Domicillo Tagaytay: A Design Hotel with Picturesque View of Taal Volcano


Tagaytay has always been an exciting destination for two reasons: Cool climate and spectacular view of the world-famous Taal Volcano. Not to mention that it’s relatively close to Manila, it provides a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Philippine capital.

Tagaytay is also fast-becoming one of the country’s major tourist destinations. Its cityscape is changing rapidly with construction of new condominiums, shopping malls and boutique hotels. And if there’s one accommodation that I would recommend in Tagaytay, it’s the Domicillo Design Hotel located along General Emilio Aguinaldo Hi-way just 5-minutes drive from Sky Ranch and Casino Filipino, and 10 to 15 minutes drive from the newly opened Ayala Malls Serin.


At least once every year, I go to Tagaytay to marvel at the iconic view of Taal Volcano. It’s also the nearest destination to experience a cool climate, around 2 hours drive from Manila. So when I received an invitation to try Domicillo Bed and Breakfast, I didn’t think twice.

The famous Rene Alcala of Manila Mirrors, exporter of exquisite mirrors framed in mother of pearl and black lip shells, is the brainchild of Domicillo Design Hotel. He collaborated with fellow designers and exporters Budji Layug and Royal Pineda of the Budji+Royal group to conceptualize the design of this multi-level structure. The result is nothing short of stylish! Alcala describes the property in three words: “organic, modern, and natural.”


Domicillo has 8 rooms designed by world-renowned Filipino furniture and home accessories designers: Budji Layug, Milo Naval and Tess Pasola. It’s divided into three room types: the Premiere Room (58.50 sqm. with a lower lake view, a veranda and pocket garden, PhP 9,000.00++/night), the Superior Room (38.7 sqm. with an upper lake view and a balcony, PhP 11,000.00++/night) and the Deluxe Room (27 sqm. with a garden view, PhP 13,000.00++/night). I stayed in the Premiere Room.


Behind the bottle of wine is a king size bed designed by Budji Layug. It’s the centerpiece of the spacious room filled with designer items.


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