The faint sunrays were stubbornly making its way to the room through the gaps in the curtain. Half asleep, I stretched a lazy arm to open the curtain on the bed side to check through the window as to how high the sun was already. The pastel skies greeted me. This must be immaculate at the roof deck. Not wanting to miss this scene in the open, I dragged myself out of the bed to the shower for some quick morning rituals. Then, I found myself giddily half-running, half-walking my way to the stairway to heaven of Chill Chill House.
Everything and everywhere my eyes would fall upon was barely gold under the morning sun. In front me was the majestic Taal lake and volcano blanketed with a thin fog and a stark outline of Mt. Maculot past it. Above my head were the transient cottony white clouds. The ethereal scene is just something that would instantly drain all your weariness – a scene that I do not always wake up to everyday which makes it even more special.
About Chill Chill House
Chill Chill House is a new guesthouse in Tagaytay City managed by Japanese. This AirBnB with a stairway to heaven is located in 155 Tagaytay-Talisay Road, Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City. It started accepting reservations last September 2020. Its photos recently went viral on social media which sparked the netizens’ interest with its real life stairway to heaven.
Curious about what it has to offer other than this, we booked a room on weekdays. With that, I am sharing with you a detailed review of the place and our experience during our stay.
Our Chill Chill House Experience
The Spaces’ Vibe and Ambience
The whole place imbibes the Japanese values and culture. Yama, the guesthouse’s host, welcomed us upon our arrival. He instructed us to change our shoes to their in-house slippers. He told us that we could leave our shoes at the rack by the entrance. This reminds me of a Japanese culture where they had to leave their shoes at the shoe racks by the door.
The building may seem plain and ordinary from the outside but great things are found beyond the threshold. Parking space is quite limited, though. It can only accommodate up to four cars.
The Common Areas
If you are to observe the place, you’d notice how minimalist, neat and organized everything is. This is evident in their rooms and common areas, too. There are few art installations around including paintings, doodles and 2D art to give life and color to the plain white walls.
The kitchen, dining area, living room and balcony are the common areas in the guesthouse. These are all located at the second floor with a stunning view of the highly-coveted Taal lake and volcano. The whole place gives off a relaxing vibe plus it is equipped with a good Wi-Fi connection. Hence, you can stay connected all the time especially if you are on a Work from Home set up.
The Living Room
The living room sits near the glass doors and walls with the balcony on the other side of it. Thus, you can enjoy a great view in your stay in it. It has a comfortable couch with a television with Netflix in front of it. Beside it is a shelf filled with various exciting card and board games. Everyone can use these for free.
The breakfast bar at the kitchen The lazy people menu on top of the breakfast bar
Guests can use the appliances at the kitchen including the fridge, stove, oven, rice cooker, utensils and cook wares for free. They are all neatly kept in cupboards with labels. There are at least three six-seater dining tables inside and four four-seater ones at the balcony. You may either dine inside or enjoy your food al fresco with a great view.
The dining areas The dining areas
The balcony is just at the second floor beside the living room. As mentioned, there are tables and chairs in it. You may either enjoy your meals as you bathe into sunshine and the view or sit in peace with your cup of coffee and tea as you breathe in fresh air.
The Roof Deck
The roof deck is at the third floor. It is an open space where the stairway to heaven is at. You may enjoy a good yoga in the morning in here or just watch the sky melt into a gorgeous sunset at dusk. Best time to hang out at the roof deck is at 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
The guesthouse has around ten rooms with varying view and ambience. Some of it has a view of the treetops below while some has a view of the lake and volcano. Currently, only four rooms are open for reservation. Each of it is fully air-conditioned, has a queen-sized bed, cabinet and hot and cold shower.
One of the many things that you’d love about Chill Chill House is their staff. They are very warm and welcoming and language barrier isn’t something that you should worry about. Upon our arrival, Yama toured us around the house and he would love to assist you with everything. He usually stays at the living room just in case you need him.
Yama, the Japanese host, is very accommodating and he would even love to teach or play board and card games with you. On our first night, we played the card game called ‘Coup’ with him.
