Sofitel to reopen 2 weeks after ‘Pedring’
MANILA, Philippines – Sofitel Philippine Plaza is set to resume operations on October 10, nearly two weeks after floodwaters caused by typhoon “Pedring” inundated the five-star hotel on the shores of Manila Bay.
Goran Aleks, general manager of Sofitel, said the hotel will be operational for guest rooms, banqueting and events.
The pool area, which was flooded after waves as high as coconut trees washed away everything in its path, will likewise be open starting next Monday.
“We are very grateful that all our guests and all Sofitel ambassadors remained safe and well throughout this difficult period. The Sofitel team was truly united in attending to every detail,” Aleks said.
“We look forward to the opportunity of restoring affected areas of the hotel and emerging at an even higher level than before for the benefit of all our cherished and discerning guests.”
Spiral, the hotel’s buffet restaurant, will be “reconceived” after it was submerged in knee-deep waters.
Aleks said it is expected to be launched in the first half of next year.
“Spiral has been an iconic dining destination in the market since it opened in 2006. This now gives us the chance to offer the next generation an even more exciting dining experience, employing the latest concepts, styles and techniques,” he said.
For now, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel’s other dining areas, he added.
Meanwhile, outlets on the plaza level are scheduled to open in the first weeks of November.
Guests of Sofitel were forced to evacuate last September 27 after floodwaters entered the hotel’s lobby.
This as giant waves destroyed the two-decade old sea wall in Manila Bay, which was supposed to protect the hotel and other establishments in the area.
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