AccessMyLibrary provides FREE access to millions of articles from top publications available through your library.
Regional bank consultant Anderson Hill has visited Manila nearly every year since 2002. Each trip usually lasts several weeks, during which he stays in his favorite apartment. "In my first visit I was introduced to Discovery Suites by my organization," Mr. Anderson says in a letter to the management. "From that day till today I have never tried any other hotel in Manila."
Located in the heart of the Ortigas Business District, Discovery Suites houses 220 serviced apartments aimed squarely at long-stay guests. Like Mr. Hill, many of them work for foreign companies or international organizations and are on extended stints in the country, while a few are local executives and leisure travelers.
Discovery Suites, which opened in February 2000, became an appealing alternative to condominiums, which require additional maintenance and a lease term longer than the average visit, and hotels, which are often too expensive for weeks-long stay.
"We have a great location, and a great market to tap," says Bobby Horrigan, vice- president for hotel operations of HSAI-Raintree Hospitality Management and general manager of Discovery Suites. The hotel …