by Matt Alderton | September 23, 2014

The San Jose Marriott in San Jose, CA, has completed a $2 million, floor-to-ceiling renovation of its meeting space, the product of which is not only an updated look -- including new lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, art, and furniture -- but also increased functionality resulting from a major wireless Internet upgrade, it announced yesterday.

"We're extremely proud of our new product," Laurie Munos, the hotel's director of sales and marketing, said in a statement. "We now offer the fastest hotel Wi-Fi in Silicon Valley … to simplify and improve the meeting experience."

The hotel, which is connected to the 550,000-square-foot San Jose McEnery Convention Center, now offers Internet speeds of up to 150 Mbps in its 21,000 square feet of meeting space, and up to 25 Mbps in its 506 guest rooms and suites, each of which has been outfitted with an individual wireless router capable of servicing up to six wireless devices at the same time.

The venue's increased wireless capabilities have enabled it to launch a new in-room entertainment system featuring apps from Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, and to offer Marriott's new "Red Coat Direct" meeting services app, which allows meeting planners to submit real-time, on-site meeting requests to the hotel during their events.

Helping the hotel leverage its wireless network is a new "Tech Advisory Board" established earlier this year; consisting of travel procurement executives and meeting planners from Silicon Valley tech companies, its goal is helping hotel staff identify and execute future tech improvements.

Concluded Munos, "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. This direct line of communication enables us to incorporate their suggestions into every aspect of hotel operations and design."

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