NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS ARCHIVED. BASILISK HOTEL CEASED ACCEPTING BOOKINGS IN 2019.
Growing up in a family mad for Harry Potter, it was no surprise that we chose to spend a night in a hotel where the logo displays a basilisk. This mythical creature resembles a dragon or, as all Harry Potter fans know, the Serpent of Slytherin. My Mom, however relates the mythical basilisk and dragon to cold, dark places. She refuses to stay anywhere dungeon-like or has the dim and drafty looks of a castle. While the signage may remind us of the House of Slytherin, the well-equipped, colorful rooms and charming modern interiors of the Basilisk Hotel pass my mother’s exacting standards. Basilisk Hotel: Colorful and Charming Hotel–Just Like the Myth.
Located along Maharlika Road, the main strip in Tagaytay City where the happening places are located, Basilisk Hotel used to be named Theodore Hotel. When the new owner, Antonette M. Endres saw the potential of the place and its prime location opposite Ayala Malls Serin, she wasted no time in renaming the hotel to go in a different direction from the original, more formal-sounding name. She selected the basilisk since the dragon logo has a strong appeal to the younger generation, especially those who grew up enjoying the famous Harry Potter books. Marketing Supervisor John Renan Pacheco shared that the hotel’s new name was derived from the place Basel, a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland where the owner and her husband
Inside the hotel, the contemporary and modern French look appeals to a wider age group audience. The spacious lobby with its sleek curving staircase, double-height ceiling, groupings of sophisticated furniture and vintage-looking decor leads to the intimate spaces of the hotel’s restaurant where meals are served. We opted to have breakfast in the light-filled lounge area which is a few steps away from the well-maintained garden and its enviable view of Taal Lake. This outdoor space has a Balinese-inspired gazebo and a smaller, more rustic hut, both perfect for private tete-a-tetes and impromptu music jamming with friends.
Basilisk Hotel offers 10 individually themed suites that fall into either the Superior Room or the Vista Deluxe Room category . My personal favorite is the Cherry Blossom Room (an art installation of a delicate pink Cherry Blossom tree is set against one wall) but my sisters preferred the ground floor rooms with direct access to the garden.
For our stay, we chose The Basilisk, one of only two rooms with a private balcony and the best view of Taal and the lush garden. It has a spacious lounge area where a big flatscreen TV and a long velvet couch are positioned. This is an ideal spot for watching volleyball games (we are not just Potterheads, we are huge volleyball fans too), playing board games (we always bring one for out of town trips but the hotel has a few available for guests) and just chilling out. A super comfy king-size bed and a reading nook that doubles as a daybed which can sleep one rounds out the room. We like that a pull-out below the reading nook makes for another comfortable sleeping bed. Our ensuite bathroom is big enough to have both a shower area and a deep tub. Complete bath amenities, including a dryer, are provided. Other features I found noteworthy in the bathroom are the double toilet roll holder, a retractable clothesline, plenty of counter space around the sink and the overall spaciousness. While the lighting is a tad dim for my taste, it nevertheless exuded warmth, a cozy retreat while soaking in the tub.
After a restful night in our big room that is just right for our family of five, we were ready for breakfast. There were a good number of options but we selected the following: Grilled Cheese Breakfast (gooey grilled cheese, pan grilled tomato, scrambled eggs, fresh side salad with homemade citrus vinaigrette); Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Pancakes (Banana Pancakes served with peanut butter and chocolate sauce, scrambled eggs, breakfast chicken links, and side salad); Daing na Bangus (marinated boneless bangus served with tomato and onion salsa, sunny side up eggs and garlic rice) and Tagaytay Sirloin Tapa (Tagaytay native beef sirloin, pan grilled tomato and sunny side up eggs).
On the third-level, construction was ongoing at the time of our visit to expand the multi-purpose enclosed venue space. Once finished, it can accommodate as many as 300 people for private and corporate functions. The hotel has a secure basement parking area that protects the guests’ vehicles from inclement weather. Nice to know your shiny new car is safe as a bug while you sleep in your luxurious, cool bedroom. What got our parents’ seal of approval is the fact that there is no surcharge on weekend stays unlike most hotels where weekend rates are higher than weekday rates. My Dad even said that since weekends are the only times we are complete as a family, we will be able to take a staycation whenever the mood strikes — at The Basilisk of course. One more thing, this is a petfriendly hotel (Php800/pet) and we are bringing our sweet Aspin next time.
Visit Basilisk Hotel at Km. 54 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Silang Crossing East Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite. For inquiries and reservations, please email at email@example.com or call 09066850760.