Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
My booked Superior Room with Mayon Volcano view








It's hard to be nonchalant whenever I'm in Albay. I've visited this Bicol province for three times in the past three years and every single time it was exciting as I discovered something new. Perhaps, the consistently looming silhouette of Mayon Volcano makes going from town to town enigmatic. Or it may the reliable Bicolano hospitality that's palpable even outside its capital city of Legazpi. There's a prevailing zest for life wherever I went here, even in Tabaco City where I recently discovered Facade Hotel that's designed one floor above Bona's Kitchen, a classy space that's touted to be the city's new premiere address for special events.

Boutique Hotel of A Bigger Brand

More appropriately called Facade By Hotel Fina, the boutique hotel is an offshoot of the well-established Hotel Fina that's located a few steps from it along AA Berces Street. Off the long and winding Daraga-Legazpi-Tiwi Road, this structure stands facing the commercial and residential grid of the city where the majestic Mayon Volcano can be seen on a good day.


The bathroom



Nearby Attractions

Just a stroll away are other interesting attractions like one of Bicol's National Cultural Treasure that's Tabaco Church (St. John the Baptist Church), the busy Tabaco Port, and the storied Angela Manalang Gloria ancestral house. And, there's the presence of the city's charming padyak or pedicab in almost every street corner where the famous Cobo-made cutlery is being sold.

"...my booked Superior Room looked like it was designed for a guest with impeccable taste for style."

Booked Superior Room

Having stayed for a couple of restful nights at the newly-opened hotel made me ascertain why the place is popularly called the city of love. For starters, my booked Superior Room (Php4,500 per night) looked like it was designed for a guest with impeccable taste for style. It doesn't look like any typical hotel room I've seen in all of my four years of intrepid local travel and I thought I've seen the most remarkable ones already.

Bona's Kitchen lobby
The Lunch and Dinner Buffet promo is extended until December 31, 2016
Bona's Kitchen as a special events venue
Bona's Kitchen can accommodate up to 120 guests

The air conditioned room is spacious at a little more than 20 square meters and it exuded enough pomp for using a classic white template on walls and select fixtures and furniture from the bedside table to the dresser. At daytime, with window curtains up, the whole space can naturally look pleasant to the eyes. If anything, its Parisian inspiration doesn't clash with its industrial-type design because the latter was evidently applied in distinct spots where they mattered and didn't jar the eyes. In lieu of the classic ceiling medallions, that part of the room is layered with chic industrial elements that elegantly flow down via pendant lighting on three of the room's corners. The result is a bold statement that doesn't overwhelm and instead attracts just enough attention. Adding character to the already fascinating aesthetic is the checkered floor design that instantly makes any stay one of fantasy.

Room rate perks include access to Hotel Fina's roof deck lap pool and Jacuzzi and complimentary breakfast for two guests.



Favorite Room Details

The best part of the room for me is the comfy king size bed and the remote control-powered curtain. I appreciated that the space also had a ceiling fan, mini fridge, in-room safe, hair dryer, LED flat screen cable TV, telephone, weighing scale, coffee/tea setup, access to reliable Wi-Fi Internet and access to complimentary bottled water that's replenished daily. What kiddie guests will find amusing if ever is the presence of an automatic trash bin (motion-sensitive) across the bed.

"The best part of the room for me is the comfy king size bed and the remote control-powered curtain."

Buffet and Set Dishes Promo At Bona's Kitchen

During my stay, I was able to try the limited-time buffet promo of Bona's Kitchen. As of this writing, I got word that it's been extended until December 31, 2016 which is good news for guests on a holiday dining mood because both its Lunch Buffet (11am-2pm) and Dinner Buffet (6pm-9pm) can only set them back Php250 per person (lunch or dinner) which is basically a quarter of the price of buffets in Metro Manila.

Standard Room that's good for 1 guest






The same venue is also offering set dishes for large group bonding over food. One set dish option among other options is good for 5 to 7 people for Php1,999 only. The largest group set dish package is available for 10 to 15 people and it costs Php3,499 only. There are a couple of set menu options to choose from and everything is handpicked by the restaurant's chef. On select days when Bona's Kitchen is closed for dining guests, it's because it's serving as a venue for a special event.


"The same venue is also offering set dishes for large group bonding over food."


Staying at Facade By Hotel Fina for my revisit of the province sealed my satisfying annual vacation. Just when I thought that the best hotels can only be found in Legazpi City, Tabaco City managed to surprise me with a stylish stay.

The roof deck pool of Hotel Fina
Mayon Volcano view from the roof deck pool of Hotel Fina
Watch A Short Video About Facade By Hotel Fina:





Facade By Hotel Fina

Official website of Facade By Hotel Fina

Address: AA Berces St., San Juan, Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines
Phone: +63 52 742-5211
Email: reservations@facadehotel.com


Check out my other Tabaco City blog posts:

Tabaco City On The Edge of Greatness
Hotel Fina Takes Tabaco City To Luxe Levels
JJ Midcity Inn: An Affordable Stopover In Albay
The Enduring Blacksmiths of Cobo






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Breakfast at Facade By Hotel Fina

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