Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY


MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

I’ve been living in Quezon City for quite a number of years.  But this is the first time I have heard of a hotel owned and managed by the famed Max’s Group.  Yes, it is “the house that fried chicken built” or “sarap to the bones” tagline.  This is actually their first venture into the hospitality industry. 

In a quiet neighborhood at Scout Castor Street and with just a few walks, the vibrant nightlife of Quezon City is reached, there stood the Meranti Hotel.

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

The hotel was on its soft launch.  I was fortunate to be one of the very few first guests.  The lobby and reception area is spacious of high ceilings and ornaments mostly made of wood.  Meranti is a mahogany-like wood usually used for plywood and veneer.  The façade of the hotel actually features such type of Malaysian wood.

STANDARD ROOM

Basic room amenities are featured in the standard room on which I was assigned.  Interior design may appear to be of industrial theme but it is actually just plain and simple.  No frills.

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

Apart from the number of wooden cabinets and drawers strategically positioned to project an economical space, the LCD Smart TV is a standout feature of the room.  Given that it has cable services, the TV also provides hotel information, guest services and attractions nearby.  Wifi is also controlled through the use of the Smart TV.  With its fast and reliable internet connection, I could laze all day inside the room and stay connected with friends and be social media updated.

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

There is a dividing wall that is marble-tiled adjacent to the bathroom and toilet.  Apart from the complimentary and witty-named toiletries, I particularly like the lay-out of the bathroom as well.  With a translucent glass door, privacy can still be obtained if the room is shared with someone.  The toilet comes with a bidet, which is actually an important factor when I assess hotel room amenities.


MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

Over-all, I love the room layout, interior and amenities of Meranti Hotel.  It’s very homey and comfortable.

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

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FACILITIES

A live acoustic singer was positioned at the center of the penthouse on one evening.  It was time for dinner.  Since the hotel is of soft launch, I actually was able to consume bottles of beer (complimentary) for quite a few hours.  Who would not?  When you are seated with a view of the city lights and a relatively small indoor pool, suited for children, and adults for a dip and relaxation, as an added facility.

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

Breakfast is served at their in-house restaurant which is situated adjacent to the reception area.  With a touch of natural elements like live plants serving as decors, the Meranti Hotel keeps up with its name, as one being close to nature.


MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

SERVICE

It is a common notion that when a hotel is relatively new, personnel moves and acts with enthusiasm.  But more than the new service it offers, the staff are indeed cheerful and efficient.  Prompt service is what they offer and I particularly liked it. 
If the service continues, I know this boutique hotel shall in no time be known not just in the neighborhood of Quezon City’s busy area but in the whole of Metro Manila.


MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

While we lounge at the lobby, the staff also gave us chocolates to munch, a form of personalized service.

It is the to-go-to place for friends and families to bond during weekends and even on a business trip for some corporate gatherings.

MERANTI HOTEL: A HIDDEN SANCTUARY IN QUEZON CITY

MERANTI HOTEL
No. 82 Sct. Castor Street, Brgy. Laging Handa
Quezon City, Metro Manila

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