(This feature was published in Metro Society, December 2011 issue)
Its unassuming facade contradicts the lavish interiors of Midas Hotel. Located along one of the city’s busiest streets, the hotel has a simple exterior that is hardly noticeable, but entering the building, one will be greeted with such opulence–high ceilings, an elegantly decorated lobby, and much more. This boutique hotel is located in a landmark building where former establishments Hyatt Regency Manila, Savoy Philippines, and The Sheraton, used to stand.
Something old and something new
Despite having a very modern and upbeat design, the hotel has somehow managed to preserve vestiges of its past. In the hotel lobby, one cannot miss the floor-to-ceiling adobe walls and pillars, which were part of the original structure. These were integrated into the new design by layering them with chrome and crystals. The walls support the display shelves, which are adorned with custom-cut Swarovski crystals that sparkle as light passes through them. The extravagant shelves complement the stylish Italian furniture pieces by Poltrona Frau and Philippe Starck–the soft seats match the simple glass-top tables well.
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