TRMH proposed 3rd tower eyed as mixed- use development

EXPANSION. The Royal Mandaya Hotel general manager Benjamin Banzon discusses the plans and programs for the Escandor Group of Companies’ newly acquired property, The Royale House, during a news conference on Tuesday. LEAN DAVAL JR.
EXPANSION. The Royal Mandaya Hotel general manager Benjamin Banzon discusses the plans and programs for the Escandor Group of Companies’ newly acquired property, The Royale House, during a news conference on Tuesday. LEAN DAVAL JR.

The Royal Mandaya Hotel is planning to build a mixed-use third tower. 

TRMH General Manager Benjamin Banzon told Edge Davao that the Escandor-owned hotel recently acquired the 250 square meter property beside the hotel which brings the entire area to 1,600 square meters where the third tower will be located.

“There is no confirmation yet on the compositions of the proposed third tower but the board is considering to develop it as a mixed-use building. But we really cannot finalize it yet how the tower would be developed, which is which? Is it be another hotel or a condo? Or commercial? The board has not decided yet whether half of the tower would be a hotel or a condotel?” said Banzon. 

Banzon said they are still doing in depth studies for the proposed 3rd tower. He said they cannot determine yet how many floors the tower will be having.

“No exact details on the compositions of the proposed tower yet because we are still on the planning stage. But we can assure that we are going to comply the maximum limit of Davao City,” he said. 

The upcoming tower will become part of the existing two towers of Mandaya Hotel with first tower of nine floors and second tower of eight floors. 

The 181-room TRMH has also allocated P50 million to improve its facilities including the function halls, ballrooms, and the rooms. 

Banzon said they will be adding a gym while the spa will be renovated in the same area. Currently, the pool area is undergoing renovation.

In 2017, TRMH, one of the oldest and biggest in the city, made an announcement  to build a third tower with a three-level parking area. 

During the announcement, Banzon said the third tower would be the place that will address one of the weaknesses of the hotel, which is the parking area because they will be putting three floors depending on the requirements of having the numbers of rooms against the available slot for the parking. 

“Things happened at the right time at the right place and we already started doing plans for the third tower,” he said.