Every hotel experience starts at the check-in counters, but it’s not always smooth sailing especially around noon when guests start to queue up at the lobby. Not to mention that you have to fumble around your bag to look for your valid ID and some cash for security deposit, wait for a few minutes before the staff confirms your room, and fill out (all over again) a registration form with all your details. It can get a bit tiresome, especially if all you want to do is plop down a king-sized bed and take a much-deserved break.
But now you can skip all these steps at Summit Hotel Greenhills, which opened on September 17 in San Juan City. This new hotel offers self-service check-in—the first of its kind for all Summit Hotels. All you need to have is the reservation ID or QR code that’s sent to you through e-mail, then you can activate your own keycard with the push of a button.
After that easy check-in, there’s only one thing left to do: sleep in one of Summit Hotel Greenhills’ 100 rooms. Accommodation categories range from Deluxe King to Junior Suite, but all are equipped with king-sized beds, a 42-inch television, a mini-bar, and other standard amenities. You can also request your choice of pillow to make sure that you have a good night’s sleep.
"We really like the community to know us as a go-green facility,” said Summit Hotel Greenhills general manager Katrina Lardizabal. Reducing single-use plastic is a big step: soap and shampoo dispensers instead of tubes and bottles, glass bottles and water-refilling stations instead of complimentary plastic bottles, and zero straws and stirrers. This initiative expects to save up to 5,000 plastic water bottles a month and about 1,000 lbs of plastic a year.
Other big-scale changes when it comes to reducing carbon footprint include the use of heat pumps instead of boilers, installation of energy-efficient LED lights, and use of inverter air-conditioning. Eliminating paper—such as those forms you fill out during manual check-in—is also one of the reasons the hotel has self-service check-in kiosks.
What to Do
While staying inside your eco-conscious hotel room is the best thing to do when on vacation, Summit Hotel Greenhills has facilities for guests who wouldn’t want to miss a day’s workout sesh. There’s the indoor gym that’s open 24/7, which has everything you need to keep those muscles active, from the usual treadmills to a multi-functional strength machine.
You can also enjoy the rest of the night at the indoor swimming pool, which overlooks San Juan’s cityscape. There’s also a wading pool for the kids right beside the four-foot pool.
Where to Eat
"We wanted to create a [community-focused] casual restaurant for friends and families; something where everyone can find something familiar," executive chef Daniel Lachica said about the hotel’s in-house Café Summit. He has "taken familiar [dishes] and put a different twist to it."
Take for example the Adobowl (P320), which is your savory pork dish but with pork floss and tender pork belly dish on top of garlic rice. Even their pasta dishes are different, such as the Sisig Carbonara (P350) and Gnocchi Longganisa (P290). Another signature dish is the Biang Biang Noodles, which can either come with Spiced Lamb (P290) or Stewed Pork Belly (P250).
Where to Shop
The hotel also banks on its location near Greenhills Shopping Center, which is less than five minutes away. "For me, I like it here more than Makati. Everything I need is here pero 'yong gulo ng Makati is not there," Lardizabal said. The 16-hectare shopping mall complex has over 2,000 stores—suffice to say, you can find everything you need here.
Guests not only get a complimentary shuttle to and from the shoppers’ haven, but also enlist the services of a Shopping Concierge for free. With just a text or a call, the Shopping Concierge—who’s stationed at the hotel—can pick up your shopping bags at the mall and bring them to your room so you can continue…well, shopping. This is a huge plus if you have a lot of shopping to do this Christmas season, and you can’t be bothered to do this daunting task every weekend or so.
How to Get There
Summit Hotel Greenhills is a two-minute walk from EDSA corner Annapolis Street. It shares the building space with Chimes Greenhills and is right in front of Fountain International School.
Summit Hotel Greenhills is at 13 Annapolis Street, Barangay Greenhills, San Juan City. Introductory rate, which lasts until November 30, is at P2,888. Regular rate starts at P3,744. For more information, visit Summit Hotels and Resorts' website.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.