A Weekend at F1 Hotel Manila
|The bedroom at the Fort Suite|
|Akisha at the 5th floor lobby|
We were billeted at the Fort Suite, an elegant one bedroom unit at the 11th floor that evokes a contemporary vibe. It was also the same room where we stayed two years ago, and I must say nothing much had changed except for the missing dining table, which made the room look more spacious. The furniture in muted shades of beige and brown were all well-maintained.
|Mango and suman platter|
|Akisha by the poolside|
|The smaller adult pool|
The fitness gym features state-of-the-art equipment for you to burn those extra calories (gained from indulging in the sumptuous buffet, perhaps?). It is open 24 hours.
|Mom and Akisha enjoying their workout|
If you are like us who prefer to have a massage in your room, don't worry, they'll be happy to arrange that for you. We had our massage in our room a few hours before midnight and we were so satisfied with it. Every stroke relieved our tired muscles and lured us to a sound sleep.
|The couple's room (there's another bed on the left, not shown in this photo)|
After our sumptuous buffet lunch at F Cafe earlier in the day, we were invited to a barbecue dinner at the Canary Lounge. It was a quiet Saturday evening with just a hint of lounge music and the refreshing summer breeze to boot. The setting was actually close to being romantic, except that I am, of course, not with hubby but with mom, Akisha and her nanny instead.
|The pool at night|
|Egg drop soup|
I like the hollandaise sauce on the grilled tuna and prawns, while the peppercorn sauce goes well with the succulent beef skewers as well as the pork barbecue--spicy enough to add a kick to the already flavorful meat. The chicken inasal was uberly tender and oozing with lemongrass flavors, something that made it stand out among the rest. The hotdogs, of course, went all to Akisha's plate. All of these were served with steamed rice and a side dish of rich and creamy potato gratin.
|L-R: prawns, beef, pork barbecue, chicken inasal, grilled tuna, and hotdogs|
To cap our meal, we were served with fruit slices such as watermelon, pineapple, and honeydew. I even asked the staff if they can turn some of the pineapple and honeydew slices into a fruit shake, and they happily obliged. No sugar added but the fruits alone were sweet enough!
|Our fruit platter|
And just like in any other staycations that we've had, we were so excited for the buffet breakfast the morning after. We got up a bit late (around 9 am perhaps) but the buffet spread was still packed with delightful culinary treats.
The breads were aplenty--pan de sal, buns, rolls, ensaymada, and a lot more. I got a piece of croissant which was soft and flaky, and perfect for some butter and blueberry jam.
|Pancakes and waffles|
|The chefs at your service|
|Egg noodles in chicken broth|
|Jumpstart with croissant, pastrami, and cheddar slices|
|Clockwise: scrambled eggs, herbed potato wedges, bacon, and chicken teriyaki|
|Waffles with maple syrup, blueberry, cream cheese, whipped cream, and peaches on the side|
F1 Hotel Manila may not be as luxurious as the other hotels in the metro but it can definitely be a decent cocoon for you and your family or friends. Its accessibility, its modern vibe, and of course, its cuisine make it ideal for that well-deserved staycation. While it was sad for us to leave the hotel after spending a night full of fun and gastronomic surprises, we had no choice but to let go. Til next time F1 Hotel Manila!
F1 Hotel Manila
32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
+632.928.9888 / +632.908.7888