Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo is scheduled to open its doors in Iloilo City in May 1.
On its opening, Marriott will be celebrating 3 “firsts” as milestones in Iloilo City—as the first international hotel to open in Iloilo, the first Courtyard by Marriott that debuts its brand in the country, and having the first Filipina general manager.
“It is very exciting for us, for Marriott, to have many properties here in the Philippines; but, specifically us here in Iloilo, the fact that we are the first international hotel, it’s the only international hotel in the Western Visayas region and the first Courtyard in the Philippines. That gives us really a challenge to become successful from where we are now. A challenging job,” stated Courtyard Iloilo GM Cleofe Albiso.
Located at Megaworld Boulevard In Mandurriao Iloilo City, the 326-room hotel is owned by Megaworld Corporation and will be managed by Marriott International. The hotel features an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design.
The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working and relaxing. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette make for a soothing and calm environment while the latest hotel technology enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working.
“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”
“We are so proud that we have 250mbps Internet speed and there’s nothing like it in the region,” Albiso expressed. “Imagine a hotel with a 250mbps, all business travelers will be very happy. That really a lot of spend for the property but it’s a requirement. We split it to 200 for guests’ use and 50 for the back-of-the-house.”
The 15-story hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 180.
Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and comfort. It also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room. More spacious bathroom features a “Shower Nook” housing the toiletries, towels making it accessible without having to leave the shower.
Courtyard Iloilo also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones that is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.
The hotel banners the Runway Kitchen, an all-day dining from breakfast to light evening fare, including snacks and cocktails providing space to unwind; and, The Bistro offering healthy options and refreshing choices including Starbucks and an evening bar.
“Courtyard select brand is for business, now that is has rebranded, we have taken it to a different level, a modern one. We are partnering and targeting go-getters market, those are gearing up for success. We want to be part of that success so we provide them with facilities that will help them achieve that.”