Location. Located on one of the quieter side-streets of Timog Avenue, B Hotel is close enough to the city's night life without having to put up with the noise associated with it.
First impression. The hotel, run by the same management company as the Bellevue Resort in Bohol, is designed in trendy, industrial style —some floors are finished in bare concrete, concrete walls are left unpainted, colorful pipes are left on show, and machine gear decorate the walls. The starkness is balanced by rich, vibrant accessories such red shaggy area rugs and geometric chairs, luxurious grey leather button-backed headboards, and wood and chrome sidetables that won't be out of place in a Jasper Conran shop.
All of the hotel's 111 rooms are divided into four types; two-bedroom suite, one-bedroom garden suite, one-bedroom suite and superior rooms.
If you simply want to stay inside the hotel and forget about the bustling metropolis outside, B Hotel has an open air infinity pool with a resto-bar on the third floor. Food and drinks outlets include the Mezzanine Bar, the Pastry Corner café, and The Lobby Restaurant. Conference halls are available for events and corporate functions.
Rooms. We were booked in their superior room, which gives guests the option of having either two single beds or one queen-sized bed. The room, finished in the same industrial-style, is spacious, has soft comfy beds with duvets, huge flat-screen cable television, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar and fast and free Wi-Fi. The glass-panelled toilet and bath may not be for everyone, but is definitely a statement, with a separate stall for the shower.
Food. Complimentary buffet breakfast is provided for checked in guests and runs from 6 to 10 in the morning. It has the usual buffet essentials— breads, cheese, salads, rice, eggs and Filipino breakfast favorites. I love their longanisa (sausage) and boneless milkfish.
The Lobby Restaurant serves good, quality food. Its Pinakbet (mixed veggies steamed in shrimp paste) with crispy bagnet (deep fried pork belly) is a must-try.
I like how B Hotel pushes the boundaries of hotel design in the Philippines. It’s quite unusual for a hotel to be quite bold in their interior treatment, but these guys pulled it off, mixing both the hipness of the industrial design and the chic feel of a luxury hotel.
Not so keen on the use of sticker prints for elevator floor numbers. It would have been nice for the pool to be on a higher floor instead of on the third floor, the same level as the rooftops of the houses in the area.
Verdict. Despite a few hitches, B Hotel gets top marks for boldness and design and the quality of their food. Totally recommended.
For a four-star hotel, rates are quite reasonable, starting at Php3,600 (US$77) for the superior room, good for two, inclusive of breakfast.
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Published November 2015