First published in AMS business magazine. Author: Paul Anstiss

Networking and leisure area in Amsterdam's Sloterdijk

Ven Amsterdam, in the Sloterdijk area of Amsterdam West, is a perfect example of how connectivity and liveability come together to change the way that people do business. Due to open in early 2017, it features a new Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, a convention centre, a spa and fitness area, cafes and restaurants, a casino and a rooftop bar. Ven Amsterdam aims to cater to a new type of business traveller who wants to combine work and play while abroad, as well as locals looking for unique experiences.

At the core of the development is a large piazza ringed by curved mirrored walls. 120,000 hotel guests and 50,000 conference attendees are expected in the first year of opening. The interior of the hotel has been styled by world-renowned designer Karim Rashid, who is famous for his use of vibrant colours. The new complex is a one-minute walk from Sloterdijk train station, and just one stop away from both Central Station and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It’s also served by the A10 and A5 motorways. And for those who fancy a bike ride through the beautiful Westerpark, the city centre is just ten minutes away.