Edsa Shangri-La, Manila

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Edsa Shangri-La, Manila
Edsa Shangri-La logo (hi-res).jpg
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Main Lobby of Edsa Shangri-La, Manila
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel
Address 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City 1650, Manila, Philippines
Coordinates 10°18′29″N 124°01′10″E / 10.307954°N 124.019512°E / 10.307954; 124.019512Coordinates: 10°18′29″N 124°01′10″E / 10.307954°N 124.019512°E / 10.307954; 124.019512
Opening August 28, 1992[1]
Owner Shangri-La Hotels
Management Patrick Schaub
Design and construction

Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha, Yozo Shibata & Association (Tokyo) &

R. Villarosa Architects (Manila)[2]
Other information
Number of rooms 632
Edsa Shangri-La, Manila - Official Website

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila is a 5-star luxury hotel located at Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines and one of the three hotels managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts located in Metro Manila, Philippines. It opened on August 28, 1992. The hotel has 632 rooms and suites, four international restaurants, two lounges, a cafe, and a bakeshop, across two wings, and is considered a city resort.[3]

The hotel is designed in a beach resort-style within the downtown area of the city and is located on the Shang Palace estate, which covers 8.6 hectares, and includes the hotel, Shangri-La Plaza, the residential St. Francis Shangri-La Place and a new Shangri-La Plaza East Wing opened in 2013.[4] The hotel is considered one of the landmark buildings in Manila due to it being the first of its kind in the city, and its clientele consists 85 per cent of locals rather than foreign tourists.[3]


Edsa Shangri-La, Manila, opened on August 28, 1992, the first Shangri-La property in The Philippines.[1] Originally known as Shangri-La’s Edsa Plaza Hotel, it was designed to recreate a five-star resort, such as those in Cebu and Boracay, but within the downtown Manila district of Ortigas Center. The hotel is 99.99 per cent foreign owned.[5]

In 2003 extensive renovations were completed, including the refurbishment of 440 rooms in the Tower Wing, and redesigns by Warner Wong Design and Architecture of Singapore[6] for the Summer Palace and Nishiki restaurants.

In 2006 a US$3 million investment was announced to launch a spa facility, a then unique concept for Manila to have a Cebu-style spa within the city itself. It was modeled on the Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort & Spa, Cebu.[7] The following year further renovations at a cost of US$8 million, creating 76 new jobs, saw improvement works on the Garden Wing and the Horizon Club Lounge.[8]

In 2009 Shang Properties Inc. began construction of One Shangri-La Place, a twin-tower condominium that is part of an integrated community including Edsa Shangri-La Hotel and Shangri-La Plaza. The 60-storey structure includes 580 units and is expected to earn P10 billion, with completion of residential units due in 2014.[9] In 2013 the Shangri-La Plaza, part of the Shang Place estate, was extended with the opening of the Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, the retail section of the forthcoming One Shangri-La Place residential tower to be completed in 2014.[4]

Current General Manager Patrick Schaub, who previously worked on properties in Thailand, the USA, and Switzerland, took over from Henry Lee in April 2013.[10][11]

Design and construction[edit]

The resort was designed by Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha of Tokyo and R. Villarosa Architects,[2] and features two white towers set in a tropical garden amongst the mostly residential Ortigas Center. The floors of the hotel are marble, while the interior includes Asian paintings and floral arrangements. The Tower Wing is coloured brown and red with cityscape views, while the Garden Wing has views over the landscaped gardens.[12]

Interior design was developed by Hirsch Bedner Associates Design Consultants of Hong Kong during the 2006/7 renovations of the Garden Wing. Warner Wong Associates of Singapore renovated the rooms of the Tower Wing in 2003/4, while Leese Robertson Freeman of Hong Kong are currently renovating the same rooms for 2012/3.[2] The hotel focuses on using local supplies and craftsmanship, such as the woodwork in the Summer Palace, designed by renowned Filipino artist-sculptor Claude Tayag.[6]


The hotel is considered one of the landmark buildings in Manila due to it being the first of its kind to create a resort with the urban area of the city. It includes Horizon Club floors located on the 11th to the 14th floors, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour gym, spa, outdoor tennis courts, function and banquet halls that can accommodate up to 1,200 people, and a number of restaurants and bars.

