The Araneta Group is about to open a new shopping center and hotel in Cubao

People walk through the walkways of Araneta Town in Quezon City on December 22, 2021, three days before Christmas. Foot traffic in commercial establishments is expected to increase for last minute shopping before Christmas. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News.

MANILA — The Araneta Group announced on Thursday that it is preparing to open a new shopping mall and hotel to complement the Gateway Square complex in Quezon City.

The Gateway Mall 2 is scheduled for a soft launch in December, while the ibis Styles Hotel is expected to open by 2023.

“Gateway Mall 2 promises to be unlike any other mall in the world. This is the latest in our ongoing efforts to continue to deliver more memorable premieres in the city of premieres,” said Lorna Fabian, vice president of the renting from the Araneta group.

Gateway Mall 2 and ibis Styles Hotel will complete the 400,000 square meter mixed-use Gateway Square superblock, which already includes the Gateway Mall, Gateway Office, Gateway Tower, Novotel Manila, iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum and Parking Garage South Building.

According to Araneta Group, Gateway Mall 2 enhances the breadth and depth of Araneta City’s choices in fashion and accessories, leisure and entertainment, health and wellness, and gadgets and games of local and international brands in more than 500 points of sale.

“It also expands choices from quick snacks, family meals, traditional comfort food, concept restaurants, regional cuisine, and bars and lounges to more than 100 dining options,” Araneta Group said.

“Other features of the mall include an iconic 500-seat rooftop church, sensory and culinary gardens, a 3,700 square meter supermarket and a 700 square meter atrium for various activities and events – all in one single facility that connects the MRT and LRT stations and straddles the Big Dome, Gateway offices, Novotel and ibis Styles hotels, Gateway stores and car parks,” he added.

“Additionally, once Gateway Mall 2 opens, the public will be able to access the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum through the doors inside the new facility. This makes Gateway Mall 2 the only mall in the country directly connected to an indoor arena.”

At the same time, the ibis Styles hotel will have nearly 300 rooms and six function rooms for meetings and conferences. Its rooftop terrace will feature an overhanging pool and bar that overlooks the Metro Manila skyline and the sunset over Manila Bay.

“These new properties revitalize the integrated Gateway Square – a development that offers opportunities for an experience you can customize for yourself in a decidedly modern and contemporary environment,” said Fabian.

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