Back in April, my co-worker Dani and I were invited to spend the night at Crosswinds’ condotel Grand Quartier. I haven’t gotten around to writing about it until now, so I hope you’ll bear with my really late review. Crosswinds is a Swiss-inspired residential development in Tagaytay City, and when they say inspired, they mean pretty much everything in it screams ‘Heidi in the mountains’. People who want to feel like they’re living in a Swiss chalet can either buy a house or have one built within the area, but enough about the real estate stuff. Let’s get on with our stay.
When we headed to Tagaytay, it was freezing. No, not the typical Tagaytay nippy weather. It was raining on and off and the wind was relentless, so for someone like me who easily turns into a popsicle after sitting in front of a fan for too long, we may as well have been at the actual Swiss Alps. After a long and winding drive from the resort’s front gate, we found ourselves looking up the Grand Quartier.
The Grand Quartier is a condotel (or a condo that functions as a hotel, in case you didn’t get it from the term). Outside, the building is green with accents of wood and stone. Also running along the sides were unsightly patches of discoloration. Like I said, it’s been a while since I’ve been there, so I’m not sure if they’ve fixed that by now.
Dani and I were assigned a studio unit with two extremely comfortable double beds. The place was really clean, with a subdued color palette of browns and whites. It also has a kitchen nook and a some dinner ware if you’d rather eat in the room. The bathroom’s OK, though I would have loved it if it had a tub. A warm and soapy soak would’ve been nice after almost getting frostbite, but that’s just me. A bidet for the toilet would be a dream too.
My favorite part would have to be the overlooking balcony, where you get a great panoramic view of everything. I’d stay there all day if it weren’t so fucking cold. Oh, and there’s cable TV, always a plus if you plan on staying in.
Not sure if Grand Quartier is actually like a hotel in that you can have food sent up since we always had our meals out with our host. But there are a few amenities at the ground floor, like the gym, spa, pool, and cafe. We got to experience the cafe when we had our first meal the next day. It was pretty spacious when we had our breakfast (there were only around 20 or 30 of us eating together), but I’m not sure how roomy it’ll be should everyone checked into the condotel decide to have breakfast in throngs. The buffet was plenty substantial with bread, eggs, cereal, and even food you wouldn’t normally eat for breakfast. The one thing I was disappointed about was the lack of bacon. Maybe they change the menu every morning. Too bad.
Crosswinds is located far from the town proper. Your best way of getting around would be by private car, kind of inconvenient if you need to go to the bank or grocery store late at night (or anytime, for that matter). Having your own car would especially be helpful if you want to take a tour of Crosswinds, since the place is big. You might also want to check out their Alpine Village, which is basically a year-round Christmas center complete with a Yuletide gift shop and Santa’s house. Also, bring your running shoes; if the weather permits, the resort’s a nice place for a jog or run (or even just a walk).
Overall rating: ★★★✭☆
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