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Best Western Groningen Plaza Hotel wanted to upgrade their current communication system whilst keeping the existing cabling.The installation of an NS700 system offered greater flexibility for the hotel chain.

"The selected Hybrid solutions was a great initial success, but it also provides us with potential expandability on system connections for the future.”

Herman van der Poel – General Manager Best Western Plus Hotel Groningen Plaza

Client – Best Western Plus Hotel Groningen Plaza
Location – Groningen (Nederland)
Products Supplied – KX-NS700

To transform an office and training building into a multi-tier office building with Hotel facilities.


The integration of an NS700, meant that the existing cabling could be used.

About Best Western

Best Western is a one of the worlds largest hotel chains, with more than 4200 hotels and 320,000 rooms in 90 countries. Founded in 1946 in the USA, the hotel chain wanted to market hotels under the same branding. Best Western Plus Hotel Groningen Plaza recieved an investment in 2002 and purchased a unique building, before being finally established in 2004 and has recently aquired a lake at the back of the hotel, offering more opportunities for guests in this unique location.

About Faber Telecom & Data

Established in the late 80’s, Faber Telecom founded a high service company in the North of the Netherlands. In the early 2000's, the IP and ICT technology was embraced by the team in order to fullfill the needs of the market. With a 24/7 service for their customers, the team of nearly 10 people keeps growing due to a very basic but necessary modest characteristic, be humble and customer first.

Future integrations

"With the installation of the NS700 system we are not yet finished," says Herman van der Poel – General Manager Best Western Plus Hotel Groningen Plaza. "It's our intention to link to our PMS system, so our room status can be instantly seen in our front of house system. We also aim to integrate the mobile softphone licenses on two in house mobile phones, to create an integration of the complete system. Due to the nature of our building we have decided not to install an integrated DECT solution"

Reception Area

On room telephony

After the purchase of a former KPN (Dutch Telecom) building, just outside of the city of Groningen, there was a small period of investment needed to rebuild a normal ‘office’ into a space where guests and employees could feel themselves happy and secure.

Over the years investments have been made to upgrade the hotel. Redesigning the office rooms into hotel rooms was a big task, especially as the hotel wanted the existing cabling in the building (Norm-88) re-used for the in room telephony. Thanks to Panasonics flexibility in working with Analogue, Digital, IP and SIP devices in one communication server, the decision was made to install a new PBX platform.

The KX-NS700 has been installed and is now supplying all the guest rooms with an analogue extension, guaranteeing security for guests in case of an urgent need of assistance. For the back office, the choice was made to install the IP range of phones so the cabling for PC’s and phones could be shared. One of the next steps is to install the mobile phone application so that calls are perceived to be internal and can also be handled as such.

The strong partnership with Faber Telecom & Data and Panasonic enables quick and efficient service. “Any questions we have are answered quickly and correctly by Panasonic enabling any changes in programming for the hotel to be carried out swiftly and remotely by us," explains Sjerk Faber, Director at Faber Telecom & Data.