Rosa Ocampo checks into this new homegrown hotel and discovers a property that espouses Philippine design, talent and hospitality
The only hotel in Vertis North shopping mall stands in Quezon City, a burgeoning business district with varied entertainment, dining and retail options. The hotel is a stone’s throw from the MRT North Station, in the heart of an ever-expanding shopping area. Trinoma Mall sits beside the MRT and serves as a meeting point for groups, buses and coasters to Clark in Pampanga and other provinces up north.
Departing from the boutique scale of the six older Seda hotels, Seda Vertis North’s 438 keys is nearly double the number in other Sedas.
In the minimalist yet inviting Club Room are two comfy beds and a spacious en suite suite bathroom. A thoughtful touch is the triangular sofa with round accent table that easily holds a meal or a laptop. Paired with an ottoman, the table can be transformed from dining to meeting or working purposes.
Compared to other Seda properties, the hotel has a bigger ballroom at 700m2 and more function rooms.
In the lobby, several kids milled around the wooden table with Mac computers. Families larked around the pool area, while business people utilised the club lounge. Other facilities include a spa, a gym and areas for morning yoga and Zumba.
After a taste of creative pica pica (finger food) at Shoot Up Roofdeck Bar, including choclate-coated crunchy chicharon (fried pork rinds), we were expecting a special treat when we were invited to the Chef’s Table. Still, we were unprepared for the extent to which chef Kerpatrik Boiser went to make this lunch the most memorable part of our staycation.
After we were seated at the country-style ballroom kitchen, the team got to preparing an eight-course feast. All courses did not disappoint, but worthy of special mention was the melt-in-the-mouth foie gras served with braised beef. The red-wine marinated pears, goat’s cheese and balsamic dressing in our salad whetted appetites, while the chocolate ala Bomb was a delightful ice cream surprise.
The Chef’s Table gets a 10 for the venue, presentation, creativity and service, without detracting from food and flavour.
Great. We remember the chefs who could also sing, the reception staff who looked for our goddaughter when she arrived late via MRT, and the lady at the Club Lounge who allowed us to enjoy breakfast beyond the appointed time.
This homegrown hotel brand proves that it is on par with foreign brands.
No of rooms 438
Rates From US$106/night
Tel: (63) 2 739 8888