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The 5 Best Hotels for Creative Conferences: Playful, Learn & Experience {Review}

Business trips and conferences are generally regarded as boring and hardly arouse enthusiasm among participants. But there are creative exceptions that easily lead to success.

So much playful creativity is good for a hotel

People have visual memories and are much better at remembering things when they associate them with special events or places. I got myself some time ago chat with the founder of LinkedInwho remedies this by holding his meetings while hiking.

He then remembers the content of the meeting with the help of special stations along the way, for example "we talked about this shortly after we saw the rattlesnake." Well can Company badly plan rattlesnakes by the wayside.

Creative locations with a unique selling point

This could be remedied by creative locations with real unique selling propositions that have a long lasting effect on the impression, as they offer a more professional service as well as good facilities and infrastructure for events.

On the other hand, there is also no lack of the necessary creative atmosphere and thus a stimulating environment is definitely provided. Therefore, at the invitation of the various providers, I took a closer look at some of these hotels. An overview:

1. Conveying learning and sustainability through play

The Hotel Schwarzwald Panorama in Bad Herrenalb has recognized how important the ambience is: its campus offers conference participants a playful learning environment and also aims to convey its sustainable philosophy. On top of that, companies receive a climate certificate to improve their own climate balance.

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Free thinking and playful learning on campus

The location of the hotel above the village promotes free thinking and new impulses: the 88 rooms and 8 apartments, all with a balcony or terrace, as well as the conference area and the restaurant terrace, for the most part have a panoramic view of Bad Herrenalb and the surrounding area Mountains.

The 1.300 square meter conference and exhibition area, known as the campus, with 11 event rooms between 32 and 241 square meters on 3 levels fully meets the requirements of a creative learning environment: In the middle of the foyer there is a large table modeled on a tree stump, around which there are foosball tables , Seat balls, beanbags and other toys that can be integrated directly into the conference process at any time or used to reactivate during the breaks.

Accordingly, the hotel not only provides conference guests with the necessary event technology such as a moderator's case, flipchart, projector, etc., but also a chair buffet with which the participants can switch between classic conference chairs and creative seating. The hotel has received several awards as a conference hotel for its concept.

Focus on health and sustainability

In general, healthy activities and sustainability are very important in the Black Forest Panorama. Since long periods of sitting exhausts the body and mind and makes them tired, the hotel offers small active and creative breaks free of charge, during which, for example, gymnastics or creative exercises help the participants to regenerate. Numerous exciting activities such as climbing tours, goat tracking, black forest games or soft rafting on the Murg are also possible as a supporting program.

The SPA with pool, various massage treatments, private yoga and quigong lessons, TCM treatments and therapeutic fasting offers ensure relaxation and health. Especially when it comes to nutrition, health and sustainability go hand in hand: 90 percent of all food and drinks, including the
Minibar, come from certified organic quality, the brain and energy food also helps with concentration and memory performance.

Green meetings and sustainability certificates

In addition, the guests should also be introduced to ecological topics in a playful way. The hotel organizes upcycling workshops in which, for example, crown caps and wine corks, bottles or scraps of fabric are turned into pin board magnets, table signs or door tags. Hotelier Stephan Bode, winner of the BAUM Environment Prize and Spirit-at-Work Award, aims to make the world a little better in this way.

This is why ecological processes are firmly integrated into the entire company process, from Blue Angel textiles and recycled paper to waste separation and give boxes for employees who are regularly trained and sensitized to these issues. The company draws heating energy and electricity from a block-type thermal power station, the cosmetics in the house have been completely converted to animal-free natural cosmetics and the CO₂ footprint is determined every year, which is offset by supporting various afforestation projects.

The protection of species is not neglected either: the snack garden and raised beds are designed as naturally as possible in order to promote biodiversity. Bee colonies were checked in, lizard castles, hedgehog suites and bird hotels were built and nectar buffets were sown. The hotel was awarded the GreenSign, the leading sustainability certificate for the hotel industry in Europe, at the highest level.

2. Creative location in the trendy district: The Moxy Munich Ostbahnhof

The Moxy from the Swiss SV Hotel Group at Munich's Ostbahnhof also offers innovation: Here you can stay overnight in a creative atmosphere and hold small meetings, while the reception desk can be replaced by modern technology on request.

Creative and cozy

The Moxy is located not far from Munich's Ostbahnhof in a creative quarter in which former factory halls were initially turned into clubs, then later trendy shops, start-ups, restaurants and hotels. Right in the middle is the Moxy, which, thanks to its excellent transport links, is an inexpensive business hotel with that certain creative something.

The 146 rooms in a modern design are small, but big enough to feel comfortable, the open-looking entrance area on the first floor is reception, bar and restaurant at the same time, here the really good breakfast is served on hip seating.

