B… for Bob?
As an active “disciple” of our country’s Tourism industry, I am always happy to see new hotels coming up anywhere in the metro or in the provinces because it is an affirmation that our industry continues to blossom. Investors know that the continuously increasing tourist arrivals guarantee the speedy return of their investment and, along the way, it gives employment to many of our countrymen.
In fact, these hotels are the reason why enrolment in Tourism and Hospitality Management programs in our school, and in many other schools all over the country, continues to increase every semester. Students know that this current spate of hotel development ensures a bright and rewarding future for them.
It was one of those days when the mail included several invitations to various events in the city. But, there was one that intrigued me… an invitation to the soft opening of B Hotel in Quezon City. I was trying to figure out, unless the owner’s name starts with that letter, why would anyone announce to the world that he rates his hotel a “B?” It would be just like saying, the hotel will never be an “A.”
My curiosity pushed me to attend the inaugural party at the designated date to learn more about the hotel and the real story behind its name.
B Hotel, located along Scout Rallos in Quezon City, is a mid-scale businessman’s hotel and is currently the only one of its kind in that area. It only has 111 rooms and is ideal for travelling executives who are always in search of value-for-money accommodations. Its industrial-chic interiors and well thought-out amenities would also please weekenders who look for a change of environment every now and then.
It is owned and operated by the Bellevue Hotels & Resorts, which also owns and manages The Bellevue Manila in Alabang and The Bellevue Resort in Doljo Beach, Bohol. And, I just found out during the party that they already have another B Hotel, opened many years ago in Alabang (I was unaware of this one when I received the invitation). I probed deeper on the reason for the name. Nothing much to it, after all. They told me that, compared to its deluxe “sister,” The Bellevue Manila, this newly opened hotel is one level lower in size, in its facilities and in its rates but, for branding recall, they retained its deluxe sister’s “B” logo.
As I went around the hotel, I was impressed by its facilities. The bright and cheerful atmosphere of its Lobby Café is pleasing to the eye. The courtly chairs in the Mezzanine Bar remind me of those in a study room of an Englishman’s Members Only Club. The outdoor swimming pool on the 3rd floor is so inviting, I was almost tempted to take a dip right away, to freshen up after a long day at the office. Of course, propriety told me otherwise.
I was really pleased with what I saw. In fact, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing “B” about the hotel at all because everything in it is rated an “A” by my standards. And I guess this was the common consensus among all the guests that evening, which was probably the reason why the hotel’s managing director, Ryan Chan, was smiling from ear-to-ear. Of course, on hand to give him full support were the other family members – his father Johnny Chan, chairman of Bellevue Hotels & Resorts, siblings Patrick Chan who is the managing director of The Bellevue Manila and Dustin Chan, managing director of The Bellevue Resort.
So, if I should decide to spend a weekend in the eastern part of the metro, I know I will find myself at home at the B Hotel, because it’s really an “A.” What’s more, it bears my initial so I can always pretend it’s mine (wink)!
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