Okay, so this has become an annual thing. I’ve officially gotten addicted to checking out hotels that are kid friendly enough for a possibility of a nice staycation. As early as June last year, I was already scouting for one as a sort of summer getaway for this year.
Ergo, I came across Seda Vertis North.
Seda Vertis North’s Location
Seda Vertis North is conveniently located in the upcoming busy property of Ayala Land, wherein a couple of condominiums are starting to mushroom towards the sky. It is a few steps away from Ayala Vertis Mall and a few meters further to Trinoma Mall.
It’s quite advantageous being adjacent to malls because you don’t have to venture far to dine out, look for something entertaining to do or to buy essentials you might have forgotten to bring along.
It was a hot, summer Saturday, so it’s kind of expected that the hotel was full of people. Father and daughter went off to find themselves a seat, while I line up for the concierge.
I was a bit confused at first where to line up until I figured where the lane was. If I were to describe it literally, it was like lining up in SM supermarket with just one stanchion (no pun intended though). It was organized nonetheless, because hotel staffs were there to assist you.
The pretty lady behind the counter was very courteous and responded to my questions eloquently. She gave us her keycards, WiFi username password, and reminded us to take our breakfast early to avoid waiting in line because they were fully booked that day.
By the way, Seda Vertis requires a two thousand peso incidental deposit, which is refundable after check-out.
Seda’s lobby is simple. It has an overall light brown tone to it. I saw the teddy bear “mascot” standing near the elevator area and sort of connected the color theme to that cute bear.
There are comfortable looking lounge chairs for waiting guests. When you reach the far left end (if you’re facing the reception area), there’s a nice sculpture of giraffes. Moreover, there are also small tables and chairs. I surmised it’s a kiddie area where they could do their coloring and stuffs.
On the other end, you can find the E Lounge and a mini coffee shop.
Seda Vertis North has five types of rooms — Deluxe Room, Club Room, Premier Room, Corner Suite and the Presidential Suite.
We booked the Deluxe room with a king-sized bed. It is equipped with these amenities:
- HD TV with cable connection
- Tea and coffee making facility
- Executive desk
- Wi-Fi connection
- Safety box
- IDD phone with alarm clock and radio
- Media panel with for audio visual connectivity
- Bath robes and bedroom slippers
Unfortunately, the bottled waters are not free.
The toilet and bath has:
- Hair dryer
- Hot/cold rain shower
It has no bidet though, which was quite a downer.
Our room’s location unfortunately does not have a good view. I’m not sure if it would still change in the next few years as the condominiums would have been erected. But for now, if you were a foreign tourist, don’t expect a nice relaxing view, especially down below.
Seda Vertis North has two types of pool — one for the adults and one for kids. We registered our names first, then the attendant provided all the swimmers with bath towels.
Their shower area has three to four heads (without partition), and it is located in an open area near the pool.
The pool side has lounge seats and sunbathing couches. It is does not have rubber mats to prevent slips and skids, unlike in Novotel Araneta Center. I do hope they would be able to provide some soon, especially there are a lot of excited kids walking around the pool.
More about the Pool Area
The main pool is around 5 feet deep. I liked that they put lounge “bed’ on the shallowest part of the pool for those who want to relax and dip in the water at the same time. They are made of somewhat rattan material. I tried to lie on it, but I just kept floating. But it was nice though.
The kiddie pool is smaller and around 2 feet deep. Olive and I tried the kiddie pool, but she does not like it. Maybe she preferred being able to float her legs while in the swim ring rather than standing up and splashing.
There is also a lifeguard nearby. They usually call the attention of kids who run around or jump into the pool.
I appreciated the music playing within the vicinity.
It was sweltering that day. But we were just too excited to get ourselves wet. It’s best to be there by 3 PM when you’ve just checked in and by 6 to 8 AM the following morning, because people don’t normally swim when the sun is still high. We actually had the pool by ourselves for like the first 30 minutes.
You may not need to bring an inflator because they can assist you to inflate your swim ring. But they are just using a manual one, so don’t expect it can pump a big pink flamingo float within a short time.
The restroom is located inside the air-conditioned spa area. So you’d literally get frozen if you came up from the pool to the restroom. So, better envelope yourself in a towel or robe.
Seda Vertis North has an outdoor playground exclusively for kiddie guests. It’s also on the same floor as the pool area.
The play area has an obstacle-equipped slide area, pedal-type merry-go-round and tree-like climbing area.
We also need to register before playing.
Olive’s Love for Play Ground
Our daughter’s idea of “pasyal” is not complete without a slide. She loved it more than spending time on the pool.
Make sure your child is properly dressed, as the hotel does not normally allow kids to play while in bathing suit. Likewise, it’s not the same as an indoor playground wherein there are rubber mats, so make sure to keep an eye on your child or toddler.
Breakfast at Misto
Misto is located at the ground floor of Seda Vertis. We went there before 7 AM the following morning and it was already half full of guests already.
Breakfast has a variety of continental, Filipino, Chinese, and Japanese. It’s buffet type, so you could expect guests to spend more than hour or so eating.
The food was okay. Just the typical breakfast menu. But who would have thought they serve taho? I haven’t eaten taho for a very long time, so I found it very pleasurable to my palate. Too bad I only noticed it too late and was already full to grab another serving.
Other Facilities in Seda Vertis
There are other things you can do in Seda Vertis. They have the following:
- Fitness center (there was a lot of treadmills)
- Spa (a bit expensive though)
- Pool bar and food cart of street foods (sell street foods at a high price though)
- Straight Up roof deck bar (maybe on a date night)
3.8 out of 5 Stars
Seda Vertis North is generally a nice hotel.
The room is immaculate. The linens are comfortable to sleep on. However, the reason I did not rate this a full 4 stars is because of some reasons stated above such as poor view, no bidet and no anti-skid mats on the pool area. Maybe I was able to experience a similar hotel first, so, I guess it was sort of expecting a bit more for this one.
Nonetheless, the staffs are wonderful. They were very courteous and helpful.
Who knows, as Vertis area would have been completed within a few years from now, Seda Vertis might become more sought after than ever.