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The rise of the business boutique hotel
Written by Joy Angelica Subido    Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00    Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info)

Designed for business travelers: One of the 71 rooms at Hotel 878 in Libis, Quezon City

MANILA, Philippines - It is mainly a matter of reputation and name recall. When unsure of a product or service, the consumer will likely rely on well-known brands that have a history of delivering good results. The principle holds true in the hotel industry, where consumers will generally opt to stay at any of the more established hotel chains because they are tentative about risking convenience and comfort. Still, there are advantages in choosing to stay in a smaller, lesser-known hotel. Other than the thrill of trying something new, it is expected that the smaller establishments offer a more personal, “homey” quality of service. Rates may be more affordable, too.

Apart from competition from the big hotel chains, what are some of the challenges encountered in running a smaller hotel? We asked Isabel Golamco, financial officer of Hotel 878, a 71-room business boutique hotel in Libis, Quezon City.

“The challenge, of course, is logistics,” she states. “A small property cannot have the luxury of a huge staff.” But she is convinced that this drawback can easily be overcome “if everyone involved has the right attitude of ‘service above all’ and extending to each guest the hospitality of one’s home.” She continues, “True, there are difficulties in running a smaller hotel, but there are also advantages. In a hotel such as ours, it is easier to keep track of our guests and attend to their various needs and concerns.” She is convinced that “flexibility is the key to great service.”

“A smaller-size boutique hotel can afford to give the best service at affordable rates,” she continues. “We are just following the trend nowadays of bringing travel to a more affordable yet still pleasant level.” She is certain that as in any industry, knowing one’s market is key to business success. “We are targeting the business or independent traveler who finds it convenient to be in the area of Libis, Quezon City.”  Areas within a five- to 10-minute radius to Golamco’s Hotel 878 are Eastwood City, Marikina, Cubao, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Cainta and the exclusive residential subdivisions of Corinthian, Greenmeadows, White Plains, St. Ignatius Village, Blue Ridge and Valle Verde 1 to 6. The hotel is just a few minutes away from health institutions like The Medical City and universities like the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines.

“Our location is accessible both by private and public vehicles. We are right along C-5, the main artery running north to south of Metro Manila connecting the North Luzon Expressway and the South Luzon Expressway.  The visitor does not have to get caught in the traffic gridlock of entering the metropolis, especially if you just have to move north to south or vice versa, or if your business activities are concentrated in the areas within the five- to 10-minute radius of Libis, QC.   In this case, our hotel becomes the most pleasant and practical option.”

Business boutique hotel Hotel 878 provides good service at affordable rates. (Photo by Maplandia.com)

Why put up a smaller-sized hotel? “The idea actually came from the Department of Tourism,” shares Golamco.  “We attended a meeting a few years back where it was mentioned that, although there were so many tourists interested in coming to Metro Manila and the Philippines, there were not enough good-quality hotels that offered affordable accommodation.  Oftentimes, travelers would have to book in one of the international hotel chains of the four- or five-star variety in order to get the comfort and service they wanted.  Unfortunately, not all travelers found this to be a practical idea.  At the same time, we also noticed the growing development and business activity in the Libis area.  That was when we decided to invest in putting up a boutique hotel and address this pressing need.”

For Golamco, however, the most rewarding aspect about being in the hotel industry is that “it gives us the opportunity to promote our city or country to all transients — whether they are local or international visitors — each time we ‘sell’ our hotel.  We feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction when repeat guests tell us that this is their home away from home.”

For inquiries, reservations and to avail of ongoing promotions, call Hotel 878’s sales office at 709-0154, 585-8500, 506-6508 or 624-8398. Or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.hotel878libis.com.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=776823

 
Right smack in the middle
Written by Bryan B. Garcia    Sunday, 22 January 2012 00:00    Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info)

MANILA, Philippines — In today’s frantic and frenzied world, one vital asset to have on your side is location. Being at the right place is as important as being at the right time and may very well be the thing that separates a successful venture from a failed one.


This is especially true for establishments offering lodging in and around the city. Aside from the aesthetics and comfort that other hotels provide, being around the right places is almost always a sure way of attracting patrons.


One place that fits the bill when it comes to being in the thick of things is Hotel 878. Located at the heart of Quezon City, this boutique hotel is surrounded by a thriving community in Libis. Just a stone’s throw away from the Eastwood City, the hotel feeds off the pulsating mood of this prominent hot spot.


A number of people places can also be found just a few minutes ride from Hotel 878. Going south, there’s the native inspired market place Tiendesitas and the same C5 Road eventually leads to the thriving Global City in Taguig. Going north, there’s Loyola Heights where noted universities like Ateneo and the University of the Philippines are located. Also along the stretch of Katipunan Avenue are coffee shops, diners and fast food joints where one can just simply hang out and pass the time.


