Ecoland Suites: Comfort and pleasure combined

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

LEISURE travelers and businessmen who frequently visit Davao City can find their home in the city -- where they can enjoy business or pleasure in comfort and style.

The city's newest boutique hotel, the Ecoland Suites, formally opened around 10 a.m. of October 10, 2010 (10.10.10) with a promise to provide personalized and impeccable service to clients who seek to enjoy optimum comfort and luxury.

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The three-storey Ecoland Suites, located at the corner of Tulip and Walnut streets, a stone's throw away from Mindanao's premiere shopping destination, the SM City Davao, at Ecoland in Matina, features 30 elegantly appointed guests rooms and suites.

Each room is fully airconditioned and equipped with wide LCD television with cable connection, hot and cold shower, mini bar (suite rooms), PABX telephone system, unlimited high-speed internet access and Vingcard key door lock system.

Even with these laudable room facilities that will help its guests to make their stay hassle-free, Ecoland Suites's owner Tessie Pascual said they made sure to offer a very fair and affrodable price.

"This is our own way to boost the city's tourism industry. We do believe that Davao can move further in terms of tourism...and we want to offer our own share," said Pascual, who manages the family-owned Mahayag Country Farms, an egg-producing company, in Bunawan.

It was their dealings with their suppliers and consultants, both local and foreign, in their livestock business that the Pascuals decided to operate a hotel.

"We believe there is a need for hotels because, like in our industry, the livestock industry... every now and then we have visitors from Manila and other countries. These are our suppliers and consultants. Every time they are around, we really have to find a place where they are comfortable...where we can have cordial interaction. That's why we decided to open a hotel," she said.

Pascual said they acquired the hotel's property, with an area of 1,068 square meters, in late 2000 when SM City Davao was still being constructed.

"This is a foreclosed property and we acquired this through a loan from the bank," Pascual told Sun.Star Davao in an interview Saturday.

So far, she said, the family has poured in a total investment of P20 million for the hotel, which has, at present, a total of 18 employees.

The hotel boasts of its modern facilities, including the 24-hour CCTV security camera to ensure the safety of its clients, standby generator, airport shuttle service, business center, high-speed elevator, 24-hour room service and function rooms, each can accommodate 80 to 100 guests.

Room facilities also include internet connection, which is of great help for the corporate guests as they can carry out their official work easily from the rooms of the hotel.

It also has its own coffee shop and bar located at the third floor of the hotel.

But what makes this boutique hotel different?

Pascual made mention of the hotel's sauna and spa services that, she said, offer the best form of massage, patterned from high-end resorts in Luzon.

"We hired consultants from those resorts to train our therapists," she said, adding that the hotel offers the traditional hilot or himas, in addition to those offered in upsacle hotels, like Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu and Reflexology.

The hotel employs six therapists who have undergone rigid trainings on the different forms of massage.

"We decided to have that spa because most of our clients are hardworking businessmen and we want them to enjoy all the comforts they need, like a soothing massage after a hard day's work. They need to relax," Pascual said.

This spa and sauna services, according to Pascual, "is something they cannot found in other boutique hotels."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 11, 2010.


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