The name F1 may seem to be a brand speeding off the race tracks, but F1 Hotel Manila have nothing to do with formula one racing. Though, the hotel has the reputation of having preceded everyone in the hotel industry being the first that stood in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Offering upscale accommodations suited for both business and leisure travelers in the midst of a sophisticated BGC community.
F1 Hotel Manila
BGC has been a favorite venue for a variety of running activities happening almost every day of the weekend. I for one was scheduled to join a run a week ago and it was fortunate that I was offered a great deal from Dealgrocer on their City Suite room. F1 Hotel Manila is situated at the 32nd street of BGC in between 5th and 7th street. Conveniently, just across S&R Membership Shopping and St Lukes Medical Center Global City, and a short walk to the Mind Museum and BGC High Street.
The F1 Hotel Manila have 243 rooms in three categories – Deluxe Room, City Suite and Fort Suite. I have reservations for the City Suite Room. For check-in, I had to go to the 5th floor for the reception area. I simply showed my voucher and ID to confirm my booking which I called-in a week before to check availability. I was asked for Php 3,000 for incidentals in which was returned after checkout. Their room key has a security feature as guest can only access floors they are roomed in. My only addition with their lifts would be to add indicator lights for the elevator doors seen from the lobby lifts.
The City Suite Room
I was billeted at room 1408, found at the left-end of a narrow corridor. The City Suite Room was generously spacious that it has its own living room and a low divider for the twin beds facing the window. Not much in terms of view from my window but the room has two large LCD TVs, one facing the bed and the other for the couch. There’s a work table by the wall near the bathroom. The room also has a large bathroom with walk-in shower.
I can imagine more than four people fitting in this room with still ample space to move around. Air conditioning keeps the room steady cool. I was also there mainly to work on some of my projects and I’m utterly pleased with their high speed internet connection. Enabling me to upload large image files to my cloud storage in a short time giving me more time to enjoy the hotel facilities.
Since I was preparing for a 16km run the next morning, I decided to do an easy workout at their gym. It was small but clean with state-of-the-art equipment for weights and cardio exercises. From the gym, which is located at the 3rd floor mezzanine, I could see the three pools below on the open air third floor platform they call the Canary Lounge. There’s the kids pool, lounge pool and the sexy lap pool. There are also tables and chairs there to hangout and enjoy the city skyline views of BGC. It’s also at the third floor where the main restaurant, F All Day Dining, is located. Elegant fixture adorn the restaurant.
So I had my 16km run the next day, leaving about 4:30am in the morning without a problem. I had a restful sleep. Quiet and deep under the thick blankets and comfortable on the bed cushions. It was that restfulness that helped me conquer the hilly terrain of BGC. When I got back at the hotel, I still had time for the breakfast buffet. They had good coffee, though service staff could be more attentive. Buffet choices had a good variety and most I had were quite tasty so it was more than satisfying to say the least. I also asked for a late checkout since I wanted to enjoy the room more which was fortunately available.
For a weekend staycation, I had a productive and relaxing time. The rooms are huge, the internet is blazing fast, the facilities are excellent, location is convenient at central BGC and the good value deal from DealGrocer made it all the more enticing to have a vacation within the city.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.