Smart trade show participants and delegates know location, location, location is vital in a foreign city, especially when rushing to make those first important appointments in the morning – and still look calm and collected. Here are a brace of convenient addresses in Kuala Lumpur and Frankfurt for your next event in these two important gateways.
KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE, KLCC
• Grand Hyatt
What’s it like? The first deluxe hotel to open in Malaysia’s gateway since 2003 boasts 372 guestrooms and 42 suites, which are larger than those currently in the market, starting with 47 sqm.
How near is it to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre? Guests need only exit the property’s main entrance, make a left and reach it after only a two-minute walk.
Any onsite meeting facilities? Over 3,300 sqm networking space is available, spanning six venues that adopt circular curves to create a softer ambiance. For gala events, there are two ballrooms. The trademark Hyatt residential-style meeting product is also offered, with the Grand Residence catering to exclusive affairs hosting 20 to 330 guests.
• Impiana KLCC Hotel
What’s it like? The cosy lobby disguises the fact there are 519 guestrooms, including 13 junior suites, with all enjoying complimentary wifi services.
How near is it to the Convention Centre? Joined to the conference facility by an air-conditioned link bridge.
Any onsite meeting facilities? A 385-sqm banquet hall for 450 (theatre style), two other halls, accommodating 180 and 260 (theatre style) respectively and three breakout rooms.
• Mandarin Oriental
What’s it like? All 643 guestrooms and suites enjoy spectacular views of the landmark Petronas Twin Towers and elegant KLCC Park. And it's still the place in Kuala Lumpur to see and be seen.
How near is it the Convention Centre? The doors nearest the grand ballroom in the lobby open out to a driveway that is adjacent to the convention centre.
Any onsite meeting facilities? Three floors of meetings space and the largest pillarless ballroom in the city.
What’s it like? Contemporary surroundings matched with efficient service that add up to a sensible price.
How near is it the Convention Centre? The hotel is integrated through different points – a popular option being from level five through the escalator, which lands on level 3 of the facility. Another alternative is through the lobby of the hotel, which leads to the Convention Centre.
Any onsite meeting facilities? The business centre provides four private workstations as well as six meeting rooms and five serviced offices, plus all the required high-tech tools to conduct productive discussions and transactions.
Also consider these other deluxe properties within easy reach of the KLCC: Grand Millennium, JW Marriott, Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton and The Royale Chulan.
MESSE FRANKFURT FAIRGROUNDS, FRANKFURT
What’s it like? Wifi is free in the guestrooms and some public areas of this stylish bolthole which opened on January 1 of this year.
How near is it the fairgrounds? Just steps away from Messe Frankfurt.d
Any onsite meeting facilities? The ground-level, 30-sqm-boardroom can sit up to 14 people, while on three conference suites are found on the upper floors.
• Maritim Frankfurt
What’s it like? Boasts 543 guestrooms, starting from 30 sqm in size and a popular Japanese restaurant.
How near is it to the fairgrounds? It is linked directly to the Frankfurt fairgrounds and Congress Centre.
Any onsite meeting facilities? It has seven meeting rooms enjoying natural light.
• Marriott Frankfurt
What’s it like? Billed as the “tallest hotel in Germany”, this 588-room property is near the Conference Center, main train station and walking distance to shopping malls, restaurants and museums.
How near is it to the Frankfurt fairgrounds? Directly opposite the Frankfurt fairgrounds.
Any onsite meeting facilities? A portfolio of 25 meetings rooms, with the largest being the Platinum Ballroom accommodating up to 1,000 guests for cocktails. There is space for small-scale exhibits as well.
• NH Frankfurt Messe
What’s it like? This four-star property with 65 modern guestrooms, including two Junior suites and one unit for the disabled, made its debut last year. The daily breakfast is served buffet style.
How near is it the Frankfurt fairgrounds? It’s directly across from the trade show grounds.
Any onsite meeting facilities? Small areas for intimate discussions are available.
Also consider these other properties within easy reach of Messe Frankfurt: Bliss, NH Die Villa, InterCity, Dormero and Meininger Frankfurt Messe.
Margie T Logarta