Holland’s 10 finest boardrooms (part 2): the best is only good enough to ensure a success

When organizing meetings, the venue you choose has great impact on how your delegates perceive the entire meeting. Traditionally the exclusive domain of the board for their meetings, now more and more people discover the advantages of meeting in the comfort and luxury of a well-designed and equipped boardroom. Every meeting planner must have a shortlist with the best, most unique and authentic facilities throughout Holland. State-of-the art technology, excellent food and beverages and top-class service are a given.

I hereby share my fine and out-of-the ordinary selection of boardrooms in Holland. Last week you have read about the first 5, this week I post about the top 5.

5. FiftyTwoDegrees – Nijmegen

Twenty-two comfortable leather CEO seats await your delegates when they reach the 17th floor of the FiftyTwoDegrees building in Nijmegen. This high-tech business centre combines technology, business and lifestyle, and is a podium for knowledge and inspiration. Located at 52 degrees latitude and with award-winning architecture, this highly energy-efficient venue offers a business lounge and private lounge area in combination with the boardroom.

 www.fiftytwodegrees.com

4. Huize Frankendael

Built in the Golden Age – the era of the Dutch East India Company, Rembrandt and Vermeer – the beautiful manor Huize Frankendael was home to several private occupants before it became a tea and pleasure garden (playground) in 1849. Since that time the rooms were for hire for parties and dinners. These days, Huize Frankendael provides bespoke services to all its guests. The 18th-century salons and 19th-century rooms in the main building and coach house provide a stately backdrop for a private dinner, a training session or meeting.
The contemporary boardroom is located on the second floor. It looks out over the classical formal garden on one side, and the city on the other side.

www.huizefrankendael.nl

3. The Grand Boardroom – Princenhof Meeting Centre

Amsterdam’s finest conference facilities are provided in the completely revamped Princenhof Meeting Centre, part of the luxury 5-star Hotel The Grand. The hotel offers the InspiredMeetings concept, which combines the latest conference technology with a passion for excellence. State-of-the-art boardrooms are available in a 16th-century historical monument. The Grand Boardroom offers French luxury, contemporary comfort and full technical equipment, including video-conferencing.

www.sofitel-legend-thegrand.com

2. Rembrandt Tower Boardroom

This beautiful and unparalleled venue offers exclusive meetings at the top of Amsterdam. Located on the 32nd floor of Amsterdam’s tallest building, your guests can enjoy the high-tech and high-touch meeting environment. The boardrooms, lounge and superb meeting room accommodate up to 100 persons. Your guests will long remember the meetings because of the breathtaking panoramic views.

www.rtboardroom.nl

1. SkySuites at the Haagse Toren

The six SkySuites are located on the 40th floor, and each has a unique ambiance, ranging from clean via playful to tantalising. A meeting, a party, a dinner, a brainstorm session or a network event can be held at top level now. The SkySuites are situated high enough to see the sun set three minutes after all the other people in The Hague. In addition to the boardrooms, the top floor boasts The Penthouse, Holland’s highest restaurant. It has spectacular views, a balcony and a very impressive window projection setting, creating a 27-window video screen that combines images with the real-time view of the city.

www.haagsetoren.nl

And many more…

It goes without saying that there are many more excellent boardrooms available throughout the country that could have easily made this list as well. I had the luxury to pick from a wide array of beautiful venues and extraordinary facilities, yet the difficult task to narrow it down to only ten.

Which exclusive venue is missing from this list according to you? Share your tips!

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Holland’s Top 10 finest design hotels: a fine and out-of-the-ordinary selection

When you travel, where you stay is as important as where you go and what the purpose of the meeting is. A comfortable environment, the quality of the facilities and amenities that are important to you, and friendly and service-oriented staff, and an inspiring and relaxing atmosphere. I understand that each meeting delegate’s preferences are different. Therefore I have a wealth of interesting picks for your next stay in many categories.

In this post I share my fine and out-of-the-ordinary selection of design hotels in Holland.

10. Hotel Arena

Hotel Arena in Amsterdam is anything but standard. This is where hip, business, creative talent, young and old meet. From early morning until late at night, from breakfast to club. In an informal, intimate setting in which Dutch Design and history merge.

www.hotelarena.nl

9. Mozaic

Located in two monumental buildings dating back to 1880, Mozaic combines first-class service with modern design. Hotel Mozaic in The Hague provides stylish accommodation with all modern conveniences, including 25 luxury rooms, two meeting rooms and a pleasant lounge.

www.mozaic.nl

8. The Exchange

At Hotel The Exchange fashion meets architecture in the most unexpected and inspiring way. All 61 rooms,  ranging from one to five stars, allowing for every budget, are ‘dressed’ like models, allowing visitors to sleep in fashion and wake up in style.

www.exchangeamsterdam.com

7. Hotel Badhu

Badhu is a small eight-room hotel and restaurant, located in a former bathhouse. Inspired by Moroccan hammams, this beautiful building is situated in one of the nicest spots of Utrecht. Each room has its own look and feel through different colours and decoration, all in Arabic design.

www.badhu.nl

6. Hotel Stroom

Stroom Rotterdam is situated in the former electricity plant in the new Lloyd Quarter. The hotel offers 21 studios that are equipped with all the comfort and mod cons you might need. In most studios, you can lay back and admire the starlit sky while having a bath – and even while lying in bed, in some of the rooms.

www.stroomrotterdam.nl

5. Villa Ruimzicht

Villa Ruimzicht Hotel & Restaurant is located in a monumental building dating back from 1853 in a city park near the city centre of Doetinchem. The beautifully restored building offers two restaurants, meeting rooms, provocative Dutch art and a cooking studio. Sleeping at Hotel Villa Ruimzicht is an experience for all your senses. You have a choice of four Dutch design styles, themed Romantic, B2B, Lifestyle and Water Fun.

www.hotelvillaruimzicht.nl

4. Zenden Design Hotel

If white is your colour and sports is your thing, be sure to put Design Hotel Zenden in Maastricht on top of your list! Situated in one of the oldest and most romantic parts of the city, three monumental buildings together form this small hotel and nearby studios. Zenden also offers a sports centre and ‘Swim Club’, located in a Romanesque arched pool.

www.zenden.nl

3. Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

The former Kruisheren (Crutched Friar) cloister dates from the fifteenth century. Situated in the heart of Maastricht, the cloister and monumental gothic church have been transformed into a very special design hotel. It is a unique property, in which antiques and modern design are interwoven, while, at the same time, architectural contrasts between the past and the present are very clear.

www.chateauhotels.nl

2. Manna

In the city of Nijmegen and beyond, Manna is known for its personalized accommodation, top service and intimate and luxurious experience. The hotel has been honoured with many hospitality and ‘best hotel’ awards over the years. Hotel Manna is situated in a beautiful historical building in the centre of Nijmegen. Guests will be pampered, as the hotel offers only six spacious and luxurious suites, each with its own design and atmosphere.

www.manna-nijmegen.nl

1. Dutch Design Hotel Artemis

Dutch Design Hotel Artemis is a deluxe 4-star modern design hotel, situated between Amsterdam city centre and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The hotel offers 256 comfortable design rooms, and eleven multi-functional meeting rooms. Distinguishing architecture, surprising and inspiring Dutch design and art collections are coupled with a warm welcome and personal service.

www.artemisamsterdam.com