First and only 5-star hotel in Mindanao closes doors as COVID-19 bites

After 22 years in service, Marco Polo Davao officially closed its doors.

The hotel is located at C.M. Recto Street Corner M. Roxas Avenue 8000 Davao City.

Apparently, it is the only five-star hotel in Mindanao

They posted the following on Facebook as they bid adieu.

About a month ago, the hotel’s management has already announced its impending closure. They thanked everyone who has supported the hotel over the last two decades.

“We extend our gratitude to everyone who has supported Marco Polo Davao for the past 22 years. We now look to the future with trust that we will all emerge in due course from this crisis in God’s time, and that we will do so with greater resolve and resiliency,” it wrote in a post.

Marco Polo Davao is the only luxury hotel in Mindanao, managed by an international hotel chain, Marco Polo Hotels, and is also registered under the prestigious Global Hotel Alliance.

When the hotel opened its doors in 1998, it began a new chapter in the history of Mindanao tourism, not only in building a remarkable landmark, but also a symbol of hospitality for the whole island. It was poised to fulfill a mission of contributing to the growth of Davao and Mindanao as a premier destination in the Philippines.

English is commonly used all throughout the country, making it easy for tourists and business travelers to move around each destination.

Davao city is one of the most developed and fast growing cities in the country, showing great promise in terms of business ventures, tourism traffic, and favorable cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is rich in culture as it is in land. Due to peace and order issues in the neighboring regions and the shortage of direct international flights, the city has had challenges in establishing better linkages with foreign countries. Nevertheless, the Marco Polo Davao has ushered in an era of renewed hope for prosperity, and considerably raised international profile. Entrepreneurs and multinational investors, attracted by success stories of burgeoning business opportunities in Davao, found a suitable place to stay in the shape of Marco Polo Davao. To date, the city is booming with new structures and additional players in the hotel industry.

Visible from miles around the city, Marco Polo Davao is the tallest structure and the first international deluxe hotel in Mindanao. It is the only establishment of its kind awarded with the ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition for its pro-active stance on environmental sustainability and energy conservation. It has also maintained a reputable position within the Marco Polo Hotels group, having won the Hotel of the Year award in the years 2007 and 2009.

Located in the heart of Davao City’s bustling business and commercial district, and only twenty minutes from the International Airport, the hotel is the first choice when it comes to hotel accommodation and special events. It has 245 rooms and suites and 12 function rooms that can cater to all kinds of social gatherings and business meetings.

Marco Polo Davao offers state of the art amenities, express Wifi internet connection, and highest global service standards. The hotel has continuously invested efforts in bringing fresh flavors to the local market, with its culinary specials in all of its food and beverage outlets. Over the years, the hotel became witness to numerous historical events and international meetings like the ASEAN Tourism Forum and the Philippines Development Forum, as well as other milestones that have become firsts for Davao.

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