Happy New Year, everyone! The best way to celebrate and start the New Year right is with some good news. And here’s one that I’m enthusiastic about.
It is such a joy to hear of new additions to our revived tourism industry, especially after coming from two-and-a-half years of hibernation. Recently, I had a most enjoyable lunch with friends who shared with me something exciting to look forward to.
Opening in the Second Quarter of this year is Lanson Place Mall of Asia, the first of this international brand here in the country, and will be a stylish contemporary hotel and serviced suites, with 247 hotel rooms and 143 residential units. Conveniently located inside the Mall of Asia complex, it will offer myriad lifestyle options, as it will just be a skip-and-a-hop away from restaurants, offices, entertainment centers, and popular MICE venues such as the Mall of Asia Arena and the SMX Convention Center. From its lobby, it will just be a few minutes’ walk to the nearby large transportation hub that takes passengers to and from any part of Metro Manila.
What I am most happy about is that my good friend, Laurent Boisdron, has taken the position of Vice-President and General Manager of this new property. Aside from having been the former General Manager of Conrad Manila and, prior to that, of Radisson Blu in Cebu, Laurent has over 29 years of hotel management experience in the US, France, Spain, Belgium, and the United Arab Emirates.
Laurent excitedly shared with me one of the main features of this hotel – the wide variety of dining options. There’s the Cyan Modern Kitchen, the all-day restaurant which will have a well-curated buffet featuring Western, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine, as well as an a la carte menu. Blk 12 Café at the lobby will serve rich brewed coffee with everybody’s favorite snacks and pastries during the day, and will be transformed into an upbeat, snazzy wine bar in the evenings.
Madeleine, on the Ground Floor, is where guests can enjoy premium tea and innovative pastries while listening to the serene sound of instrumental music in the background. Bytes, on the third floor of the hotel, will have a functionally designed working space that will offer healthy beverages, snacks, and sandwiches on-the-go, perfect for the busy individual who may need some nourishment while being productive and inspired.
Am looking forward to my favorite, the Edge Pool Bar, an exclusive rooftop venue at the hotel’s 11th floor, for some signature cocktails and comfort food. This is where one will get an unobstructed view of Manila Bay while enjoying captivating sunsets and the continuous cool breeze.
Lanson Place is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wing Tai Properties Limited, a publicly listed company in Hong Kong. It currently has 7 properties, under the Lanson Place Personal Hotels and Residences brand, in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore plus the upcoming property here in Manila and another in Melbourne which will also open this year.
The Lanson Place brand is known for providing comfortable, personal sanctuaries for extended-stay guests at central locations in major global cities, the perfect home-away-from-home experience.
More information on Lanson Place Mall of Asia is available at lansonplace.com or through the Director of Sales and Marketing Antonette Mitschiener at [email protected]
I can hardly wait to try out this “new kid on the block!”
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