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Philippines – The Ascott Limited has once again exhibited its commitment to excellence in the hospitality sector as it formally opened its latest property, Citadines Benavidez Makati. The event was met with great enthusiasm and excitement as it signified another milestone in the company’s expanding presence in the Philippines’ hospitality sector.


[L-R] Sharlene Zabala-Batin, Regional Director Department of Tourism – NCR, Philip Barnes, Ascott’s Country General Manager; Rex Drilon, Keyland Corporation’s Chairman, Jose Montinola, Keyland Corporation’s President; Cecille Teodoro, Area Manager, Makati and General Manager of Ascott Makati & Somerset Millennium Makati; Glenn Augustin, Chief Tourism Operations Officer from the Department of Tourism; Maricar De Ocampo the Residence Manager of Citadines Benavidez Makati

Makati, the financial capital of the Philippines, is known for its reputable status as a leading business district in the country. Its livability compared to other cities is recognized through the presence of businesses, world-class hotels, luxury residences, and serviced apartments that have found their address in the city.


Located at the heart of Makati, Citadines Benavidez Makati embodies the brand’s tagline “for the love of cities”. The property offers its guests infinite possibilities to live a dynamic and cosmopolitan lifestyle, where work and play collide. As a Citadines property, we make it our mission to not only immerse you in the city but to also deliver the city’s vibrant experiences right to your doorstep. Whether you seek the excitement of the bustling streets or the vibrant cultural experiences, Citadines Benavidez Makati allows you to immerse yourself in the city while providing a comfortable haven to live, work, and play.


Citadines Benavidez’s launch event formally began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the official opening of the property. The symbolic gesture involved several key members of The Ascott Limited, including its Country General Manager Philip Barnes; Area Manager, Makati and General Manager of Ascott Makati and Somerset Millenium Makati Cecille Teodoro; and Residence Manager of Citadines Benavidez Makati Maricar De Ocampo.


Philip Barnes, Ascott’s Country General Manager

“We are thrilled to open the doors of Citadines Benavidez to the Filipino public, welcoming them to experience our commitment to quality and world-class service,” said Philip Barnes, Ascott’s Country General Manager. “This opening not only represents a new milestone for Ascott but also reinforces our dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our guests. We are excited to provide the finest accommodations in the heart of Makati, ensuring that every guest enjoys an exceptional stay with us. The opening of Citadines Benavidez propels us forward in our mission to deliver unparalleled hospitality and sets a benchmark for excellence in the industry.”

After the highly-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests who attended were treated to a curated menu courtesy of Citadines Benavidez Makati’s restaurant, Catalogue. Headed by Chef Katrina Alcantara, a culinary visionary known for her innovative creations, Catalogue offers a gastronomic experience like no other. Showcasing a diverse menu inspired by both local and international flavors, the restaurant prides itself on crafting meals made with the finest ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers. The Ascott Limited’s commitment to grow with quality partners is furthered as Chef Katrina Alcantara is poised to head another restaurant establishment with Ascott. The partnership opens a second Catalogue branch to go with Mesclun at Ascott Makati.

Throughout the event, guests were not only treated to glimpses of the amenities and offerings of the property, as well as sneak peeks of the future services and experiences the property has in store. Citadines Benavidez Makati is committed to continuously evolving and exceeding guest expectations, ensuring that every stay is filled with exceptional moments and unforgettable moments.


[L-R] Gregorio Limpin IV of Department of Tourism, Sharlene Zabala-Batin, Regional Director Department of Tourism – NCR, Philip Barnes, Ascott’s Country General Manager, Maricar De Ocampo the Residence Manager of Citadines Benavidez Makati, Philip Barnes, Ascott’s Country General Manager, and Ivanovich Dmitri Tan Agote (Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, Tourism Regulation Division, DOT-NCR)

“At Citadines Benavidez Makati, we understand that today’s travelers seek more than just a place to rest their heads. Our commitment to excellence shines through in every aspect of our service, amenities, and facilities. Whether you are visiting for business or leisure, our goal is to provide an exceptional experience that caters to your every need.” said Maricar De Ocampo the Residence Manager of Citadines Benavidez Makati “The experience at Citadines Benavidez Makati goes beyond the ordinary. Our thoughtfully curated amenities are designed to enhance your stay and create a memorable experience. Moreover, our dedicated associates are trained to anticipate your needs, ensuring that every moment of your stay is seamless and enjoyable.”


Citadines Benavidez Makati will be operating under the leadership of Maria Carolyn ‘Maricar’ de Ocampo. With several years of experience handling notable hotel brands in the country, de Ocampo brings a strong dedication to service excellence along with a deep understanding of guest needs. As the property’s Residence Manager, she plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of Citadines Benavidez Makati. With her exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, she oversees the day-to-day management of the property. With her warm and personable approach, de Ocampo fosters a welcoming atmosphere at the property, and is dedicated to creating a sense of community among residents and providing personalized assistance to make their stay truly exceptional.

Standing tall in the heart of Makati, where work and play come together, Citadines Benavidez Makati is expected to elevate city living for its guests through various shopping centers, central business districts, and entertainment or recreational avenues. By offering exceptional quality of service and hospitality, local and international visitors alike can experience the excellence that Ascott is globally recognized for.


With the property now completed and ready for occupancy, Citadines Benavidez Makati is Ascott’s 6th Citadines property in the country and its 13th overall. The other 6 Citadines properties are Citadines Cebu City, Citadines Bay City Manila, Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, Citadines Amigo Iloilo, Citadines Cebu City, and Citadines Salcedo Makati.
To book a stay at Citadines Benavidez Makati, guests can know more about the property here. Guests can also keep up with news and updates about the property through its official social media pages ( Facebook | Instagram ).