Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Seda Hotel Fort Bonifacio Manila Review

Christmas this year was spent in Manila with my folks. After being away for 6 years, this is our moment to go back and relish the Christmas celebrations in the Philippines. One of the reasons why I wanted to go back was for the Christmas food like noche buena celebration, the traditional bibingka and puto bumbong. A separate entry perhaps will be done for that. Meantime, I wanted to share this new hotel at the heart of Fort Bonifacio.

We were lucky to find this boutique hotel, simply because they opened the week before Christmas. We were probably one of their first few customers. And the beauty of its location is it is right across my sister's condominium called One Serendra.

The whole purpose of our stay there was to get close to my sister and her kids... so that my little one can spend more time playing with them. Apart from that, hubby and I also enjoyed the taste of "Fort Boni" living with our 2 nights' stay at their hotel.

It was not fully functional yet (in my humble opinion) because of the little details: the roof deck bar is not yet opened, they didn't have the suite available because many rooms were still under renovation, the breakfast buffet showcased confused waiters and cooks as well as the ugliest tissue amongst the beautiful setting and branded utensils; even the folks behind the lobby desk were still a bit confused as I ordered an extra bed which was almost 50% of the cost of the room and they told me breakfast was not included! All the hotels I have encountered were charging high for extra beds but they would include the buffet breakfast. After speaking to them, they decided to give me the breakfast with the rates... I guess they are still figuring out their final rules and regulations. I don't blame them as they were probably on soft opening (though they didn't specifically mention that they are).

The room was modern and spacious. I would not rate the materials and execution as 5 star, but I would generously say it is boutique quality and a very wise choice if one needs to be at Fort Bonifacio.

The total of 2 nights' stay plus the extra bed for 2 nights totaled to PHP 12,000. Not a bad price for a good location hotel. Perhaps their rates will go higher next time when they are fully operational. 

Enjoyed jogging around Fort with hubby. We also tried the Jamba juice after one of our afternoon walks. Very convenient access to all the Serendra and Fort establishments. The swimming pool was tiny so we ended up swimming at Serendra. I wouldn't rave about the pool. Not sure about the gym as I didn't have time to check it out. We booked the hotel directly with them as I walked across from my sister's place.
Room Interior



 
Comfy bed

Stationary and a complete set of power point plugs


Comfy Bed; Behind you will see the bathroom

Phone

Happy that they have non-smoking rooms

Sleek finish: simple

Toiletries





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