(The Philippine Star) | Updated June 1, 2015 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - A new four-star hotel opened recently in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. Built by First Kingston Leisure and Services Corp., the newly-opened Harvest Hotel boasts of locally produced furnishings and artwork as well as amenities like an all-day dining restaurant and café fronting the swimming pool, fitness center, ballroom, function rooms, business center and a boutique store.
Hotel owner Maria Angelica Aimee Ilagan said one reason why she chose Cabanatuan as the site of Harvest Hotel is that it is the hometown of her mother, Angie Ilagan.
Besides, we saw a good opportunity here, she said, noting that Cabanatuan has long been the center of trade in Central Luzon. It is deemed the economic heart of Nueva Ecija because of its business-friendly practices, which earned it a classification of a first-class city. Over 70 banks as well as regional offices of multinational corporations are located here, and serves as second home to visiting executives and top managers from Manila and other countries.
“We wanted to put up an establishment the locals will look forward to go to and be proud of,” Ilagan said as she pointed out that the hotel sits on a 8,000-square meter property located in the center of the city. The 80 plus rooms, which include classic and loft suites are well-appointed but not flashy. Function is never compromised for form.
“We understand that Cabanatuan City is primarily a city of commerce. As such, majority of the hotel guests are either people in business, in government for live-in seminars and entrepreneurs in the province” explained hotel GM Marc Montesa.
What makes a hotel stay pleasant is the personalized service. What makes it memorable is the kitchen creations served using what this old city is known for. In this case, the Group Hotel Director, Belgian-born Philippe Bartholomi personally developed the menu at the hotel’s Cafe Ecija.
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Hospitality Innovators, Inc. (HII) is the hotel management team behind Harvest so the imprints of innovation are present in various aspects of the hotel. Ably steered by its founder and chief executive officer, Luis “Spanky” Monserrat, HII has established itself as one of the leading hotel and property management companies in the Philippines. His Innovision, a clever play on the words Innovation and Vision ,sets it apart from other conventional hotel management outfits as careful attention to details and needs of the unique clients of each hotel are applied. Understanding the uniqueness of each hotel translates to warm, unpretentious and genuine service to every guest.
One distinguishing character of all Hii-managed properties is the offer of high quality accommodations at rates that represent value for money. The Harvest hotel definitely fits that bill.