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Conference by Design


By Anne Dimon

The staircase connecting the upper and lower ballrooms at Trump Toronto.

A dramatic steel staircase connects the upper and lower ballrooms of The Trump International Hotel & Tower, in Toronto.

The staircase “allows for an easy flow between these two intimate ballrooms,” says Dan Menchions, partner at II BY IV Design Associates Inc., the hotel’s design team. It acts as a natural divider, but allows for two or more events to remain connected.

Menchions says, “all conference space was intentionally designed to be a neutral, but stately, backdrop to any function.”

Mixed in with the elegantly understated, international design are contemporary planner-friendly details such as the conference room consoles, with built-in induction cook tops, and duel-function black-out/video screens that drop down from ceilings at the push of a button.

Another feature designed with group functions in mind is the executive floor, including a 4,000-sq.-ft. Presidential Suite, with its state-of-the-art media room, dining room seating 30 to 40 and a full kitchen accessible from the hallway for discreet service.

And for events that require the ultimate in security, there are 254 video cameras installed throughout the hotel. “It’s the most secure hotel in North America,” says director of marketing John Bullock.

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