This is my long overdue review of one of my favorite hotels in Tagaytay, Hotel Kimberly! This was the venue of my officer training program culmination in China Bank. This was also the venue of the annual outing of the Manila String Machine (MSM), our awesome music family. We stayed there overnight last July 21 to 22.
Casey, Wolf, and I stayed in a Deluxe Room. The rooms of Hotel Kimberly are simple yet elegant, with comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. Most importantly, they are quite consistently clean. This makes the hotel an excellent choice for families with small children.
Wolf was already a fast crawler when we had our outing last July, and so we brought his crib, which we were able to set up beside our bed (proof that their rooms have ample space). The bed mattresses are on the firm side, but we found them quite comfortable even if we are used to the softness of our memory foam mattress at home. One negative comment I have about the room is that the placement of the ledge in the bathroom for toiletries was not ideal, as it was too far from the sink and the tub.
It was Wolf’s first time to swim at the outing, and I did my best to make sure he enjoyed. We bought him full swimming attire, taking care to get a long-sleeved rash guard to help keep him warm. We also waited till the sun was not too harsh but still present to keep the water temperature tolerable. A heated pool would have been great, but unfortunately, the hotel’s pool did not have heating.
I think Wolf enjoyed his first pool dip. Although he didn’t smile much, he didn’t cry either. We took him out after ten minutes and brought him straight up to the room to bathe in the tub. However, to our dismay, we found out that the water heater in our room was not working! We immediately called room service to sort out the problem. They were able to get the heater to work in around 20 minutes from the time we called, but that is a long time for a baby who came from the pool. I just hugged him the whole time to make sure he stayed warm.
After swimming, we hung out in the hotel lobby, which was decorated nicely and had comfortable couches. Wolf’s first dip left him super tired, as children (and adults) often are after swimming. He was so tired that he fell asleep mid-picture. Awww.
For dinner, our table had yang chow fried rice, tinapa fried rice, tawilis, pakbet bagnet, and liempo. We were only four, but two among us were hungry daddies. Haha. The food was good but not remarkable. The tawilis, unfortunately, was not crispy. The hotel hosted a bonfire with marshmallows and movie night, but we missed it because we were too busy having dinner. Haha. After dinner, we went to the game room, which we found was too noisy for Wolf, and so we went up to our room instead and watched Transformers before settling down for the night. The swimming sufficiently tired out Wolfie to allow him (and his mom) to sleep for four hours. Hallelujah!
We got up bright and early the next day to avail of our buffet breakfast, which consisted of arroz caldo, chow mein, dilis, fried chicken, longganisa, tocino, rice, bread, fruit, eggs, and bacon. I wished they had corned beef though, which is my favorite breakfast food! Again, the food was passable but nothing to write home about. In particular, I enjoyed my omelette with everything in it — ham, cheese, onions, and bell peppers.
After breakfast, we traipsed over to the hotel’s mini farm. It was quite impressive, with a larger variety of animals than I had expected! One of the animal caretakers toured us through the farm. He was very friendly, and he knew so much about all the animals. My favorite parts were the rabbits and sheep, while Casey was most interested in the chickens and hydroponics. We were able to feed the sheep, because we made sure to visit during their feeding time. We noticed one sheep was separated from the rest. The caretaker said that the sheep’s mother died after his birth. He was bottle fed away from the flock, and when the caretakers brought him back, the other sheep began to bully him. So he became an outcast. Poor baby. We chose to feed him instead of the other mean sheep. Haha. The rabbits were very popular with all the kids, and we almost bought the grey one. They were really so cute! The farm also had three horses, and one was available for kids to ride. I would say that for families with small children, the mini farm is a must-see at Hotel Kimberly.
We checked out at 12 noon and visited their souvenir shop, which, frankly, had nothing interesting or of value to me. This is probably the area of the hotel that needs the most improvement. After checking out, we had lunch at Bulalo Point before heading home.
We had a great time relaxing and bonding with our MSM family at the hotel. With clean, well-appointed rooms, a big pool, and lots of fun activities, Hotel Kimberly is at the top of my list for a family vacation in Tagaytay.