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Oh no, are we saying goodbye to Spiral? There is a rumor circulating the internet that the 5-Star Luxury Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila will soon close. 

According to a recent post by Bilyonaryo Business News, the hotel’s management has already informed its employees, citing its unsafe structure as the reason for its closure. Another factor said to be contributing to its closure is the ongoing Manila Bay Reclamation project resulting to the obstruction of the property’s famous sunset view, which has always been a draw to its guests.

It is still being confirmed if the hotel will close for renovations or for good. There are also speculations that the Accor-managed hotel will undergo a rebrand. One thing is for certain, though. If the hotel closes, its amenities, including its signature dining outlet, Spiral, will also stop operating, and Manila will lose one of its prime dining destinations. 


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Sofitel’s Spiral Buffet is arguably one of the best buffet experiences in the country. It has been recognized by several food personalities, including acclaimed food vlogger Mark Wiens of Migrationology fame, as the grandest buffet restaurant he’s ever dined in.


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It has 21 interactive Dining Ateliers, namely the L’Ecailler, Filipino, Peking Duck Oven, Salad and Appetizer, Sushi and Sashimi, L’Epicerie, Hot Japanese, French Stove, Rotisserie, Wood Fired Oven, Churrasco, North Indian, Asian Noodles, Chinese Wok, Steam Baskets, Thai, Korean, La Boulangerie, La Patisserie, Chocolaterie and Creamery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

The hotel, with its rich history and legacy, first opened as Philippine Plaza in 1976 to accommodate international guests, then became Westin Philippine Plaza in 1994. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, a name that has become synonymous with luxury and elegance, was acquired by international hotel operator Accor in 2007.

The BiteSized.ph team has contacted Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for their official statement.

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