The Monarch Hotel makes waves

CALASIAO— The Monarch Hotel, new four-star hotel here, the biggest in Pangasinan, is making waves among locals and visitors, with its aggressive promos in food, accommodation and guided tour packages.

Maria Thelma Valdepeñas, hotel general manager, told local newsmen that the hotel had a soft opening late last year and they expect to have their grand opening in December after all the 170 rooms shall have been completed.

Chef Leonardo prepares his specialty. (Willie Lomibao)

“Our facilities, our rooms are top notch,” she proudly said. The hotel has a swimming pool, a gym, 24-hour room service, a mini bar and a safe in each room and free internet access.

She said they have since been catering social functions, and the room sales are picking up and by industry standards, the hotel is doing very well.

She added that guests who enter the hotel for the first time cannot but be impressed with the ambience and decor but she was quick to point out that it is the staff that run The Monarch that make the difference.

“We have a very good team. I couldn’t do much without them, actually,” she admits.

Valdepeñas said a rainy day promotion is available: stay for three nights but pay for only two.

Each day is inclusive with buffet breakfast for two.

The hotel also offers day-tour packages for religious and historic churches in Pangasinan or Baguio.

To celebrate Fathers’ Day, the hotel will offer a week-long celebration with a fusion French cuisine with a with a Kapampangan touch. New dishes will be served each day.

The hotel invited Chef Leonard Vincent Garcia who operates three restaurants, namely Velvet Ganache, Pick Go and En Croute who immediately acceded to the request to share his magic touch in the kitchen using available fresh ingredients from Pangasinan to come up with a twist of taste for the French-Filipino dishes at P999 net per person.

He said he believes that time is ripe for Filipino cuisine to go international. “I think The Monarch Hotel, it’s really wow. I’m really speechless,” Garcia beamed with pride.

Garcia said having food as the center for the Father’s Day and Independence Day celebrations is “very Filipino” as “it is on our dining table with food that we discuss things”.

The Monarch Hotel, owned by the Guazon Group of Companies, is located at MacArthur Highway, Barangay San Miguel here across the Robinsons Place Pangasinan. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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