|My booked Superior Room|
|The hotel's al fresco lap pool|
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Hotels dot the vibrant entertainment district of Diliman in Quezon City despite being an hour or so away from the airport (Ninoy Aquino International Airport). For decades, foreign tourists en route to local destinations did not consider the city for layovers until neighboring cities felt the daunting brunt of Metro Manila's modernization detritus. Scout Rallos Street is one such strip that has joined the roster of other streets named after Filipino boy scouts whose memory shares a space for hospitality brands. With the recent opening of the new B Hotel, a block away from Timog Avenue, the place that was once a pre-war estate is proving to be a served area where tourists, businessmen, and locals can experience a comfortable stay in a city that has endured the dreaded second glance.
It's definitely worth coming home to more than once as I realised one weekend. Recently booked at its Superior Room for a staycation, I determined three stellar reasons why the hotel is more than an ephemeral design fad:
|Relaxing at the lap pool|
|The hotel lobby|
|Bedside view of the bathroom|
1. Inspirational Design That's Also Functional
Having stayed in a few fancy hotels that boast of interesting aesthetics, I can tell which ones are expertly designed from those that are not. From some lodgings that failed to impress with minor details to those that challenged my patience with a few technical issues, not all beautiful hotels that shine are truly golden.
In the true design sense, B Hotel is quite impressive. It's got power sockets where they should be -- and there are enough. Mirrors are mindfully installed where reflections are expected to be gazed over. Redefining accessibility, extra space through transparent partitions (like between the bedroom and bathroom) is allowed to transcend constraints. Natural light can travel from as far as the bedroom's expansive window to the shower area with a simple pull of the bathroom blind's cord.
|The hotel lobby|
With thoughtful lighting, the playful colors that run through the hallway carpeting make random trips from one's room to the lobby and restaurant memorable. It's like breezing through an interactive museum.
Even basic corners where design can very well be absent have an unconventional display (a vintage bicycle, an exposed plumbing cum art installation, etc.) that pops out from its space, turning the establishment into a comfortable crib and destination in one.
|The bathroom details of my booked Superior Room|
|The hotel hallway|
|Superior Room details|
2. Modern Facilities For Leisure and Business
Beyond the unusual design, B Hotel is grounded with enough modern facilities to give neighboring lodgings a run for their money.
The al fresco lap pool alone is one strong reason to find one's stay pleasurable at the hotel. I happened to have a refreshing early morning dip there before a scheduled buffet breakfast during my stay. The nearest shore is hours away but the beach resort vibe is certainly palpable at this 3rd floor space. Next to it is a sophisticated ballroom with a 200-seating capacity.
|The al fresco lap pool at the 3rd floor|
For those on corporate duty, the hotel's Business Center has two function rooms that cater to private group meetings.
As I discovered meandering at the fifth floor where the gym is, there are enough fitness equipment for guests to tackle. I would have loved to see an extra space for yoga and stretching exercises though. A separate wellness facility for it can probably be an improvement.
|(left) Buffet breakfast; (top right) The pastry shop; (bottom right) The fitness facility|
|The grand opening celebration of B Hotel Quezon City|
3. Exciting Location For Staycation and Special Events
What was once a solid dining destination in the '80s, this side of Diliman is now a mix of that and more. Entertainment hubs, spas, and a growing number of hotels can be found in the area where a lot of restaurants still operate. With some parts still dedicated to scattered blocks of residential units, the district can be bustling in one spot and quaint in another. It's certainly not boring to stroll in the area where age-old trees still stand undisturbed. The stretch where B Hotel is located is such one spot where a massive tree can be found to be a perfect shade from the sweltering heat in the city. It's also the same lush green that tamed my tired eyes from my booked Superior Room window.
|(top) Token hotel gym bag; (bottom) View from my booked Superior Room|
After my staycation at B Hotel, I can attest to its fresh relevance in Quezon City. It's definitely more than just style and gloss. Like how other ordinary guests perceive the place, it's a hotel that one can come home to in a district where most people are stars.
B Hotel Quezon City
Official website of B Hotel Quezon City
Address: 14 Scout Rallos St., Diliman, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: +63 2 990 5000
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