Alain Borgers has been in the hospitality management for over two decades and he is not slowing down. After retiring from a huge international brand of hotels and properties, he takes the reins of the Alpha Suites as president and consultant to Alphaland Corporation's Chairman Bobby Ongpin. Moreover, he also works as consultant to Modena Group and Field Realty, which are also both into real estate and hospitality management. On a side note, he will also be opening soon his French restaurant Metronome, together with Elbert Cuenca and the Joël Robuchon-trained chef Miko Calo. As Alpha Suites recently opened its doors to the public, Alain is guiding it to blossom in the hospitality industry, particularly in the line of five-star luxury serviced residences at the heart of the city's business district.
ALAIN BORGERS: The interiors undeniably Bobby Ongpin's taste, flair, and international experience. The advantage of the Alpha Suites is that you have 250 well-appointed rooms (one, two, and three-bedroom suites) that are spacious, in a great location, and part of the Alphaland Makati Place complex where you can access facilities of the City Club. It gives a unique package in the suite or residence business that no one else has in Makati.
PT: What for you is the ideal staycation experience or a suite life experience.
AB: Well, it is a combination of all that… First, if you are interested in the suite product, you’re interested in space. Obviously, we have that here. What is also important is the facilities that you have inside your suite. Here, it is fully equipped. You can cook in the full-sized kitchen, and you have all the other necessary appliances and equipment. Why look for a suite when you come to Manila instead of a classic hotel? There are reasons for that and for one, you need independence, freedom and space. Here you can have that. Plus all the other products that we can offer. That makes the difference.
The Alpha Suites is the city's newest 5-star serviced residences that caters to discerning business and leisure travellers. From high-end interiors to upscale amenities, every state-of-the-art suite was designed with the highest-quality bespoke furnishings and features; they come complete with a full-size kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a comfortable living area, a spacious bedroom, and Philippe Starck-designed Duravit bathroom fixtures. Each suite is generously sized, ranging from 63-sqm one-bedroom suites to a 262-sqm three-bedroom Presidential Suite, created to provide living spaces where you can relax, work and play in the same comfort you would enjoy at home.
Along with its prestigious Ayala Avenue Ext. address and top-of-the-line amenities, the comprehensive range of luxury guest facilities includes an expansive 80-metre lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool and 500-sqm gym, as well as access to nine fine restaurants (the same acclaimed restaurants in The Alpha Suites’ sister company, Balesin Island Club); to sports and recreational facilities, such as indoor tennis, basketball, badminton, and squash courts, boxing and martial arts arena, billiards, high-definition virtual golf simulator, private screening room, Wii game room; to Aegle Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art integrative health and wellness center, and Top of the Alpha, Manila’s most exciting new jazz bar and lounge. Business travellers can hold impressive meetings and corporate events at the meeting rooms, 76-seat auditorium, banquet hall, Tabacalera Cigar Divan, or in the private dining rooms. All the amenities ensure utmost privacy as they are exclusive to The Alpha Suites guests and The City Club members.
Guests can also pick up fresh produce and shop for their daily needs at The Shops at Alphaland Makati Place Mall just an elevator ride away. Long-stay guests can even avail of the convenient pre-arrival refrigerator stocking service for essentials such as milk and eggs. Overseas travellers can also rent a pocket Wi-Fi to stay connected when they step out.
In a nutshell, The Alpha Suites exceeds the typical hotel experience with its unbeatable array of amenities and with an incredible bang for your buck, with rates starting at PHP6,000++.