F1 Hotel Manila is the 1st hotel to open in bustling Bonifacio Global City. It is located just across of S&R Membership Shopping, while St. Luke’s Medical center is a literally a stones throw away (maybe you’ll have to have a really strong arm though). Restaurants and shopping are an easy walk away, take it from someone who hates walking. It was previously under foreign management but recently they changed this completely, bringing an all Filipino team on board. Who else better to showcase the Philippines.
Irene, Lauren and I got to experience what a weekend at F1 Hotel Manila is like a few weeks ago. You can see the hotel from 32nd street but you have to take the Lane A to reach their main entrance.
There is a drop off point located at Lane Q behind 32nd Street, an entrance way guarded by two stone lions. You can opt to drop off your bags and passengers here or go straight to their basement parking.
You then take an elevator to the 5th floor with large windows providing a nice view of BGC.
Check in was so easy and before we knew it, we were back on the elevator on the way to our room for the weekend. The issued keycard will give you access to your hotel room floor and common areas only.
I like this electronic panel/room number/doorbell which also indicates whether you want turn down service or don’t want to be disturbed. No more hanging signs on the handle.
Our room was a spacious 1 bedroom they call the City Suite, which had a nice living room with a glass work table, the bedroom is accessed thru another door. Lauren immediately situated herself on the work table and proceeded to connect to the free Wi-Fi which is available all throughout the hotel.
I consoled myself to this corner of the room with a nice big lamp, which I think would be a perfect reading nook.
Here’s the bedroom which has a king sized bed, the three of us fitting perfectly. The pillows were surprisingly not too soft, perfect for us.
There’s also another tv, albeit a smaller one on top of another work table.
The toilet is nicely appointed but is a bit on the smaller side compared to the size of the living room area.
I totally skipped going to the gym area and proceed to the pool. Located on the 3rd floor together with the all day dining restaurant called F. There is a outdoor bar area called the Canary Lounge where you can sit and relax over some drinks and snacks. They also have affordable barbecue nights on the weekends.
The hotel has 3 pools, the one above is the circular kiddie pool. We skipped this one since there’s no small kid in our family but we saw lots of children enjoying themselves.
The next pool is one I dubbed the wading/ hanging out pool. It’s square, not too deep, around 5 feet only and even has some plant features.
The last one is the lapping pool which I used to burn off some calories. I like how all their pools use some sort of natural stone instead of the tired and outdated tiles. Once I jumped down into the pool, I realized it was one of the cleanest pools I’ve swam in. I could see pool from end to end wearing my goggles.
To complement their Filipino management team, they have tapped Chef Sau del Rosario as the hotel’s Executive chef. He was instrumental in holding their Luzviminda food festival, promoting the culinary wonders of the Philippines.
As with all vacations, we woke up way too late after a late night of gabbing and bonding with friends. Our tardiness caused us to get to F for breakfast a bit too late with the wait staff dealing with the deluge of guests. The food on the buffet line was being snapped up quickly which foiled my attempts to properly take photos of them. I consoled myself by having some eggs and bacon together with my morning paper.
Our staycation at F1 Hotel Manila was an enjoyable one. Staff was helpful, cheery and attentive while the pool and other amenities were well designed. I admire the small hotel for making a foothold in BGC with its down home service and charm.