Manila, Philippines — Real estate giant Megaworld Corporation formally opened the doors of Hotel Lucky Chinatown, its eighth homegrown hotel, in Manila’s commerce and trade hub and the oldest Chinatown in the world: Binondo.
Situated along Reina Regente St., the Php750-million and 93-room property (which was originally a warehouse rented by tenants and soon retrofitted to a hotel) will mainly cater to Filipino-Chinese business travelers, as well as tourists who want to explore Binondo’s rich heritage.
One of the main draws of the hotel will be its connectivity to the main shopping districts in the area and key tourist destinations such as Intramuros, the Manila City Hall, and the National Museum.
“With the hotel directly connected to Manila Chinatown’s biggest mall, guests will be able to savor the distinct, dynamic vibe of the Chinatown culture as they enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling hub,” said Resident Manager Jeremy Russell Go in a statement.
According to Go, apart from suites ranging from the 24-square-meter Standard rooms to the 79-square-meter Executive rooms, Hotel Lucky Chinatown also has its own all-day dining restaurant, called the Cafe de Chinatown, managed by Museum Cafe and Chelsea Kitchen operator, Raintree Group of Companies.
At the hotel atrium is an indoor Zen garden with its own sunroof that is surrounded by select guest rooms. The hotel will also feature its own Zabana Bar (like the one in Savoy), Spa, Sauna, Jacuzzi, and Fitness Center.
Perks, privileges, and discounts in this new hotel also await members of Club Access, a membership privilege program for Megaworld Hotels.
Moreover, the property was designed with conventions in mind: “(Hotel Lucky Chinatown has a) 350-capacity ballroom, three meeting rooms and one board room that could cater to around 20 persons in each room,” said Go.
The hotel sports a modern contemporary design in terms of overall aesthetic, a glaring contrast to the old, colonial charm of Binondo. Asked to why is such the case, the young manager explained: “Our idea is to blend modernity with Binondo’s heritage. While Hotel Lucky Chinatown features a modern contemporary design, the moment our guests get out of the hotel, they will feel the culture that is truly Chinatown. We want to provide that distinction so the experience becomes richer.”
The development is strategically introduced as the eighth hotel property under the company (after Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo; Belmont Hotel Manila; Savoy Hotel Manila and Savoy Hotel Boracay; as well as Twin Lakes Hotel in Laurel, Batangas) because 8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture, which means “wealth”, “fortune”, and “prosper.”
“Binondo is close to our chairman’s heart (Megaworld Founder Andrew L. Tan), and one of his dreams was to open up a hotel in Binondo. He envisioned this property to prosper, [thus the name]” ended Go.