One sure-fire way planners can make events feel fresh in often-traveled cities is to find new venues. Consider these 20 new or refurbished hotels to host your meetings.
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Center
This list could begin and end with this mammoth project, one of Marriott’s biggest. There are 1,501 rooms, 485,000 square feet of convention center space and an extensive indoor/outdoor water park on a sprawling 85-acre site overlooking Denver’s skyline.
Hyatt Regency Seattle
The 45-story property in downtown Seattle is the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest. With 103,000 square feet of event space, it’s large enough for most associations and corporate groups. While business should boom right away, wait until 2022, when the Washington State Convention Center expansion project is complete.
Conrad Washington, D.C.
This luxury property with 32,000 square feet of elevated meeting space is this Hilton brand’s first location in the nation’s capital. Elevate, a women’s leadership conference presented by the Association for Women in Events, is among the first events to use the new hotel.
Hotel Bennett, Charleston, S.C.
This 179-room, $100 million-plus full-service property on what used to be a library site, is worth studying. With 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, hotel staff are eying conferences board meetings, fundraisers, galas and incentive trips in the historic city.
SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and AC Hotels, Nashville
This 470-room triple-branded hotel is Marriott’s first triple-branded property. Located in Nashville’s popular SoBro neighborhood, it is across the street from the Music City Center and steps from the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Harpeth Hotel, Franklin, TN
One of seven hotels opening this year in Franklin, this four-diamond, 119-room luxury hotel will feature a gourmet chef-led restaurant, spa, whiskey-focused bar and walkability to Main Street.
Cryus Hotel; Topeka, Kansas
Topeka is now home to a boutique property, but regular travelers will recognize the elegance associated with the 8-story Cyrus. There’s 5,550 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom that holds 250.
El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico will be filled with feel-good stories throughout the year. But Discover Puerto Rico will really feel good when this immense and iconic hotel is fully operational. The recovery from Hurricane Maria is nearly complete and the hotel is now back open.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences
This Waldorf property takes over for the Mandarin is undergoing 18 months of renovations to match the brand. One aspect that won’t change: it will continue to be a non-gaming, non-smoking property—a rarity in Las Vegas.
The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel; Gulf Shores, Alabama
The Lodge at Gulf State Park is the first full-service hotel to open in the area in 20 years. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and 6,150 acres of trails and activities.
Shinola Hotel; Detroit
Want proof Detroit is well beyond the comeback stages? Look at the surge in boutiques like Shinola. The brainchild of two local companies, Shinola and Bedrock, the hotel marries two restored buildings: the onetime T.B. Rayl & Co. department store and a former Singer sewing-machine store. It has 16,000 square feet of retail, F&B and event space.
Woodlark; Portland, Oregon
Another hotel merging two buildings is Woodlark, a 150-room property in downtown Portland. Woodlark offers 2,160 square feet meeting space in the lower level of the hotel, which boasts a dedicated street-level entrance that can be utilized by groups. All meeting spaces will offer state-of-art AV capabilities and catering by Bullard.
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
By summer 2019, this property will be outfitted with $56 million worth of guest room improvements. The project is part of Caesars’ redevelopment effort that includes the $125 million Waterfront Conference Center.
Monarch Bay Club; Dana Point, California
This hillside property overlooking the Pacific Ocean will be renovating the Monarch Bay Beach Club to open in April 2019. The beachfront restaurant is a perfect place to bring a group for a reception.
Phoenix Airport Marriott
The guest rooms, suites and pool area have all been renovated. Next comes the meeting space, which is scheduled to be revamped by the spring, The hotel has 347 rooms and has views of Camelback Mountain and the South Mountain Range.
The country’s most famous park gains some serious glamping power with this location of the California-based chain. High-end tents have the same amenities of boutique hotels featured elsewhere in the story—Talk about an experience for VIP retreats!
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa; Austin, Texas
The Hill Country resort is currently undergoing a significant $150-million renovation relaunching in May 2019 that will feature a new hotel tower. The projects adds 184 guest rooms, a conference center, ballroom and outdoor events space.
Grand Hyatt at SFO; San Francisco
The Grand Hyatt slated to open this summer is of 40 Hyatt projects set to be completed in the U.S. by 2021. This location will have 351 guest rooms and be right off the city’s AirTrain. The largest event space is 5,760 square feet—ideal for a small group looking to get in and out of San Francisco.
The TWA Hotel at New York JFK
The 484-room hotel will be filled with nostalgia, including a museum devoted to TWA and the history of aviation. There’s a rooftop deck and pool with runway views (!). There are six restaurants and eight bars on-site, as well as 50,000 square feet of events space, including 45 event rooms and five hospitality suites that can host up to 1,600 people.
Moxy San Diego
Marriott’s irreverent brand looks to play disruptor in San Diego with the state’s first Moxy. Among the quirky elements of the 126-room hotel: Guests check-in at a custom “trike” where they will receive their digital room entry and Bar Moxy’s signature “Got Moxy #5” welcome nitro-cocktail served from the lively tricycle.