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Villa Escudero Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Pablo City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We visited Villa Escudero on a weekday and so the complex was relatively quiet. We drove from Muntinlupa, south of downtown Manila/Makati cutting down the travel time significantly. This was a day trip so I cannot comment on the accommodations. Villa Escudero is undergoing a lot of construction at this time which detracted a little from the experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They served us drinks upon our arrival. We visited the museum which is an eclectic collection of religious artifacts, military paraphernalia, traditional Filipino attire (including the outfits worn by Filipino presidents and their spouses on their respective inaugurations), and archaeological artifacts.

We were shuttled around the grounds in water buffalo- or carabao-drawn carriages. The museum was a short walk from the parking and reception. The carriages then brought us to the waterfall and performance pavilion. We were accompanied by a guitarist and singer who serenaded us with Filipino folk songs. Lunch was served at the base of a man-made dam and waterfall; where there used to be a hydroelectric power station. The tables were set in shallow water which flowed from the waterfall over our feet. There was an area for visitors to store their shoes. Most of us had brought slippers or sandals which we didn't mind getting wet. The food wash freshly-cooked and tasty.

Each weekend, starting on Fridays, Villa Escudero presents a variety of traditional Filipino dances from the different regions of the country as well as from different eras. It was an excellent performance. The performance pavilion has a cafe serving hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. There were great views of the river, waterside lodging and the nearby Mount Banahaw from the pavilion. The swimming pools were nearby but we did not use these facilities. There was a lot of construction going on by the pavilion and the pool area. Sometimes the sounds of the work intruded into the dance performance.

This was an enjoyable visit even though we did not make the most of all that Villa Escudero had to offer; for example, we did not venture out onto the river in the bamboo rafts. The lunch at the base of the waterfall was fun. The museum was interesting. We enjoyed the dance performance thoroughly. The ground could use some cleaning up but this should happen once the renovations are completed. I also suggest bringing slippers/tsinelas or beach shoes that you can get wet when having lunch at the waterfall. Walking barefoot at the waterfall is always an option. I would also consider checking with the resort to see when the construction/renovation will be completed before visiting, assuming that time is not of the essence. Visiting on Friday will help avoid weekend crowds but still allow you to enjoy the dance performances.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2012 via mobile

I enjoyed staying in Villa Escudero, they have a fresh food, they serve it in a unique way, like dining In the falls with your barefoot, they serenade the guest, one of the tradition of Filipino, they have bayanihan dance, they will showed the diff Filipino folk dance, I recommend this place to all foreign tourist.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

The last time that I went to Villa Escudero was when I was still in college. I am so pleased to see that the management was able to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of this resort.
We enjoyed the carabao-drawn cart ride accompanied by musicians and singers serenading us with Filipino folk songs on the way to the resort proper. Though the waterfalls restaurant is not that appealing anymore, the food is great. Nature as its best.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

My husband was happy to be transported by the caretella drawn by a carabao to the reception area.. Much more he was amazed of the singing ladies rendering traditional songs as we go along.

New to him but not to me. My second time to be here but that was more than two decades ago. The food was great and the lunch by the man-made waterfalls was his wonderful experience too. Traditional dances was great and very entertaining. The museum was equally great.

Not cheap but it just compensate everything. Enjoyable and wonderful experience.

Room Tip: Choose the cottage by the river. It is more nice there.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We had a great time in the site, it was so wonderful, our balikbayan friends was so amused of the man made waterfall where foods are being served. They likewise loved the boating in a ramp, so exciting, when they plan to return next year, happily to say that we will going back to VILLA ESCUDERO, where they met MUTYA and MADONNA, your carabao conveying transport.....

Room Tip: We only a day of tour there at villa escudero, we arrived 10 am and left at about 4:30 pm
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Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Pan-Philippine Highway, San Pablo City, Luzon 4000, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Laguna Province > San Pablo City
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Pablo City
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Villa Escudero Hotel San Pablo City

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