The Belgian city of Ostend is known as “the queen of seaside resorts”, and with Hotel Andromeda it has a new jewel in its crown. This 4-star hotel is beautifully situated on the seafront just next to the Casino Kursaal. Tunify spoke with Xavier Vercaemst. Together with his partner Inge Decuypere he runs C-Hotels, the hotel chain that Andromeda belongs to for a few years now. A decade ago, they started with one hotel: Excelsior in Middelkerke. Currently C-Hotels has 4 locations and further expansion is close in sight.
“With 96 rooms, hotel Andromeda is one of the bigger hotels of the Belgian seaside. On weekdays, we focus on business seminars and at the weekend and during the holidays, the hotel is packed with tourists,” says Xavier. “The hotel interior and especially the conference facilities were a bit outdated when we took over the hotel. Since October 2014 however, we have been renovating a lot: the conference facilities, the rooms, the bar, our hotel living room, the wellness area and swimming pool, the breakfast room… All to increase the comfort of our visitors."
The seminar rooms, for example, received a major update. “We have invested quite heavily here. The meeting facilities did not meet the standards for business seminars today.” This has changed now, also by adding Tunify to the mix. “It may sound strange, but, for example, we noticed that the organisers of business conferences themselves like to choose the music during the breaks. So we have provided small boxes on the wall on which they can choose a suitable musical mood. Tunify is perfect for this, because you don’t have to think about choosing specific genres,” says Xavier.
In the other areas of the hotel there’s music playing as well. “In almost all areas, we use Tunify. In the wellness and massage area, we need an other kind of music than at the reception of course. In the breakfast room we play the music of the category Grand Café, in the lobby the music is a bit more dynamic and especially at the gym you have to have music that goes right through your heart. We use Fitness Beats for this,” explains Xavier.