If you had been born in Europe in the 1950s, you would’ve lived in a time when Brutalist architecture was in full swing.
Concrete slabs were used for almost everything, surfaces were purposely left unpainted, and people didn’t stress out about concealing steel beams or rough patches. Buildings, with their heavy, boxy, and rugged looks, exuded a don’t-mess-with-me kind of vibe.
While most of these structures in Europe have become obsolete over the years, it looks like Brutalism is making its way back into style again in different parts of the world, including Manila!
If you’re one to appreciate art and architecture (or maybe you just want to make your IG feed look cool again), there’s a Brutalist-inspired hotel in QC where you can immerse yourself in this unusual aesthetic.
Concrete and metal give B Hotel QC its one-of-a-kind look
When B Hotel officially opened its doors in December 2015, what got people talking was its Instagram-worthy and very Snapchat-able design concept.
This 11-storey hotel in QC looks like a fortress from the outside. A solid, rectangular block of concrete, it’s where you want to be holed up in if white walkers ever come hurtling from beyond the Wall.
To get in, you climb a dim, stark stairway that takes you up to the lobby. The use of concrete continues even on the inside, giving the hotel its signature raw, industrial look. On the walls, you’ll spot eclectic displays like giant cogwheels and metal pipes.
To add a hint of warmth to its no-nonsense style, accent walls are painted a striking red, boldly-patterned carpets are laid out on the floor, and hanging light fixtures with a yellow glow are made to dangle from the ceiling.
As for the elevators, going for a ride in them is not the typical experience.
With the lights turned down and the walls designed to look like they’re made with old bricks and metal, they look like they were taken straight out of an ancient European building. But don’t worry, they’re totally safe!
Find comfort in the midst of the Brutalism
Once you open the door and you get your first glimpse of your home away from home, you’ll discover that the Brutalist character of the lobby is seamlessly carried over to the bedroom. The concrete walls are left bare, save for a couple of minimalist paintings and the only pops of color you’ll find are from quirky pieces of decor.
But if you think getting comfortable in a rugged, industrial kind of space will be challenging, you’ll take that thought back once you’re sprawled out on the cushy bed, tucked under the crisp, white sheets, and watching your favorite show on the flat screen TV.
B Hotel QC has a total of 111 rooms and there are three types of accommodations to choose from.
The Superior Room, which you can book for ₱3,800 per night, is the easiest on the wallet. You get a king-sized bed to flop down on but you can trade that in for two twin-sized beds if that’s a better set-up for you and your company. This room is big enough to fit two guests and two children.
If you want a more luxurious experience, step it up a notch by booking the One Bedroom Suite for ₱7,200 a night. Aside from getting a king-sized bed, this also gives you more space to move around in as well as a bathtub where you can relax under as much bubbles as you please. This suite is good for two guests and two children.
For the most lavish stay in B Hotel QC, the Two Bedroom Suite is the way to go. You can have this large 80.2 sqm space for ₱9,400 a night, giving you two bedrooms that each come with two double beds. This one’s perfect if you’re planning to come with a larger group.
All hotel guests are entitled to free breakfasts as well as access to the swimming pool and the gym. But most importantly for those who can’t peel their eyes away from their phones, there’s unlimited internet access in all rooms! The prices mentioned are room rates for local residents and are already inclusive of 12% VAT and 10% service charge.
Call a meeting, grab some drinks, or dig into good food at B Hotel QC
B Hotel QC, with its two function rooms and two meetings rooms, is an ideal place for bosses, businessmen, and politicians to call meetings or hold events. The size and holding capacity of the rooms can be adjusted according to your preference.
It doesn’t have to be all work though! You can hang out at the Mezzanine Bar and take the edge off with some drinks. The bestseller here is the Kalikasan Cocktail Drink which you can have with a side of Nachos Pa More! Or Chicken Caesar Burritos.
If you prefer desserts over alcohol and pub grub, head over to the Pastry Corner where an assortment of sweets await. The Leche Flan Ensaymada is an eggy, buttery, sinful creation that would pair well with a hot cup of coffee!
For something a little bit more substantial, you can have a filling lunch or dinner at the Lobby Cafe. Their signature Pakbet with Bagnet is a homemade meal of Filipino mixed vegetables and bagnet served with a steaming mound of rice.
But if you really want to indulge, try out the newly-opened Johnny’s Steak and Grill. Inside this rustic steakhouse, you get to plunge your teeth into the massive Rib Steak Tomahawk, their perfectly grilled 850-gram cowboy-cut, bone-in rib eye steak. It’s best eaten with a side of steak rice, onion rings, or mac & cheese.
Conveniently located in an accessible part of QC, the artsy but functional B Hotel is where you need to book your next staycation in the city.