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F1 Hotel - Staycation - Review

Our Mother’s Day Staycation at F1 Hotel

F1 Hotel - Staycation - Review

This year, I decided to let my husband take the lead for our Mother’s Day and 5th wedding anniversary celebration. Usually, whatever occasion it may be, I am the one planning for our activities. I am, anyway, the one that is more patient at finding deals and travel itineraries that our family will enjoy. But, since I have been extra busy lately, I just gave him my schedule and asked him to make arrangements for me.

And he did a pretty good job! Mother’s Day this year happened to fall on our fifth wedding anniversary so Daddy A made sure it will be something I will enjoy. He knows me well because heย planned a relaxing, slow weekend that our family will enjoy.

F1 Hotel Review by Lifestyle Blogger, Kimberley Reyes

We haven’t tried staying at F1 Hotel so he checked the website to book a full weekend with them. Luck was on ourย side because F1 Hotel was offering an awesome deal for moms in lieu of Mother’s Day when we booked. For just PHP 6,600 a night, we were able to book a Fort Suite, which usually costs at least 13K! The hotel sure wanted to treat moms that weekend because our Fort Suite also came with a free spa treat for me.

What we love about our F1 Hotel Experience:

  • Easy booking process. A just gave them a call to ask for room availability. When we were set to book our room, we just sent a signed confirmation document and we were all set for a weekend of relaxation!
  • The hotel staff are very helpful. The staff–both in the hotel and their restaurant–are all very sensitive about what we needed. We didn’t have to ask for anything since they would provide us with what we need even before we asked. For instance, when we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, the waiters immediately brought two high chairs to our table. When the minis started acting up while we were still eating, one of the waiters came over with two lollies. Two thumbs up for that!
  • The room is very comfortable. We absolutely love our whole stay because of the super comfy room. It’s a plus that we have wi-fi access from our room so I was able to stay connected during our stay.
  • The location. The hotel is located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City so if you need anything that’s not inside the hotel, you can just go out and walk to the store. (I don’t recommend going out with your car because you’d lose your parking space if you do!)

What needs to be improved:

  • Limited parking space. It was super hard to find a parking slot inside the hotel. If you’re not lucky, you will be forced to park your car in the nearby open parking areas that charge incredibly high overnight rates. My suggestion is to just leave the car at home and rent a car or take a cab going to F1 Hotel. This way, you don’t have to worry about parking. Besides, the hotel is walking distance from everything you need so you won’t really need your car.
  • The in-room spa experience didn’t meet our expectations. I go to the spa every week so I know the difference between a good massage and a lousy one. Since we wanted to make the most of our room, we requested to have our massage in-room instead of the hotel’s spa. The downside about this is that since we kept our television on while we were having our massage, the therapists’ eyes were both glued to the T.V. so they weren’t able to fully focus on giving us a good massage. Perhaps the experience would have been better if we had the massage in the spa?
  • The food. Unlike other hotel buffet meals we’ve tried, F1 Hotel’s doesn’t have as much options for diners. We hoped to have steak for dinner and expected they’d have it since it’s a weekend, but they didn’t. ๐Ÿ™

Will we go back to F1 Hotel Manila? DEFINITELY! Although they have yet to improve on certain areas, we can say that the overall experience was worth the money. We got what we came for–a relaxing weekend–and that’s good enough for us!


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  • Reply Denise Rayala

    I’m almost sold pa naman na but no steak and hirap ng parking – R would definitely decline. Huhu. I’m planning for a staycation kasi for my birthday but it’s on September pa naman, haha!

    June 24, 2016 at 3:08 PM
    • Reply Kimberley Reyes

      We recently stayed in The Bellevue Manila. Okay service (the hotel is bigger with more amenities and dining options) and it’s cheaper! ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM
  • Reply Neri Ann

    Ang sweet naman ni hubby! I’ve heard F1 before. I think they have a lot of promos from group sites for the pool and breakfast.

    June 20, 2016 at 5:40 PM
  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei ๆž—้œฒ่–‡ (@animetric)

    Hassle yun no parking. If I go on a staycation that’s the last thing I want to worry about.

    June 18, 2016 at 8:52 AM
    • Reply Kimberley Reyes

      That’s true! It’s good that we were lucky to find a slot when we arrived, but I overheard another guest who said they paid over a thousand bucks for parking outside the hotel. So hassle talaga.

      June 18, 2016 at 12:51 PM
  • Reply Maria Teresa Figuerres

    6k for a Fort Suite, what a steal! ! It surely was a nice Mother’s Day treat from F1 Hotel Manila!

    June 17, 2016 at 11:50 AM
  • Reply Janice

    I’ve always wanted to go on a staycation at F1 Hotel because I’ve heard good reviews about the place. BGC is where we usually hang out so we see F1 a lot but have just never booked a stay. On another note, wow, you go to a spa every week? Lucky, lucky you!

    June 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM
    • Reply Kimberley Reyes

      I’ve been juggling a lot of work since I opened my business so I think it’s just right to treat myself to the spa at the end of each work week. Hehe!

      June 17, 2016 at 1:51 PM
  • Reply Joy Domingo Gurtiza

    I’m looking at F1 Hotel too for our next staycation. Too bad that their buffet doesnโ€™t have as much options for diners, but looks like it’s worth a look. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 17, 2016 at 9:01 AM
  • Reply den

    Belated Happy Anniv to you and your husband and Belated Happy Mums day to you! Glad to hear that you liked your stay although sayang that you didn’t get to enjoy your massage. They really should train their attendants to be more attentive during in roon massages.

    June 17, 2016 at 8:57 AM
  • Reply Nilyn_ECM

    We’ve never tried staycation before. And that’s one of the things we like to experience pag uwi ni hubby. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 17, 2016 at 6:22 AM
  • Reply tina perez

    belated happy anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚ we are on the same plane, when it comes to booking and planning for the family trip. I don’t let the husband plan…. am more lucky with budget deals. Would love to try F1 hotel soon!

    June 15, 2016 at 6:54 PM
    • Reply Kimberley Reyes

      I checked and they have a deal for Father’s Day! You might be interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 15, 2016 at 7:36 PM
  • Reply momi berlin

    This is one hotel i would like to try. As in! Sad lang my other son has classes na so we cant schedule it that easily. But definitely would push for it should i find the right time.

    June 15, 2016 at 3:12 PM
    • Reply Kimberley Reyes

      Always check for their deals! Imagine, we got the suite room for half the price. And we booked just days before so we were super happy we tried it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 15, 2016 at 3:38 PM
      • Reply momi berlin

        yup, will do.. thanks for the tip;

        June 16, 2016 at 12:11 PM
  • Reply mamaspeaksagain

    If I let me hubby do special occasion planning, we would probably end somewhere not desirable… and he would probably blame me for it (lol).

    June 15, 2016 at 12:09 PM
  • Reply Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    Parking slot is very important, I think they should provide one slot for one reserved room. The parking rate in BGC is really expensive.

    June 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM
    • Reply Kimberley Reyes

      Exactly! That was our biggest concern when we arrived and found a line of cars waiting to park in the hotel. My husband said that parking is limited because they have residents there whose slots are reserved. If they don’t have space, I’d suggest that they give their hotel guests vouchers for the parking spaces outside the hotel. I agree with you, parking rates are super high in BGC.

      June 15, 2016 at 3:43 PM

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