How to Get There
The guesthouse is located along the Tagaytay-Talisay road. It is just a kilometer or less from the city proper’s rotunda.
By Private Car
If you are traveling to the place by your private car, you can just simply pin it as your location. If you’re taking the South Luzon Expressway and the Tagaytay-Calamba road, you may take a left turn at the parking lot of McDonald’s. From the parking lot, take another left and drive along Tagaytay-Talisay road. The guesthouse is on the right. On the other hand, if your coming from Tagaytay-Nasugbu highway, you should take the sharp right turn behind Skin Station near the rotunda. From there, drive along Tagaytay-Talisay Road.
- From Pasay, PITX or Buendia, take a bus bound for Alfonso. Mendez or Nasugbu. Alight at Olivarez plaza in Tagaytay. Fare ranges from Php 89.00 to Php 93.00 depending on your point of departure.
- Take a tricycle going to the guest house. The trip may cost Php 50.00 to Php 60.00 per ride. Take note that the tricycle drives are not yet familiar with this as it is new in the city. Be mindful instead of the buildings on your right and look for something like the one in the photo below. You may also refer to the map above.
Things to Do in Chill Chill House
Just when I though that picture taking at the stairway to heaven by the roof deck is the only thing that can be done in the place, the whole place proved me wrong. We were never bored during our stay as there were really a lot of things to do in here. Among those are the following:
Take pictures at the Stairway to Heaven by the rooftop
A mer-made in heaven
Play Board and Card Games
Enjoy a Table Football Game
Netflix and Chill
Enjoy the view of the Taal Lake and Volcano at the Balcony
Where to Eat
Our Japanese breakfast Ramyun at the breakfast counter
The rate for an overnight stay already includes a plate of hearty Japanese breakfast. It is available from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For lunch and dinner, you may opt to order online or visit the restaurants at Olivarez and Magallanes. These are just few minutes away from the guesthouse. You can find an array of fast food at Olivarez while you can choose from a variety of restaurants at Magallanes. If you are commuting, the fare in tricycle starts at Php 50.00.
Chill Chill House also has this ‘Lazy People Menu’ which includes instant noodles. You may order from the staff and you can cook it on your own at the kitchen.
Booking and Reservations
The guesthouse has a total of ten rooms but due to the pandemic, they would only open the four for occupancy. Hence, they usually get fully booked almost everyday especially on weekends. They would always post though on Instagram as to how many rooms are available for the day or the next. To book, you may click here.
Chill Chill Houses’ Room Rates
The rooms’ rate ranges from Php 2,200.00 to Php 2,700.00. These published rates are highly dependent on the season, location and the view of the room. If it has a view of Taal lake and volcano, then, it is most likely to have higher rate. Also, the rates on their AirBnB listing may seemed to be jacked up at times. This has something to do with the season. With that, it is advisable that you book the room on weekdays and non-holiday season.
Chill Chill House Contact Details
For more inquiries, you may reach them through the following:
Host: Ryuhei Yamada (Yama)
Things to Remember when visiting Chill Chill House
- Inquire and book first before coming. You may also want to check the room availability on their Facebook page and Instagram as they would always post about it everyday. In this way, you can have an idea regarding their rooms’ availability in particular dates.
- Parking space is limited but it’s enough now considering the number of guests that they can accommodate.
- You may want to tone your voices down or minimize your noises especially when you are in your rooms as these aren’t soundproof. You might not want someone knocking n your door asking for you to minimize your noise.
- If you’re arriving or checking in late, always inform the host.
- If you are commuting around, take note that tricycles do not often pass by the area. Chances of walking your way to the city center is high. This may take around 10 to 15 minutes.
Chill Chill House, in a Nutshell
Overall, we had a great stay and experience at this newest guesthouse in Tagaytay City. It is more than just a picture-perfect spot as we went home relaxed and more than fully charged for another week of hustle at work. How about you? Would you love to chill in here, too? Tell us about it!