A Weekend Staycation at Best Western Premier F1 Hotel
Weekends are precious to me as these are the only days when I've got to spend time with my family. I consider it sacred, and as much as possible, I see to it to make the most out of our weekends. So, when the word "staycation" came to existence, we were one of those who became addicted to it. We just love the feel of being in a home away from home. We love looking into room designs and having buffet breakfasts together. We love lounging by the poolside and watching the sunset from the rooftop. For this week, we have stayed at the Best Western Premier F1 Hotel in The Fort.
Best Western Premier F1 Hotel is said to be the first luxury hotel in Bonifacio Global City. Its proximity to various places of interest is a plus. Not so far from the block is Bonifacio High Street, a long strip of restaurants, retail shops and parking spaces. St. Luke's Medical Center is also a few steps away, as well as membership shopping hub, S&R. Multinational offices and other commercial and residential buildings surround the hotel.
From Makati, going to Best Western Premier F1 Hotel via taxi or private car is about 15 minutes on a weekend. You can also take the BGC Bus (East Route) at its terminal on EDSA cor. Ayala Avenue, and alight at the third stop (5th HSBC). From the bus stop, the hotel is just a few steps away.
|The reception area|
We arrived at the hotel at around 2:00 pm, just in time for their standard check-in time. We were told by the guard at the ground floor to proceed to the reception at the 5th floor. The reception was too busy, an indication that the hotel has high occupancy for the time being. The reception lobby has interesting furniture with edgy designs. Upon check-in, we were given our access card and wifi password. We were told that our room, a Fort Suite, was at the 9th floor.
|Complimentary coffee- and tea-making facilities|
|Bonifacio Global City skyline from the living room of the Fort Suite|
|One of the two LED TVs|
Arriving at the 9th floor, the Fort Suite was at the corner. The 42-square-meter suite is nicely decorated following a minimalist/contemporary theme. Upon entrance, the inviting couch facing a glass wall that overlooks Bonifacio High Street welcomed us. The suite also has a kitchenette complete with a coffee- and tea-making facility, as well as a personal refrigerator which we found helpful during our stay. A glass-topped dining table takes centerstage at the kitchenette. So for families wishing to have a staycation here, you need not worry about where to stock your snacks for the rest of your stay. There are also two 32-inch LED TV in the suite -- one in the living room, and another inside the bedroom.
The bedroom did not disappoint, too! A plush king-sized bed with clean linen is the bedroom's focal point. Warm lighting is installed to set the mood. As mentioned, there is another flatscreen television in the bedroom, so kids and parents need not debate on which television show to watch over the weekend. The closet is spacious and is equipped with a safety deposit box for your valuables. There is also a flat iron and ironing board for your convenience.
|LED TV in the bedroom|
The bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom. It embodies the same contemporary vibe with Bravat bathroom fixtures, bidet, hot and cold rainshower and their signature bath amenities. There is no tub for this room, but the soothing warm shower and the calming ambiance make up for it. Towels are clean and of high quality.
|Premium bath amenities|
After settling in, we went out of the suite to check out the hotel's facilities. At the 3rd floor are the three swimming pools, F Restaurant Lounge, and the hip Angry Lounge (pool bar). Once we got out of the elevator, we were welcomed by stunning lighting fixtures, reminiscent of designs from Cebu (or are they from Cebu?)
|Elevator lobby at the third floor|
We didn't have dinner at F Restaurant Lounge as we were still full from our late lunch, so we decided to check out the pool area first. What caught my attention is the Angry Lounge, an exquisitely-designed pool bar that offers a great selection of drinks and cocktails. There are beautifully-crafted seats where you can dine al fresco, while enjoying a spectacular view of Bonifacio Global City.
|Cozy seats at the al fresco dining area|
There are three swimming pools: one is an elevated lap pool, a kiddie pool, and another one that looks like a Jacuzzi sans the water jets. Akisha enjoyed having a dip at the Jacuzzi-like pool. There are also nice poolside beds where you can enjoy the refreshing fresh air.
|One of the three swimming pools|
Honestly, I find the chairs all over the hotel very unique and well-crafted. Each furniture piece has an interesting aura. This loveseat by the pool looks inviting. How romantic it is to lounge here under the moonlight.
|The Jacuzzi-like pool|
And speaking of moonlight, while I was able to capture the full moon sneaking out of the horizon while I was lounging on one of the Cobonpue-ish pool chair. I love the view!
The next morning, we woke up earlier to have buffet breakfast at F, which I shall be writing about next. Afterwards, we went to the mezzanine to check out the gym and spa. The gym has state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment with individual audio-visual features. How I wish I have my workout outfit with me so that I could have tried it myself. The spa, on the other hand, isn't operational yet but the exteriors look promising.
We checked out earlier than the usual 12:00 nn check out time. While waiting for clearance from the reception, I saw this tent card -- free shuttle service to and from Glorietta 4 and Market Market.
Overall, our stay was pleasant. The location is nice and the rooms are clean and beautifully-designed. Find out more about our buffet breakfast at F Restaurant Lounge on my next post.
C'est la vie!
Best Western Premier F1 Hotel
32nd Street Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: (63.2) 928.9888
Fax: (63.2) 928.1888