Araneta Group, Accor launch Novotel Manila Araneta Center proj
() - February 8, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -  Something really exciting is happening at the Araneta Center and it’s not a concert act.

The Araneta Group, led by its chairman and CEO Jorge L. Araneta and Michael Issenberg, chairman and COO of Accor Asia-Pacific, led the launch of the Novotel Manila Araneta Center with a ceremonial lowering of the time capsule and presentation of the hotel’s features.

The occasion marks the first time that Accor, acknowledged as the world’s leading “hotel manager,” will jointly invest in a Philippine based hotel. Issenberg expressed excitement that Novotel Manila Araneta Center will be part of the integration of hotels into the Accor Asia Pacific network.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center will be the only upscale hotel in Quezon City. With 415 rooms, a 600-sqm ballroom and large meeting facilities, the hotel is well positioned to cater to the needs of the 56,000 registered businesses in Quezon City and to the MICE (both domestic and international) market. 

Its strategic location, at the intersection of two major thoroughfares (EDSA and Aurora Boulevard) and major mass railway lines (MRT 3 and LRT 2) will allow the hotel to position itself as the preferred venue for MICE events in Quezon City.

According to design consultant Sudhakar Thakurdesai, the Novotel Manila Araneta Center is the “crown jewel, a garden city within a city” in the overall master plan of redevelopment at the Araneta Center. Its interiors manifest a cutting edge high tech approach without losing its charm and bits of indigenous flavor.

Particularly exciting is the lush wedding garden, all-day dining areas that offer breath-taking views of the city and relaxing garden terraces. Overall, the composition of the hotel breathes elegance and functionality that will serve as a further catalyst for business in the area.

The hotel is directly adjacent to the world famous Smart Araneta Coliseum and connected to the Gateway Mall. The Novotel Manila Araneta Center will also showcase multiple function rooms, a gym and pool bar, upscale restaurants, and 250 parking slots spread out in a total floor area of 40,000 square meters.

The Araneta Group brings to the project more than half a century’s worth of expertise in food, retail, and leisure and property development. Parts of the group are Philippine Pizza Inc., franchisee and owner of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Dairy queen outlets in the Philippines, Uniprom Inc., leisure and entertainment company managing the 20,000-seat Smart Araneta Coliseum and Gateway Mall’s state of the art Cineplex 10, and Progressive Development Corp., responsible for new business and other investments of the group.

Together, the unique strengths of these two giants fuse into a collaboration of capabilities that will be imaged in the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

The Novotel Manila Araneta Center is just one part of the Redevelopment Plan that is now in full swing at the Araneta Center. Almost simultaneously, the Coliseum Parking Building, the 18-tower Manhattan Garden City residential project and the Gateway Tower are rapidly rising from the ground and reshaping the Quezon City skyline.

Even the Smart Araneta Coliseum will undergo a major transformation. To handle this aggressive, multi-tiered task, the Araneta Group has drafted foreign consultants to fine-tune a development plan that tackles everything from identifying markets to traffic management. Among them are Los Angeles-based architect Sudhakar Thakurdesai, Taiwan’s Kang Tang, Lumino Design, IA49 for the Interiors, Hill & Associates for security, ihD Ltd. for the information technology requirements, audio visuals and acoustics, PGAA for landscaping, and more.

ACCOR ASIA PACIFIC ACCOR ASIA-PACIFIC ARANETA ARANETA CENTER ARANETA GROUP CENTER CITY HOTEL NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA CENTER QUEZON CITY SUDHAKAR THAKURDESAI
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