Crimson Hotel Filinvest City redefines the meaning of business and pleasure with its amenities, beautiful rooms, and scrumptious buffet spreads that are without a doubt to die for
written by Jamille Domingo
THE WELCOME From the façade, you can tell that Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is not just an ordinary luxury hotel. The area where it is located seems like a corporate jungle, surrounded with buildings and skyscrapers that occupy the Alabang skyline. Our editorial team was to hold our business editorial planning here, and I thought it was just fitting to have one in an area that exudes a corporate atmosphere. But when I saw the majestic grand lobby, I realized that it is different from other buildings nearby. Its intricate details make for a very picturesque millennial Instagram post. During our check-in, I could not help but take photos of its ceiling and the beautiful fountain area—even the reception area is elegantly-designed as well!
THE SCENE While Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is far away from my home—given that I am from the north—I can still say that location-wise, it’s perfect for every traveler and business person in the metro. For one, the hotel is just 20 minutes away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and Makati City—plus points for incoming tourists and businessmen. It’s also located in the main gateway of the CALABARZON region, and is right at the center of shopping, dining, and entertainment hubs. Getting around the area is also easy, since Alabang is open to all types of public transportation. In addition, upon request, the hotel can arrange a private car for the guests through the concierge.
THE ROOM We stayed in one of the hotel’s Premier Rooms, where we were welcomed with its neutral earth tones, rich and contemporary aesthetics, as well as homey and comfortable features. What’s great about this room, and perhaps all the other rooms of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, is that it is furnished with high-tech equipment and amenities adhering to international standards. It has a 40” LED TV with a DVD player, high-speed WiFi access, a two-line speakerphone with voicemail, an in-room electronic safe, and even an air-conditioning system that’s equipped with energy recovery ventilation—improving air quality by continuous circulation of fresh air. Its bed and bath amenities are commendable as well, with a complete set of toiletries, fresh down duvets and pillows, and comfortable in-room slippers.
THE FOOD Where do I start? It’s honestly hard to find the right words to describe my gastronomic experience at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, particularly in Café Eight, because there are probably not enough positive words in the dictionary to give justice to its incredible buffet offerings. To start off , Café Eight—located at the 8th floor—exudes a relaxing ambiance that would totally get your appetite in the mood. It also offers all-day buffet dining from breakfast all the way to dinner, so the view of various food stations all over the place will also make you drool. I have tried all the three buffet spreads (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and not one dish disappointed me. I specifically loved the pasta station (where you get to customize the pasta, the sauce, and the ingredients) as well as the dessert station (with overwhelming choices of ice cream flavors, chocolates, and other sweets). If I’m going to list down all the dishes that made a lasting impression, I would need a whole new page—the buffet spread is that extensive.
THE SERVICE Another thing commendable about Crimson Hotel Filinvest City was the accommodating service that the staff provided us. We were given access to the executive lounge for us to have a quiet and productive meeting, and all our requests were addressed immediately—including an extension cord for our laptops, pens and papers for jotting down notes, coffee and tea, and many more.
AT CHECK OUT Upon our request, we were granted a late check-out for us to have one last editorial meeting. Although we decided to just have it at Café Eight, I appreciated that we were offered access to the executive lounge—proving just how considerate the staff is to the guests.
THE VERDICT With a quiet executive lounge perfect for business meetings, as well as excellent service from the staff , Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is highly-recommended for business travels and corporate functions. Its location also makes it ideal for business travelers, its amenities fitting for business comfort, and its extensive buffet spreads are perfect for corporate events and banquets.
Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is located at Entrata Urban Complex, Filinvest City 1781, 2609 Civic Drive, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For bookings and reservations, phone ( +632) 863 2222 or visit <crimsonhotel.com/manila>