InterContinental Manila

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InterContinental Manila
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InterContinental Manila
Former names Rizal InterContinental Hotel
Hotel chain InterContinental Hotels Group
General information
Status Closed
Type Hotel
Location 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates 14°33′02″N 121°01′40″E / 14.550604°N 121.02788°E / 14.550604; 121.02788Coordinates: 14°33′02″N 121°01′40″E / 14.550604°N 121.02788°E / 14.550604; 121.02788
Opening April 11, 1969 (1969-04-11)
Closed December 31, 2015
Owner Ayala Land
Technical details
Floor count 14
Lifts/elevators 4
Design and construction
Architect Leandro Locsin
Known for Longest operating international chain hotel in the Philippines,
First hotel in 5-star hotel in Makati
Other information
Number of rooms 332
Number of suites 56
Number of restaurants 2
Number of bars 2
Website
intercontinental.com/manila

InterContinental Manila (colloquially Intercon/ICM) was a five star InterContinental hotel located on Ayala Avenue in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. At the time of its closure, it is the longest operating international chain hotel in the Philippines. It was designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin.[1][2]

The hotel opened on April 11, 1969 and ceased operations on December 31, 2015.[1] It was the first 5-star hotel in Makati and the second InterContinental hotel in Asia. All of its 332 guest rooms and suites were updated in 2006 to incorporate traditional and modern Filipino design.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

A press released in 1958 on the building then dubbed as Rizal InterContinental Hotel, lists Rizal Development Corporation and Pan American Airways as developers of the hotel. The initial 1958 design of the hotel was not followed and shelved. Construction of the hotel would be completed ten years later in 1969, and was inaugurated as InterContinental Hotel Manila.[6]

The InterContinental property is owned by Ayala Land Hotel's wholly owned subsidiary, Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp. and has been under the InterContinental Hotels Group since 1969.

Closure[edit]

Demolition of the hotel; August 2016

The hotel ceased operations on December 31, 2015 when the hotel management contract between the subsidiary of AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp and InterContinental Hotels Group ends. The hotel sits in a portion of the Ayala Center which will be the site of a new mixed-used development which includes a intermodal transport facility, two new hotels including Ayala's Seda Hotel, two office towers, and a convention tower.[7][8][1][9][10]

The hotel closed on December 31, 2015 as earlier planned.[11]

Awards[edit]

  • 1982/83 "Best Hotel kikay Festival" for "Festival Gastronomique le Kikay bleu"

Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Gustateurs 'Trés Belle Carte (Best Wine List) Award for the Prince Albert Rotisserie

  • 1997 the hotel placed first in Asia Pacific and third in the world in the D'Richey Report
  • 1998 Green Globe Award for outstanding environmental programs
  • 2002 "Outstanding in Community Involvement for Southern Asia" among InterContinental hotels
  • 2007 voted by readers of Business Traveler Magazine Asia Pacific as one of the three top hotels in the Philippines
  • 2010 TTG Travel Awards as the Best City Hotel – Manila
  • 2011 TTG Travel Awards as the Best City Hotel – Manila
  • 2012 TTG Travel Awards as the Best City Hotel – Manila [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "After 46 years, InterContinental Manila to close doors". Rappler. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ayala in a Changing Environment". Ayala. Ayala Corporation. Archived from the original on 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Manila Bulletin, Ayala Hotels renews management contract of Intercontinental
  4. ^ "Tomas: South dist. o Cebu city hall | Banat Opinyon, Banat Sections, Banat". Philstar.com. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Hotel check: InterContinental Manila". Businesstraveller.com. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  6. ^ Alcazaren, Paulo (2 July 2011). "The faces and facades of Rizal". Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hotel InterCon in Makati to shut down by yearend". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Talavera, Catherine (9 October 2015). "ALI unveils Ayala Center redevelopment plans". Manila Times. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Cabuag, VG (9 October 2015). "Ayala Land to demolish InterCon in December". BusinessMirror. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ayala Center Redevelopment". Make It Makati. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Torres, Rap (2 January 2016). "InterContinental Manila closes its doors after 46 years". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  12. ^ [1]

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