The New York Palace hotel has installed DSL lines in all its meeting rooms, freeing meeting planners from the vagaries - and usually exorbitant expense - of having to have high-speed Internet and intranet access installed by outside vendors.
This luxury midtown Manhattan hotel has even established a DSL (direct service line) kiosk in its 39th-floor Executive Lounge to provide individual guests with instant access to stock market data, email and all the resources of the World Wide Web. The rate for usage is 25 cents per minute with a three-dollar minimum.
Each of the New York Palace’s 13 conference rooms - ranging in meeting capacity from 2 to 500 guests - has its own DSL access point capable of up to 2.3mb of bandwidth speed, the fastest offered in the city. Each access point supports both DHCP (dynamic host communications protocol) and static IP (Internet protocol) configurations. The new system is capable of providing virtual private networks, voice over DSL, and video conferencing services. Firewalls are installed to provide security for conferences.
“Knowing all the details that a meeting planner has to deal with, we have taken this formerly complex consideration and made it easy enough for conference organizers to simply plug and play,” said David Rodriguez, Director of Information Systems. “The New York Palace is the first hotel to offer this cutting-edge technology to meeting planners.”
Mr. Rodriguez is Chairman of the Information Technology (IT) Association of New York City Hotels.
The exclusive small-meeting conference rooms adjacent to the Palace’s Executive Lounge, which are available by the hour, also have been equipped with DSL access.