One Report from the Philippine Department of Tourism for 2009 showed the average hotel occupancy in Manila stood at 74.27%, a 2.25% increase from the previous year. Although a small year on year up rise, it is still a positive indication on the state of the hospitality business, and tourism in general
Online PR News – 28-July-2010 – – Beth Collingz, PLC International Marketing Networks’ director for sales of the Lancaster Brand of Condotels in the Philippines said “There are some 80 accredited hotels accredited with the Department of Tourism in Metro Manila ranging from deluxe to economy classifications. However there is now an increase of new condominium hotels in the Capital, an indicator that there are more travelers that require staying in Manila for more than just a few days”.
Many people ask me “what’s the difference between a hotel and a condominium hotel? Well, the latter is intended for the frequent traveler who checks in for an extended period of time. Focused on the specific requirements of business travelers who need to feel at home away from home, a condominium hotel or ‘Condotel’ as they are now known, provide the luxury of a hotel and the convenience of one's own condominium. The units in a condominium hotel can be purchased and buyers can live there full or part time or as investment property and rent those out through the Condotel management when they are not using their suites said Collingz.
Condo hotels or Condotels are perfect for those who frequent a given place other than their own dwelling and can't be bothered with booking a hotel and packing a luggage each time they visit.
Standing at 42 floors high, overlooking Wack Wack Golf & Country Club and the skyline of Makati and Ortigas, a new condo hotel along Shaw Boulevard opened its doors in December 2007 addressing increasing demand of travelers in Metro Manila.
Lancaster Suites Manila Guest room amenities include cable television, broadband internet connection, in-room safety deposit box and electronic door lock system. Bathtubs are standard in all Condotel suites as are kitchen and dining facilities.
In terms of service, “Lancaster Suites Manila provides guests a new experience: butler and laundry services, babysitting, concierge and airport transfer are all available as are 24-hour room service and security and scheduled shuttle services to the Ortigas and Makati Central Business Districts” said Collingz.
Lancaster Suites offers residents or guests alike a fitness center and spa, swimming and whirl pools, a dining hall and music lounge, function and board rooms and a cigar and wine bar, there's also a salon, a commercial arcade and a lobby café. The 24-hour business center with complete office facilities (computers, laser printers, photocopiers and fax machines) ensures that needs of guests on business are met.
With four room types and published hotel rates as low as P2,350++ a night, the suites are tailor-made for guests whom may prefer the functionality of the executive studio or the exclusivity of the three-bedroom bi-level suite.
Lancaster Suites location in Shaw Boulevard, Metro Manila, makes it accessible to the city's popular SM Mega Mall, Shangri-La Shopping Center, Rustan’s Superstore, Edsa Shangri-La Plaza Hotel, exclusive schools and premiere medical centers and hospitals. Within 200 meters from EDSA, it allows transportation ease as public vehicles and the Metro Rail Transit are just nearby.