Solaire Resort & Casino

    Solaire Resort & Casino, is the first Philippine premium/luxury hotel and gaming resort in Entertainment City. BRHI, as the license holder, operates the casino while Sureste operates the hotel business.On March 16, 2013, the Group commenced commercial operations, upon completion of Phase 1 of Solaire, along with the opening of the main gaming area and initial non-gaming amenities, such as Solaire’s hotel, food and beverage outlets.Phase 1 of Solaire consists of a casino with an aggregate gaming floor area of approximately 18,500 square meters (including approximately 6,000 square meters of exclusive VIP gaming areas), with approximately 1,400 slot machines, 295 gaming tables and 88 electronic table games. Phase 1 has 488 hotel rooms, suites and bayside villas, and 15 specialty restaurants and F&B outlets including (the number of seats are approximations): 240-seat Chinese restaurant, 150-seat American steakhouse, 150-seat Japanese restaurant, 120-seat Italian restaurant, 250-seat international buffet/coffee shop, 176-seat noodle shop, 150-seat live entertainment lounge and 220-seat food court and 20 seat lobby bar, and a 50-seat lounge area. It has a multilevel parking building with approximately 1,500 parking slots, a grand ballroom with approximately 1,000 seats, spa and fitness center, and bayview promenade.On November 22, 2014, Bloomberry opened the Sky Tower, which was previously referred to as Phase 1A development of Solaire. Contiguous to the existing Solaire Resort and Casino, the Sky tower consist of a 312 all-suite hotel, additional ten VIP gaming salons with 66 gaming tables and 223 slot machines, an exclusive House of Zhou Chinese restaurant and The Macallan Whisky and Cigar Bar for VIP gamers, state-of-the art meeting rooms (The Forum) and a lyrical theater (The Theatre). The Sky Tower also features two restaurants, the Waterside Restobar and Oasis Garden Café. The Theatre is a certified 1,760-seat lyric theatre designed to provide a superior audio-visual experience for wide range of theatre plays and musicals, dance performances, concerts, and amplified music and speech events. It is also accessible to a new multi-level parking garage that can accommodate and secure over 3,000 vehicles. The Forum is a 2,000 square meters of meeting facility with eight meeting rooms, two boardrooms and a column-free grand ballroom and a flexible pre-function area.

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