One of my favorite episodes in Miranda is “Holiday,” where, when goaded by her friends and family about not being cool and wild, impulsively declared that she’s going on a weekend getaway to Thailand. When she gets home though, instead of booking a flight, she booked a room at the hotel right around the corner.
While I relate to Miranda in a lot of ways, her dislike for all the hassles of traveling is something that I can live with, mainly because it means I am actually traveling. That’s why I find it hilarious and absurd that she had a holiday in the city she lived in.
Now here comes Seda Hotel Vertis North inviting me to stay over for the weekend. I figured, I have to take it and see if it really is fun to have a vacation in the city I live in.
About Seda Hotel
Seda Hotel Vertis North is one of the growing chain of Seda Hotels popping up all over the Philippines. This is their first hotel in Quezon City, and is touted as one of their largest in the city with 438 rooms. It caters to both business and leisure travelers — on the weekdays the rooms are filled by corporate-sponsored guests, while on the weekends, the rooms are filled by families and groups of friends wanting a weekend holiday.
The hotel is located in the newly created Vertis North, which is right beside Trinoma and spans all the way to Quezon Avenue. It’s right beside the newest mall in the block, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and just a short walk to Trinoma Mall.
A proudly Filipino brand, Seda Hotel showcases Filipino talent with iconic pieces by global Pinoy furniture designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Vito Selma and sculptress Ann Pamintuan, as well as art pieces by Jaime Zobel de Ayala, prominently displayed in the hotel’s lobby.
I was given a Club Room, which is a Deluxe Room with Club privileges. This means that instead of checking-in and out at the lobby, I get to check-in at the 23rd floor Club Lounge, and enjoy the Club Lounge facilities.
Consistent with the Seda brand, the room has a contemporary design, and aims to provide guests with the comforts they need. We had a very comfortable sleep on their beds, and I was able to get some work done thanks to their fast wi-fi and the work desk in the room.
My favorite amenity though, is the chargers they have available in all of the rooms. Very convenient, specially for those who left their chargers at home.
The en suite toilet and bath features a spacious stand-in shower stall with a hand-held shower head with a very lovely and strong water pressure. It was heaven. Guests who prefer to have a bath tub have to book a Premier Room.
The Club Lounge on the 23rd floor offer complimentary refreshments throughout the day, as well as afternoon tea and cocktails. While all guests can enjoy breakfast at Misto, guests with Club access can have breakfast on the 23rd floor if they want to avoid the crowds. Though the selection is not as extensive, there are dishes in the lounge that is not available at Misto.
The Club Lounge offers a sweeping view of Quezon City, and on a clear day, you can see the Sierra Madre mountain range. There are plenty of seating for groups, a TV, magazines, and a meeting room that you can reserve.
Straight Up Bar
For a different drinking experience, head up to the Straight Up Roofdeck Bar, where you can unwind in air conditioned comfort, or enjoy your drinks al fresco as the sun goes down.
Make sure to visit during their happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, where they offer specials like unlimited wine for Php 880, or pica-pica buffet with any drink order.
The Straight Up Bar also offer their original cocktail called Four Elements, which is four different shots of cocktails to represent earth, wind, air, and fire.
Misto on the ground floor offers all day dining, with buffet offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a very varied selection of cuisine and dishes for every taste, craving, and diet.
Our favorite: their taho station, seaweed salad, charcuterie, their signature sisig, and the free-flowing detox water.
Level up your dining experience and amaze your family and friends with a Chef’s Table dinner. This is a pre-arranged dinner, where you dine literally at the chef’s table: inside the kitchen.
You’ll see first hand how they prepare your meal and served in a beautiful (and edible) table setting.
Seda Hotel Vertis North has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness gym with a small studio for yoga, and a spa.
The spa offers very competitive rates, with treatments for as low as Php 1,000 (as of September 2017) for a one-hour massage.
Looking to treat yourself or the family this Christmas? Seda Hotel Vertis North is offering great deals for their rooms this holiday season, going as low as Php 5,700 for an overnight stay in a deluxe room with buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids (12 and below), holiday amenities, late check out (subject to availability), treats for the kids, including passes to the Christmas Crafts and Cookie Making activity. If you feel like welcoming the new year in luxury, the rate is still at a reasonable Php 6,600 for December 31 to January 1. You can also opt for the complete New Year’s Countdown Package, which includes passes to the Straight Up New Year’s Countown Party for Php 8,700.
Would you have a holiday in the city you live in?
Frankly, I would. For the longest time, a staycation for me meant spending the weekend in Makati or Manila. Staying in Quezon City wasn’t an option, until Seda Hotel. The biggest draw for me, aside from the comfortable and relaxing stay, is it proximity to the malls. Let’s get real — the malls are where everything is. Whether you want to pass the time by watching movies, run errands, have a quick bite or a long lunch with friends, it’s there. Considering how bad the traffic situation in Manila has gotten, it’s great to be in a place where you can just walk to everything you need. It doesn’t hurt that the ride home would only take you 30 minutes.
Thank you so much to the wonderful people of Seda Hotel Vertis North for the invite, and for the unforgettable weekend.