The five-star Mainport by Inntel Hotels, with 215 rooms, stands on the bank of the Rotte river and is perfect for groups looking for a piece of Rotterdam's suave style. Delegates will get a thrill from the 400-capacity conference space on the top floor, which protrudes from the edge of the building.
Another option is the five-star, 230-room Manhattan Hotel. It's a popular choice for inbound groups because it is near Rotterdam Centraal Station, with easy links to Amsterdam, The Hague and Brussels, and direct access to the De Doelen International Congress Centre.
The likes of Het Heerenhuys, a grandiose venue in Rotterdam's city park, and SS Rotterdam, an iconic transatlantic ocean liner, are among examples of the city's beguiling collection of unique venues.
However, Nelle Fabriek, a former coffee and tobacco factory and now Unesco World Heritage Site, is ideal for groups looking for something completely different. Its large, auditorium-style spaces can host 4,000 people, while the glass-walled boardrooms can seat up to 50. The Tearoom, a panoramic rooftop observatory, ideal for drinks receptions and dinners, is undoubtedly the factory's piece de resistance.
A mere 30-minute drive towards the North Sea is The Hague. Groups looking to get out of the Rotterdam metropolis should head to The Hague's long, stretching beaches.
The striking, five-star Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus the Hague and the modern Strandclub Doen can both take groups of up to 1,000 for receptions and dinners beside the sea, while restaurants like Catch by Simonis boast some of the best seafood in all of Holland.
Alternatively, groups can try the classic 92-room Starwood-owned Hotel Des Indes for fine dining. The Louwman Museum, which houses Europe's largest private car collection, makes a great drinks reception venue with capacity for 300 in the quirky Museum Square or 1,000 in the Great Hall.
Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions
Contact: Eric Bakermans, marketing manager of meetings, conventions and
Tel: +31 703 70 53 40
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