Built on grounds formerly occupied by the Magnolia Ice Cream House, the new Summit Hotel Magnolia sits beside Robinsons Magnolia in New Manila, Quezon City. Designed with an "understated elegance," the hotel is meant to complement the mall and vice versa, according to architect Ernesto "Boyong" Aquino, senior project director of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts.
Consisting of 82 rooms, including a variety of themed suites, the hotel seeks to provide a well-rounded "staycation" to its guests -- families, especially -- what with its proximity to the mall.
"The main experience is that everything is available to the guests. They have a direct access to the mall from the hotel," issued Juan Carlos "Pops" del Rosario, the hotel manager, in a press release.
The hotel has, in fact, partnered with establishments in the mall. "Conti's is our official breakfast provider," said del Rosario. "You can get room service from The Clubhouse menu or have an in-room massage and nail spa from Lunula. For the wedding market, there's Wash N Wear for laundry and dry cleaning."
Del Rosario says that "accessibility to the mall and the other places gives guests a multitude of options for dining and entertaining." Situated at the corner of Dona Hemady Street and Aurora Boulevard, the hotel provides access to restaurants and bars along Tomas Morato; the fabric and flea market in Kamuning; St. Luke's hospital; Mt. Carmel Shrine; and the event venue Oasis Manila, in San Juan.
Within its own turf, the hotel features a host of amenities. "Free WiFi from a dedicated router is available in the rooms and the lobby. The lobby and other open spaces are conducive to socializing," stated del Rosario. "There's a complimentary computer nook in the lobby where guests can check their email or search for items.”
There are different types of accommodations, as well. Among the Summit Magnolia's themed rooms is The Nostalgia Suite, designed with the iconic ice cream parlor's retro colors and various paraphernalia, including Magnolia milk bottles, the Magnolia logo, and the menu. Another themed room, the Magical Suite, features Moroccan furnishings. The Divine Room Suite, meanwhile, invokes a state of Zen with brushwork paintings and Oriental latticework.