Robert De Niro opens luxury hotel in Manila

Hollywood actor Robert de Niro and Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa open a luxury hotel, part of the 1.3 billion USD City of Dreams casino-resort complex, in Manila’s Entertainment City.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (MAY 18, 2015) (REUTERS) – Hollywood actor Robert de Niro and Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened luxury hotel Nobu in a 1.3 billion USD gambling complex Manila on Monday (May 18).

The Nobu Hotel is one of the three hotels being built in the Manila-based City of Dreams casino-resort, a joint venture of Melco Crown and local leisure firm Belle Corp, which features a posh night club and a Hollywood-style theme park.

Co-owners Matsuhisa and de Niro led the ribbon cutting ceremony along with top officials from the City of Dreams on Monday.

At a news conference after the ceremony, De Niro was asked if he wanted to do a film in the Philippines.

“I’d like to do a movie here in the Philippines, it’s just getting the project, whatever that maybe. Of course, absolutely,” he said.

Japanese Chef Matsuhisa said he was positive their hotel and restaurant business would flourish.

“The Philippines, the restaurant business features comes wide open. It features big wide open, I’m very excited too, so after opening here, we’d like to see some more customers make start smiling to keep eating my food,” he said.

The Nobu hotel in Manila features 321 rooms as well as Michelin-starred Chef Matsuhisa’s signature fusion cuisine.

Manila is seeking to position itself as an alternative gaming destination to Macau and other established centres and is building four casino resorts in the seafront Manila Bay area it calls the “Entertainment City”.