Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino Celebrate 20 Colorful Years

Upon its opening in 1998, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino (hotel info) immediately caused a sensation for being the biggest leisure and hospitality facility in the flourishing city. Unsurprisingly, the hotel became the top choice for large conferences, concerts of famous musical artists sporting events, trade exhibits, and grand private functions. The spacious lobby with the charming lobby lounge became the beehive of activity where people meet for short meetings, afternoon coffee or tea, and also post-dinner drinks and tapas.

Waterfront Cebu Facade
Waterfront Cebu Facade

For twenty years, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has established itself as the premier casino and hotel boasting of luxurious amenities and dining outlets that offer the best culinary creations in Cebu City. It is nearly impossible to talk about Cebu City without mentioning the famous Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.

With already on his second tour of duty in the hotel is a friendly general manager, Mr. Anders Hallden. He started as the Executive Chef for the hotel from 2006 to 2007 before coming back in 2016 as their General Manager. Hallden believes that the secret of success and longevity of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino it’s in the people who are working for the different departments and adhere to the company’s standards and principles.


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He said: “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.”

Hallden also mentioned that all Waterfront employees are working to fulfill the hotel’s essential principle: To get over and beyond in satisfying the guest’s exceptions. “We work to awe our guests. We want them to say ‘Wow!’ whenever they enter the grand lobby, or when they experience our warm service and exceptional food and beverages venues. We work hard to give them the best and most fantastic value for their money,” he said.

With Cebu City’s economic and industrial surge, the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has kept up with the fast-moving developments by continuously evolving to meet all the demands of the new lifestyles. Today, the hotel houses nine restaurants and bars that give every diner a wide array of scrumptious choices. Its impeccably-designed accommodations are also a haven of utmost comfort for all the guests. Each room features a minibar, a safety deposit box, a digital cable NDD and IDD telephone system, fast wireless internet access, and 24-hour room service. Guests are also given complimentary access to the 24-hour City gym and the pool.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino (hotel reviews) allows business travelers to mix work, pleasure, and relaxation with the greatest ease and comfort. The Business Center offers two private boardrooms fully furnished with modern office equipment and full secretarial support during private meetings. The Waterfront International Convention Center has been designed to handle all types of events 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.

Unsurprisingly, last December 8, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has been chosen as one fate five Philippine recipients for the prestigious ASEAN’s 1st MICE Venue Standard Award in a Hotel Category Setting (AMVS) for its compliance to the requirements of the ASEAN Standard.

Hallden points out, “We are the biggest MICE hotel in Cebu with a capacity of up to 7,000, pending on what type of event is going to be staged. With over 15 meeting rooms and 2 boardrooms, an outdoor, open-air area in the grand lagoon, and a pool area, we can host virtually any theme and fulfill every request. That makes us a true one-stop-shop venue.”

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino

As the biggest MICE venue, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino has 561 rooms to support the accommodation needs of the largest events. Other than the wide array of F&B choices, their off-time entertainment, there is also a 24-hour casino, an all-day fitness gym, spa, swimming pool, and selected shops that offer something for everyone.

To celebrate it’s 20 colorful and successful years, the hotel has lined up a series of treats throughout the year. On February 23, it will host a grand birthday party at the Pacific Grand Ballroom. It will also hold the highly-anticipated “Waterfront Hotel IRON Chef” as well as a Fourth of July celebration to commemorate the Filipino-American Friendship Day. The renowned Wedding Fair, which showcases the wedding venues and services of the hotel, will be bigger in scope and grander in theme for this year. The event is expected to attract the participation of the best wedding suppliers and wedding designers. It will be even more meaningful with the release of a glossy coffee table book to celebrate 20 years of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.

Waterfront Cebu City Grand Lobby
Waterfront Cebu City Grand Lobby

“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-of-the-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. As Cebu’s leading hotel, we will be in the center of it all as we continue to serve all our guests in true Filipino hospitality… with a welcoming spirit and sincere pleasure,” Hallden concludes.

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