The meeting room landscape has changed considerably since the first signs of COVID19 in March 2020. For years there had been a large stock of meeting rooms of various shapes and sizes and many of them located at three, four and five star hotels, especially in the heart of cities. But that all changed in the blink of an eye when a lot of those hotels became managed isolation facilities. The doors were locked, other than for those who needed to quarantine and events teams lost their jobs or were re-assigned work in other areas of the hotels. It was a pretty depressing time! As cities started opening up again people were unsure where to start when looking for meeting spaces, especially if the ones they had regularly frequented were no longer available.
But out of the gloom, some new hero venues emerged. Those who had worked tirelessly to retain their core values and qualities of high service levels despite everything. Those who had innovated to meet the changing needs of the meetings market and some new spaces that could step in to fill the gap in the market.
What you should expect to get when you book a meeting room for your business hasn’t changed. Professionalism and exceptional service levels are essential. Clean, well maintained, spaces where all the AV items supplied are in full working order and easy to use are a must. And staff who know the meetings industry and how to look after your group’s needs from enquiry through to post event feedback are also an important part of the experience. For those reasons we’ve selected these quality venues and are always happy to recommend them.
Cliftons on Queen Street, Auckland is a prime example of a business that took the opportunity to truly understand what the new meetings world would look like after Covid. They still offer good quality, professional spaces for meetings, training events and conferences. But they’ve added in some smart technical functionality that means they are at the front of the queue when supporting companies who may now want a hybrid event and remote, online aspects included in their meetings. And they are not just offering a bog basic video calling service. They are happy to showcase the full potential of their virtual meetings and events capability by doing full test runs with you, the client, to prove the functionality prior to any event taking place. That’s a great way of building confidence and meeting expectations in a technological world which is still a bit scary for some. Try them out. We know you’ll be impressed.
Karstens on Queen Street, Auckland is not dissimilar to Cliftons in its look and feel. It has a range of meeting spaces that are ideal for small and large meetings. All the technology and onsite support you’ll need to make sure your meeting runs smoothly and no deposit required to book if the total cost is under $5000. They’ll invoice you for the total amount after the event. Karstens has been around for a few years now and they know their stuff when it comes to corporate meeting needs and also do well for mediation sessions where multiple small spaces are needed for extended periods of time.
Parkside Hotel is a great little boutique hotel, under new management and thriving, on Greys Ave, overlooking Myers Park. It’s easy to get to from anywhere in the CBD and has a range of small meeting rooms which are ideal for boardroom style meetings, small conferences and training sessions. It’s not an isolation hotel (so important for people to know that) and being small makes it a great choice if you want privacy and personal service from a great hotel team.
EMA is just on the outskirts of the CBD near Newmarket and has a fabulous range of small and large meeting spaces with all the AV inbuilt. Works really well for a quick boardroom meeting or for a multi day conference where large central space and smaller breakout rooms are important. A good quality, independent space run by people who know the business sector really well.
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