MANILA, Philippines – After almost 40 years of operations, the Mandarin Oriental Manila hotel in Makati City will close later this year.
But not to worry – it will reopen with a range of elegant rooms and facilities in the central business district by 2020, said the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in a statement on Wednesday, June 4.
The group said it signed a long-term management contract to brand and manage the new hotel to be developed and owned by Ayalaland Hotels & Resorts, a unit of property giant Ayala Land.
It explained why they decided to close the hotel: "The property's infrastructure and existing facilities are no longer in keeping with the group's well-recognized, luxury hospitality offering."
Torsten van Dullemen, general manager of the hotel, noted that "Mandarin Oriental, Manila has been recognized as one of the city’s most iconic hotels since its opening in 1976, and the group wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all colleagues for their legendary service and support over the years."
The new hotel will have 275 "spacious" rooms and a variety of restaurants and a signature spa.
Asked where in Makati it will be located, the Mandarin Oriental's communications group said there were no details yet. "Further information on the new hotel project will be released once confirmed."
The group said hotel employees would receive "full and fair severance payment."
Hotel management says the property is 'no longer in keeping with its luxury hospitality offering.' The group will brand and manage a new hotel to be developed by the Ayalas.
* repost from Rappler.com
* Mandarin Oriental Hotel Manila