Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

Majority in the group are from the north of Metro Manila.  Seldom do we converge in the south especially at the southernmost part like Alabang of Muntinlupa City.  But Crimson Hotel Filinvest Manila is the willing exception.

Upon arriving at the ground floor of the Crimson Hotel, a concierge area awaits every guest.  The spacious and elegantly designed lobby and reception area is situated at the 8th floor.  This has become a trend for most luxury hotels, according to my travel buddies.  But this is actually the first time for me to experience.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

The Lobby Lounge

Checking-in was done swiftly while we had our afternoon tea and as we wait for other friends to arrive.  The lounge is filled with paintings of some renowned artists and elegantly designed to provide a soothing ambiance.  Nibblers and dessert samplers were also served, which afternoon session – of tea, coffee concoctions and wines – can be experienced even by non-guests of the hotel.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
SANDWICHES
CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
DESSERT SAMPLER
It is a perfect place for business meetings as well with a tranquil surrounding and lightings that would not make you sleep.  After hours of non-stop conversations and catching up, we went to our assigned rooms to settle and prepare for dinner.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
LOBBY INTERIORS
CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE LOBBY
Café Eight

Café Eight is the hotels’ main restaurant.  Upon entering the café, there is a mini-bar that is cozy and so tempting for alcohol intake.  Our dinner and breakfast the following day was served at the restaurant.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE BAR AT CAFE EIGHT
Interiors are kept simple but the restaurant is spacious enough to accommodate one hundred ten (110) diners.  There is a private dining area for those who opt for exclusivity and for social gatherings with a seating capacity of sixty-eight (68) and private rooms good for 8 persons each.

Photo grabbed from Kirk

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CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
BREADS
Café Eight serves contemporary international buffet with a mix of Mediterranean, serving cuisines from Southern Europe to Middle Eastern regions.  The pastas and desserts are also a must-try when dining.  There is a wide selection for the main course and that nothing is wasted for me. Everything is delectable.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE MAKING OF A PASTA

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CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

We had our dinner and brunch (breakfast-lunch) fully satisfied. It is a given that we are always late in going to bed, and so, we are fortunate that we don’t have to wake up in a hurry for breakfast time since it was adjusted until 11AM for the group.  I am uncertain if the same applies to all guests but we are fortunate that management has given us the leeway for our convenience and comfort of stay.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

The Deck Bar and the Swimming Pool

The Deck Bar is the best place for us to unwind after a stressful working life.  With bottles of beer and unlimited cocktails availed through a promo of PhP499.00, the drinking spree lasted for a number of hours over open-air loungers.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

As expected, we were the last guests of the Deck Bar on a very early Sunday morning before we went back to our respective assigned rooms.  We did enjoy the stay at the deck bar (isn’t it obvious?) and went beyond the operating hours (our apologies and grateful for the consideration and understanding).

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
Photo by: Kirk of KirkAnatomy.Com
CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE DECK BAR
There is a wide selection of ala carte dishes, specialty drinks, wines and spirits as well.  The deck bar is situated adjacent to the well-designed swimming pool that is perfect for relaxation.

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
OPEN-AIR LOUNGERS
CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE SWIMMING POOL
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Before we check-out, we had our usual swimming routine.  The swimming pool is only for guests of the hotel.

The Rooms

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE WELCOME TREAT
We were assigned to a non-smoking Deluxe Room with customized twin bed layout and a good vantage of the Alabang area thoroughfare.  The well-maintained room is equipped with a 40 inch flat screen television, a DVD player and high-speed internet access.  The room comes with an in-room safe, iron and ironing board, in-room refrigerator, complimentary newspapers, tea/coffee maker and a daily housekeeping service. (see other room types and rates)

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
THE DELUXE ROOM
CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND
WORK SPACE AND TELEVISION
CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA: GOING SOUTH ON A WEEKEND

The stay at Crimson Hotel is probably one of the most relaxing and provides a sense of homeliness to the point that we never went out of the hotel for the two-day stay.  The delicate linen and pillows was so conducive to sleeping that had it not for the meals, we could have hibernated the whole time.  We settled on one of the assigned rooms for a chat, film showing, fast food delivery service and flight bookings. 


The en suite bathroom comes with cotton bathrobes, hair dryer, lighted make-up/shaving mirror and slippers which I have used the whole time since I was unable to bring one.

Service

Service is personalized, prompt and efficient.  A luxury hotel more than the amenities is highly commendable for me when I am more than satisfied of the service, if it exceeded my expectations. 

With the smiling faces starting from the receptionists, restaurants’ waiting staff, busboy, utility staff and management, the mood is lightened up and makes the stay even more memorable.  Though the hotel is quite a distant from where we all live, it was worth the distance.


CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST MANILA
Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive,
Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Tel No. +632 863-2222

THE LOBBY LOUNGE
Operating Hours: 7:00AM to 11:00PM

CAFÉ EIGHT
Breakfast:  6:00AM to 10:00AM
Lunch: 11:30AM to 2:30PM
Dinner:  6:00PM to 10:00PM
Ala carte Orders: 6:00AM to 11:00PM

DECK BAR

Operating Hours: 8:00 to 12:00AM

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