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Spotlight on: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a go-to European location when it comes to corporate trips due to its rich history, diverse culture, and endless canals. Almost a thousand years old and still very modern in spirit, Amsterdam’s winding streets and amazing canal-side buildings offer an aesthetic that is adored by many.  

The much anticipated direct service from London to Amsterdam has recently launched, taking travellers between the cities in just over 3 hours via the Eurostar. For business trips, entire carriages can be hired exclusively with various onboard entertainment options ideal for corporate incentive trips. Though this is not the only reason why Amsterdam is an ideal place for corporate incentives – Amsterdam is also a perfect destination for corporate conferences and venues. Amsterdam has it all, whether you are looking for a small independent boutique venue, a quirky out of the box event space or a luxurious hotel.

Continue reading to find out more about some of the prime venues and accommodation for your next corporate trip to Amsterdam.

Conference & Exhibition Venues

Do you want to organise a conference or event that will be remembered? Then the Beurs van Berlage is the perfect place. They have a wide selection of unique rooms that can be used for various purposes, such as virtual, hybrid and live conferences, corporate events, dinners (at a safe distance), receptions and public fairs. They have gone through great efforts to offer a service ideal for everyone, even those who cannot attend physically, as they have created hybrid events with unique and innovative concepts.

Amsterdam RAI is one of the largest exhibition and conference centres in the Netherlands, hosting most international trade fairs, exhibitions, and congresses held in Amsterdam. The Congress Centre comprises 22 congress and conference rooms with a capacity of up to 1750 persons. One of the exhibition halls can be fitted out as a conference hall for large gatherings, and they also provide exceptional catering services.

A stage for varied music performances in an iconic building, with modern technique, beautiful spaces and centrally located in Amsterdam: Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ has it all! It is ideal for conferences, product launches, presentations, meetings, fashion shows, dinners, drinks receptions, celebrations, and award ceremonies.  

Meeting & Event Venues

A perfect venue for meetings in Amsterdam, Novotel Amsterdam City offers 610 hotel rooms and no less than 20 meeting rooms, each with 5 meters high ceilings and plenty of natural daylight.

Who said meetings have to be boring? At Hotel Arena, they never are. Their rooms have a contemporary, international, and even an Amsterdam feel. They have an array of different meeting rooms that can be utilised for conferences and events.

Mövenpick Hotel is ideal for conferences and events due to its natural daylight and free WiFi, which are the hallmarks of their 11 flexible state-of-the-art meeting rooms.  They have an additional meeting centre next to the hotel which is ideal for training & workshops also without overnight stays.

Accommodation

Amsterdam has an abundance of quality accommodation from 5* Pulitzer Amsterdam, with its unique fusion of Dutch craftsmanship and modern design nestled amid the city’s most iconic canals, all the way to Hard Rock Hotel, where you can expect nothing but uniqueness in your Amsterdam hotel room with a blend of modern and avant-garde styles – as each room is infused with music.  

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station places business and leisure guests within reach of Amsterdam’s famous shopping streets and cultural heritage sites. The NH Amsterdam Centre accommodates comfort and relaxation after a long day of meetings and exploring sights.

Boutique Hotels & Quirky Venues

Boutique hotels in Amsterdam all offer unique and intimate decor, with luxury, personalised services, and facilities.

The College Hotel is truly unique – an intimate, elegant, luxury design hotel lying on the border of Amsterdam´s Museum Quarter and its most chic boutique shopping streets. The Ambassade Hotel rooms are located in 15 historic Amsterdam canal houses, and each is individually designed with cobra artwork and a colourful interior.

Wine Vault at the Grand Hotel Amrâth in Amsterdam is an elegant space to book for your next private dining. The wine cellar is located in the former bank vault of the Scheepvaarthuis. It is ideal for an aperitif, a wine tasting or a product presentation.

Artis Amsterdam Zoo will not disappoint if you love visiting the Zoo. Artis is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam and is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos in mainland Europe.

Receptions & Dinner Options

Amsterdam boasts a large selection of quality receptions and dining establishments. For example, Restaurant De Kas is a chic garden conservatory serving Mediterranean dishes made from organic ingredients grown on-site. They grow around 300 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Harvested at the very last minute and prepared in the kitchen as quickly as possible.

The Harbour Club is a unique restaurant concept that boasts a luxurious patio where you can sit and dine on the water’s edge, and it is perfect for every occasion.

Why not host a reception at The National Maritime Museum? It is one of the largest and most notable maritime collections globally with objects, including paintings, models of ships, navigation instruments and maps of the world.

For beer lovers, in the heart of Amsterdam, you will find the Home of Heineken. Housed inside Heineken’s historic brewery in the centre of Amsterdam, The Heineken Experience is an interactive museum that will take you on an exciting, behind-the-scenes journey through the wild world of one of Europe’s most popular pilsners. 

Looking for more inspiration?

Have a look at our back catalogue of ‘Spotlight On’ and our other blogs – https://www.bvevents.co.uk/news/ Previous ‘Spotlight On’ include Gran Canaria, Liverpool, Chester, Sydney, Cape Town, Krakow, Qatar, Cyprus, Las Vegas, Denmark, Barcelona, Geneva, South of France, Brighton, Edinburgh and Ireland.

Bien Venue are a boutique creative agency who specialise in a free UK venue finding service.  It’s not just workshops, training, conferences, or off-site meetings we can arrange and venue search for but also away days, residential training events, awards ceremonies, networking, roadshows, hybrid events, summer parties, Christmas celebrations, private dining, team building, incentives, employee engagement hampers and virtual activities. We also offer accommodation booking platforms for both corporate bookers and event specific allocations of bedrooms

Our re-identified strapline alongside ‘Our Team is Your Team’ is ‘Event Management – Professional, Pro Active with a personal touch’.

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We see event management as any part of the planning process from conception to delivery, it’s not just the onsite event management we specialise in but also the pre-planning and logistics plus post event. Our flexible approach means you can pick and choose which of our services you would like to use or just use our free UK venue finding service.

Bien Venue’s reach isn’t just UK or Europe we offer our service globally. We have also featured in a Parliamentary Review for Best Practice Representative – https://www.theparliamentaryreview.co.uk/organisations/bien-venue