Here's your first look at the massive expansion of the 5 star hotel: the newly opened Marriott Grand Ballroom–the country's largest and most high-tech Grand Ballroom–and three new dining destinations that are opening soon.
The brand new grand ballroom is one of the biggest projects of Resorts World Manila, and actually saw its beginnings back in 2009. Now that it is open to the public for bookings, it aims to tap the MICE market not just in the Philippines but also within its neighbors in Asia — MICE stands for "Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions." At the recent press launch, it was revealed to the guests and media that a total of 140 million USD was spent in creating the premiere meeting destination in the Philippines, the country's largesst ballroom to date. With a tagline "Meetings Imagined" Marriott Grand Ballroom will work closely with every client for their F&B planning, customizing a food and drink menu to suit the personality of every event rather than having specific 'set menus' that can be limiting.
Marriott Grand Balloom: Fast Facts
- Marriott Hotel Manila has a total of 10,000 sqm of function space
- The Marriott Grand Ballroom (MGB) has 3,000 sqm of pillarless venue
- MGB can accomodate 4,000 guests with a theater or cocktail set-up, an elegant banquet for 2,500, a classroom set-up for 1,200 — the space versatile and flexible to meet the specific requirements of events
- MGB can be subdivided into 4 sections, and is the only venue using SkyFold Technology, vertical folding partitions coming from the ceiling
- MGB also is the first in the country to have 176 Programmable Pillow Ceiling Lights, changing to 360 colors and adjusting ceiling height for more intimate gatherings
- It is purposely designed venue for weddings: it features a glamourous photo venue, bridal suites with private gardens, and versatile ceremonial halls
- MGB is located at a four storey building, complete with all-purpose halls, meeting rooms, and dining outlets; it also has 6 levels of basement parking that houses 1,505 underground parking spaces
- Marriott Grand Ballroom will formally open on July 1, 2015 with a 5-Course Sit-Down Dinner and a special concert featuring James Ingram.
Opening Soon: 3 New Dining Outlets
Aside from the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the major expansion includes new food and beverage outlets, and soon, additional 228 hotel rooms at its West Wing (it currently offers 342 rooms and sutes).
Gourmet Coffee Shop
What to expect: premium coffee creations, Felchin’s hot chocolate, house blend smoothies, homemade yogurt, pastries and sweets
Crema will be the future lounge for all of Marriott Manila's dessertarians. The sweet tooth can enjoy a selection of many desserts, sweets you can lick with your spoon, slice with a knife, or eat with your hands. The coffee shop will have Artisan Yogurts by Yogurt Inc., offering Vanilla Soft Yogurt (P120/plain) that can be ordered with assorted toppings, with 20 to choose from at the counter top. Sweets to eat include Cheesecake (P270), Flourless Chocolate Feuilletine (P250), Buko Pandan Salad (P180), Strawberry Tart (P230), Macapuno Egg Tart, Ensaymada, Muffins, and Croissants.
Their beverage line is extensive. They will offer Frappes (P240/P260 in mocha, caramel, espresso, green tea) and Lattes (chai, green tea), while their coffee selection is a lineuop of classics and favorites (Americano, Latte, Mocha, Caramel Macciato, White Chocolate Mocha, Cappuccino, Espresso). There's Hot Chocolate prepared two ways–with Felchin Swiss Hot Chocolate (P160/P180/P190) or Philippine Hot Chocolate (P140/P160/P170); Hot Tea (P180), Iced Tea (P180), and Fruit Smoothies (P220) will also be available. Drink and food pairings are offered with Crema Signature Combos: there's Americano Coffee or Hot Tea served with Cake (P399) if you like it sweet, or Americano Coffee or Hot Tea served with Sausage Roll (P299) if you prefer savory.
Modern Asian Noodle Bar
What to Expect: refined and unique noodle dishes prepared in an open kitchen, showcasing modern and traditional Asian dishes.
From small plates to rice bowls, heartwarming soup bowls to noodle dishes, Mian will offer customers craving for Asian food many savory options — all served fresh, hot, and fast. To start your meal, you can have appetizers like Pork Jiaozi (P180), Shrimp Lumpia Sariwa (P210), and Sausage Empanada (P210). Rice cravings will be satisfied with a trio of Filipino rice bowls: Beef Caldereta (P550), Pork Adobo (P540), and Chicken Guinataan (P490).
The specialty of Mian are their rice, egg, and ramen noodles, so when it opens to the public, foodies should check out their soup bowls like Chef's Beef Noodles (P420), Pork Miso Ramen (P410), Chicken Dumplings (P410), and Shrimp, Pork and Vegetable Lomi Soup (P390). Noodle plates that will be offered include Pansit Canton (P550) egg noodles, Stir Fried Clams (P540) in egg noodles, Braised Pork Belly (P580) in udon, and Vegetable (P400) glass noodles. There will be a weekly Chef's Noodle Soup Bowl and Noodle Dish if you fancy something different and want to leave it up to the chef to surprise you with different oriental spices and flavors. Beverage options include Hot Tea, Chai and Green Tea Lattes, assorted Iced Teas, and Bubble Tea in Green Tea or Chai Tea flavors.
What to Expect: fresh and quick eats to be enjoyed in a casual deli setting or wherever you wish, if you're a foodie on the go.
At a sneak peek of Allegro, spotted on their shelves were chilled sandwiches and wraps to-go, already conveniently packed in boxes or plastic: Ham and Cheese Sandwich (P320), BLT Sandwich (P290), Grilled Chicken and Cheese Wrap (P340), Tuna Sandwich (P310). Also available are Maki Sushi Rolls for take-out: Unagi Maki (P320/6pcs) and Boston Maki (P280/6pcs). For lighter and healthier eats, Allegro offers fresh Gourmet Salads to bring home,such as Chef's Salad (P380), Greek Salad (P380), and Tuna Nicoise (P350). For heartier savory options, they have a Chef Crafted Sandwich: the signature Maple Smoked Beef Striploin (P450/6 inch, P580/12 inch) always made fresh and served warm; they also offer French Cheese Tarts in flavors of Ham and Gruyere Cheese (P330) and Portabello Mushroom and Gruyere Cheese (P330).
For your sweet tooth, grab-and-go dessert cups with flavors ranging from healthy and fruity to chocolatey and decadent line up their shelves: Fruit Salad (P180), Coconut Rice Mango Pudding (P170), Carrot Cake (P260), Blueberry Cheesecake Cobbler (P260), Chocolate Strawberry Muesli Yogurt, Tiramisu, Apple Crumble Yogurt, and Missisippi Mud Pie. For warm sweet treats, pastry and baked goods are sold, like Strawberry Danish, Carrot Muffins, Banana, and assorted cookies. The soon to open deli will also offer coffee and espresso, frappes, fresh juices, lemonade, iced teas, and smoothies. For winding down during evenings, they have draft beer and wine by the glass or bottle.
Marriott Manila is located at 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City. Golf carts are especially provided for free transfers from the hotel to the Marriott Grand Ballroom. For inquiries and bookings, call +632-988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com. Like MarriottManila on Facebook (/Marriotthotelmanila), follow on Twitter (@marriottmanila) and Instragran (@manilamarriott)