Rooms and suites[edit]

The hotel has 632 rooms and come in 9 types, including 4 Deluxe Suites, 19 Premier Suites, 2 Shangri-La Suites and 1 Edsa Suite. Rooms in the Tower Wing are colored in brown and red hues to match the cityscape. The Garden Wing rooms overlook the landscaped gardens of the hotel property.[12]


Interior of Paparazzi Italian restaurant in Edsa Shangri-La, Manila

Edsa Shangri-La serves up to one million diners a year at its food and beverage outlets, to both room guests and locals,[3]

The hotel also hosts The Bakeshop, The Lobby Lounge, and, formerly, e’s Bar which is now an event space.[13]

  • HEAT - International

Located on the Lobby Level and with 426 seats, HEAT was unveiled after a five-month renovation by Hirsch-Bedner in January 2006. The ceiling is decorated with the aurora borealis, human torches and lava lamps. Its opening ceremony included an opera performance and was attended by Mandaluyong City Mayor Neptali Gonzales II The layout features 20 interactive sections for open cooking “theatres” – stations offering a wide variety of world cuisines in modern contemporary style, including Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and Western dishes. It replaced the previous Garden Cafe.[14]

  • Summer Palace - Chinese

The hotel’s Cantonese restaurant seats 250 and is known for its cornflake king prawns,[3] and dim sum by Malaysian dim sum chef Liew Soong Meng.[15] The dim sum is served the traditional way on weekends, via a cart pushed by waiters. The Summer Palace’s executive chef is Christopher Chai from Ipoh, Malaysia, who previously led the kitchen of Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta for four years.[16]

Private Room at the Senju Japanese restaurant in Edsa Shangri-La, Manila
  • Senju - Japanese

It was opened in 2006, replacing former Japanese restaurant Nishiki, and means “a thousand happiness.” Its entrance uses black tiles around cobblestones, decorated by pottery. The master chef is Kiyoshi Ogawa of Tokyo, who over 30 years has worked in London, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Bora-Bora island, Tahiti.[17]

  • Paparazzi - Italian

Paparazzi was refurbished in 2004 with a crisscross pattern façade inspired by Bottega Veneta’s intrecciato woven leather.[6] The sculpted dining table with green and gold mosaic tiles from Bisazza is inspired by a Prada shoe silhouette, while glassware comes from Murano. The uniforms were designed by Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel and inspired by Giorgio Armani.[6]

CHI, The Spa[edit]

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, covering 3,000 square meters and featuring 10 treatment suites, was announced in 2006 with a US$3 million investment.[7] It was opened in July 2007 by then President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[18] Its concept is a “spa-within-a-spa,” located within the Garden Wing and designed to emphasize personal space. Therapies include indigenous and Philippines-inspired treatments such as Chi Balance, Aroma Vitality, Ying Yang Couple’s Massage and Mountain Tsampa Rub that uses techniques drawn from the ancient healing practices of the Himalayan region.

Philippines’ healing traditions used at the spa include the Hilot (a healing massage based on ancient Filipino folk medicine), Dagdagay (a traditional foot massage using bamboo sticks) and Philippine-inspired exclusive treatments such as Hayahay (from a Southern Philippine province term meaning “rejuvenating sea breeze”), a scrub-wrap-hilot treatment, and Cacang Wrap with Gugo Hair Treatment.[18]


The hotel is frequently used for national and international events, such as The National Book Awards[19] and exclusive fashion shows by designers such as Francis Libiran.[19]

It is also used as an informal gathering point for leading journalists, business executives, corporate communications professionals etc., for get-togethers like the Tuesday Club, in which the members have invited special guests to share ideas over breakfast for 20 years.[20]


Edsa Shangri-La, Manila is a frequent winner of awards for excellence in the hotel industry. In 2012 at the Asia CEO Awards it was awarded, collectively with its partner hotels in the Philippines, with the Ford Quality Excellence Company of the Year, for “core values of humility, selfless sincerity and thoughtful courtesy — ingrained in the concept of being part of a family.” [21] The same year it was recognised Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s annual Readers Choice Awards,[21] and in 2013 it received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, recognising the best in the hospitality industry.[22] It is currently listed as one of Lonely Planet's "Best places to stay in Manila."[23]

