Marriott Manila has formally launched on June 23 one of the most anticipated venues in the Philippines — Marriott Grand Ballroom (MGB).
MGB is touted as the biggest meeting space of any hotel in the country. Its 8,000 square meters of function space is divided into 28 meeting rooms and a pillar-less main ballroom, which covers about 3,000 square meters with a capacity of 4,000 guests for cocktails and 2,500 for banquet set-up.
Marriott also introduced three restaurants: Crema, an upscale gourmet coffee shop; Mian, a modern Asian noodle bar; and Allegro, a chef-crafted deli, all located inside MGB. Underground are 1,100 parking slots spread over six levels.
MGB is a critical addition to Resorts World Manila’s portfolio and strengthens its position as an integrated resort. RWM’s chief operating officer, Stephen Reilly, told Hospitality News last year that with MGB, foot traffic in the resort complex can rise to as high as 40,000 on a good day.
The facility is also expected to draw the attention of meeting planners and exhibition organizers from the region, putting the spotlight on the Philippines in the global MICE industry.
To fully understand how MGB will work, Marriott Manila took the press on a rare tour at the back of the house and facilities:
MGB’s large capacity will be supported by 1,100 parking slots spread over six levels. That will be easy to manage through automated pay stations for parking fees, such the one below.
Aside from pushing MGB to the lucrative wedding market, the main ballroom is designed for trade fairs and exhibitions, even those requiring vehicles. Service elevators are available to lift heavy equipment and cars.
Mian is MGB’s modern Asian noodle bar and one of the three outlets in the building. All three are designed to accommodate short meetings and cater to guests who are on-the-go.
The 28 meeting rooms can host any type of social or business meeting.
MGB has its own event studio where clients can proceed for booking inquiries.
One of MGB’s highlights is the Skybox — six rooms at the third floor with a view of the 3,000-square meter main ballroom. The Skybox is perfect as a VIP room during concerts, sports, and other events in the ballroom.
MGB’s main ballroom features Skyfold technology for its air wall. The technology’s sound-proof capability allows the function space to accommodate two simultaneous events without the sound leaking to the other hall.