Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
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Former namesPhilippine Plaza, Westin Philippine Plaza
General information
StatusCompleted
LocationCultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Bay City, Pasay, Philippines
Coordinates14°33′11.2″N 120°58′49.6″E / 14.553111°N 120.980444°E / 14.553111; 120.980444
OpeningSeptember 26, 1976; 47 years ago (1976-09-26)
Renovated1994, 1995, 2007
ManagementWestin Hotel Company (former)
AccorHotels (since 2007)
Technical details
Floor count15
Design and construction
Architect(s)Leandro Locsin
Architecture firmLeandro V. Locsin & Partners
Other information
Number of rooms609
Number of suites46
Number of restaurants2
Number of bars4
Website
www.sofitelmanila.com

The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is a luxury hotel in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines under the Sofitel hotel chain of AccorHotels.

History

Construction and opening

The hotel was originally built as the Philippine Plaza, one of several hotels rushed into construction at the behest of First Lady Imelda Marcos for the 1976 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Manila during the administration of her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos.[1] The hotel was designed by Leandro Locsin of Leandro V. Locsin & Partners, who would be named a National Artist of the Philippines for architecture.[2]

Management and renovation history

The hotel was managed under the Westin brand until the management contract with Starwood hotels ended in 2005.[citation needed] The Westin Hotel Company made renovations on the hotel in 1994 and July 1995.[3] In 2006, the hotel signed a new management contract with AccorHotels.

The following year, after extensive renovation works worth millions of pesos, the hotel was rebranded as Sofitel Philippine Plaza.[4]

Features

In 1994, before the AccorHotels group took over ownership from Westin, the hotel hosted 670 guest rooms.[3] In 2016, it hosted 609 rooms and 46 suites.[5]

The hotel hosts the Grand Plaza Ballroom which can accommodate between 1,000 and 1,400 people. For smaller functions, the ballroom can be divided into three smaller ballrooms that are given names of the country's three major island groupings: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The ballroom underwent a major renovation in 2014. Some of the ballroom's features designed by Locsin have been kept, most notably the Murano crystal chandeliers, which have been a fixture of all the rooms since the hotel's opening. The hotel management partnered with A. Ilustre and Associates for the renovation, while the architect firm in turn consulted architect Raul R. Locsin who works for the original firm behind the hotel.[2]

References

  1. ^ de Jesus, Sandra (June 25, 1987). "Philippine Plaza Hotel could be yours for ₱1B". Manila Standard. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Vergara, Alex (November 19, 2014). "Hotel by the bay gets a $5-million facelift–without losing that Locsin touch". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Gagelonia, Gynna (June 17, 1995). "A major makeover ups bay area hotel's ante in the tourism game". Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Deluxe hotel to get a new name". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 5, 2006. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila". Sofitel. Retrieved August 11, 2016.