By CEDIE SALIDO
In the long list of historical places in the country, Manila has a fair share of stories to tell. In fact, most of the places in this city, if not all of them, have an interesting narrative included in our history. Even our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, spent time in this city, from high school years at the Ateneo Municipal, his college years spent at the original campus of the University of Santo Tomas, up to his last breath in Bagumbayan.
In Manila, there is a place where past and present co-exist all at once— the district of Binondo.
Built in 1594, the district of Binondo is dubbed as the oldest Chinatown in the world. It was created by Spanish governor-general Luis Pérez Dasmariñas as a permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholicism.
With so much value given to culture and tradition, Binondo is a perfect example of how heritage is felt in the present. This can be observed on many occasions—in wearing red during Chinese New Year to bring in luck, joy, and happiness.
Recently, Binondo added a new milestone to its long history. Megaworld introduced a new homegrown hotel brand in the district, the Hotel Lucky Chinatown.
With 93 rooms and suites, this is Megaworld’s eight hotels to open and is considered to be Binondo’s most modern but with an authentic Chinatown vibe that remains true to the district’s heritage.
Located along Reina Regente Street, the hotel is directly connected via footbridge to Lucky Chinatown Mall, providing easy access to convenient shopping. It has an all-day dining restaurant named Café de Chinatown managed by the Raintree Group of Companies.
Aside from all-day dining, the hotel also prides itself with a high-ceiling grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 350 guests in a banquet setting and can be divided into three smaller ballrooms. It also has a boardroom and three meeting rooms for smaller groups. Guest can also enjoy the hotel’s zabana bar, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, and fitness center.
“Our idea is to blend modernity with Binondo’s heritage. While Hotel Lucky Chinatown features a modern contemporary design, the moment our guests get out of the hotel, they will feel the culture that is truly Chinatown,” says Jeremy Russell Go, resident manager of Hotel Lucky Chinatown.
Present at the hotel’s grand opening were Hotel Lucky Chinatown resident manager Jeremy Go, Megaworld chief operating officer Lourdes T. Gutierrez-Alfonso, Department of Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Megaworld chief strategy officer Kevin L.Tan, and Global One Hotel, Inc. managing director Raymundo Melendres.
With its strategic location, Lucky Chinatown Hotel is perfect for tourists who want to experience not only Chinatown but also the rich culture of Manila. It won’t even take an hour’s drive to from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and is a few minutes away from the Manila Bay area, where you can watch one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets.