By JAMES A. LOYOLA
Budget hotel chain ZEN Rooms has partnered with DEI Properties of real estate veteran Danilo Ignacio to launch ZEN Premium Uptown BGC, the first and only budget hotel in Bonifacio Global City.
In a statement, ZEN Rooms said the newly built hotel has 105 rooms and is conveniently located alongside Kalayaan Avenue, only five minutes away walk from Uptown Mall with rates starting at only ₱1,500 per night.
The building is owned by DEI Properties, one of the leading family-owned developers in the Philippines.
The opening of ZEN Premium Uptown BGC is part of ZEN’s continuous effort in providing a solution to the lack of affordable accommodations the country’s most dynamic business district, in line with its aim to democratize travel to all.
“BGC Developers have built an amazing modern city with tremendous appeal but with unfortunately no affordable hotels, leading to nonsense situations where business travellers are forced to either spend excessively on high-end hotels at the Fort or commute hours to reach their meetings in BGC,” said ZEN Rooms Co-Founder and CEO Nathan Boublil.
He added that, “With the launch of ZEN Premium Uptown, we are delighted to be putting an end to this unfair nonsense with our partner DEI Properties.”
In 2016, ZEN Rooms entered the Philippines with the aim to radically improve the value-for-money of hotels in the country, historically plagued by high prices, unsafe facilities and poor guest ratings.
In 2017, ZEN launched ZEN Homes in BGC, the first affordable, professionally-run service apartment brand in the Philippines.
The firm noted that, presently, there are only 5 hotels in BGC, all of which are 4 and 5-star properties with rates of ₱8,000 and above per night.