The Netherlands: 6 of the best new and improved events venues

C&IT chooses six of the low-lying kingdom's recently upgraded venues.

The Netherlands: 6 of the best new and improved events venues
The Netherlands: 6 of the best new and improved events venues

Wyndham Apollo Hotel Amsterdam

The Wyndham Hotel Group made its debut in the Netherlands in 2010, taking over the property previously known as the Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, located near the Amsterdam RAI and the World Trade Centre Amsterdam. The 223-room property offers two restaurants and waterside cafes, as well as six multi-purpose meeting rooms that enable it to host events for up to 300. It also boasts a private harbour and offers dinner cruises onboard a classic salon boat. The hotel is set to undergo a makeover, which will see the addition of a new Chill Out Spa.

www.wyndham.com

Hilton, The Hague

This new Hilton property opened its doors in July this year within the restored 1950s shell of the former Royal Dutch Telecom headquarters. The hotel group's fifth property in the Netherlands has 11 meeting rooms, including the Mesdag ballroom, which can seat up to 250. There are 195 rooms, five suites, and wi-fi is available in all public areas and meeting rooms. Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring inspired the hotel's restaurant, while Bar Lutine, with its maritime-themed decor and replica ships, is the ideal place to enjoy a Dutch beer or a speciality Van Kleef liquor. www.hilton.co.uk

- Novotel Amsterdam City

The revamp of the city's largest four-star hotel - located next to the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre - has seen the introduction of ten new meeting rooms to complement the 1,385m2 Convention Centre and the renovation of its restaurants. Guests now have the option of finger food from the bar, Asian dishes from the Shoyu open kitchen and international cuisine from the Restaurant@Novotel concept. The hotel, which reopened in May, offers 610 rooms and the Convention Centre can be set up for up to 1,000 delegates. Other facilities include the Coffee Corner, a fitness centre and two saunas. www.novotel.com

- Sofitel Amsterdam the Grand

Groups looking for a historic retreat should head for this former 16th century royal guest house. A short walk from many major landmarks, including the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank's House, this 177-room grande dame will offer 52 new suites following a recent renovation. Why not follow in the footsteps of royalty and host an event in the Council Chamber, the setting for the marriage of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prince Claus Von Amsberg in 1966. The room, one of 19 event spaces available, can host up to 300 theatre-style or 220 for a banquet. www.sofitel.com

- Andaz Amsterdam

The capital's boutique hotel scene will welcome the addition of a new property in 2012 with the opening of Andaz Amsterdam. It will represent Hyatt Hotels & Resorts' first hotel in the Netherlands and the group's first Andaz property, Hyatt's lifestyle brand, on mainland Europe. The 122-room Andaz Amsterdam will be located on the site of the former public library and feature the Andaz Studio - the hotel brand's meeting facilities. www.andaz.com

- Manhattan Rotterdam

The former Westin Rotterdam is now The Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam. The city's only five-star hotel is situated in the Millennium Tower and has 231 luxurious rooms. Five modern boardrooms are situated on the higher floors, offering stunning views of the city. Meanwhile, a bridge connects the hotel with Concert and Congress Centre De Doelen, which can accommodate up to 1,700 guests, making the hotel an ideal base for groups attending large congresses or events at the centre. www.manhattanrotterdam.com

DIRECTORY
The Netherlands Board of Tourism
Contact: Renee Huijssoon
Tel: 020 7539 7984
email: rhuijssoon@holland.com
web: www.holland.com/meetings/uk

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