For a more than 40-year-old institution like The Peninsula Manila, balancing innovation and tradition is a tricky challenge. It’s about staying “relevant and distinctive without losing its unique charm,” says Mark J. Choon, General Manager of The Peninsula Manila.
Finally, after seven months of staggered, soft renovation, Makati’s premiere hotel is ready to unveil the enhancements.
The updated hotel experience begins on the guest-floor foyers and corridors, which now welcome guests with not just plush carpeting but a bright atmosphere that continue on to the rooms. The interiors of the guest rooms now feature a hint of tropical vibe and a color palette of light blues and grays. Soft furnishings are complemented by locally sourced wood surfaces, stripped by hand to reveal the warmth of their natural grain.
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Enhanced furnishings include new mattresses, 49- and 55-inch high-definition smart TVs, and bedside light fixtures. To address the desires of today’s tech-savvy travelers, more accessible power outlets are positioned throughout the guest rooms; switches can be managed from a bedside control panel; and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls—which allow guests to make international calls free of charge—will be provided for added convenience.
Suite guests will also have access to The Gallery Club Lounge—a relaxing space open 24-hours a day that provides live musical entertainment, all-day refreshments and nibbles, including a breakfast buffet, The Peninsula Afternoon Tea, gourmet canapés, and an open bar with a curated selection of spirits and sommelier-selected wines.
The bespoke space also sets the stage for the iconic “Sunburst” sculpture, a specially commissioned piece by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva.
At the new club lounge, original commissioned artworks by Ang Kiukok and cartoonist and humorist Larry Alcala—both acclaimed National Artists for Visual Arts—along with prints by Filipino-Spanish contemporary photographer Francisco “Paco” Guerrero adorn the walls. The 18-foot-high (7 meter) floor-to-ceiling glass windows that run the length of the gallery transform the space into an “Art Gallery in the Sky” where guests can encounter and experience the works in a setting both intimate and personal.
Photos courtesy of the Peninsula Manila