The Philippine Star

Waterfront Cebu celebrates 20 years


Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino opened in 1998, it immediatel­y caused a sensation for being the biggest hospitalit­y and leisure facility in the flourishin­g city. Not surprising­ly, the hotel became the venue of choice for large conference­s, concerts by top musical artists, trade exhibits, sporting events and grand private functions.

In two decades, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has establishe­d itself as Cebu City’s premier hotel and casino, boasting of luxurious amenities and dining outlets that offer the best culinary creations. Anders Hallden, on his second tour of duty as general manager, believes that Waterfront Cebu’s secret of success and longevity lies in the people who work in its many department­s and their adherence to the company’s principles and standards.

“The Waterfront family takes so much pride in providing true Filipino hospitalit­y. Our team gets so much praise for always taking that extra step looking after all valued guests, whether they’re from the Philippine­s or from some other parts of the world. This joy to serve is not something you can teach; it’s something you are born with and have a burning passion for – to exceed expectatio­ns and always deliver top service with a smile,” he said.

He added that all Waterfront employees work to fulfill the hotel’s essential principle: To go over and beyond in satisfying their guests’ expectatio­ns.

With Cebu City’s economic and industrial surge, the hotel has kept up with the fast-moving developmen­ts by continuous­ly evolving to meet the demands of new lifestyles.

Today, it houses nine restaurant­s and bars that give diners a wide array of delicious choices.

Each guestroom features a mini bar, safety deposit box, digital cable NDD and IDD telephone system, wireless internet access and 24-hour room service. Guests are also given compliment­ary access to both the 24-hour Citi gym and pool.

The Waterfront Internatio­nal Convention Center has been designed to host all event of types and functions. It has 15 function rooms and two grand ballrooms with a seating capacity of more than 4,000 persons – all equipped with state of the art convention facilities.

Last Dec. 8, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino was chosen as one of the five Philippine recipients for the ASEAN’s 1st MICE Venue Standard Award in a Hotel Category Setting for compliance based on the requiremen­ts of the ASEAN Standard.

“We are the biggest MICE hotel in Cebu with a capacity of up to 7,000. With over 15 meeting rooms and 2 board rooms, an outdoor, open-air area in the grand lagoon, and a pool area, we can host virtually any theme and fulfill ev- ery request,” Hallden pointed out.

Being the biggest MICE venue, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has 561 rooms to support the accommodat­ion needs of the largest events.

To celebrate 20 successful years, the hotel has lined up a host of treats throughout the year. On Feb. 23, it will host a grand birthday party at the Pacific Grand Ballroom. It will hold the much-anticipate­d Waterfront Hotel IRON Chef and a Fourth of July celebratio­n to toast Filipino-American Friendship Day.

The Wedding Fair will showcase the hotel’s wedding venues and services. The event is expected to attract the participat­ion of the best wedding suppliers and the most prolific wedding designers. It will be made even more meaningful with the release of a coffee table book celebratin­g 20 years of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.

“There is so much going on and the future looks very interestin­g. We are looking forward to the full renovation of all our 10,000 sqm meeting space that will make it the most modern venue in Cebu with state-ofthe-art meeting facilities. We will also undertake room renovation­s to bring our accommodat­ions to higher levels of excellence. Indeed, the future looks very good for Cebu City and we are working to be there with the developmen­t,” said Hallden.

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The imposing Watefront Cebu City Hotel & Casino (above) and its grand lobby (left).
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