Spotlight on: Conferences in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a go-to European location for corporate trips, with its rich history, diverse culture, and endless canals. Almost a thousand years old, Amsterdam is still modern in spirit, with winding streets and amazing canal-side buildings offering an adorable aesthetic. 

The much anticipated direct London to Amsterdam Eurostar service launched in October 2020, taking travellers between the cities in just over three hours.You can exclusively hire entire carriages for business trips, with various onboard entertainment options. 

Amsterdam is an ideal place for corporate incentives, conferences and meetings. The destination has it all, whether you’re looking for a small independent boutique venue, a quirky out-of-the-box event space or a luxurious hotel.

Here, we share a selection of prime venues and accommodation for your next corporate trip to Amsterdam.

Venues for exhibitions and conferences in Amsterdam

Do you want to organise a conference or event to remember? Then the Beurs van Berlage is the perfect place. It has a variety of unique multi-rooms for virtual, hybrid and live conferences, corporate events, dinners, receptions and more. The venue works to offer a service ideal for everyone, even those who cannot attend in person – Beurs van Berlage produces 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. One of the exhibition halls can be fitted as a conference hall for large gatherings, and it also provides exceptional catering services.

A stage for varied music performances in an iconic building, with modern tech, 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 and event venues

A perfect venue for meetings in Amsterdam, Novotel Amsterdam City offers 610 hotel rooms and 20 meeting rooms. Each has five-meter-high ceilings and plenty of natural daylight.

Who said meetings have to be boring? At Hotel Arena, they never are. Its array of spaces has a contemporary, international, and even an Amsterdam feel.

Mövenpick Hotel is ideal for conferences and events due to its natural daylight and free Wi-Fi – the hallmarks of its 11 flexible state-of-the-art meeting rooms. It also has an additional meeting centre next to the hotel, ideal for training and workshops.

Accommodation for conferences in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has an abundance of quality accommodations. How about the 5* Pulitzer Amsterdam, with its unique fusion of Dutch craftsmanship and modern design nestled amid the city’s most iconic canals? Or the Hard Rock Hotel, where you can expect uniqueness with a blend of modern, avant-garde styles, and rooms infused with music?

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station places business travellers 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 and quirky venues

Boutique hotels in Amsterdam all offer something different, with quirky decor, 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. Its wine cellar is housed in the former bank vault of the Scheepvaarthuis – ideal for an aperitif, wine tasting or product presentation.

Artis Amsterdam Zoo will not disappoint if you love visiting the Zoo. What’s more, it’s the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in mainland Europe.

Receptions and dinner options

Amsterdam boasts a large selection of quality dining options for foodies attending meetings and conferences in Amsterdam.

For example, Restaurant De Kas is a chic garden conservatory serving Mediterranean dishes made from organic ingredients grown on-site. Around 300 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits are harvested at the last minute and prepared on-site.

The Harbour Club is a unique restaurant concept boasting a luxurious patio – imagine sitting and dining on the water’s edge!

Why not host a reception at The National Maritime Museum? It’s one of the largest, most notable global maritime collections with paintings, ship models, navigation instruments and world maps.

Beer lovers will find the home of Heineken in Amsterdam. Housed inside Heineken’s historic brewery in the heart of Amsterdam, The Heineken Experience is an interactive museum. It takes visitors 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. Our previous spotlight blogs include Gran Canaria, Liverpool, Sydney, Cape Town, Krakow, Bristol, South of France, Edinburgh, Ireland, and more.

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