Hundreds of stunning chartreuse cymbidium blooms in the lobby of the Sofitel, Manila. Floral displays in snazzy hotels have improved over the last few years; in fact, for several real five star properties in many countries, the flowers are a major part of the customer experience, particularly in the entry foyer. Hotels in Philippines have often put token arrangements, usually unimpressive and almost certainly low budget. Even the Shangrila and Peninsula Makati have often underwhelming arrangements… So imagine my surprise when Mrs. MM and I walked into the Sofitel, Manila last night and was greeted by this spectacular display of cymbidiums!
It was impressive not just for the type of flower, but the masses of it as well. At least 50 luscious stems of chartreuse blooms here and elsewhere in the lobby were a feast for the eyes. Clearly, the hotel has a substantial floral budget. At even just $20 per stem wholesale and these are definitely imported, this was probably at least $1,000 or PHP40,000 worth of blooms… Beautiful AND extravagant.
With hundreds of rooms, thousands of guests and visitors every day, the arrangement will be enjoyed by many, and its cost amortized over the 7-10 days it will remain there. Most folks may not have realized how unusual and costly this display was, but kudos to the Sofitel’s housekeeper, is all I can say!
P.S. I have stayed at the Radisson, Cebu for the past two years or so, and I have to say, they are one of the few hotels in the South that really pay attention to the floral display in their lobby and other public areas… and they often use all locally sourced flowers and foliage.