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila has received the following awards from 2009-2013[2]

  • Top 25 Hotels in Southeast Asia, Travelers’ Choice, Conde Nast Traveler, 2013[24]
  • Gold List 2013, Conde Nast Traveler, 2013
  • Top 25 Hotels in the Philippines, Travelers’ Choice, Tripadvisor, 2013
  • Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Philippines, Travelers’ Choice, Tripadvisor, 2013
  • T+L 500 The World’s Best Hotels, Travel+Leisure, 2013
  • Top 20 Hotels in Southeast Asia, Conde Nast Traveler, 2012
  • Gold List, Conde Nast Traveler USA, 2012
  • Certificate of Excellence, Tripadvisor, 2012
  • Top 100 Readers Choice, Conde Nast Traveler, 2010
  • ASEAN Green Hotel, ASEAN Tourism Forum 2010
  • 1st Place: Creative Cake Décor, National Food Showdown 2009
  • 1st Place: Chocolate Showpiece, ABS-CBN 2009

Embrace: Care for People Project[edit]

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila is involved in many projects aimed at improving the environment and the local community. Under the umbrella of “sustainability”, the hotel’s social responsibility program focuses on the element of embrace. “Embrace” focuses on Shangri-La’s Care for People Project, which aims to promote education and health support in underprivileged communities.

For its “Embrace” project, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila operates a day care centre and primary school in Barangay Mauway, Mandaluyong City called Isla de Cocomo. The hotel built the centre in 1996 in association with the Mandaluyong City Department of Social Welfare, who are in charge of running the school. Edsa Shangri-La, Manila is responsible for the school classrooms and general upkeep.[25]

In March 2013 the hotel held a “Children’s Parade of Lights” in coordination with the annual celebration of Earth Hour held worldwide. 100 children from Isla de Cocomo joined the event in the hotel lobby to pull down a “Big Switch,” turning off the hotel lights for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Philippines' first Shangri-La Hotel turns 20". The Philippine Star. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Fast Facts". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d Tanya T.Lara (2012-07-12). "Every diner's a winner at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ a b Tanya T.Lara (2013-09-14). "Shangri-La plaza’s East Wing: A friendly, warm space for shoppers". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  5. ^ Ma. Elisa P.Osorio (2007-07-12). "Shangri-La to invest P500M in Mandaluyong hotel". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  6. ^ a b c d Millet M. Mananquil (2004-04-17). "Paparazzi clicks with a new look and good food". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  7. ^ a b Edha M.Dagooc (2006-09-09). "Shangri-La invests $3M for next Chi Spa facility". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  8. ^ "EDSA Shangri-La Hotel to undergo P512-M renovation". GMA News. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Shang Properties sees P10-B revenue from condo project". ABS-CBN. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  10. ^ "Edsa Shangri-La bids farewell to Henry Lee and welcomes Patrick Schaub". The Philippine Star. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  11. ^ "A new GM for Edsa Shangri-La". The Philippine Star. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  12. ^ a b "Edsa Shangri-La, Manila". Conde Nast Traveler. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  13. ^ "The Philippines". The Sunday Telegraph. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  14. ^ Pepper Teehankee (2006-01-31). "The Heat is on!". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  15. ^ "Dim sum delights at Edsa Shangri-la". ABS-CBN. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  16. ^ "Culinary connoisseur". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  17. ^ "Representing true Japanese fare". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  18. ^ a b Pepper Teehankee (2007-07-10). "Chi opens at Edsa Shangri-La". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  19. ^ a b "Nava wins nat’l book award". Visayan Daily Star. 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  20. ^ Tony Katigbak (2013-11-27). "The rebuilding process". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  21. ^ a b "Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines win in Asia CEO Awards". The Philippine Star. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  22. ^ "Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts get TripAdvisor award". Sun Star. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  23. ^ "Best places to stay in Manila". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  24. ^ "Top 25 Hotels in Southeast Asia". Conde Nast Traveler. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  25. ^ a b "Getting the basics right". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 

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