Budapest Marriott Hotel Opens Redesigned Event Floor
The Budapest Marriott has unveiled its new event floor, following some two months of renovation work, with the Bauhaus and Cubism-inspired ballrooms, meeting rooms, and coffee break places matching the hotel’s new style, which has already been implemented in the redesign of the ground-floor Liz & Chain lounge bar and the DNB Budapest restaurant.
Grand Budapest Ballroom
One of the features of the now 25-year-old Marriott’s 1,595 sqm event floor, besides the 11 event rooms of various sizes, is the addition of the Studio Kitchen, which offers an open kitchen and a place to have coffee, breakfast, or even a luncheon. The design and style of the room is, once again, reminiscent of the ground-floor catering establishments with marble and wood in the focus.
“With the redesign of our hotel, we aimed to create interiors that are inspiring and exciting yet provide an exceptional venue for relaxation,” says Arne Klehn, general manager of the Budapest Marriott Hotel.
“I can proudly say that we have succeeded: the almost 150 people working in the implementation team did an exceptional job and we are more than satisfied with the results.”
Apart from the Studio Kitchen, the entire floor has been completely redesigned and renewed. The largest of the rooms is the Grand Budapest Ballroom, which continues to offer a breathtaking view of both the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, and which covers 614 sqm. It is capable of hosting 650 people with a theater-style seating configuration.
On the other side of the floor is the second-largest Liz Ballroom, facing Erzsébet híd and Gellérthegy, which is able to host 350 people. The hotel has added high tables in the foyer areas of all rooms, in order to ensure that events run smoothly. The completion of the floor also marks the end of Marriott Hotel Budapest’s modernization project, which was launched one-and-a-half-year ago.
Smaller meeting rooms have been given a brand new color palette, and feature tailor-made art by the Budapest-born Hungarian visual artist Péter Szabó-Lencz, better known as Petyka. He works as an abstract painter and graphic artist, but also specializes in custom installation painting, murals and graphics. New features for the smaller meeting rooms also include wardrobes and coffee stations.
In front of the Grand Budapest Ballroom, the hotel has added a special coffee break area in what was formerly an unutilized empty space. The area includes an extendable table as well as an induction stovetop to keep meals served with the coffee warm.
Klehn adds that the last large-scale redesign of the event floor was conducted more than a decade ago and that it was not easy to find companies to implement the hotel’s cutting-edge vision for its 21st century upgrade.
The audiovisual services were also renewed, with Special Effects Zrt. providing them. The general manager argued that outsourcing the audiovisual services was necessary and beneficial in keeping up-to-date with the newest technological developments.
The Budapest Marriott Hotel was voted Business Hotel of the Year in June. It says it plans to build on this success by remaining one of the most popular event venues in the whole city, for both professionals and private gatherings.
János Parti (left) and Arne Klehn.
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