As much as we love road trips and eating at local restaurants, the boys and I love to stay in hotels and quaint B&Bs. For us, it is an adventure (poking around and checking out the facilities and the nearby attractions), a time to bond with each other and add to our memory bank.
So one day, we headed to this new hotel in our neighbourhood, the Meranti Hotel. Located along Roces Avenue, Meranti is a 9-storey business hotel named after the Philippine mahogany. It is owned by the Max’s Group Inc. (MGI) and they envisioned Meranti to symbolize heritage and nurturing. This is the first hotel venture of MGI.
The hotel’s façade is narrow and adjacent to the lobby is a parking area (they have another parking area in the basement). The lobby exhibits an open floor plan blending the reception area with the hotel restaurant, Maple.
Maple, a restaurant of MGI, serves American with a bit of Mexican and Spanish dishes. And depending on the occupancy rate, either serves buffet or a la carte for breakfast.
The deluxe room where we stayed is clean, modern and well-furnished. A 3-seater sofa with extra couch and coffee table are extras we didn’t expect to find in the room. There is no bathtub to Javier’s dismay but I was entertained by the quirkiness of its toiletries. The bed is just how I like it – soft, fluffy and perfect for naps.
Had it been sunny, we could have enjoyed the Meranti Deck at the Penthouse. It offered a panoramic view of Quezon City and a mini swimming pool.
Not even a year old, the hotel has yet to fully complete opening all its rooms and facilities. They have yet to open their Junior and Presidential suites as well as the gym and expand their Business center.
As it is right now, a great plus for the hotel is its proximity to a wide selection of restaurants and shops along Tomas Morato and Roces Avenue. The original Max’s restaurant, Gourmet Gypsy Art Café (an eclectic restaurant perfect for food lovers and gourmands), Papemelroti (a popular local handcrafted and handmade shop) and Siglo (sellers of vintage furnishings and decors) are located nearby.