Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Occupancy rates of luxury hotels rise

by Roderick T. dela Cruz
Manila Standard

The best luxury hotels in the country are enjoying higher occupancy rates than the more affordable accommodation facilities during the Christmas season.

“I am afraid we are full for Christmas and New Year,” the reservation desk of Friday’s Boracay Hotel said, when asked whether they have available rooms for the holidays.

The 40-room Friday’s Boracay, one of the most expensive resorts on the island, offers a room for P12,000 a night, although it has a two-night package of P47,500, inclusive of round-trip tickets from Manila, boat and land transfer, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rate is higher by P6,000 than the low season fee.

Boracay, which is emerging as a favorite destination for foreign and local tourists during the holidays, has three peak seasons: Christmas and New Year (Dec. 25 to Jan. 9), Chinese New Year (Feb. 13 to 20), and Holy Week.

Rooms, however, are still available on the island at more affordable resorts such as the 285-room Boracay Regency. For a deluxe room, a couple can stay at Boracay Regency for P3,824 a night, according to the hotel’s front desk.

In Metro Manila, the 699-room Makati Shangri-La Hotel is enjoying nearly full occupancy rates this month despite higher rates, compared with other deluxe hotels.

The reservation desk of the country’s largest hotel offers a nightly rate of P9,563 for weeknight and close to P8,000 on weekends during the Christmas season. “We have a high occupancy rate this month,” she confirmed.

These rates apply only to local residents, with foreign tourists and balikbayans paying much higher rates. The hotel in its Web site offers a price of at least P12,000 for a nightly stay in its guestroom.

Other hotels in Metro Manila have launched promo packages to lure guests for the holidays. Crowne Plaza Galleria in Ortigas offers a promo rate of P10,750 for a three-night stay, with breakfast for two, during the period Dec. 1 to Feb. 1 (except Dec. 31).

Guests are expected to pay at least P7,000 for a one-night stay outside the package.

Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila, the newest serviced apartment and hotel in Ortigas, offers a weekend getaway rate that was half its usual rates.

For a two-night stay for the weekend, guests can stay at Oakwood’s 41-sq. m. studio room for only P7,975, without breakfast. All the units in the hotel are equipped with kitchen.

The rate is about P9,000 for a two-night stay for the weekend at one-bedroom superior suite, with living room and kitchen.


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    Tanya Gemarin

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