Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Manos Greek Taverna, Tagaytay City

Club Tourists tried Googling about Greek Restaurant in the Philippines and Manos Greek Taverna was the number 1 in the list. This very simple restaurant is quietly located along Calamba Road in Olivarez San Jose.

The restaurant structure is like typical Ancient Greek House. Its rectangular in shape painted in White. Once you've entered the restaurant, you can just notice the tables are covered with Blue and White sheets (just like in Greece Flag). Pictures of Greece's map, monuments and other popular places. Not to mention some collections of different wines. As simple as it gets.

Local folks and even tourists swarmed the restaurant because of its tasty delicacies. But wait, there's even more, all foods are cooked in Greek virgin oil from their olive plantations on the Island of Crete just like the old Greek tradition 2500 years ago. So whatever you may order, it is Guaranteed - Healthy! No chemicals No preservatives No Colorings and even Vetsin. Don't worry, just order and eat like a Rockstar.

Club Tourists recommend the following cuisines for first timers:

Gyros-Souvlaki (Shawarma) - Php 110
Pasticcio (Baked Macaroni mince meat, bechamel and cheese) - Php 160
Grilled Lamb Shoulder or 3 psc Lamb Ribs - Php 450
Greek Hamburger (Beff patty, tomato, lettuce, cheese and served with fries cooked with olive oil) - Php 130
Baklava (for dessert) - Php 100
Yogurt shake - Php 120

The coolest thing here is you got the chance to meet the owner and his family. Manos Sapountzakis is the local celebrity in Tagaytay. Made famous by his very own recipe. Club Tourists got the chance to meet and greet Sir Manos and what can we say, he's very much like us Filipino's, he's very hospitable and welcoming. He'll spend even a minute of his time to chat with you about the food and your dining experience.

For more information about Manos Greek Taverna:
Address: Calamba Road, Olivarez San Jose, Tagaytay City
Mobile Numbers: (+63916) 4298358, (+63917) 3484935, (+63916) 6090701
Landline (Fax): (+6346) 4134591
Email: manosclub05@yahoo.gr

Monday, October 5, 2009

One Tagaytay Place, Tagaytay City

This is the first time that Club Tourists will blog a Hotel. Because of the great service and wonderful ambience, this hotel is worth mentioning.

One Tagaytay place just started 4th Quarter of 2008. The hotel was not classified as of the moment.

Club Tourists formulated a checklist to check if you're staying in a Good 3-5 Star Hotel:

1. Cleanliness?
Yes. From the lobby to the elevator up to the hall way and most especially the room.

2. Good Food?
Yes. Not a Buffet type but the breakfast is good. Your choice of an American and Filipino delicacies

3. Accessibility?
Yes. 5 minutes drive to Picnic Grove. 10 minutes drive going to Madison Square.

4. Warm Staff?
Yes. Very accommodating staff. Very attentive with the guests requests. Very courteous and polite

5. Wi-Fi Access?
Yes. But slow connection

6. Swimming Pool?
Yes. Good enough for small groups. With Kiddie pool.

7. Welcome Drinks?
Yes. Serving of juice drinks upon checking in

8. Comfortable Bed? (with clean sheets and soft pillows)
Yes. It feels like you don't want to go out your room anymore.

9. Quiet Environment?
Yes. No vehicle sounds. Really peace and quiet.

10. Functional Facilities? (Telephone, Lights, TV, Ref and Aircon)
Yes. All in good condition

11. Safety Deposit Box?
Yes. The deposit box is not working in our room but they have deposit box in the lobby area.

12. Hot and Cold Water?
Yes. Working fine.

13. Soap, Shampoo and other Toiletries?
Yes. Good for 1 pax only. Can be requested

14. Secured Location?
Yes. Surveillance monitoring 24/7

15. Affordable?
. Packages for long stay, corporate discounts and PROMOS

16. Function Rooms?

17. View?
The view is not what we expected for. We're expecting that our room is overlooking Taal Volcano but its not. But the good side in this hotel has a veranda.

18. Credit Card?
Yes. Especially for BPI Credit Card holders. They offer discounts

19. Online Reservation?
Yes. Go to their Site to reserve now.

20. Location Pickup/Transfer?
No. We are not offered to any of these.

Score: 18/20 - 90%
The verdict: PASSED

With the hotels motto: "One Fine Day, One Great Place... One Tagaytay", you can really feel the difference.

More Information about the hotel

One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites
Barrio Sungay, Tagaytay City
How to Go there:
Via SLEX, take Sta. Rosa Exit and turn right after the expressway tollgates. This takes you to the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road. Drive west, where you’ll pass by Paseo de Sta. Rosa, and travel all the way to the junction where the Tagaytay City Market is located. Turn left at the junction toward Picnic Grove and People’s Park in the Sky. Our Tagaytay lodge, found on the left side of the highway, is about 800 meters from this junction. 711 is infront of the hotel and Southridge Estate is on its right.

From the Aguinaldo Highway, drive straight toward Tagaytay Circle (Rotunda). Turn left toward Picnic Grove and People’s Park.

For Reservations:

(+632) 584 4111 ; (+632) 584 4156

(0922) 834 8874

Long Distance Line:
(046) 483 0111 ; (046) 483 5813 to 17

Manila Sales Office:
(+632) 818 8318

(+632) 818 8319



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