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Redesigned Meeting Rooms in Amsterdam Revolutionize the Conference Experience

November 12, 2013 MICE No Comments Email Email

Meetings may be a lot of things, but “exciting” isn’t usually one of them. That is, it wasn’t until just last month when the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel unveiled its redesigned meeting spaces. Gone are the school-like setups of audience and presenter. Out are the royal blues and golds of yore.

TN-201888_AmsterdamconferencevenuesIn their place are some of the most inspiring, un-meeting-like meeting spaces in Amsterdam. And the result is nothing short of revolutionary.

As one of the first hotels in Europe to boast “people-inspired” meeting spaces, this Amsterdam city-centre hotel features venues that more closely resemble popular restaurants than traditional boardrooms. Open floor plans are peppered with different gathering spaces to facilitate networking, interactive classes, business meetings and, yes, even the old-fashioned presentations of yesteryear. But those too feel modern, thanks to the state-of-the-art technology, modern lighting, ample windows and contemporary color palettes that are enlivened by accents in vibrant hues.

As a result, these Amsterdam meeting rooms reflect the people who use them rather than out-of-date considerations like how many chairs can fit into a ballroom. And the effect is intentional. Research indicates that people are increasingly working in non-traditional ways, preferring different settings for different tasks. Each meeting room responds with diverse setups and productive features like video conferencing, smart whiteboards, projection walls, docking stations and touch-screen controls. Not only is this technology in keeping with the demands of modern work habits, but it is also app- or web-enabled to accommodate the gadgets of tomorrow as easily as those in place today.

Pre-function spaces also reflect this new way of thinking. Inspired by Marriott’s trademark lobbies where guests can work, network and relax, the new pre-function spaces provide versatile seating arrangements that inspire more comfort and productivity.

The hotel, located across from Amsterdam’s lively Leidseplein district, is an ideal venue to launch this concept, which will be expanding to other properties in the coming months. Not only does the neighborhood embrace modernity in work and play, it is also pleasantly situated in one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Change, at least in this context, is indeed a good thing.

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