First impression. The taxi driver didn’t know where Seda Hotel was so I had to give directions. We breezed through the almost trafficless streets of “The Fort” — what locals call the posh Bonifacio Global City urban development — and quickly found the hotel along 11th Avenue. Concierge was ready to help with my bags. Always a good sign. The hotel is all concrete and glass, softened by bamboo plants, evergreens, and topiary. A tall giraffe wire mesh sculpture by local artist Amy Pamintuan stands by the entrance. Some of the funky, airy woven chairs in the lobby, a mix of rattan and abaca weaves, are signature Kenneth Cobonque. Artworks by tycoon Jaime Zobel de Ayala are also on display in the hotel.
Check in. Paperless, tablet registration, no fuss.
Room. The deluxe double room I was booked in reminded me of a more upmarket Novotel in Europe, modern, fresh, and has everything you need. Big glass windows look out to the city skyline. At night, city lights blink in the distance and in the morning, sunlight streams in, a great cure for jetlag. Blackout curtains do a good job when you want a lie-in. Comfy bed, nice crisp white sheets, synthetic fiber pillows.
Wifi and gadgets. Strong Wi-Fi signal, a media panel with universal adaptor, flatscreen TV, mini fridge, kettle, and an e-lounge.
Food & drink. Excellent and prompt room service. Good food. Would have loved the in-room menu to have a wider range of Filipino dishes.
Other amenities. There’s Misto restaurant, a gym, rooftop bar, and pool, and function room for up to 265 people, a club floor.
The upside. I’ve slept very well in this hotel so I give it a thumbs up. The hotel is walking distance to a number of stores and retail outlets of Bonifacio High Street. Less of the chaos, the crowds, and pollution of the Makati central business district.
The downside. Engineering should take care of the buzzing exhaust in the bathroom. It’s something easily sorted.
Verdict. A hotel you can easily feel at home in. Great service. Highly recommended.
Rates start at P7,155 (US $166) for a deluxe room with breakfast for two.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller December to January 2014. Updated July 2015