DAVAO CITY — Dusit International is preparing for the formal opening ceremony of the dusitD2 Davao Hotel before the end of the month, but operations have already started on March 31.

“Our niche (are) the affluent,” the company said in a statement, with room rates starting at P5,500 a night.

“We are most excited to be in this preview period, and stand ready to provide a modern experience that showcases the best of Dusit. We warmly extend an invitation to those who will be traveling to Davao to stay with us, and be one of the very first to feel the difference,” Christopher Wichlan, hotel manager, is quoted in the statement.

Dusit said the 120-room hotel, a joint venture with Torre Lorenzo Development Corp., is “poised to redefine standards of upscale hotel living in the city.”

“All the fine details — the patterns, the fabrics, the scent, the lighting — are curated for the guest’s best experience. One can see and feel these accents across the different rooms and facilities — marking a truly authentic encounter that’s both delightfully Dusit, and uniquely Davao,” architect Manny Samson of Emsae Design, which designed the property, was also quoted in the statement.

DusitD2 is adjacent to the joint venture’s high-end condominium project and about 60 kilometers from their Lubi Plantation resort in Compostela Valley. — Carmelito Q. Francisco