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Mice Net : October 2008
auckland LEFT: The rejuvenated grand ballroom at Rendezvous Hotel Auckland. BELOW: Crowne Plaza Auckland's new Wi-Fi access for guests is available throughout the hotel, including their superior rooms. “These can change colour in time to music or settings as you choose – I’m unaware of any other ballroom in New Zealand having these – it’s very exciting. “The ballroom refurbishment ran strictly to schedule – it had to because it was booked out either side of the time allocated with two major conferences.” The pillarless room with a six metre high ceiling can seat up to 300 guests for dinner and also divides into three smaller rooms for smaller groups. The hotel will also soon be re-branded Holiday Inn Auckland Airport. Hotel DeBrett refurbishment The 84-year-old Hotel DeBrett in the Auckland central business district has undergone a major refurbishment, opening a whole new world to the boutique hotel market. The 25-suite property has a 45-seat restaurant, drawing room, library and several private meeting rooms, based around a two- storey glass roof atrium. Visit www.hoteldebrett.co.nz for details. Rendezvous Hotel Auckland Rendezvous Hotel Auckland understands the needs of the MICE market, and has pulled out all the stops with a multi-million dollar refurbishment that is sure to wow delegates. The hotel’s “extreme MICE makeover” is now complete, with a stunning new pre-function area and rejuvenated grand ballroom replete with designer furniture and lighting, the latest audio-visual technology, and fresh new carpet and wall panels. Delegates are also able to bypass the main hotel lobby by catching an exclusive elevator to the meetings and events 114 mice.net area, adding an element of prestige and exclusivity. To assist meeting organisers budget accurately for events, Rendezvous Hotel Auckland has also introduced a fixed Australian dollar rate for its MICE accommodation and day delegate packages. Aptly titled the ‘No Surprises’ Package, this reflects a significant commitment to the hotel’s support and dedication to the Australian market. The refurbishment comes after a $35 million extension to the hotel in 1998, which secured Rendezvous Hotel Auckland’s status as the largest hotel in New Zealand. Within walking distance to the city’s best restaurants and shopping, as well as the entertainment district of the America’s Cup Village, the hotel is also linked via an underground tunnel to Auckland Convention Centre at THE EDGE, comprising four of Auckland's most significant venues – Aotea Centre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square. Visit www.rendezvoushotels.com for details. Crowne Plaza Auckland Crowne Plaza Auckland, in the heart of the city, is now offering Wi-Fi internet access for its guests. The new wireless internet access is available in all accommodation rooms, the Club Lounge and all conference rooms and pre-function areas. “It is also accessible in all public spaces of the hotel including Aria Restaurant and Bar as well as the Atrium on Elliott shopping complex,” says Crowne Plaza Auckland business development director, Terry Holt. “We realise that high-speed and easy internet connection is important for our guests which is why we now have Wi-Fi available – not only in the accommodation rooms but also public areas to make internet access easy.” Visit www.crowneplazaauckland.co.nz for further details.