Luxury property developer Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. sealed a partnership with European hotel operator Accor to manage its 5-star, ultra-luxurious Admiral Baysuites Boutique Hotel. The refurbished boutique hotel will feature a distinct European flair, offering the meticulous white glove service – the likes of which this country has never seen before. The Admiral Baysuites, with its unique history and personality, will join Accor’s MGallery Collection of memorable hotels.
Present during the contract signing last 11 December 2013 at the Presidential Suite of Sofitel Philippine Plaza were: Anchor Land chief executive officer Steve Li, Anchor Land president Elizabeth Ventura, Accor senior vice president Patrick Basset, Accor regional director for development Venessa Koo, and executives from both companies.
Accor is the world's leading hotel operator with more than 3,500 hotels and 450,000 rooms in 92 countries. In Asia Pacific, Accor is the market leader with 563 operating hotels and over 107,000 rooms in 16 countries. Accor's broad portfolio of hotel brands includes Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, and hotelF1. With more than 160,000 employees in Accor brand hotels worldwide, the Group will bring its 45 years of know-how and expertise in managing the Admiral Baysuites.
Located along the scenic Roxas Boulevard, the Admiral Baysuites is the rebirth of Admiral Hotel, the landmark hotel that once catered to visiting prominent personalities, dignitaries and royalty.
“The Admiral Hotel was the hub of the Philippine elite during the pre-war era and hosted the most distinguished visitors to the country such as General Douglas MacArthur and Lord Mountbatten, among others,” explains Anchor Land president Elizabeth Ventura. “This charming heritage is what we wanted to share with our guests and at the same time coalesce it with a luxurious lifestyle.”
The building, which was finished in 1939, initially operated as a luxury apartment known as the Admiral Apartments and was home to some of the country's prominent families, including the Lopez-Araneta family which built it.
The Admiral Hotel quickly regained its esteemed position after the war, and continued to be an important landmark throughout the Commonwealth up to the 80s. The 8-storey building was the most visible man-made structure from the sea and thus became a beacon for seafarers entering Manila Bay. It eventually became a popular landmark.
“In 2009, Anchor Land acquired the historic Admiral Hotel from the Lopez family, and made plans to redevelop the property into a boutique hotel while preserving its design and historic legacy to the Filipino nation,” says Elizabeth Ventura, president of Anchor Land. “Today, these plans have already taken form and the Admiral Baysuites will be a uniquely luxurious boutique hotel in a class of its own.”
The wealth of heritage on the grounds of Admiral Baysuites made it possible for the 5-star Boutique Hotel to be included in Accor’s prestigious MGallery Collection of unique, upscale hotels. Each hotel in the Collection brings to life a unique personality and story, experienced by guests through its architecture, interior design and services. The Admiral Baysuites' history, character and location by the Manila Bay make it the perfect candidate to join the Collection and will make it the first MGallery in the Philippines.
The Admiral Baysuites Boutique Hotel is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2016.
For more details, visit www.anchorland.com.ph.