Heralding a new era of sustainable practices in MICE hospitality, and one of the largest event spaces among Singapore hotels at over 6,200 sqm.
SINGAPORE – Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, part of Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), has unveiled its S$30 million renovation that showcases a sophisticated redesign of all 574 guestrooms and suites with eco-friendly features, expanded conference facilities and upgraded public spaces aimed at providing guests with a memorable experience.
The 5-star hotel underwent a nine-month revamp that commenced in October 2022. With its transformed facilities, it promises to set high standards in sustainable luxury along the Singapore river and support the expanded needs of eco-conscious corporate travellers.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel has integrated sustainability as a core value across the entire hotel ecosystem as part of the Singapore Hotel Sustainability Roadmap. Launched in March 2022 by Singapore Hotel Association and the Singapore Tourism Board, the sustainability roadmap initiative aims to drive industry-wide adoption of green practices in hotels and promote Singapore as a sustainable destination.
MHR Executive Director Mr. Kwek Eik Sheng said, “This is a timely refresh for Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, particularly as MICE travel resumes normalcy and in-person events return to the agenda. As more companies prioritise Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals to reduce impact, the demand for greener events has also increased with corporate planners preferring hotels with strong sustainability features and initiatives. We are well positioned to capture this fast-growing MICE market, increase our competitive edge, and reinforce Singapore’s status as a leading sustainable MICE destination for a strong business recovery.”
MHR Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Partnership, Mr Andy Tan said, “To solidify our dedication to sustainable hospitality and cater to the rising expectations and demands of today’s corporate planners and guests, we have incorporated innovative and high-efficiency technology that reduces electricity and water consumption, installed eco-friendly features such as in-room water dispensers, and adopted new wall coverings and carpets from recycled materials as part of the renovation process. We also implemented green practices in various aspects of our business operations including sustainable sourcing, recycling, and food waste management.”
Over 6,200 sqm revamped MICE conference spaces across three floors
At the forefront of Grand Copthorne Waterfront’s renovations are its 33 versatile function rooms. Spanning over 6,200 square meters (sqm) across three floors, the conference spaces are luxuriously carpeted with modern LED lighting and benefit from an abundance of natural sunlight through large windows. Eco-conscious practices are evident throughout with the use of recyclable and biodegradable stationery, filtered drinking water replacing plastic bottles, and a linen-less table setup.
Each function room is equipped with cutting-edge technology, including wireless video signal transmission, laser projectors, and 2K to 4K high-resolution LED video walls for seamless and successful events. The pillarless 850 sqm Grand Ballroom features two giant LED screens on two walls that can be divided into smaller screens and junior ballrooms for various event sizes.
Sustainability features and energy-saving measures
Setting an example for sustainable practices within the hospitality sector, Grand Copthorne has introduced an in-room water filtration system in its guestrooms (an uncommon water-saving feature in today’s hotels). This feature guarantees purified drinking water to guests, and reduces single-use plastic waste generated from traditional bottled water consumption by 20%.
The introduction of smart room control thermostats allows guests to effortlessly regulate room temperatures according to their preferences, leading to energy savings of up to 17%. This not only ensures a comfortable stay for guests but also promotes responsible energy consumption.
Each guestroom also offers wireless bedside charging technology, providing guests with a seamless charging experience for their electronic devices without cumbersome cables. High-definition smart TVs allow guests to stream their favourite movies directly from their smartphones, reducing the need for additional devices and contributing to a more sustainable entertainment experience.
Enhanced culinary experiences
In addition to the hotel’s redesign, Grand Copthorne Waterfront offers enhanced food and beverage concepts at its three restaurants, as well as customised event catering. Food Capital is a spacious all-day dining buffet restaurant; TEMPO Bar & Grill is a cocktail bar featuring an alfresco dining area with a selection of barbeque and grilled seafood delicacies; and Grand Shanghai serves authentic Shanghainese fare inspired by the golden age of the 1930s.
Catering to the demands of the function spaces, the hotel operates three individual kitchens including a Halal-certified kitchen to cater to guests’ personal dietary requirements.
The Executive Club Lounge, located on Level 29, has undergone a complete transformation, boasting a sleek contemporary living room ambience that complements breathtaking vistas of Singapore’s cityscape. Reserved exclusively for “My Millennium Prestige” members and Club Floor paying guests, the redesigned Club Lounge offers afternoon snacks from live food stations as well as evening cocktails.
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