Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in Budapest has refurbished the entire first-floor meeting and events area, making its MICE offering innovative by introducing the latest technology and design in the local market. The objective was to bring the same quality of contemporary glamour as the recent transformation of the hotel’s public areas. The project has been managed in two phases. The first phase, taking place in summer 2016, saw the ballroom and associated areas benefit from a redesign; phase two, which is on site as of April 2017, involves significant internal reconfiguration of the function rooms as well as new design schemes. Together, the works optimised the potential of this floor.
New events furniture such as chairs, tables and desks of various sizes have been sourced from Brunner Germany. Alacantara wall cladding and timber wall panels are new features of the ballroom, which also serve to reduce noise levels, while service doors and room dividers are cleverly within the timber panelling. Ambience and mood settings have been made more flexible by a colour spectrum app that is capable of mixing any shade, easily managed on iPads. The Kitchen in the foyer on the events level of the hotel is a part of the hotel’s Meetings & Incentives programme. It is located next to the Grand Room and is ideal for culinary-themed events. The corridor leading to the Grand Room has been redecorated and enhanced with new collections of furniture, increasing the options for break-out areas. For more flexibility, a mobile registration desk is available. Also as part of phase one, two boardrooms have been created. The proximity of the Business Centre allows for immediate secretarial services, while organisers can also set up their conference operational office there. The spaces of this boardroom combine an area for informal meetings, where seating is relaxed, with a formal meeting table arrangement, thus providing options to suit different needs.
The function rooms were reconfigured to maximise capacity and flexibility. The former service corridor has been converted into a pre-function area, designed as a natural extension to the circulation areas downstairs. This is a modern space, catering equally well to social functions and business gatherings. Its versatile features allow for multiple functions such as coffee break, catering, brainstorming, reception. It comes complete with two hospitality desks, with a projection screen in the background, for delegates’ registration and information points during the events. The entire meeting space (all the rooms) of the Ten Rooms conference centre features an audiovisual network, which allows for intra-room AV communication via fibre-optic cables. Connection and communication within the equipment network is made possible by control units. An HDBaseT system was installed that makes it possible to transmit various signals through the same cable from one point to the other, facilitating flexible and diverse use. As the entire conference level benefits from uniform AV infrastructure, the Grand Room and Infinity rooms are connected, which means that all the delegates or guests can enjoy the same audio and visual experience in both areas, no matter where the event takes place.