First Impression. The taxi driver didn’t know where Seda was so we had to give directions. The almost traffic-less streets of “The Fort” – what the locals call the posh Bonifacio Global City urban development – was easy to navigate and we quickly found the hotel along 11th Avenue. Concierge was ready to help with the bags. Always a good sign. The hotel is all concrete and glass, modern, business like, crisp and clean. A tall giraffe wire mesh sculpture by Filipino artist Amy Pamintuan stands by the entrance. Some of the hotel furniture are by Kenneth Cobonpue. Art by Jaime Zobel de Ayala are also on display.
Check In. paperless, tablet registration, no fuss.
Room. The hotel's deluxe double room reminded me of a more upmarket Novotel in Europe, chic, fresh, and has everything you’d need. What was striking however was the view of the Fort from my huge glass window. At night, there’s the city lights from afar and in the morning, sunlight streaming in to wake you up, a great cure for jetlag. But if you'd like to nap, blackout curtains do a good job. Comfy bed, nice crisp white sheets, synthetic fiber pillows. Bathroom, pretty standard.
Wi-Fi and gadgets. My room has a strong Wi-Fi signal, a media panel with universal adaptor, flatscreen TV, mini fridge, kettle, and an e-lounge.
Food and Drink. Excellent and prompt room service. Good food. The menu did not have some of my local Filipino dishes, but the international/continental dishes are good.
Other amenities. There’s Misto restaurant, a gym, rooftop bar, and a pool, and a function room up to 100 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 distances to hundreds of stores and retail outlets of Bonifacio High Street, a better area than Makati because it's not crowded and the air quality is so much better than most big cities. It has a gym and a pool and the hotel's Straight Up bar at the roof deck has an amazing view of the city skyline.
The Downside. Engineering should take care of the buzzing exhaust in the bathroom. It’s something easily sorted.
Verdict. Highly recommended.
Rates start from P5,460++ (about US$156++) for a deluxe room with breakfast for two. Tel +632 945 8888. Visit Seda Hotel Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller December 2013 to January 2014. Updated May 2016