The 506-room San Jose Marriott recently completed a $2 million renovation to its 21,000-sf of flexible meeting and function space.
The new upgrades include: The creation of a light-infused contemporary setting with new wall coverings, carpeting and furniture; orbit-shaped chandeliers and pendant lighting in the pre-function space; and a collection of eight contemporary artworks depicting the story of Silicon Valley.
Created by local artist Jeremy Sutton, the Silicon Valley Series features works such as “Bits & Bytes,” “Humans & Machines” and “Founders & Visionaries.” The high-impact, large-scale pieces are composed of Océ VariaDot UV inkjet prints on aluminum plate.
The big news is the rise in internet speed to 150 mbps in meeting rooms and up to 25 mbps in guest rooms. The hotel installed $500,000 worth of individual wireless routers in every room and suite, which service up to six devices per room.
With the expanded broadband, San Jose Marriott is also introducing Marriott’s popular Red Coat Direct web-based platform and app, ensuring real-time responses to meeting planner demands.
“We are extremely proud of our new product,” says Laurie Munos, director of sales/marketing. “We now offer the fastest hotel Wi-Fi in Silicon Valley.”
Munos adds that San Jose Marriott formed a Tech Advisory Board, comprised of travel procurement executives and meeting planners from Silicon Valley’s most recognized tech companies.
“By inviting top travel influencers to tell us about their priorities when selecting a hotel, we took the guesswork out of exceeding the expectations of group and individual business travelers,” she says. “This direct line of communication enables us to incorporate their suggestions into every aspect of hotel operations and design.”
That’s a good best practice for any meeting hotel in today’s multi-screen era, especially when planners are seeking more web-based meeting management functionality like Red Coat Direct.