Part of the allure of traveling is getting to stay at a new place and calling it “home” for at least a few days. A self-imposed (pseudo) travel ban, new-job-related stress and Deal Grocer’s never-ending newsletters prompted me to try another staycation. This time, I did a staycation at B Hotel in Alabang. The location was my primary consideration – I wanted to experience Muntinlupa City as much as I can – and since it’s approximately 3 km away from where I live, it seemed like a good choice. And because I read that the B hotel is part of the Bellevue brand, I just jumped at the opportunity and had myself a weekend staycation.
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However, because I wasn’t being diligent about research again, I was surprised to find out that I wouldn’t be lounging in 5-star luxury. Contrary to the Acacia Hotel Manila where I first had a taste of staycationing, I wasn’t prepared to spend the weekend in a 3-star hotel. Don’t get me wrong – I love 3-star hotels. I actively seek them out whenever I travel. However, staying in one wasn’t really my idea for a weekend staycation so I would have to say that I was quite a bit disappointed.
The first thing that I liked about this hotel was the lobby. The lobby was not too big but it looked really classy, unlike in most hotels of the same category. Another thing was that the receptionists were very professional and courteous during my short interactions with them. They had 5-star professionalism and it was really cool.
One really important thing that I noted was that there was a handheld bidet in the bathroom. Hehe. And there was a bathrobe and some slippers in the room, too. I don’t normally see these in the hotels where I stayed at (except in Amaris Thamrin Hotel), so I think that’s a plus.
I think the hotel had a good location because it was really peaceful there during my weekend stay. Plus, there were lots of parking spaces available. Aside from the hotel’s basement parking, there were lots of spots available around the block, too. In addition, the hotel is a stone throw away from lots of eating places because the South Gate and Ayala Town Center are nearby. A little bit further is the Festival Mall, too.
Lastly, one thing I enjoyed was the complimentary buffet breakfast. There were plenty of choices and the coffee was delicious.
Upon entering the assigned room, what greeted me was the undeniable smell of cigarette smoke. Which was really incredible. It’s like the housekeeping forgot to spray odor neutralizer or something.
Next was the wi-fi. I was given my username and password upon checking in but I could not get any signal inside the room. I tried all the spots in the room but no signal. I went out the corridor and still no signal. I was only able to get a signal when I stood across the elevators.
The B Hotel is a good enough hotel which has the requisite features of a 3-star hotel. There is the option of staying in a room with a queen-sized bed or in one with 2 singles. Their cable TV has plenty of channels to choose from and there is also a safe in the room. The floor to ceiling windows give a expansive view of the city, but the quality is really dependent on where the room is facing. The toiletries are okay, too. There is even a hairdryer if you’d need one. There is also a small bar with some food and drinks available (but the prices seemed 5-star to me). All in all, I would recommend the B Hotel for travelers who are looking for a place to rest their weary heads. But not really for staycationers hunting for a bite of comfort and luxury.
***All photos were taken using iPhone 5.