By Jenniffer B. Austria | Apr. 28, 2015 at 10:30pm [ manilastandardtoday.com ]
Megaworld Corp., the property development arm of tycoon Andrew Tan, is set to open this year two new hotels that will boost the group’s hotel portfolio.
Megaworld said in a statement it would open the 151-room Richmonde Hotel Iloilo in June and the 480-suite Belmont Luxury Hotel Newport in the second half of 2015.
The opening of two new hotels will add to the Megaworld’s current hotel portfolio which currently operates 1,900 rooms across existing six hotels, including Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Marriott Hotel Manila, Maxims Hotel and Remington Hotel in Newport City and Fairways and Bluewater in Boracay Newcoast.
Richmonde Hotel Iloilo will occupy eight levels of the 12-story Richmonde Tower in the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Megaworld earlier commissioned world-renowned architectural firm Gettys to design the hotel’s façade, grand lobby, restaurant and guest rooms. Gettys took inspiration from the city’s rich agricultural roots for the hotel’s design concept.
“Finally, we are bringing a new hotel experience for Iloilo where business indeed meets sophisticated pleasure. The people of Iloilo can now be proud of having a hotel that truly provides first class standards. We will certainly set the bar of hotel lifestyle in Western Visayas,” Carmen Fernando, managing director, Prestige Hotel & Resorts, Inc., the hotel management company of Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and a subsidiary of Megaworld said.
Meanwhile, Belmont Luxury Hotel Newpor will open within the 25-hectare Newport City, the country’s first 24/7 integrated leisure and entertainment township that is home to the famous Resorts World Manila.
The hotel boasts of first-class amenities that include pocket gardens and landscaped atrium, 24-hour fitness center and workout area, lap pool with in-water pool lounge, paved sunbathing lounge, massage deck and seating area, pool spa, steam and sauna as well as its own medical clinic.
“We have been experiencing an increasing demand for hotel rooms in Newport City because of its proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and of course, the presence of Resorts World Manila. Belmont Luxury Hotel Newport will primarily cater to business travelers who expect luxurious hotel experience in a private enclave,” Megaworld senior vice president Francisco Canuto.