Liit at Payat’s first travel adventure this 2018 is at Tanay, Rizal. We are glad that for our first travel this 2018 our two furbabies we’re able to join us. Sierra Madre Mountain Resort Hotel & Conference Center is a pet-friendly hotel and a stunning nature getaway!
The facade of the resort as well as reception area isn’t that exciting. As they say, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Truly, the resort has so much to offer when you get inside. A spacious garden, a view deck with picnic area, and a breathtaking view of Sierra Madre terrain greeted us.
There are lots of Instagram worthy spots in the resort. That’s why, when we arrived in the afternoon we had our pictorial first. We can say that our furbabies love their pictorial! Check our furbabies photos here. It’s a nice place for pre-nup pictorials especially for pet lovers.
Simple Facilities & Exciting Activities
The resort is divided into various area. The upper area includes the view deck, two hanging bridges, prayer area, garden, playground area, conference center and restaurants. The lower area is for their team-building activities and camping area.
Since the resort was said to be (one of the) earliest resorts in Tanay, some of the facilities were timeworn. There was even another hanging bridge on the left side of the resort but we think it’s not recommended to try. Their zip line isn’t also working.
For those who want to swim, there are two pools available. One is just nearby the view deck area. While the other one is farther from the camping area going to the mountain trail.
What we really enjoyed in Sierra Madre Resort, especially our furbabies, is our short trek to the waterfalls. Unfortnately, there was no running water in the falls.
Additional activity: You can also do some hiking. There’s also a trail going up the mountain.
The entrance fee only costs Php 50.00 and additional Php 100.00 for picnic fee. The room that we got for 7 persons costs Php 3,500.00 with toilet and bathroom. But since it’s an old resort, don’t expect a three or five star facility. To set the expectation straight, the room we got was spacious; the beds are okay; the outlets aren’t working properly as well as the toilet flush and shower.
We didn’t bring foods because there were restaurants inside the resort plus they charge a corkage fee (around 10% off the room rate). The food served from the in-house restaurant wasn’t extraordinary but it’s affordable since most of the dishes were good for 2-3 persons (average: Php 200-300). There was also a shawarma/steak house but I only got to try the chicken shawarma – a bit expensive but I didn’t like the taste (I think it was Php 150).
How to get there:
It was a almost 2-hour ride going to the resort if you would take the public transportation. You can either ride the van/jeep from Shaw or Cubao.
Option 1: Shaw-Tanay (Jeep/UV Express), Tanay to Sampaloc (Jeep), Sampaloc to Siera Madre Resort (trycycle/jeep)
Option 2: Cubao-Cogeo (Jeep/UV Express), Cogeo to Sampaloc (Jeep)
We took the second option because our furbabies came all the way from Baliuag, Bulacan. We only spent around Php 85.00 per person.
- Cubao – Cogeo (Php 30-35 / Jeep or UV Express)
- Cogeo – Sampaloc (Php 55)
Tip: You can take medicines for dizziness or motion sickness. The jeepney ride going from Cogeo to Sampaloc is a bit long and will go through will zigzag road.
Ambiance: 4.5 out of 5
Facilities: 3 out of 5
Budget: 4 out of 5
Pet-friendly: 5 out of 5
Food: 3 out of 5
Over-all: 3.90 out of 5
For pet lovers, nature lovers and adventure seekers, we would recommend to visit Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort even once! And it’s up to you if you’ll visit it again. 😉
The resort doesn’t have an official website or an active social media account. They don’t accept reservation, walk-in only. We would recommend to call the resort so you can try to reserve a room.
Looks a great place to spend weekend. And the best part I like about it is walk in reservation.
Looks like a fun place for a weekend getaway. I love that your pets were allowed to come too.
Thank you for sharing your review. It looks amazing and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. I hope that you truly enjoyed your visit.
That bridge looks so fun. My boys and I would just have to walk across it.
Looks breathtaking must be amazing to swim in the pools there and have those views.
This is such a pretty area to relax. It’s always nice when you can find a pet friendly hotel.
What a lovely place! I hardly ever find great pet friendly locations when traveling.
What a lovely looking place to go and spend some time, I have to admit I love finding pet friendly locations as I love taking my dog with me.
That bridge would scar the crap out of me when I cross it. Everything else, looks beautiful.
I would love to feel and smell a fresh and to relax this coming weekend and it looks like this place is a best place to visit.
I am happy to hear about the walk-in reservations and they allowed the pets to stay too
Sounds like a great place to stay! I love places that are pet-friendly.
This looks so fun! I would love to take my pet to place like this! I know she would absolutely enjoy it!
It is amazing that the hotel allows pets! it is not always the case! the place looks fantastic!
This looks great! I love hearing about pet-friendly travel options. I think my yorkie may start traveling with me.
I love finding hotels that are pet friendly, especially wonderful ones like this! Looks great!
I love that you were able to bring your furbabies on the trip with you! The resort looks absolutely beautiful, but I would be bummed if the food was “meh” and a lot of the amenities weren’t available/working. Thank you for sharing!
Totally worth a visit! It’s like a dream! I swear the sunset in the first picture is amazing! And the fact that is pet-friendly is more than awesome. We need more places like that in the whole world.
The bridge looks beautiful. Hope you had fun 🙂
Looks like such a fun trip! walking on that bridge might have been such an adrenaline rush.
Not sure how I feel about not being able to make reservations, but overall the site looks beautiful and your shots turned out great.
ang ganda ng lugar! at hindi sya mahal kaya ok lang kahit hindi may mga misses sa facilities. i may not stay for the night but a relaxing day would be great in here.
This place is super memorable for me. When I was 10, I had my first camp here! I enjoyed their hanging bridge with my friends, the pool, the short hike, the rappelling and I can’t wait to visit it again!
Been here a long time ago! I like the cold temperature here! Also the breathtaking views. I want to go back! Ngayon ko lang din nalaman na pet-friendly pala dito. Thanks for sharing!
Cutie! I can bring my pets inside the resort! I hope there will be more resorts like this!
Thanks for sharing the places where I can take my adorable doggo for a great time.
Buti naman may mga pet friendly hotel na ganito. Hirap pag walang pagiiwanan mga bebe natin
This reminds me of my visit to Lignon Hill in Albay. Mahilig ako sa mga extreme activities pag nagtatravel hehe. Sayang hindi gumagana yung zip line nila.
I’ve been to Sierra Madre before for a team building. The place looks old and some facilities are already worn out. Nevertheless, it’s a cheap nature getaway. Affordable and sulit naman yung experience.
I like that it is surrounded by nature and lushes. Philippine hospitality are still needs more updates on being pet-friendly.
it’s so nice that you can bring your pets when you travel
My parents love our dog so much. They wouldn’t leave for travel with him. They’ll love this place. ?
Looks a great place to stay if you wanna be close to nature. But I feel it’s a bit costly if the facilities are not working.
Oh my! That hanging bridge is scary! Afraid of heights here! But will try this place next month with my colleagues, but there should be an option of not using/passing that hanging bridge right?
Side comment: Ang cute ng dogs niyo!! 🙂
I saw the hanging bridge and i”m immediately drawn to this resort. Thank you for giving us options on how to take public transpo going there. I’ll consider it for a quick getaway for the family before summer ends.
I saw the hanging bridge and i”m immediately drawn to this resort. Thank you for giving us options on how to take public transpo going there. I’ll consider it for a quick getaway for the family before summer ends. They’re a little outdated on booking process, though.
Seems a nice place, love the green trees and the hanging bridge.