Hotel H2O Turns Five with a Sizzling Party

Rocky Batara

Hotel H2O, the deluxe Manila Bay property that has emerged as one of the metro’s top leisure draws, celebrated its fifth anniversary in “sizzling” style on April 10 with a Hawaiian-themed appreciation night for its industry partners and friends.

Held at the cavernous Pacific Ballroom, the event was attended by over 250 guests from the travel trade, corporate sector and online community.  Guests were asked to come in Hawaiian or summer attire in keeping with anniversary slogan “Hotel H2O: Sizzling at 5.”

“Today, we are known not just as a hotel but as a leisure destination,” said general manager Lily Santos Adrid in her welcome remarks.  “Our close relationship with Manila Ocean Park has bestowed on us a unique identity – we are the only aqua-themed urban resort in the country.”

Complementing this connection, Hotel H2O is also a four-star property with “first-rate rooms, amenities, outlets and service comparable to the finest deluxe hotels in the country,” added Ms. Adrid.

Beyond the physical attractions, Ms. Adrid credited the hotel’s success over the last five years to two key people groups – its employees and industry partners.

Recognizing the hard work of the hotel staff, Ms. Adrid cited two internal activities that brought out the best in the employees.

These were the “Hotel H2O Got Talent” fun competition where the staff showed off their hidden skills and the “Go Green Innovation” contest where they contributed innovative ideas to make hotel operations even more environment-friendly.

“They reinforce my belief that Hotel H2O’s best resources are, indeed, its people,” said Ms. Adrid.

She was equally effusive in paying tribute to the hotel’s partners: “Hotel H2O would not have reached its stature as one of the most preferred properties in the Bay area today without your strong support.”

    Awards were handed out to the top accounts comprising online booking portals, travel agencies, top corporations and government agencies.

    Finally, Ms. Adrid gave the audience a peek into upcoming projects of Hotel H2O and sister establishment Manila Ocean Park.  The latter’s newest attractions, the Creepy Crawlies exhibit and Sea Life Park, are set to open later this year and in 2017, respectively.

Both will create “new markets” for the park and hotel, said Ms. Adrid.

    Also, Hotel H2O’s parent firm China Oceanis Philippines, Inc. is on track to open a 400-room, five-star property in Makati City later this year.  The new property, which took over three years to build, “adds a new dimension that complements Hotel H2O’s thrust,” said Ms. Adrid. - The Lifestyle Portal

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