Sustainability Meets History at These New and Refreshed International Properties
Palazzo Cordusio Gran Meliá
Hilton Prague is a fully renovated hotel located in the heart of the Czech Republic capital of Prague. The 791-room property recently completed a renovation of its lobby-level meetings facilities, featuring over 53,000 square feet of flexible meetings and convention space. Hilton Prague hosts over 500 events annually, ranging in types and sizes, and caters for more than 70,000 delegates every year. The hotel can accommodate groups between 10 and 2,000 attendees.
The renovated meeting space includes 12 convertible conference rooms ranging from 355 to 2,580 square feet. The renovation includes the integration of smart-touch technology with classic materials like wool carpeting and textured wallpaper. Each meeting room is equipped with a 98- or 86-inch LCD with CleverTouch technology and wireless presentation switches like ClickShare for image or video presentations.
Located nine miles from the city of Marrakesh’s historic Medina district and at the base of the Atlas Mountains is the 19-acre Park Hyatt Marrakech. The Park Hyatt Marrakech is also adjacent to the 18-hole Al Maaden Golf Resort and features 130 guest rooms divided into 16 pavilions surrounding a central patio. The guest rooms and lobby feature over 700 paintings and decorated objects sourced from the Ifitry Artists’ Residence, featuring artists from Morocco, Senegal, Benin, Spain, France, Italy and Japan.
Park Hyatt Marrakech also features seven meeting and event rooms that can accommodate up to 80 attendees. Each pavilion features a rooftop terrace available for private events. The hotel also includes a 23,000-square-foot spa, as well as a hair salon, fitness center, yoga studio and multiple heated pools.
In the heart of Palazzo Venezia in the center of Milan sits the newly opened Palazzo Cordusio Gran Meliá, the latest property from Meliá Hotels International, the largest hotel group in Spain. The Palazzo Cordusio Gran Meliá was originally the historic Assicurazioni Generali headquarters in the early 20th century. Now reopened, the property is helping to kickstart the redevelopment of Piazza Cordusio to become a historic and cultural hub.
The property includes 84 guest rooms and suites, some with private balconies sporting views of the city. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation lounge. The hotel boasts three event rooms: the Palazzo Cordusio Room, Cupola Room and the Beltrami Room. All three rooms total over 1,100 square feet of meeting space and are able to accommodate up to 60 attendees when combined. The largest of the rooms, the Palazzo Cordusio, can hold 40 attendees.
A Greener Great Hall
BMA House is a sustainable and historic Grade II-listed event venue in the heart of London. The property, which has been home to the British Medical Association since 1925, recently announced a sustainable renovation of its Great Hall, the flagship room of BMA House.
BMA House offers state-of-the-art technology in each of its event rooms including data projection and screens, portable induction loops, Wi-Fi and wired broadband, a lectern and PA system. The Great Hall itself has a hybrid virtual studio for working with virtual and in-person elements to create a hybrid conference experience.
To maintain its commitment to sustainability, BMA House took a number of steps during renovations. After removing the carpet from the conference space, BMA House reduced the carpet to yarn to be reused in new products. BMA House also invested in new Burgess chairs from sustainable manufacturer Burgess Furniture, which uses environmentally friendly materials in company products. The old chairs were then recycled through the Business2Schools charity initiative, which helps to repurpose office furniture and technology to improve learning environments for children and students in UK state schools.