Hotel Los Gatos and Spa Recommends Changing Environment to Spark Innovation and Focus for Business Meetings

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "Sometimes, just getting away from the office to an offsite meeting can ignite that critical spark of innovation and creativity. It can be just what the doctor ordered to create the uninterrupted focus needed for that next step in your company's business plan," commented Linda Apichell, General Manager of Hotel Los Gatos and Spa, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

With the area's economic recovery, Silicon Valley and the national business communities have reawakened to the value of taking the corporate team or the board offsite for meetings. When a group moves out of its normal and regular routine, new and fresh perspectives and strategies develop as the day to day interruptions are set aside.

Getting Away for an Office Offsite Can Still Be Nearby

Lush Mediterranean style surroundings at Hotel Los Gatos and Spa allow attendees to feel like they have traveled away without lengthy flights or drives. Located in the charming and lively downtown Los Gatos setting, amid a bevy of unique boutiques, bistros, wineries and tasting rooms, the community also offers many outdoor activities and nearby hiking opportunities.

Whether the meeting needs a private board room configuration in the sumptuous Vasona Room, video conferencing, charts and presentation amenities, focus groups, product launch setup or team building exercise, the hotel's facilities and staff provide a "top notch, friendly inviting and helpful" environment, according to a corporate meeting's recent guest.

Mediterranean Ambience for Business Meetings up to 100

When the time comes for breakout or smaller meetings, the large Monte Sereno Room can be configured from theater or table seating for up to 100, into five smaller meeting rooms, all with invigorating natural lighting and French doors to verandas. A sparkling pool and whirlpool dot the comfortable patio landscape.

Change It Up to Spark Creativity or Hone Focus at Next Business Meeting

When planning meal or break time food, Hotel Los Gatos and Spa makes it simple to think outside the bagels and sub sandwich "box". The Bay Area's only 2011 / 2012 Michelin star rated, Mediterranean restaurant, Dio Deka, located onsite, can provide amazing and delectable menu items, including fabulous vegetarian selections, sure to stimulate more creative energy and ideas. An ample wine menu compliments the gourmet dining experience.

Patricia Namprasong of Atlanta-based, Equifax, providing consumer and business credit intelligence with a staff of 7,000 employees on three continents, praised the staff and the hotel at her recent meeting experience.

After reviewing the setup and photos online, and vetting their needs with staff, Namprasong decided the hotel was a good choice to match the CIO's meeting style and requirements. The team flew in from the East coast, and found the venue intimate and very private, though other meetings were also in progress.

That often doesn't happen in larger venues according to Namprasong, reflecting back on the team's previous meeting at a large four star hotel, where "I had nothing good to say."

"Often the 'hospitality' gets left out of hospitality," But not here.

"Shawna Dedrick, and Faye Tsiboukis really grasp the concept of hospitality and deliver their services accordingly! What I have found is that often the 'hospitality' falls out of hospitality," she commented ruefully. "But not here. They sent it over the top for me. I was overstressed, trying to focus on my daughter's wedding in Florida, as well as the meeting here in Los Gatos. They were very attentive. All of it was outstanding!"

The Hotel Los Gatos and Spa staff is regularly commended for their outgoing, friendly and helpful manner, part of the hotel's culture, as one guest reflected, "Everyone, including a couple men carrying refuse and recyclables... gave us a smile and a happily voiced 'Good morning!' Amazing! At most places, employees will look down at the ground and not engage with guests."

Another corporate meeting planner commented "I wanted to reach out and say thank you again for the stellar service you and your staff provided me and my executives... We definitely want to have all of our quarterly executive off-site meetings at your hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley."

When a critical meeting item is occasionally forgotten, the front desk staff often comes to the rescue. "Abel Veloz was most helpful in referring us to local merchants," said one guest, "as we had a problem with our cell phone, camera charger, and a forgotten tie."

Namprasong concluded, "Again, I want to stress the word intimate.  When you go to an offsite, you need to get away from the stress felt at work.  Though a strategy meeting is not by its nature relaxing, you made it distraction and stress free.

The simple Request for Proposal (RFP) form online, or a quick phone call to Hotel Los Gatos and Spa's sales department headed by director Jan McGreevy, will get the ball rolling for a day or a week of offsite planning, team building, financial reporting, corporate celebrations, or maybe the next round of venture capital funding.

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