Megaworld Corp, part of Philippine conglomerate Alliance Global Group Inc, said on Monday it will “before the end of this year” start launching facilities at a 1,530-room Grand Westside Hotel (pictured in an artist’s rendering) at the 31-hectare (76.6-acre) Westside City “township” within Entertainment City, Manila.
The 19-storey Grand Westside Hotel, under the group’s Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, is to have two towers. The first is “slated for opening” this year, while the second will be launched “by 2024”, according to a Monday release from Megaworld Corp. The hotel will also feature a “two-level retail” and commercial space, covering 1,995 square metres (21,474 sq. feet).
The Westside City project is to have a casino hotel complex within it. According to information previously disclosed by Suntrust Resort Holdings Inc, a Philippine entity backing the casino hotel part, it is to feature 460 five-star rooms and a gaming venue for the “mass and VIP markets”. Suntrust Resort reaffirmed in a May filing that it planned to launch its casino hotel portion in 2024.
Regarding the Grand Westside Hotel part of Westside City, Megaworld Hotels & Resorts’ managing director Cleofe Albiso was quoted saying in Monday’s release: “Once it opens, Grand Westside Hotel will become the biggest hotel property in our portfolio and in the entire country to date. It will be just a short drive away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport [NAIA] via the NAIA Expressway…”
The announcement said the new hotel would be the second from MegaWorld Hotels & Resorts within the “Westside City township”; the first being the 529-room Kingsford Hotel Manila, which was opened in 2021.
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