The Hong Kong based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts owns and manages 72 hotels under the Shangri-La and Traders brands, one of which is the Traders Hotel Manila (THM). THM General Manager Gordon Aeria was appointed in 2010, and since then he led the total refurbishment of this 312-room hotel located across the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This hotel, previously Holiday Inn, opened in 1976 together with other international hotel chains, Mandarin, Peninsula, Westin, Regent, Sheraton and Ramada.
Among the hotel’s transformations are the rooms of the Traders Club, redesigned discerningly to showcase a modern yet functional lifestyle, ideal for frequent travelers seeking an exclusive retreat with the comforts of their personal workspace. Minimalist and abstract touches characterize the understated sophistication of each room. Neutral tones are predominantly used for the backdrop to create a relaxing feel while hints of passion colors such as red, purple and burgundy for an upbeat mood. The entire room is equipped with every business traveler’s absolute necessities such as Wi-Fi, iLap, iPod dock and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), which enables guests to access messages, billing, order in-room dining and watch the latest movies. Another edge can be found within the cityscape at level 19. The Traders Club Lounge, now called the T Lounge, provides a picturesque 180-degrees view to the unique topography that can only be found in Manila, from the glistening city landscape, the Manila Bay sunset or the silhouette of Bataan Cross at Mt. Samat. I asked Aeria what makes Traders successful, despite the highly competitive hotel market in the Bay area.
IN THE MANILA BAY AREA, HOW IS TRADERS HOTEL MANILA FAIRING AGAINST ITS COMPETITORS AND WHY SHOULD YOU BE THE PREFERRED HOTEL?
Within the Bay area, we have a familiar and well established brand name that is synonymous with quality and good value within the local market. What is perhaps less known is that we have completed major renovations in all our rooms, upgraded our facilities and opened our new Japanese Restaurant, Kitsho!