The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has unveiled a historical marker at the newly-reopened Luneta Hotel in Manila.
Luneta Hotel was reconstructed jointly by its private owners and the NHCP. Because it was considered a historical site, NHCP ensured that every detail of the hotel since it first opened for business in 1918 was restored.
Luneta Hotel owner Dr. Grace Francisco-Torres said that giving the hotel a historical marker challenges its administration to enrich further its historical and cultural value.
The French renaissance-styled hotel was designed by Spanish architect-engineer Salvador Farre. According to its owners, the hotel became popular among the elites and foreign dignitaries in the country during the colonial period. It survived the bombing of Manila by Japanese soldiers and sheltered American GIs during World War II.
The unveiling of the historical marker and soft launch of Luneta Hotel was also attended by NHCP Chair Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Manila Tourism Consultant Carlos Celdran, among others.
Luneta Hotel will resume operations on 24th June 2014. The prices of its suites range from PhP2,900 to less than PhP9,000.