Going on a staycation has become a trend for those who want to getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life even just for a day. It is an effective way to de-stress and recharge, and I believe everyone should do it once in a while. I recently had one in a place that did not only have deluxe accommodations but was also into the “green” trend—Cocoon Boutique Hotel, which is the country’s only boutique hotel that is environment-friendly from its conceptualization to its practices.
The hotel is situated in the middle of the vibrant district of Quezon City where I spied a lot of restaurants and other commercial establishments nearby. It was also near the major television networks (if anyone wants to get a glimpse of local celebrities or famous personalities). Despite the bustling location, the hotel really lives up to its name because it serves as a “cocoon” for stay-in guests. While I was there, I relished the peace and quiet indoors and never felt the busyness of the metro even for a bit.
The reception area of Cocoon
View of the lobby from the second floor
Hallways have acoustically treated walls
Sleep to dream
Stepping inside the hotel lobby gave me a warm feeling with its modern Filipino design. The high ceiling highlighted the sparkling chandelier and the big wall where there was some sort of wall art. One of the hotel staff shared that the circular shapes on display on the wall were actually antique wheels of carabao-drawn carriages, and these were framed with intricate wooden calado cutouts. I liked how the wood made the place seem more inviting. The staff further disclosed that all the wood in the hotel was reclaimed, which was part of their initiative in being eco-friendly. Knowing that made me more pleased that I had a chance to stay in this particular place.
Modern Filipino decor in the hotel lobby.
Now, the hotel room is another story.
For my staycation, I stayed overnight in a Deluxe Room (P4,200 promo), which was spacious enough to accommodate two top-of-the-line beds and a big bathroom. I was enveloped in luxury that night as I was about to go to dreamland.
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My body contoured to the hotel’s top-of-the-line bed with pocket springs and memory foam, while my head rested well on top of the circle-of-down pillows. It was a delight to get a good night’s sleep in a big bed with 400-thread-count and 100% Egyptian cotton linen, as well as goose down duvets. I felt like I was in heaven where everything is light and fluffy. It was seriously one of the best sleeping experiences of my life.
Nothing but deluxe accommodations in Cocoon Hotel
Aside from the luxurious bed, I appreciated the rest of the room’s amenities. There was high-speed Internet access, wide-screen LED TV, and a mini-bar that features local products such as dried mangoes and pili nuts. The television is mounted in an art wall that made use of individual scrap wood pieces.
An LED TV is mounted in a wooden wall art
But for me, the most attractive feature of the room was the bathroom with a separate deep-soak bathtub and rainshower stall. You can even watch television through the glass window while you soak in the tub, and there’s sound system inside the bathroom, too. If you want some privacy, just pull down the blinds. Another plus is that guests are provided with eco-certified 100% organic bathroom toiletries. The packaging of the toiletries use plasticized cornstarch and the labels are printed in stone paper using soy ink. They were really environmentally conscious down to the last detail.
Watch and hear the TV while taking a bath
Reeco eco-certified bath amenities
Guests may experience this kind of green luxury as the hotel currently offers discounted room rates. The studio type goes for P5,400 a night, the one-bedroom suite is P7,200, the two-bedroom junior suite is P8,400, and the two-bedroom master suite is P10,200. I saw the suites and I thought it would be ideal for bigger families since there was an anteroom that has a sofa bed.
The morning after, I had breakfast at the roof deck where Abuela’s was located. It is the hotel’s in-house coffee shop and restaurant, which is situated near the function rooms and swimming pool. I leisurely ate my favorite meal of the day while staring at the blue pool and looking at the city skyline.
Lounge by the hotel’s roof deck
Simple breakfast buffet spread
There was a simple buffet spread with bread, fruit, and drink selection, and there was a separate egg station as well. Instead of laying out all the food, the restaurant offers an a la carte buffet in which diners may order all-you-can-eat meals by the plate. I chose the classic tapsilog that day. Abuela’s also offers other specialties like pork binagoongan and pochero for lunch and dinner.
Filipino food favorites for breakfast
Since I was there already, I decided to go around the building and discovered that there were a lot of establishments to occupy the guests. There was a spa, a couple of restaurants, a milk tea place, a salon, a flower and gift shop, and even a travel agency. It was like a one-stop shop where you can find everything.
One day is simply not enough. Maybe next time, I’ll indulge in a longer staycation.