Hamanda Hotel at Souq. A quaint boutique hotel sitting silently in the busy suburbs of this city. Photos by Ric Gonzales
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Over a quiet summer amid all the quarantine situations, a quaint boutique hotel has been sitting silently in the busy suburbs of this city.
Opened in January, Hamanda Hotel at Souq is an intimate boutique hotel with distinct details of all-Filipino design interiors and artistic touches.
Together with Allan Bituin of Souq, owner and Swedish interior and furniture designer Andreas Lundin said he wanted to incorporate something local by accentuating great Filipino craftsmanship.
“Because we are situated at the Souq restaurant, I wanted to do something that will complement well with it. So, everything here is Filipino-inspired – from the decors and materials to the furniture and home furnishings mostly manufactured in Pampanga,” said Lundin.
With his profound appreciation for Philippine handcrafted furniture and design pieces, Lundin wanted to incorporate different elements with a touch of Filipino-oriented details to match his eye for creative subtleties.
Following the safety measures and protocols, Hamanda Hotel at Souq has transitioned accordingly to adapt to the current pandemic situation. Lundin also added that some of their guests just simply want to break away from their daily residential routine as work-from-home becomes restraining.
“We have a lot of guests coming from Manila but we also cater to locals who stay here to have a different ambience and a quick escape from their routines at home,” he added.
Hamanda Hotel has six industrial aesthetic designed rooms with rates ranging from P2,800 to P4,500 per night.
“We reopened in July. For now, we can operate at 50 percent. But if you book three or four rooms with us, the entire hotel is yours for the day,” he said.
Hiding behind the restaurant is an intimate semi-outdoor pool perfect for wet relaxation and a private plunge to lounge.
With the use of reclaimed wood ceilings and floors, Hamanda Hotel captured a cozy and intimate appeal that would take your heart to a familiar haven like a home away from home.
Hamanda Hotel at Souq is located along Lazatin Blvd. For bookings and reservations, visit www.hamandahotel.com or send a message through their official social media accounts in Facebook and Instagram @HamandaHotelAtSouq
*All photos by Ric Gonzales