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“Great getaway for friends” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Club Balai Isabel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Talisay
Makati, Philippines
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26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great getaway for friends”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2010

We stayed at one of their Orchard Lane suites last 16-17 October 2010. The suite itself was small, but outside the suite is an entirely different story. If you are like us who opted to enjoy the outdoors than just stay inside, the room size would be of no problem.

Expect to do a lot of walking going around the resort. We were quite far from their infinity pool, but the picturesque greenery made us take more photos than necessary.

There are just tiny letdowns to this resort - something that should be anticipated. Don't count on room service. Bring your own pots, pans, etc. Their fully equipped kitchen meant an oven gas range and a tiny ref that refused to cool the inside other than the freezer.

The suite provided us with good sleep.

Commuting to this resort is a matter of luck. If you take the Rotonda-Tagaytay (via Cavite) and then jeepney to Talisay (like we did), be sure you are prepared to wait (for us, approx 2 hours) for the jeepney to be filled and for a downhill ride on a winding road.

Be sure to visit the shores of Taal Lake (swimming there is not allowed) and take photos with the Taal volcano as background.

Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2010

Came here with family and friends for a weekend get-together. Consider this place a hidden gem in Talisay, Batangas. The place is gorgeous not to mention huge. They're adding more pools and a church inside the resort.

Such a beautiful place, good food, friendly staff and well appointed room - what more can you ask for?

Only regret was not having enough time to explore Balai. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Pasig
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2010

This is my family's nth time to visit the place and we do not tire of coming here. My satisfaction rating for Balai is really high, in fact, I brought even our company activity here. Club Balai always satisfies, never disappoints! I love the fact that this is a place you can always bring your family and not worry about if everyone will be happy. Food is great, at reasonable prices. The rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious. The resort is just an hour and 30 minutes drive from our place in Manila. Resort staff are very polite and accommodating. Had a really relaxing and wonderful stay! : )

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Manila, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2010

We found the room to be clean and nice, and you cannot go wrong with the location. However, the management is worse than one would expect at a Hourly Rate Motel!
When my wife and I communicated to the front desk that the neighboring room was being excessively loud at 3:00 AM, they refused (three times) to actually go to the room and ask the neighbors to keep it down. The management, and employees at this Resort are completely inept, and should be all fired! This is a good location and could be a flagship Resort, but new management will be the only way that this could ever happen.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank aoyagirema
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Quezon City, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2010

We found out about this resort when we watched it in Rated K. Our first impression was it would not fit our budget to stay in such a beautiful place. We were pleasantly surprised to see that they had affordable rooms. We stayed at the Orchard Lane, room 106, for 3 days and 2 nights.
The reservation process was a bit frustrating because they had to email us 3 times before they got the reservation dates right and you had to follow up repeatedly to get them to correct their mistakes.
Fortunately, when we arrived at the resort, the place was very beautiful. Upon entering the resort, it is lined up with beautiful villas, trees and other beautifully landscaped areas. The people upon check in were polite and we were assisted to our room which was about three blocks away from the front desk.
The whole resort was like one big subdivision wherein there are 2 pools, a basketball court, a tennis court, spa village, billiards hall, restaurant...Rooms range from villas to cottages. I guess its designed to fit any type of budget.
The rooms that we got was okay. we had a mini kitchen with a gas range and ref. I checked the washroom and it wasn't hotel like clean but it was clean enough, not gross or anything. The AC was good, we had a nice wall tv. Housekeeping was very accommodating when we borrowed stuff or asked them to change sheets (since I had 2 small kids)
The resort had a lot of trees wherein the fruits were just literally falling off them. Our neighbors had a pleasant merienda of mangoes.
At the back of our room, there is a grilling area, there were like 5 for the whole orchard lane. There was a sink beside every grill but it was not clean.
There was a wedding and 2 call centers held their outing at the time we were there but you would barely feel it, the pools were not that crowded given the number of people at the resort.
They are currently building another big pool at the other side of the resort near the church that is also under construction.
TIPS:
- If you plan to cook, bring your own cooking stuff (pots, pans, plates, etc) The market is just near the place
- If you do not like walking around, bring your own car, the place is so big that you would need a bike or something just to explore it
- Bring glade or something if you don't like smelly rooms, the place smells when you cook, so we opened our windows every time we cooked to let the smell out
All in all, we had an enjoyable stay. If you just want to chill and relax, enjoy the view, swim, be with your family, this is the place for you. We plan to go back once the place has finished constructing the new pool and church. It is currently a nice place already and they are still developing it to make it better.
Check out the pics, hope it would give a better view of the place.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Club Balai Isabel

Property: Club Balai Isabel
Address: Taal Lake | Banga, Talisay, Luzon 4220, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Batangas Province > Talisay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Talisay
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,636 - ₹ 8,722
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Balai Isabel 3*
Number of rooms: 228
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right on the shores of the world-famous Taal Lake and across from its volcano is a place where you can relax, connect and be with nature. Club Balai Isabel offers an option for an active lifestyle with all the comforts of city living. A mere fifteen minutes from the Tagaytay ridge, it offers an up-close and personal view of the lake and its world-famous volcano. ... more   less 
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