LEGAZPI CITY — The Marison Hotel is aiming to bring a top-notch hospitality experience for visitors to this city in Albay province.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Legazpi Airport, the newly-opened hotel is seeking to attract both leisure and business travelers.
Daisy Uy-So, president and chief executive officer of the Marison Hotel, said they aim to offer a luxurious hotel experience to its guests.
Described as the biggest hotel in Legazpi, The Marison has 118 rooms, ranging from deluxe rooms to the suite. Some of the rooms have a terrace with a view of Mt. Mayon.
The hotel also has two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, function rooms, an Italian restaurant Il Morso, San’s Cafe, and the soon-to-be-opened Chilo Bar at the roof deck.
Tourist attractions such as Mt. Mayon, Cagsawa Ruins, Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave, Sumlang Lake and Vanishing Island are less than an hour away from the hotel.
In an interview with reporters last Feb. 6, Ms. So said The Marison is the fulfilment of the dream that her late father, businessman Chisan T. Uy, had to own his own hotel.
The Uy family’s main business involved the distribution of feeds and fertilizer, and they were initially planning to build commercial spaces on the two-hectare property.
However, her father wanted to venture into hotels, inspired by his friends who put up their own.
Now that the hotel has opened, the Uy family is now aiming to secure a four-star rating, as most of the other hotels in the city only have three stars.
“Apart from being the perfect base for anyone who wants to see the beauty and splendor of Legazpi, we offer maximum comfort and convenience for the whole family. The hotel is here to provide a luxurious experience for everybody, making it the best place to truly feel the warm Bicolano hospitality,” Ms. So was quoted as saying in a statement.
What sets The Marison Hotel apart from other establishments in the city, Ms. So said are its employees. The hotel’s employees are all locals who already have the necessary experience in hotel service.
“I can confidently say our asset is our people… Right from the start, I want them to have their values intact… Dito tulungan lang [we help each other],” she said.
“Second is when we see a problem, or even if we just foresee it, we do something about it ASAP.”
The opening of The Marison Hotel is also seen to provide tourists with more options for accommodations.
In an interview with BusinessWorld, Benjamin F. Santiago, regional director of the Department of Tourism Region V said the addition of the 118 rooms from The Marison Hotel will boost the city’s efforts to become one of the top MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destinations in the country. He said Albay attracted around 1.5 million tourists last year.
“Legazpi is now being positioned as a MICE destination… so we envision Legazpi will become a major convention city,” he said. — Vincent Mariel P. Galang