Solaire Resort & Casino
|Solaire Resort & Casino|
The casino in 2013
|Location||Entertainment City, Tambo, Parañaque, Philippines|
|Address||1 Aseana Avenue|
|Opening date||March 16, 2013|
|No. of rooms|
|Total gaming space||18,500 m2 (199,000 sq ft)|
|Owner||Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels
Sureste Properties, Inc.
|Operating license holder||PAGCOR|
Solaire Resort & Casino (formerly known as Solaire Manila) is a resort and casino in Entertainment City, a massive complex built along the Bay City area of Parañaque, in Metro Manila, Philippines by way of a proclamation for tourism by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The complex, which includes a five-star hotel with a total of 800 guest rooms, suites and villas. Solaire Resort and Casino is the first of 4 casino resorts to open in the area, and was opened on March 16, 2013, and is currently the tallest hotel in the Manila Bay area outside the City of Manila—a distinction previously held by Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
Solaire Resort & Casino is the first development to break ground in PAGCOR's Entertainment City, a massive integrated resort envisioned by former PAGCOR Chairman Ephraim Genuino by the Manila Bay. The 120-hectare (300-acre) reclaimed area has been designated as a special economic zone by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.
The resort is run by Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Incorporated, a subsidiary of Sureste Properties, Inc. (formerly Bloombury Investments Holdings Inc), headed by Enrique K. Razón, Jr., chairman of the Manila-based company, International Container Terminal Services Incorporated. The project required an investment commitment of $1.2 billion pursuant to a casino license from PAGCOR.
After Resorts World Manila was built in August 2009, the state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) issued a provisional license to Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Incorporated; the facility was launched as "Solaire Manila", and broke ground on July 2010. The hotel tower was topped out in June 2012 alongside a parking garage.
In October 2012, Solaire Manila was renamed "Solaire Resort & Casino" and Phase 1 was completed in the first quarter of 2013. Leading the official opening of Solaire Resort and Casino were President Benigno Aquino III, Bloomberry Resorts Corporation Chairman and CEO Enrique K. Razon Jr., Chairman of PAGCOR Cristino Naguiat Jr. and other guests, inaugurating the casino resort at 15:00 PST (GMT+8) on March 16, 2013–exactly 492 years after Ferdinand Magellan had arrived in the Philippines.
The complex, covering a total of 8.3 hectares (21 acres), houses two 17-storey five-star hotels. The Bay and Sky Tower features a total of 800 rooms, suites and villas. Solaire features a column-free grand ballroom which can accommodate a maximum of 1,300 guests. The Forum features 8 function rooms and 2 boardrooms with audiovisual equipment. The complex includes 18,500 square metres (199,000 sq ft) gaming area containing 1,620 slot machines and 360 gaming tables. The complex features convention facilities as well as leisure, live entertainment, dining and retail hubs. The project includes a second parking building, and "The Theatre at Solaire", with 1,740 seats and retail space of 60,000 square meters.
Solaire Resort & Casino was managed under a five-year contract by American firm Global Gaming Asset Management, (which owned a 9 percent stake in the project) until September 2013. Solaire's COO Michael French was replaced by former Marina Bay Sands CEO Thomas Arasi.
Solaire Resort & Casino was designed by architect and designer Paul Steelman of Las Vegas-based Steelman Partners  with interior design provided by Steelman Partners affiliate company DSAA (Dalton, Steelman, Arias & Associates) and the interior lighting design by affiliate shop12.
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