Business lifestyle with app check-in

In the evening, on the other hand, you can storm the dance floor in the bar and strengthen yourself in between. You can book a hip meet-up room for business exchanges and, of course, free WiFi is available.

The exciting thing is that you can not only search for and book an SV hotel with your mobile phone, but also check in using the app - including preferred room allocation and
Push notifications as soon as the room is ready. In addition, a mobile key can be downloaded via the app, which completely saves going to reception. A really innovative concept.

3. Pretty in Pink: The House Hotel in Galway

Another exciting, creative location is The House Hotel in the western Irish university city of Galway. The first impression of the house or its interior is one thing above all: pink.

Who is the hotel suitable for?

And so my question: is the hotel particularly suitable for male meeting participants?

Fortunately, the rooms are not pink, but rather normally furnished and the hotel also has a cozy atmosphere with good food, the staff is extremely friendly.

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Prices and meeting rooms

Unfortunately, the price for a 4-star hotel is also quite high. With only 40 rooms, it is only suitable for small groups.

The meeting rooms are also designed for a maximum of 45 people and are not located in the hotel, but can be rented in the Chamber of Commerce directly opposite - then again in the usual boring meeting atmosphere.

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4. Ludwig II sends his regards: 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian

I have seldom experienced such a successful combination of old and modern elements that come with a lot of irony: The 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian flirts with the spirit of a good old grand hotel and at the same time plays with its location in the former imperial post office and Telegraph office. It is very centrally located directly opposite Munich Central Station and only a few minutes' walk from Karlsplatz and the city center.

Swan and Peacock Suite: Iconic references to the past

In the hotel there are many small, iconic, ironic references to the history of Bavaria and the royal estate and local references through carefully selected details, accessories and materials - such as sleeping swans or the armchair made from plush swan necks.

The rooms - there are a total of six categories on four floors - have names such as aristocratic rooms or swan suites. And all of them are individually designed in the style of the late 19th century, but still include modern comforts such as Bluetooth speakers in a personal Schindelhauer Bilke, which can be borrowed free of charge, as well as a free MINI rental. It is also practical that the windows are largely soundproofed, so you absolutely do not notice the street noise.

Culinary and bar

A heart of the 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian is the NENI restaurant. People meet here for an oriental lunch or dinner. The orangery in the NENI is reminiscent of the botanical gardens and royal greenhouses. On cozy sofa stairs, upholstered benches and chairs, the famous Bavarian cosiness meets oriental nonchalance. The really excellent breakfast is also served here.

The Boilerman Bar on the 1st floor is the perfect meeting place for communication and casual contacts. Well-kept highballs are served at the bar and in the cozy lounge area. They are the undisputed stars of the bar and, due to their size, invite you to try different variations. Both the restaurant and the bar are equally popular with the locals.

Meetings like in a mountain hut

While the NENI is more suitable for get-togethers or casual dinner events, the shell chamber on the first floor with 45 square meters is intended for small, creative meetings and events in a relaxed atmosphere .. Equipped with the latest conference technology such as free high-speed WiFi , LED flat screens and UE Megaboom Bluetooth speakers, the 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian offers rooms for smaller events with up to 20 people.

Dark wood paneling gives the room an incomparable mountain hut charm and is a reference to the traditional Muschelsaal in the Augustiner basement. A special highlight for the conference break: in the copper kettle integrated in the room, ice cubes ensure drinks at the perfect temperature throughout the day.

Entspannung und Wellness

Finally, the wellness area on the 4th floor with a view of the urban hustle and bustle of Munich, which is exclusively for hotel guests, ensures relaxation. is accessible. Equipped with a sauna and a spacious relaxation area, it invites you to unwind after a long day in the city.

Overall, a very cool, successful concept and a hotel that is really fun to visit and that is complemented by many loving details.

5. Creative vintage meetings at indoor camping in Bonn

For example in Bonn: the former capital is now a UN location with annual UN conferences. What you don't initially expect is a location like the BaseCamp Young Hostel.

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Cool loaction in retro style

Erected in a former warehouse in the south of Bonn, up to 120 people can sleep in retro caravans, US Airstreams, DB sleeping cars, two VW vans, a Trabbi, a Citroen HY, a cable car gondola and many other curiosities.

The caravans would be thematically designed by the film and stage sculptor Marion Seul, equipped with historical props and extended by a suitable furnished front garden.

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Creative overnight and event location

According to their own information, 20 percent of the guests are business tourists, and companies like to use the media-effective location for trade fairs and team building events.

For those who find the vintage look in original sleeping arrangements too uncomfortable, there is the Bonnox boarding house and hotel within a 2-minute walk from the same operator.

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