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Do the Earth a Favor and Stay at This Cozy, Eco-Friendly Hotel in QC

by Chinggay Labrador

Quezon City has always felt like home to me.

Unlike the traffic-laden, high-density CBDs of Makati and BGC, or the mall-filled avenues of Ortigas, QC remains familiar and comfortable to me, tinged with a sense of low-key, laid-back comfort.

The neighborhood

Some of Quezon City’s most well known commercial pockets consist of residential neighborhoods that have slowly, through the decades, turned commercial. While high rises and big malls proliferate the North, the Scout, Tomas Morato, and Timog area stays, for the most part, a little more breathable.

One of the easiest streets to cruise through in the area is Scout Tobias, which is widely paved and relatively traffic-free. It’s the perfect spot for Cocoon Boutique Hotel, which sits amidst homes, a few commercial establishments, and some houses-turned-watering holes that are typical of the neighborhood.

Built six years ago, Cocoon provides a soothing warmth that permeates through its wood-decked walls and in its neutral, low-key exterior.

The crowd

A boutique hotel that combines the comforts of modern living with sustainability and environmental consciousness, Cocoon offers 39 rooms that have gained popularity over the years with varied crowds. Its proximity to many of Quezon City’s institutional buildings makes it the perfect pick for government folk booked in for seminars and conferences during the week; while its small scale, kid-friendly amenities make it a top pick for families wanting a quiet staycation during weekends. Cocoon’s eco-friendly features run through all its spaces through thoughtful details.

The lobby

When I checked in on a Saturday afternoon, the lobby was filled with families and kids, playing with the piano situated by the front door. Cocoon immediately reminded me of an aunt’s or a grandmother’s old house—filled with the sound of families and an extremely hospitable staff.

The lobby’s high ceiling allows natural light to stream in, brightening up the characteristically Pinoy wood paneling and décor. The space is naturally ventilated and decorated with used lighting fixtures, a plethora of indoor plants, and renewable materials like wood stone. The lobby also has a cushy waiting area for those who want to sit in a little more privacy. The glass of sweet, ice-cold dalandan juice was a nice touch, too—it was the perfect welcome drink to complement the nostalgia inspired by Cocoon’s quaint interiors.

The hallways

I was booked in a Studio Room on the 4th floor, and the journey up to my room was perfectly prefaced by the beautiful wooden detailing in the elevator. As soon as the doors opened, I was welcomed by the pleasant scent of old wood. Cocoon’s aesthetic relies heavily on the use of reclaimed wood; it is a consistent element that gives the hotel a grounded, earthy quality.

The corridors of Cocoon are dim and dusky, emulating the feeling of being enveloped in a comforting hug. Solihiya furniture are set against a wall of repurposed wood paneling and are coupled with a mirrored aparador as well—all pieces you would most likely find in an old family home. Cocoon’s hallways are cooled through a natural heat recovery system, and the entire structure utilizes passive cooling through its orientation.

The bedroom

Cocoon prides itself on being a “nesting place,” and nowhere is this more evident than in its rooms. The Studio Room, though expansive enough to accommodate a bed, living area, desk, mini-bar, and bathroom, is inviting and friendly.

I booked a staycation to get some work done, and for some R&R, of course. I was able to do both, thanks to the comfortable couch in the room where I tapped away on my laptop (WiFi connection was fast and easy). I also found myself dozing off at a record 8:00 PM because I found the bed, the linens, and the pillows extremely comfortable. Not all hotels can boast of proper beddings, but Cocoon’s offering is absolutely top tier.

The bathroom

One of the first things I check before booking a hotel is the bathroom. I like to make sure that fixtures are modern, tiles are well maintained, and grout is unsoiled. Cocoon’s bathroom doesn’t disappoint. Its mosaic tiles are sparkly clean, its double sink countertop is immaculate, and its tub, which is situated by some windows looking out into the studio, promises relaxing, well-lit baths.

The bathroom is also where much of Cocoon’s environmental friendliness comes into play. Rain and ground water harvesting is utilized for toilet flushing, and toiletries are packed in plasticized cornstarch material, stone paper, and soy ink—all of which are consciously eco-friendly materials.

Things to do

Cocoon is situated in an ideal part of Quezon City for those who want to get out. Just a 10 to 15-minute drive to nearby malls like Trinoma, Vertis North, and Gateway, you can do a quick mall run if you find yourself experiencing cabin fever. Karaoke fans will also love the fact that popular joint Music21 is just a block away from Cocoon’s front door.

You don’t actually have to leave the building to get your fill of activities. Cocoon Spa and Peps Silvestre Salon are located within the building for those looking for some pampering. Popular chain Samgyupsalamat offers hotel guests a discount on their well-priced meals. And coffee addicts will enjoy hanging out at Stockwell, located at the building ground floor. Cocoon also has a workout room with some gym equipment, for those who want to sneak in a quick workout during their hotel stay.

Breakfast and more

There’s a breakfast buffet at Abuela’s Coffee Shop located at the roof deck of the building. Because I had fallen asleep so early, I was up in time to catch the start of breakfast at 6:00 AM (the buffet is available for guests until 10:00 AM). Situated right by the quaint swimming pool, the spread provides your breakfast basics, and is also accompanied by a comprehensive a la carte menu.

Grabbing a seat by the pool gives you a look at the Urban Edible Organic Roof Garden, which Cocoon cultivates through an eco-friendly system utilizing harvested rainwater. Right beside Abuela’s is Cocoon’s ballroom, where weekend weddings receptions have been a mainstay. Even this common room is eco-friendly, using low-e laminated glass and insulated double glaze glass windows for its windows and doors.

The verdict

I ended my stay at Cocoon relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed. I felt absolutely cared for and—quite literally—cocooned all through my weekend staycation. If you’re looking for a boost away from the busier parts of the metro, this eco-friendly hotel will work perfectly for you.

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Cocoon Boutique Hotel
61 Scout Tobias cor. Scout Rallos Sts.
Bgy Laging Handa, Quezon City
(02) 921 2706 to 08
cocoonboutiquehotelob@gmail.com

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About Chinggay
Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer and published author. She also runs Practical Magic, a tarot business, which specializes in readings that aim to bring the magic of intuition together with practical, everyday guidance. When she’s not writing or slinging cards, Chinggay practices and teaches yoga and meditation, finds inspiration through travel, and bakes super fudge brownies. Find her on Instagram at @practical_magical and @superrrfudge.

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