Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hive Hotel Makes For Eco-Chic Stays In Quezon City

A couple of restful nights at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place
The grand hotel lobby



Unlike luxury hotels that are normally perceived to be decadent, Hive Hotel and Convention Place is luxurious for a cause. And it's one advocacy that definitely gives back to the community. This seven-storey structure in the dining and amusement district of Quezon City is eco-chic in the truest sense of the word. To begin with, its guestrooms' rustic flooring was constructed using recycled wood from old houses and the water being used to flush its guestrooms' toilets comes from harvested rainwater. It's an emerging green hotel that redefines a Metro Manila staycation or layover with environment-friendly functionalities sans the hospitality posturing. From its guestrooms' digital door hangers that save the hotel the use of plastic to its toiletry holders that are made from recycled paper, it's a space where productivity is truly enriching like a beehive from which it gets its sleek name. Its presence in the hotel-thronged grid of the city definitely puts to shame the existence of neighboring luxury hotels that seem to be only after travelers' money.

The 52-room hotel is seriously green which makes for a meaningful stay that's rid of not just travel listlessness, but also guilt from the pleasure of enjoying life. When booked at Hive Hotel, a guest can take pleasure in the fact that the whole property lives and breathes as Mother Earth intends it to. Going against the grain, it defies the norm of how typical hotels should operate. It's none of the excessive pomp on fixtures and frills that hurt the environment and more of the best practices in eco-living.

Lights out in the city of the stars
The hotel lobby at nighttime
Complimentary breakfast of Longganisa from Calumpit, Bulacan
Hotel hallways
Books for reading at the hotel lobby

Solar Panel-Generated Power

In its corner in Scout Tuason, it stands vibrant and effectively functioning on solar panel-generated electricity that 60% of its guestrooms benefit from. And with tempered glass-installed windows that provide more natural light and reduce heat transfer for a cooler atmosphere, power usage is essentially lessened. For that rustic feel, wooden venetian blinds are installed as shutters. To date, the hotel is registered with the US Green Building Council and is LEED-registered (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design).

More Green Sensibilities

Elsewhere in the guestroom, it just gets more green. Its bathrooms' dental supplies are made from plasticized cornstarch while every guest's complimentary purified water is made available in a charming mason jar. According to the Philippines' only magazine for the electrical enthusiast, EE Club, this lessens the chance of one getting in contact with harmful chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), Phtalates DEHP, and other toxins that are normally associated with plastic bottles. The move also eliminates the need to dispose of such materials that add to our country's ever-growing landfill. What's more, the jar is 100% reusable and recyclable.

My booked Deluxe Room
(left) The guestroom's metal-finished door which costs less than plywood ; (right) Bathroom
Wooden venetian blinds for window shutters
(left) The guestroom-assigned vintage phone; (right) The room's digital door hanger
The hotel's Sky Garden where the Jacuzzi is

Restful Nights Whether On Business Or Leisure

Having stayed for a couple of pleasant nights at the hotel, I also appreciated its off-center point of view when it comes to interior design. When most neighboring hotels seem to focus on nondescript templates, Hive Hotel ups the ante with color accents and wall textures that expertly combine the pleasant with the jarring and the hard with the soft. Its grand lobby is proof of this aesthetic and the same sensibility flows through its hallways and its guestrooms from floor to floor, all the way to its fancy sixth floor Sky Garden which surprises with a semi-al fresco restaurant next to a vegetated viewing deck and Jacuzzi. It's also where the complimentary breakfast (a combo of buffet and a la carte options) is served.

Complimentary breakfast
About to have breakfast at the charming Sky Garden
The hotel supports local brands like this banana chips as in-room snack
The unobstructed view of Quezon City from my booked room
The hotel lobby at daytime

One's stay, regardless if it's on business or leisure, is made remarkable with reliable bed and bedding. This is why I highly recommend restful nights at this hotel for having bed linens and duvets that are made from 400 thread-count, 100% Egyptian cotton. I also recommend it for using organic materials that support local entities from its bathroom's bulk dispenser-available amenities to its organic robusta coffee at the buffet breakfast table.

Sofa Bed For Extra Guests

For those staying as a group of more than two guests, its standard Deluxe Rooms have full-size sofa beds that are equipped with pull-out beds for accommodating at least two more guests. An extra guest can only set you back a thousand pesos per night if ever.

Wall textures at the grand hotel lobby
The room has a sofa bed with a pull-out bed for two more guests
The complimentary breakfast's buffet table
The view of the city from the Sky Garden, six floors up
Textures and displays at the grand hotel lobby

Sneak Peek Promo Rate

The hotel is currently on an introductory or sneak peek rate of Php3,000 per night which is normally lower than the standard rate that it's supposed to offer, so take advantage of its promo soon.

The next time you're in Quezon City, don't stay at a luxury hotel that turns a blind eye to its surroundings. You're not just throwing away hard-earned money as a result of such booking. You're contributing to the industrial era detritus that our planet can't possibly handle anymore. Instead, have guilt-free pleasure from a restful night at Hive Hotel and Convention Place. In doing so, you're not just patronizing a brand to continue operating at its optimum eco-living standards, but you're also, in effect, supporting the community it belongs to.

Hive Hotel and Convention Place

Official website of Hive Hotel and Convention Place

Address: #68 Scout Tuazon corner Scout Madrinan Streets, South Triangle, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 951-4483

Where to eat in Quezon City? Check out Vittorio's Steakhouse, a stroll from Hive Hotel.

More Photos Below:

The hotel facade

Each room's complimentary purified water is available in a mason jar.
The hotel hallway

(left) The hotel's personalized greeting; (right) The bathroom's toothbrush is made from plasticized cornstarch

More treats from the buffet breakfast table

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