Grand openings and major renovations refresh meeting space in famous international cities

All across the world, in some of the most sought-after international cities, come new and renovated hotels and meeting spaces, leaving the stage set for outstanding gatherings, wherever your attendees may be traveling from to get there. If you’re planning an international meeting, these new and renovated venues are calling your name.

Washington Marriott at Metro Center

Guest room at Washington Marriott at Metro Center for new and renovated
Washington Marriott at Metro Center

After wrapping up a multi-million dollar renovation, Washington Marriott at Metro Center brings a refreshed look and feel to the United States Capital. Its convenient location, right by the city’s Metro Center Station, makes for easy exploration. Onsite, the property debuts a new signature restaurant, Spotted Zebra. The restaurant offers familiar yet elevated dishes and drinks with names recalling political lore, such as the Founding Fathers Farm Chicken and the Honest Man cocktail. The dining destination will serve everything from café-style lunch to after-work happy hours and late night bites.

Alongside the new restaurant comes an innovative enhancement across its 459 guest rooms. Multi-functional furniture and technology-enabled work surfaces meet the needs of every traveler. In addition, guests can enjoy new fitness center, complete with Peloton equipment and a refreshed indoor pool area. A spectacular Great room lobby and reimagined hotel room entrance round out the renovation. Marriott Bonvoy Elite and Club paying members can take advantage of the exclusive, modernized M Club, serving food and beverage throughout the day in a relaxed space, ideal for business travelers seeking productivity. Washington Marriott Metro Center, in addition, offers 13,462 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.

Yotel Geneva

YOTEL Geneva lobby from upstairs
YOTEL Geneva

In Geneva, Switzerland, YOTEL—a global hospitality brand known and celebrated for subverting the status quo—opens its first Switzerland location and 22nd property. The grand opening of YOTEL Geneva Lake also brings the brand’s first-of-its-kind dining and entertainment hub, HVGGE Place.

YOTEL Geneva Lake is just a few minutes’ drive from Geneva Airport, in a location that provides easy access to Lake Geneva and the city center. Two interconnected glass buildings at the top of the property provide guests with incredible views of the stunning area and the famous Mont Blanc. Throughout the hotel are additional public viewpoints of the surrounding lake and mountains, and bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows for even more viewing opportunities.

Throughout all 237 guest rooms is YOTEL’s signature technology and design features, such as adjustable SmartBeds™ and sensory mood lighting. HVGGE Place is a Nordic-inspired space for dining and entertainment, named after the Danish term “hygge,” which signifies celebrating life’s small joys. It spans over 21,500 sq. ft. and is easily adaptable for a variety of occasions, from dinners to large events. It includes a restaurant, seafood bar, rooftop, auditorium and a banqueting and conference center.

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Convene Sancroft, St. Paul’s

Convene Sancroft St. Paul's for New and Renovated
Convene Sancroft, St. Paul’s

London’s Paternoster Square sees Convene’s newest U.K. venue, Convene Sancroft, St. Paul’s. This opening brings 45,000 sq. ft. of meeting space across two floors. Designed in partnership with architecture and design firm Woods Bagot, an Elizabethan style permeates the space, from the strategic placement of colonnades, floating ceiling timber rafts featuring an Elizabethan diamond pattern, floral wallpapers and more.

Planners can custom configure the venue’s seven total meeting spaces to accommodate the unique needs of their meeting. The venue’s centerpiece is a 900-person-capacity grand hall. Not only is it the largest space in the Convene global portfolio, but the largest single above-ground meeting room in London.

In addition to the meeting rooms, the venue offers wide open gallery space ideal for networking and food breaks. This space includes an unlimited snack and beverage bar, serving meals prepared by a Convene executive chef, and café seating. In total, the space can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. Its easy-to-navigate space can function for conferences with room for mainstage sessions and breakouts, as well as trade shows, exhibitions and large receptions.

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