony with a view (PHP 3500). Their rates are quite reasonable and it also includes breakfast. One tip though, if you are travelling with a lot of baggage or with the elderly, try getting rooms that aren’t on the top floor. We had to climb several flights of stairs to get to our rooms.
They have a small but clean swimming pool and I think they already have wi-fi connection now. At the time we visited, that was not yet available. They also did not serve any other meal other than breakfast so you had to go out and search for nearby establishments which served meals. Breakfast was good, it might have been better if we weren’t there on a Good Friday. 🙂
We tried out the nearby Cafe Lago which was charming little cafe walking distance from Tahanan. They served yummy suman with latik. They also served dinner but I found the place too dimly lighted at night.
A nice surprise was seeing people jogging around the circumference of the Sampaloc lake during the early morning. It’s actually one of 7 lakes in the area of San Pablo, Laguna and is the largest among them. It is also believed to be volcanic in origin. It’s around 1.2 kilometers wide and 27 meters deep. It is pretty popular for the locals and you will see a lot of street vendors lining the streets.
It was a very relaxing stay for us at Tahanan. The provincial vibe was something I actually enjoyed and appreciated. I would not mind coming back, but I would have liked it if they were able to serve food other than breakfast so we wouldn’t have to go out. Hopefully, there have been changes since we were there last. I’m giving it a 4/5 for great ambiance, nice views and clean accommodations.