A Toast to New and Renovated Meeting Properties

December 28, 2016 Holly Woolard

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Smart Meetings prides itself on uncovering new and renovated properties capable of hosting incredible meetings and events. Our monthly report in our magazine is one of the most popular features in each issue.

As a salute to 2016 and glance into the crystal ball for what may be in 2017, here’s a look back at few new and renovated properties that caught our attention this year:

Historic Properties Add Elegance to Downtown Locations: Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza has hosted such political and cultural icons as Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Garland. Formerly The Statler Hotel, which opened in 1927, the property completed a $100 million renovation in June to usher in a new era of hospitality. The renovation added 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting and prefunction space, bringing its total to 50,480 sq. ft. The transformation also included updates to the property’s 1,060 guest rooms, corridors, main entrances, lobby, existing meeting spaces and mezzanine levels, and the addition of a library room…More

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Boutique properties are accented by times gone by: Union Station Hotel Nashville

Once a bustling train station, historic Union Station Hotel wrapped up a property-wide, $15.5 million transformation in October. The new design is seamlessly woven into the building’s distinguished architecture that dates to 1900. For example, while the lavish grand lobby features commissioned art inspired by Nashville’s legendary music scene, it’s juxtaposed by the preserved, soaring barrel-vaulted stained-glass ceiling…More

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Striking properties complement key meeting destinations: Marriott Marquis Houston

Opened in November in the Houston convention district, Marriott Marquis is an example of a hotel that is coming online during a city’s game-changing renaissance. The 1,000-room property is located in the heart of downtown and connected via skybridge to George R. Brown Convention Center. It adds more than 100,000 sq. ft. of event space to the convention district, including Houston’s largest ballroom at 39,000 sq. ft. Among the amenities are a Texas-shaped lazy river and Biggio’s, a two-level sports bar…More

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Thriving Destinations are Served by Chic Hotels: ME Miami

Melia Hotels International unveiled its first ME by Melia property in the United States in July when ME Miami opened downtown. The 129-room luxury hotel offers more than 1,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and features a 14th-floor sundeck and pool area with a bar and lounge. The property includes steakhouse STK Miami. ME Miami is located in the heart of bustling downtown, within a stone’s throw of major cultural institutions including Perez Art Museum Miami, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science…More

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