With Metro Manila feeling the brunt of heavy traffic on multiple fronts, the neighboring province of Rizal has suddenly become an attractive alternative for staycations, vacations, and special events. Just at its fringe is the accessible Antipolo City which I consider to be an ideal location for a female friend's upcoming prenuptial pictorial. As a favor, I hied off with another friend to a newly-opened lodging called LeBlanc Hotel and Resort to check if it has the appropriate facilities that the bride and groom need for their night before the wedding ceremony.
|The Junior Suite|
|Our dinner table at The Bistro|
|The hotel swimming pool|
|Buffet breakfast at The Bistro|
1. Spacious Bridal Suite
The hotel's 70-square meter Premier Suite and 40-square meter Junior Suite are both spacious and perfect as bridal rooms. Since they're connecting rooms, guests can book them both and combine the serene and romantic spaces as one.
|The Premier Suite|
|The Premier Suite and Junior Suite can be booked as connecting rooms|
|The Junior Suite|
|The Premier Suite's bathroom with bathtub and shower|
The Junior Suite is almost as big and has a queen-sized bed. It also has the same impressive glass windows for unobstructed views of the busy street outside.
Both rooms share the chic minimalism and upscale design of the whole hotel from the modern working desk chair, easy-to-access closet to the bedrooms' ambient lighting. They are truly ideal for a bridal suite or overnight stay for a large group of guests.
|Bathtub time in the middle of the day|
|The Premier Suite's living room|
2. Excellent Meals At The Bistro
Leblanc Hotel's F&B facility is called The Bistro and it's what guests will initially see after check-in at the front desk. The restaurant is seamlessly connected to the hotel lobby, making dining an inviting activity to do even if you're just a walk-in visitor and has no intention of booking an overnight stay.
For guests of the hotel, especially for the bride and groom's company, The Bistro can be a fascinating prelude to a traditional wedding because its interiors are whitewashed. Its aesthetic exudes purity and effectively highlights the Filipino-Asian dishes that are available in its menu. To begin with, its roster of drink flavors are enough to make any dining opportunity extraordinary. Must-try are the Soju't Gulaman (Soju drink) and Mango Ginger Shake.
|(left) Soju't Gulaman; (right) Mango Ginger Shake|
|Kani Cheese Tempura|
To continue our meal, we had the restaurant's top-rated main dish -- the Rib-eye Steak (Php1,200). The Bistro's version is always a 21-day aged US prime rib-eye steak that's well balanced in grade and marbling. The flavor and texture of the cut during our dinner was juicy and tender, respectively. It was served with fries but dining guests can request for either garlic rice or mashed potato. It's something that someone can reward himself with after a successfully closed deal or if someone's just on a sinful cheat day.
|Kani Cheese Tempura|
Of course, our meal had to find the balance via an offbeat menu entry in the form of a savory pancake called Okonomiyaki (Php200). The interesting vegetable dish from Japan contains a variety of ingredients that include eggs, shredded cabbage, bacon and other stuff. The dish is definitely a perfect break after indulging on beef for more than fifteen minutes.
|General Tso's Pasta|
|Omelette station at the hotel's buffet breakfast|
|Our buffet breakfast plate|
LeBlanc's swimming pool is located at a secluded part of the property that's facing a lot of trees for natural views of the city. It's as chic and modern as the whole design of the hotel, making one's soak pleasurable any time of the day. It's also where a bride and groom's prenup photo shoot can extend from the guest room.
|The swimming pool at night|
|Relaxing at the poolside|
|With my Contributing Photographer and friend, Josua Chan|
All in all, LeBlanc Hotel and Resort has satisfied all the requirements that my female friend -- a future bride -- pointed out to me for her upcoming prenuptial photo shoot and pre-wedding stay. She will soon definitely contact one of the hotel's Events and Banquet Coordinators for her special event and I can only be excited in anticipation for that wonderful occasion.
Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Acepcion
Josua Chan is a Manila-based freelance photographer. He works in the TELCO industry and spends his free time growing fruits and vegetables in his small farm in Batangas.
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Address: 3 Taktak Rd., Antipolo, Rizal
Phone: (02) 509 1840
Mobile: +63 917-504-7086