Following a £1.3-million renovation, the London Marriott Hotel Kensington relaunched its meeting and events spaces. Now with modern design and the latest wireless technology, the hotel’s nine flexible and interchangeable rooms can host a total of 235 delegates over two floors, or up to 100 delegates in the largest meeting space.
The renovation at the London Marriott Hotel Kensington – which is the group’s third European hotel to host Marriott Hotels’ next generation meeting spaces, after Amsterdam Marriott and Munich Marriott – has secure Internet connectivity, wireless enabled LED screens and projectors, and the BARCO Click Share system that allows multiple laptops and tablets to connect to screens wirelessly. In addition, a Meeting Services App called Red Coat Direct gives event planners immediate communication with the hotel team.
The space is designed to inspire social and collaborative meetings and delegates can enjoy interactive meeting room options such as the ability to write on walls and breakout tables. The adaptable rooms can be set up in conventional boardroom or theater style, or delegates can take advantage of a mixture of high and low tables and chairs to create different layouts to reflect the meeting purpose.
The non-traditional breakout areas have versatile seating options, and a central food and beverage station. The area includes cabin seating with multiple electrical outlets.
These new spaces reflect the larger transformation of Marriott Hotels, which also includes the Greatroom lobby, an open space that can be put to social or business use, with free Wi-Fi connectivity, and all-day menus. This was already adopted in approximately half of Marriott Hotels’ portfolio in Europe and is expected to take up residence in all properties by the end of 2015. The transformation also touched the arrival and departure experience with mobile check-in and check-out now available to Marriott Rewards members at all 500 Marriott Hotels globally and at 1,200 hotels in total within the company’s worldwide portfolio. By the end of the year, the service will be rolled out to all 4,000 properties.