First Impression A stylish modern Filipino boutique hotel. The lobby has traditional wood carvings and wooden cartwheels on the walls, and near the entrance, an antique Steinway piano and stunning chandelier that I'm told consumes only 50W of electricity.
Location Cocoon Boutique Hotel sits on the border of the quiet residential Scout area and Timog Avenue, near restaurants, shops, and entertainment areas.
Rooms Spacious with large windows bringing in natural light. The beds are luxurious, with memory foam mattresses, and goose-down duvets and pillows. The bathroom is equally spacious, with his-and-hers sinks, a full-sized bathtub, and big windows.
Food The hotel has two restaurants, one on the sixth-floor deck, where breakfast and after-hours cocktails are served by the pool, and Abuela’s Coffeeshop on the ground floor. The true draw, however, are the two restaurant concessionaires attached to the hotel — Il Duello for good Italian food, and Paire, a unique patisserie that specializes in cake-and-cocktail pairings.
We like Cocoon lives up to its claim as a green hotel. All lights are outfitted with low-wattage bulbs; rainwater is harvested and recycled for hotel use; and everything from the hotel stationery to the toiletries are made from eco-friendly, sustainable materials.
Not so keen At the time of writing, some last minute renovations were going on to prepare for the hotel’s grand launch.
Verdict. I honestly haven’t had such a good, restful night in a city hotel before Cocoon — enough reason to come back for a quiet staycation. Cocoon Boutique Hotel is refreshingly sincere in its efforts to be a green enterprise and to offer good value and service to its clients.
Rates start at P7,000 (about US $155) for the deluxe room.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller December 2012 to January 2013. Updated July 2015