Movenpick Hotel Mactan spent P500 million to change its looks from pink to the new bright white paint with blue and green accents.
Knuth Kiefer, Movenpick Hotel Mactan general manager, said they closed the hotel for five months to change the look of the hotel. They reopened last Dec. 15.
”Everything is new. It’s more of a transformation, rather than a renovation because it’s not just the paint,” he said Wednesday.
He said they also changed the image of the hotel from being a regular resort to a lifestyle resort.
Kiefer said that Cebu was already filled with resorts and that they wanted to set themselves apart by bringing something unique to the Philippines.
The hotel offers its guests a full package, not just a room with breakfast.
Packages include activities for them to enjoy.
To give guests a full range of activities to do, Kiefer said they can go beyond having spa treatments and water sports activities.
They also have lessons in dance, cocktail mixing and cooking.
He added that if guests change their mind about which activity they would like to participate in, they can do so.
Kiefer also hopes to bring the Ibiza beach club experience to Cebu, hiring a Spanish disc jockey and professional dancers and singers for the entertainment.
He said he believes guests have taken the changes positively, if guest numbers are any indication.
They were fully booked during the New Year while they were at an 85 percent occupancy rate last week.
He also revealed getting positive feedback from tour operators, who were willing to promote their hotel to their clients.
The lobby has undergone a notable change, giving off a loungy feel with comfortable chairs and a bar in the center.
Kiefer said the pool is also 60 percent larger than the old one, with more room for guests to take a dip.
The garden also comes with modern furniture, including chairs and tables that glow at night.
He also said the rooms have a similar style as the lobby.
”Since the opening, they (patrons) were surprised.
When they came in, they didn’t recognize the lobby because it is bigger and more open. They just said, ‘wow’,” he said. (PNA)