Banking on its prime location, Hilton Manila sets to make quite an entrance as the newest addition to internationally branded hotels in the integrated resort and casino complex near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as its management plans to open its door much earlier than November 1. This will mark the return of the Hilton brand to Manila.
Located in Newport City in Pasay, Hilton Manila originally planned to open by November 1, but General Manager Simon McGrath hopes to capture those who are looking forward to the four-day weekend holiday in time for the All Souls’ Day. The premier hotel has started accepting reservations for November.
“We would like to open a little bit earlier because obviously that is leading in to a four-day weekend. We already have good bookings for that weekend, around 50 rooms are booked on that Sunday night,” shared McGrath, who plans to capture both the corporate guests and the staycation market.
McGrath observes that the tourism sector in Manila has been growing healthily in recent years, with the strong economic growth and infrastructure development in the Philippines, particularly in Manila, prompting an increase in both business and leisure travelers.
With the growing demand for accommodation, McGrath believes it is an exciting time to open a Hilton hotel.
“Given where we are, we’re looking at local leisure. From the statistics, 50 percent of the Filipino domestic market travel to a tourism attraction in the last couple of years. It is a growing market. The staycation market will be a huge part of our business,” said McGrath.
McGrath is positive they can accommodate the growing leisure market looking for places to stay in during long weekends and holidays. Hilton Manila has a total of 357 guest rooms and suites, with the smallest room covering 40 square meters and the largest, which is the two-bedroom Governor Suite, is about 160 square meters. Each room is designed with Hilton’s signature Serenity bed with a pillow menu, a sleek bathroom with separate bathtub and shower, a state-of-the-art smart TV, and free Wi-Fi access.
The hotel also features six meeting spaces, an expansive lagoon pool, complimentary shuttle service, a range of food and beverage outlets, and a 24-hour fitness center.
Hilton Manila is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, and the Hilton Honors mobile app.
A 38-year hospitality industry veteran, McGrath brings a diversity of experience to all facets of the business with a strong background in both operations and commercial aspects of the hotel. He started his career with Hilton nine years ago, as director of operations for Hilton Adelaide. He eventually moved on into a commercial role as director of business development. In 2012, he was appointed general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Resort in Phuket Surin Beach, where he spearheaded the resort’s rebranding and repositioning prior to his posting in Malaysia.