54 nostalgic years of Hotel Del Rio: Bring back the glory days!

Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas and businessman Alfonso Tan lead the ceremonial switching on of Hotel Del Rio’s festive lights.
Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas and businessman Alfonso Tan lead the ceremonial switching on of Hotel Del Rio’s festive lights.

“TONIGHT is a celebration of gratitude and traditions,” said Hotel Del Rio and Iloilo Convention Center – ICON chief operating officer Allan Tan on Dec. 8, highlighting the homegrown hotel’s more than five-decade legacy as one of the city’s enduring icons. “This is our little way of saying thank you for always being there, for always supporting Hotel Del Rio.”

Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas, interior designer and architect Edgardo “Edgar” Lopez Suelo, and businessman and Tan family patriarch Alfonso Tan
Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas, interior designer and architect Edgardo “Edgar” Lopez Suelo, and businessman and Tan family patriarch Alfonso Tan

To cap off 2019, Hotel Del Rio is treating Ilonggo families to the best of the classic Filipino Christmas, with a slate of events and offerings that seek to bring back nostalgia for the Yuletide seasons of yore – all the while, also reliving the hotel’s glory days as an establishment synonymous with Ilonggo revelry and celebration.

Hotel Del Rio Property manager Eden Momblan introduces the men and women behind the iconic hospitality brand.
Hotel Del Rio Property manager Eden Momblan introduces the men and women behind the iconic hospitality brand.

Hotel Del Rio kicked off its Holiday festivities with aplomb on Dec. 8 with its very first “Joyful Cheers” Christmas Lighting Ceremony to unveil its merry new décor for the month of December. Featuring the designs of celebrated Ilonggo artist and interior designer Architect Edgardo “Edgar” Lopez Suelo, Hotel Del Rio’s lobby features rustic Yuletide scenes and charming sinamay parols – all paying homage to the aesthetic of a classic Filipiniana Pasko and showcasing the exquisiteness of quality Ilonggo craftsmanship.

Hotel Del Rio pays homage to the aesthetic of a classic Filipiniana Pasko and showcases the exquisiteness of quality Ilonggo craftsmanship.
Hotel Del Rio pays homage to the aesthetic of a classic Filipiniana Pasko and showcases the exquisiteness of quality Ilonggo craftsmanship.

“Today, Hotel Del Rio stands as the sole truly Ilonggo hospitality brand in the city. With our first Christmas Lighting ceremony, we celebrate Hotel Del Rio’s legacy and the nostalgia of this establishment as a true Ilonggo icon – while also heralding an exciting year ahead for this hotel, as we begin our rebuilding and bringing back the glory days of Hotel Del Rio,” said Edna Gepte, Hotel Del Rio and Iloilo Convention Center – ICON Director of Sales & Marketing.

With its unique vista overlooking the Iloilo River, Hotel Del Rio was first established in 1965, now boasting a more than half a century legacy as an Ilonggo landmark and icon – a pioneer of the city’s hospitality industry for five decades now.  Ahead of its milestone 55th anniversary next year, Hotel Del Rio is gearing up for a slate of revamps as it reintroduces the property as a modern homegrown brand – with sleek and contemporary amenities that pay tribute to local color – yet still firmly grounded on the nostalgia of its glory days and its place in the history of Iloilo City.

The JBLFMU Kinaadman Chorale serenades the crowd with nostalgic Christmas carols.
The JBLFMU Kinaadman Chorale serenades the crowd with nostalgic Christmas carols.

Filipino Family Christmas

For this Yuletide season, Hotel Del Rio is paying tribute to the classic Filipino Christmas, putting Ilonggo families at the center of it all. Starting this Dec. 16, the hotel begins its “9 Mornings Breakfast Buffet” to coincide with the annual Simbang Gabi. Café Del Prado will be opening as early as five in the morning to welcome churchgoers with a sumptuous breakfast spread that includes the quintessential after Simbang Gabi treats bibingka with salted egg and puto bumbong, freshly-baked and synonymous with the Christmas experience at just P595.00 nett. Also on the buffet menu are traditional local favorites like tsokolate eh, suman, ibus and other kakanin.

Guests toast to Hotel Del Rio’s longevity, applauding its five-decade legacy as one of the city’s enduring icons and landmarks.
Guests toast to Hotel Del Rio’s longevity, applauding its five-decade legacy as one of the city’s enduring icons and landmarks.

On the evening of Dec. 24, celebrate Noche Buena with Hotel Del Rio as they host their annual “Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet” with a hearty banquet perfect for Ilonggo families to partake, while cherishing precious bonding moments together. The buffet will feature premium live pasta and carving stations that will surely whet any appetite.

Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas expresses well wishes to Hotel Del Rio and the Tan family.
Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas expresses well wishes to Hotel Del Rio and the Tan family.

Even if you’re opting to spend the Holidays at home with your extended family, Hotel Del Rio can still be a part of your Christmas revelry with its wide Gourmet Selection – a decadent variety of dishes available for you to order and take home to your household, sure to please your family of five or more. Feast on perennial favorites like Roasted Turkey, Roast Beef, and specialty Lechon Paella without the trouble of cooking them for yourselves.

Avoid the Media Noche hassle of scraping together a banquet for your family from scratch, Hotel Del Rio’s top chefs have got you covered – offering dishes that range from zesty appetizers like Crispy Buffalo Wings and Pork Cordin Bleu to ample entrees like Royal Baked Salmon and Chicken Galantina – even rich pastries and cakes like indulgent Napoleones, Cream Puffs, and Cheesecakes are on the menu. Head to Café Del Prado to see the whole spread of diverse choices for yourself.

On the evening of Dec. 24, celebrate Noche Buena with Hotel Del Rio as they host their annual “Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet” with a hearty banquet.
On the evening of Dec. 24, celebrate Noche Buena with Hotel Del Rio as they host their annual “Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet” with a hearty banquet.

Also starting Dec. 8, until to Jan. 5, Hotel Del Rio’s rooms will be able for special discounted rates, as low as P2,200 per night with free breakfast buffet for two and the use of the hotel’s superior amenities, inclusive as well of a handful of other discounts and perks – including discount vouchers for dinner buffets, 30 percent off on massage services, and 10 percent discount at Café Del Prado, among others.

Hotel Del Rio is located along M.H. del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines.  For inquiries and reservations, you may call (033) 335-1171 to 74, or 09989568500 and 09176548881, or email [email protected]./PN

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