The Best Western Premier F1 is to my knowledge one of only a couple of hotels at Bonifacio Global City (BGC). It is situated just across from St. Luke's Medical Center and S&R and is a short walk away from Bonifacio High Street Central.
The location is a good base to explore BGC as most everything else is within walking distance or reachable via the buses that ply the different routes within Global City or at worst using a taxi, which are plentiful. Taking a car from the hotel is not really efficient as you'd probably spend more on the parking rather than the taxi or bus fare.
The hotel itself is fairly adequate. Certainly in no way can it be considered as more than a functional hotel, with mainly business folk serving as its clientele. From the outside, the hotel is a shade of cream and the F1 logo on the building is quite evident even from afar. The hotel interior however is rather dark, from the lobby entrance, elevators, hallways and the rooms themselves. The reception area as well as the breakfast place had better natural illumination but generally I found the motiff needed a little more brightening.
We stayed in a Deluxe King room. The bed was indeed king sized (as opposed to two twin beds put together as I've seen elsewhere) and comfortable. There was an LCD TV, Ipod dock, a love seat and coffee table and the usual coffee and tea making facilities. There was likewise a work desk and wifi was free and available throughout the hotel.As there was only one common user ID and password for all guests, there was virtually no limit to the number of devices you can use, which served us in good stead as we had two tablets, a smartphone and laptop. Strangely though, the time on the Ipod dock was set wrongly and the alarm kept going off very early in the morning. I couldn't really figure out how to reset the time or turn off the alarm and I don't think housekeeping had any idea on how to do this as well as they never bothered to correct the time when they made up the room. No big deal. There was an in room safe that was big enough to fit all the aforementioned gadgets we had.
One other point I feel is worth mentioning is the elevator service. There are 4 elevators that service the 30 or so floors of the hotel plus residences. For some reason, certain elevators don't land on some common areas such as the gym or pool as well as the breakfast area. These are posted quite visibly at the elevator lobbies but when you have a limited number of elevators servicing a fair bit of floors and guests, it's really difficult to be choosy in terms of which elevator you wish to take. As such you'd have to get off at the nearest floor and either walk up or down a flight of steps to get to the desired floor if you happen to get an elevator that does not service such floor. The elevators also give a very faint audible signal that a unit is arriving once hailed and can quite easily be missed by people waiting at the lobby. Good to note though that unlike other hotels I've seen where lifts can be an issue, here the location of each elevator is shown at each floor so you do get an idea of when a unit is on the way. One last flaw to note on the elevators is that the card sensors don't work even though it is clearly posted on each lift that you had to tap your card to access your floor. This was the case of course at the time of our stay. Whether such had been the situation before is not known to me.
During our stay as well we noted a fair bit of construction noise nearby. Not sure whether it was really from within the hotel or outside. There was clearly construction work ongoing on both sides of the hotel. The noise however was mostly apparent during daytime and not in the evening.
Service was efficient but nothing really extraordinary. We asked for late checkout and were given upto 2 PM rather than the 12 PM standard checkout time, which was certainly appreciated. Breakfast was not something to call home about. The spread was quite limited and the quality was not that good in my view. There should be better options nearby.
Overall, the price we got for the stay was quite okay for the location and amenities. Would think that the F1 hotel really positions itself as more of a functional place to stay in a plus location. If you are looking for luxury perhaps look elsewhere. If all you are after is a decent place to stay that could serve as a good base to explore BGC then you need look no further.
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