for the holy week of 2010, we decided to go south and explore san pablo city in laguna.
since it was already holy thursday when we travelled, the traffic was heavy at the south luzon express way. the owner was even kind enough to meet us in the way since we took the unusual route.
after around 3-4 hours, and several stops, we finally arrived at casa san pablo, our first destination.
who would have thought that a retreat like this existed in the middle of the city? located inside the former kay inay resort, this is a place for those who wants a quick escape from the noise of the city.
the compound consisted of several rooms of varying sizes (it could accommodate different number of guests), a swimming pool, a large sprawling ground, and a dining area.
the room given to us was number 11. it was a medium-sized room with a loft, and two air-conditioning units. it had four single beds in the main room, and 4 single mattresses and a double mattress in the loft. there were also two showers and two toilets.
food was also good at the casa. based on the literature that you can find in the dining area, the food served were based on the menu and pairings that their Inay used to serve. dishes complimented with one another.
the different colored plates were a delight. i used a different plate each time i ate. ^_^
there were also a lot of unique old stuff around the house. there was this old scooter and a pig made of hay (i think).
we also tried out the swimming pool. the water was nice and cold since it came from the springs in the mountain.
during night, mats were lay down on the ground and candles were placed. one could hang out here and even do star gazing. the owner, mr. boots alcantara, even had a chat with us and shared stories and anecdotes about the place.
overall, we enjoyed our stay here. Boots was very accommodating and was really warm in welcoming the guests. once here, you will forget that you are in fact still in the city.
the price was fair too. to reserve, you have to contact Boots so that you would know if the place is still available on your preferred date, and then deposit your payment so that your slot will be secured.
Casa San Pablo
(Inside Kay Inay resort, San Pablo City)
Contact: Boots Alcantara - 09178126687