Beijing, China (July 02, 2010) /ChinaNewswire.com/ — Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) added another star to its premiere "Grand Millennium" brand today, with the official five-star accreditation of the Grand Millennium Beijing. The accreditation not only cements the hotel's promise of world class accommodation to guests, but also reinforces M&C's standing at the forefront of the Chinese hospitality industry.
The Grand Millennium Beijing received the rating after a stringent 10-month audit by National Star Rating committee, the official accrediting body for hotels in China. The process involved a detailed look at every aspect of the hotel's operations – from customer service to management, from F&B to the quality of sheets used in guestrooms.
Over 300 people attended the ceremony, where the a plaque bearing the hotel's rating was unveiled by M&C Country Head, Mr Lawrence Yip, and Grand Millennium Beijing General Manager, Mr Leon J. Lee.
Since the hotel's opening in April 2008, Grand Millennium Beijing has been making waves, bagging 10 major hospitality awards in its short history – no mean feat in an industry with some 100 business hotels in the Chinese capital alone.
"Together with the awards, the new five-star rating puts The Grand Millennium Beijing at the top of its game. We will continue to build on our excellence and set new benchmarks within the China hospitality industry", said Mr Charles Lai, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Greater China Region M&C.
"Many hotels also hold quasi-star ratings, meaning that guests may not be assured of the quality of service and comfort they are paying for," he added. "With the accreditation, our guests are guaranteed top-notch service during each and every stay."
Grand Millennium Beijing is the Group's flagship hotel, catering to business and leisure travellers seeking the epitome of style, culture, art and comfort. M&C is currently the largest Singapore-owned hotelier in China, with six hotels representing some 2,300 rooms in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. Among them are new additions, the 343-room Millennium Chengdu and 306-room Millennium Wuxi, which opened in 2009.
Boasting 521 guestrooms, the hotel is perfectly located in the new central business district (CBD). Rooms are generously sized, at a minimum of 45 sq m each and come equipped with spacious "extended bathrooms" featuring floor to ceiling glass panels. Other attractions of the hotel are its 1000 sqm "pillar-less" ballroom and 10 meeting rooms which are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, making then ideal venues for meetings, conferences, special events and wedding banquets. The hotel also provides guests with a luxurious Spa MTM and personal wellness centre, and an award winning Oxygen Club with professional gymnasium facilities, aerobic room, sauna, steam rooms and a 25 metre indoor lap pool, a plunge pool and an oversized whirlpool.
Over the past two years, the hotel has also become the de facto "home-base" for Singaporeans in the city. In 2009, the Singapore hosted its National Day celebrations at the hotel where over 300 Singaporeans participated in festivities.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests and partners who have shown us tremendous support over the past two years," said Grand Millennium Beijing General Manager, Mr Leon J. Lee. "We are definitely not going to rest on our laurels and will continue to strive towards achieving greater excellence."
Grand Millennium Hotel Beijing is the newest premier five-star brand of M&C, which is a subsidiary of City Developments Limited (CDL) the listed Singapore property giant. Both M&C and CDL are members of the Hong Leong Group Singapore. The Beijing property is one of six M&C China hotels. The others are the Millennium Hongqiao Hotel Shanghai, Millennium Wuxi, Millennium Hotel Chengdu, Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen and Copthorne Hotel Qingdao.
About Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc owns and operates more than 100 globally, ranking it among the largest owned and managed hotel groups in the world.
Millennium Hotels and Resorts was established as a global brand by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc to provide a common marketing and operating platform across its entire portfolio. Founded on the philosophy of genuine hospitality, we take pride in meeting and exceeding the needs of our business and leisure travellers. The strategic locality of our properties in gateway cities and key business districts across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and North America means wherever you are in the world, one of our group hotels is never too far away. Our traditional friendly service and superb accommodation make our hotels the perfect address from which to conduct your business or indulge yourself while on holiday.
This dynamic hospitality group manages its network of properties through four key global brands: Grand Millennium, Millennium, Copthorne and Kingsgate.
The Group's flagship brand, Grand Millennium, epitomise the very best in elegance and luxury with outstanding decor, world class facilities and the ultimate in personalised, gracious service.
Millennium hotels are situated in landmark locations across major gateway cities around the world. Our 40 fabulous properties, created with timeless elegance, are famed for their conference and banqueting offerings.
Now firmly established as a true global brand, the iconic Copthorne Hotels are recognised across the world as the preferred choice for both business and leisure travellers alike, and continue to garner major industry awards recognising their service quality, product excellence and distinctive style.
Our Kingsgate range is expanding across the world. With a fine reputation for the warmth of its service and their premium locations, a Kingsgate stay will always be memorable.