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History at Your Doorstep

As published on Malaya Business Insight, September 18, 2015


Strategically located by the Manila Bay, the Admiral Baysuites is the rebirth of Admiral Hotel, the landmark that once catered to visiting prominent personalities, dignitaries and royalty.


Named after Admiral George Dewey, the Admiral Hotel was the hub of the Philippine elite during the pre-war era and hosted the most distinguished visitors to the country which include former US President Hervert Hoover, Britain’s Lord Mountbatten, and General Douglas MacArthur.


Every part of the Admiral Baysuites was conceptualized to create the royal experience that most people covet but few can truly obtain. The premier club amenities of the property cover an area of 4,715.984 square meters. These amenities include a gym, a gallery, a game room, a KTV room, a mini-theater, a music room, a poker and a mah jong room, a billiards room, and a 25-meter lap pool.


One of the things that makes Admiral Baysuites extraordinary, is that the property enjoys an unobstructed view of the Manila Bay and its glorious sunset. Because it is located at the center of Roxas Boulevard, the sun sets right in front of the residential condominium, as if the stunning sight was made especially for the pleasure of its residents. Indeed, nowhere else in the vicinity is the sunset more magnificent or more striking than when viewed from Admiral Baysuites.


To take advantage of the great views around the property, Anchor Land put a balcony on each unit. The balconies of the project are larger than the standard balconies of condominiums. The minimum size covers 5.90 square meters and the largest balcony go up to 38.70 square meters, a truly significant feature of the development.


Additionally, not only does your unit come with a charming association to history and an amazing sunset, but also the services you get as a resident is truly beyond comparison. The project offers the exclusive services of a club right within the comforts of your condominium suites.


The building, which was finished in 1939, initially operated as a luxury apartment known as the Admiral Apartments and was home to some of the country’s prominent families, including the Lopez-Araneta family which built it. The 8-storey building was the most visible man-made structure from the sea and thus became a beacon for seafarers entering Manila Bay. It eventually became a popular landmark.


In 2009, Anchor Land acquired the historic Admiral Hotel from the Lopez family, and made plans to redevelop the property into a boutique hotel while preserving its design and historic legacy to the Filipino nation. Included in the plans is the construction of a second building within the sprawling property to complement the original structure, thus giving more clients the chance to own part of the historic Manila landmark.


Today, these plans have already taken form and the Admiral Baysuites is currently being renovated to be a European-inspired luxury boutique hotel and a 53-storey residential condominium.


The wealth of heritage on the grounds of Admiral Baysuites made it possible for the 5-star Boutique Hotel to be included in Accor’s prestigious MGallery Collection of unique, upscale hotels. Each hotel in the Collection brings to life a unique personality and story, experienced by guests through its architecture, interior design and services. The Admiral Baysuites’ history, character and location by the Manila Bay make it the perfect candidate to join the Collection and will make it the first MGallery in the Philippines.


The residential building is laid out to feature two separate wings. The West Wing offers spacious residential suites of three to five bedrooms in flat or bi-level. A very limited number of only sixteen units, will also have their own private pools within their homes.


The East Wing, on the other hand, offers more practical, one and two-bedroom residential suites. A one bedroom unit covers 96.5 to 100.30 square meters. All of the units are laid out to maximize space and fully furnished with carefully chosen fixtures and equipment.


Certainly, these lavish amenities make this property one of history’s most luxurious addresses.


Hailed as the Best Residential Interior Design category at the Philippines Property Awards 2013, and the Best Luxury Condo Development in Manila in 2014, Admiral Baysuites sets the standard of modernized sophisticated lifestyle experience.


All the residents can enjoy the harmony of Old Spanish interiors, elite amenities and 5-star white glove hotel grade service. Housekeeping, room service and laundry service are all available for the residents of the property.


As you take pleasure in your luxurious daily life, there is no need to worry about security for you and your family because another remarkable feature of the property is its tight security. CCTV cameras monitor all the common areas including the lobby. Every person using the lifts going up to the residential floors is required to have a Club Access Card.