Showcases of Warmth and Hospitality
Davao City not only offers its hospitality through its affectionate and welcoming people. Its hotels complete the experience that awaits you here.
By Andrea Anne S. Baldonado
and Karina Angelica Julia S. Ledesma
DAVAO CITY -- Durian, the Kadayawan festival, pristine beaches, warm and friendly Davaoeños – all these make up the ultimate getaway experience that is Davao. But the city not only offers its hospitality through its affectionate and welcoming people but also through its hotels. They complete the experience that awaits you here.
The Apo View Hotel
For 57 years, the Apo View Hotel has been providing warm hospitality and unforgettable relaxation to its guests. The hotel’s 146 rooms offer a comfortable stay. Its magnificent grand ballroom is perfect for conventions. It can be occupied by 800 persons, conference style, and 1,200 persons, theater style. The grand ballroom can also serve smaller groups through its six function/break-up rooms.
The Apo View has sparked the Davao night life through its Liquid Bar,
where ultimate partying is experienced. The Blue Room Jazz Bar entertains in a more relaxing way.
A cup of coffee is best enjoyed at Café Josefina. Zugba Seafood Restaurant serves tasty grilled seafood dishes that are its specialty. The Top of the Apo opens its doors to a dining experience with the breathtaking views of Mount Apo and the Davao Gulf.
The Grand Men Seng
Nestled at the heart of downtown Davao, the Grand Men Seng hotel offers its clients a feel of the Filipino-Chinese experience. With interiors that showcase a mixture of both worlds, the hotel provides 68 de-luxe rooms and two suites that are designed to suit your lifestyle.
Grand Men Seng serves daily buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon merienda and dinner at the Le Grandeur Café. Located at the ground floor near the lobby, the café offers Filipino, Chinese and international dishes. For outdoor meals, the hotel serves favorite barbecued dishes at the Poolside Ihaw-Ihaw, located beside a sizable pool.
Spark your evenings at Le Baile Ballroom where you can salsa, mamba, cha-cha and tango your nights away. The hotel also has a grand ballroom that can seat up to 1,500 individuals, and several function/meeting rooms, perfect for parties, conventions and other events. Stay in shape while traveling with their well-equipped fitness gym.
Grand Regal Hotel
Home to Davao’s Casino Filipino, the Grand Regal Hotel is grand indeed. Its 216 rooms and suites provide a combination of comfort and style. It also has two executive floors with an exclusive lounge for the business traveler.
Experience grand dining at the Brasserie where you can savor culinary treats -- from international cuisine to the local flavors of traditional Filipino dishes. For afternoon snacks and beverages, you can visit the Montmartre Café at the ground floor. For evening relaxation, unwind with cool drinks accompanied by soothing music at the Champagne Bar. The Kadayawan Lounge may also double as a resting area after a round of games at the Casino Filipino-Davao.
For recreation and fitness, the hotel offers a great outdoors pool and the Body Garage Fitness Center, a fully equipped gym and sauna.
The hotel’s Pilipinas Ballroom, seating up to 400 and spacious function rooms, are perfect for business. The hotel also provides convenience to the busy executive at their Business Center.
The Waterfront Insular Hotel is nestled by the Davao Gulf. It can be reached within 15 minutes from the Davao International Airport and 10 minutes from the Sasa Wharf.
The hotel has a range of 159 guest rooms and one presidential suite. For special events, the Insular has boardrooms perfect for up to 40 persons. Each of its three ballrooms can house a group of 100 and its spacious grand ballroom can fit a group of 400. The hotel also has an outdoor garden tent that offers the relaxing experience by the Davao Gulf. The wonderful culture of Mindanao is exhibited in its interiors and in its lush sprawling garden where the T’boli Weaving Center can be found.
In the midst of the bustling city is the warmth and comfort found in the Mandaya Hotel. It offers a convenient stay in its 120 guest rooms and suite. The hotel has a grand ballroom that is open to 400 to 700 persons while its royal ballroom can seat 350 persons, banquet style, and 600 in theater type. For smaller gatherings, there are the five medium-sized function rooms.
The hotel’s Kadayawan, Kanato and Lantawan halls are perfect for special product launchings or for more personal and intimate events like debuts.
The Kamayo Café satisfies coffee and pastry cravings. The Pasag Grill serves delectable seafood dishes. The Mandaya Hotel’s Summit bar is a hot night spot for great partying.
The Marco Polo Davao
A landmark in its edifice alone, The Marco Polo Davao is indeed a world-class hotel. The tallest hotel in Mindanao, it is a towering 18-floor building of pure elegance and sophistication. Davao is home to the only Marco Polo hotel in the country.
The Marco Polo Davao offers 245 rooms and suites all with vistas overlooking the scenery that is Davao. Situated on the two topmost floors, The Continental Club provides the discerning business or leisure traveler the ultimate luxury and personalized service. Its elegant presidential suite is also a vast two floors.
The Marco Polo Ballroom can seat up to 400 persons. There are also smaller meeting and function rooms with equally efficient facilities for smaller numbers.
Guests can also experience elegant dining at the hotel’s restaurants. Café Marco serves lavish buffets and a la carte dining prepared in a show kitchen. The Lotus Court serves the finest selection of Cantonese cuisine together with fresh seafood. Relax and enjoy the sound of live piano while snacking at the Lobby Lounge. The Marco Polo is also home to the Eagle’s Bar, a great place for a drink or two.
Also, enjoy recreation and healthy living at the hotel’s pool and two-storey fitness gym. (davaotoday.com)