A destination mostly overlooked yet significant nonetheless because of its historic roots is the City of Marikina. Located eastward from Hotel 878, the country’s Shoe Capital offers a look at how the Filipino working class evolved through their food, products and their overall lifestyle. The city also serves as a gateway to the province of Rizal which holds much wonder for the curious and adventurous.


What’s good about Hotel 878 is that the ambience that greets guests after a tiring day is filled with elegance and sophistication. Thehotel offers cozy deluxe rooms, spacious two-storey loft units as well as luxurious one-bedroom suites which all employ a classical motif of white and dark wood coupled with earth colored fixtures.


Dining at the hotel also has its perks as Café 878, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, cooks up simple yet hearty sandwiches, pasta and various specialty dishes. Hotel 878 also offers spa treatments and massage services to relax and revitalize guests. It is also a good place for business meetings and special occasions.


Located right smack in the middle of busy Libis, Hotel 878 relishes the idea of being in the thick of things. Surrounded by vibrant scenes and warm people, it serves as an oasis at the heart of the city where spaces become temporary rooms and strangers become lifetime friends.


For more information on Hotel 878 call telephone numbers 709-0154 and 585-8500 or visit their website at www.hotel878libis.com.

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/348895/right-smack-middle#.Txtu1pn0W9k.email

 
Philippine Star: Home sweet hotel in Eastwood
Written by Jennifer Ong    Saturday, 08 October 2011 12:00    Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info)

Hotel 878 boasts 71 tastefully decorated guestrooms, composed of deluxe rooms, two-level lofts, and a one-bedroom suite. My personal favorite here is the loft, a bi-level room with ample space to relax and even do some work when you feel like it. It is a 38-square-meter room that comes with a daybed, mini bar, and a work/dining table.MANILA, Philippines - In the bustling city of Eastwood, Libis, one hotel stands out not because it is trying to be fancier than most but simply because it prides itself on providing a charming home for its guests. To many, Hotel 878 is an urban oasis, a true home away from home where even the staff becomes an extended family.

“Our hotel is simply called Hotel 878 because our address is 878 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,” says Ma. Isabel Golamco, Hotel 878 chief financial officer.

878 is a very auspicious number among the Chinese and hence, it was decided it was best to name the hotel after its own address.

Hotel 878 has only been around since January 2010, but already, it has attracted a horde of regulars who has opted to make the hotel their home in the metro. Fact is, long-staying guests here are so common that Hotel 878 is offering long-staying rates for those staying a minimum of one week.

Hotel 878 boasts 71 tastefully decorated guestrooms, composed of deluxe rooms, two-level lofts, and a one-bedroom suite. My personal favorite here is the loft, a bi-level room with ample space to relax and even do some work when you feel like it. It is a 38-square-meter room that comes with a daybed, mini bar, and a work/dining table.

As far as services go, Hotel 878 provides free Wi-Fi in all of its rooms. There are also laundry service, tours & transport assistance, 24-hour guest service, nightly turndown service as well as 24-hour security.

Hotel 878 also comes complete with a coffee shop, business center facilities, safety deposit boxes, function rooms, and covered parking.

Café 878, the hotel’s signature coffee shop, is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving up a medley of comfort foods which guests can also order through room service.

Meanwhile, for total relaxation, book an in-room massage service from the Hotel 878’s spa to ease out the stress from your body.

And with the merriest  and probably “marryest”  season of all just around the proverbial corner, it’s nice to know that Hotel 878 also offers a range of pre-wedding packages that couples can enjoy. There’s the Before “I Do” package, which comes with an overnight stay for two at Hotel 878’s one-bedroom suite at P8,900 net while the Glowing Bride package comes with an overnight package for two at the hotel’s loft room at P8,100 net. Both packages come with complimentary breakfast, a function room photo shoot or bridal entourage makeup, a sandwich platter good for 10 persons, welcome flowers in the room, a complimentary gift for the bride, a 10-percent discount on extra room night stay, and an extra person rate of P700 net with breakfast.

Surely, at Hotel 878, guests are never too far away from home.

 
Manila Bulletin: Going 878
Written by Jacky Lynne A. Oiga    Saturday, 15 May 2010 21:36    Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info)

The area of Libis in Quezon City has progressively gained a reputation as the yuppie ghetto frequented by corporate and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) employees spilling out of the nearby offices and skyscrapers in Eastwood City. With a string of fashionable bars and nightspots lining the streets, the area’s nightlife is also enormously popular with expats and residents living in the eastern side of the Metro.

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HOTEL 878 LIBIS

E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5) 'Libis', Bagumbayan, Quezon City 1100, Metro Manila Philippines
•Tel: (+63 2) 709.0154 •Telefax: (+63 2) 709.0370
•Mobile: (+63) 917.525.5170, (+63) 917.833.9702, (+63) 917.888.2122 (+63) 917.569.9590 •Email: inquiries@hotel878libis.com