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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Recommends Newest Mice-ready Properties For Memorable Meetings

May 5, 2016

CHICAGO – May 5, 2016 - Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, has expanded its portfolio of meetings and events-ready luxury hotels to offer planners an even greater variety of exciting global destinations for their next gathering. From global annual conferences to small-scale executive retreats, each of the recommended new properties are showcased at and bookable on Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ online portal

Breathtaking Ballrooms
Palazzo Versace Dubai - Dubai, UAE (Opened October 2015)
Benefitting from the fashion and style credentials of the House of Versace, the lavishly-appointed Gala Ballroom features crystal chandeliers, connecting meeting rooms, state–of-the-art audio visual equipment, and iPad systems control. For daytime events, the ballroom offers swathes of natural light and opens out on to a terrace overlooking Dubai Creek and the city jaw-dropping skyline.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: Planners can customize their event to ensure it matches requirements before submitting a deposit by using Palazzo Versace’s interactive virtual planning tool from the comfort of their own office.

Wanda Reign Chengdu – Chengdu, China (Opened December 2015)
This hotel’s impressive 240-guestroom tower is an exquisite venue for annual conferences, galas, and award ceremonies. The pillar-free Grand Ballroom covers 12,380 square feet, accommodates up to 900 people, and incorporates the city’s largest LED screen at 970 square feet. Other highlights include complimentary high speed internet and Club Reign – an exclusive club with a private bar, karaoke rooms, wellness spa, and restaurant serving sophisticated Sichuan cuisine.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: The Grand Ballroom boasts a car lift, enabling visitors to drive directly in – ideal for luxury car shows or anyone who wants to make a truly grand entrance.

The Watergate Hotel - Washington D.C., USA (Opening May 2016)
For the ultimate statement event, the revival of the iconic 336-guestroom hotel presents planners with the most glamorous of options. Known for hosting celebrities and members of the U.S. Congress, the hotel has undergone a contemporary makeover to include a rooftop bar offering 360-degree views of the Capitol and the Potomac River – ideal for post-conference cocktail parties – four restaurants, and two ballroom options. The Moretti Grand Ballroom spans 7,000 square feet and includes wireless sound systems, high definition video displays, and press conference staging.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: The Next Whisky Bar, set in a spherical art sculpture created from 2,500 whisky bottles, will be the go-to indoor/outdoor space for C-suite decision makers looking to hash out a deal.

Convenient City Center Hotels
NOMO SOHO - New York City, USA (Opened April 2015)
Situated on SoHo’s chic Crosby Street, NOMO SoHo offers versatile meetings and event spaces that are a breath of fresh air in New York City. Planners can select NOMO Kitchen (2,811 square feet) or NOMO Lounge (1,300 square feet) for larger groups and create breakout sessions in the NOMO Library Dining Room (779 square feet) or the Library Dining Room (475 square feet). The hotel also offers a 1,000 square feet gallery space and a 1,170 square feet penthouse, both with outdoor spaces covering more than 1,100 square feet. The in-house catering team can also create banquets in The Greenhouse, which looks out onto the vibrant cityscape.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: Forgotten a suit? Guests can take advantage of the complimentary in-room fitting service with an expert tailor promptly organized by the hotel’s concierge.

Nassima Royal Hotel - Dubai, UAE (Re-Opened December 2015)
Towering 51 stories above Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeriah Beach in Dubai’s Trade Centre district, the five-star hotel offers four floors dedicated to meetings and access to a comprehensive range of business solutions such as the latest video conferencing tools, touchscreen room control systems, built-in LCD projectors, a team of meeting coordinators and catering. Other amenities include Wii entertainment options and an outdoor event space.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: Groups brainstorming their next big business idea can opt for the “Think Outside the Box” room, which stimulates creativity with its bold technicolor design, flexible furniture layout and walls that can be written on.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Re-opened February 2016)
With an array of inspiring options, from grand and historic to intimate and modern, one of the nine meeting and event spaces available at Pulitzer Amsterdam is sure to provide the perfect fit. Rooms can accommodate up to 150 guests and boast stunning 17th Century canal house architecture with contemporary Dutch design. Guests are never more than a 10-minute walk from the city’s major landmarks thanks to the hotel’s location in the Nine Streets neighborhood.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: For the grandest events for up to 100 people, planners can take advantage of Pulitzer Amsterdam’s exclusive relationship with The Westerkerk, the city’s most iconic church, just steps from the hotel.

Impressive Incentive Trips
EAST Miami – Miami, Florida, USA (Opening May 2016)
Located in the stylish Brickell City Centre, EAST Miami indulges groups of all sizes with over 20,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor function space along with entertainment options such as a dine-in movie theater, art installations, retail outlets, a beachfront Uruguayan restaurant, and rooftop bar. Small groups can take advantage of four equipped workshops, each with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing ocean and downtown views, or soak up the year-round tropical climate in one of three outdoor event spaces before taking a dip in the adjacent pool.
#PreferredMeetings Tip: In addition to paperless check-in, check-out and keyless entry, groups can make the most of limited time with EAST’s ‘native’ app, offering curated local travel ideas, the latest hotel programming, and other useful tips.

NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento - Rome, Italy (Opened March 2016)
Overlooking the stunning Piazza dei Cinquecento and 6th Century Roman walls, this palatial Art Nouveau-styled hotel is guaranteed to make a lasting impression. After a day exploring the Eternal City, groups can unwind at one of the hotel’s two cocktail bars, regroup for dinner at the fine-dining restaurant, or soak up the unrivalled panoramic views from the 6,460 square foot rooftop terrace. For events, planners can choose from four meeting rooms and make use of two executive rooms. #PreferredMeetings Tip: For a memorable evening the hotel team can help secure coveted seats for concerts at the world famous Teatro dell’ Opera.

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