We love hearing about new hotel openings or renovations and thought you would love to know why we love them for groups. (Yes, there is a lot of love in the air for our amazing travel partners working hard to keep our industry fresh, relevant and amazing.)
Below are our top picks for 2017 openings and enhancements for meeting and incentive venues:
The Pendry • San Diego, CA
The design is no doubt in the details at this boutique hotel. Residing in the epicenter of San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter, The Pendry features 317 guestrooms including 36 suites, 6 unique restaurants and bars, a stunning rooftop pool area that doubles an indoor/outdoor space, and a 24 hour fitness center with California-inspired yoga and meditation courses. The tranquil Spa Pendry offers outdoor treatments inspired by the sea and lush local flora and features separate men’s and women’s facilities. With over 35,000 square feet of meeting and function space, The Pendry is an ideal venue for meetings and events. Their 8,400 square foot Grand Ballroom can host events with up to 750 guests and is divisible by four. Their secondary Gallery Ballroom offers 2,700 square feet of meeting space and is divisible by 2.
Added perks: The Pendry is just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills • Opening in June 2017
If you're looking for classic luxury, the perfectly located Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills exemplifies the very best of the California good life. From the moment you step inside, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the center of extraordinary. This 12 story hotel offers 170 rooms, many with oversized balconies. The hotel will feature LA’s most highly anticipated new fine dining restaurant by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten along with a 5,000 square foot Spa by La Prairie. 4,700 square feet of attractive, richly appointed indoor event space makes this hotel perfect for small group gatherings, advisory board or executive meetings, or receptions up to 400 people in the 3,000 square foot Astor Ballroom. Larger groups can take advantage of over 60,000 square feet of meeting space at the neighboring sister property, the iconic Beverly Hilton.
Added perks: Wow your guests with the chance to be among the very first to experience this brand new property.
El San Juan Hotel • Puerto Rico
El San Juan Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is a lush 15-acre oasis located directly on Isla Verde Beach. Following an extensive top to bottom restoration and reinvention, the El San Juan is poised to once again be the iconic destination property in colorful and vibrant San Juan. Home to the Caribbean’s best nightlife and entertainment scene, and Puerto Rico’s most beautiful stretch of beach, this property offers all you need for an unforgettable vacation experience. With more than 35,000 sq. ft. of versatile event space for up to 1,222 people, El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is equipped to orchestrate meetings ranging from 10 to 500 attendees.. El San Juan Hotel features 388 rooms including 45 suites, 9 restaurants and bars, Well & Being Spa offering indoor and outdoor treatments, Fitness Center and beachfront pool.
Added perks: Keep your guests on their toes: El San Juan Hotel is legendary for live music, art and entertainment.
Park Hyatt • St. Kitts, West Indies• Opening Spring 2017
Slated to open during spring 2017, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will be a luxury hotel nestled on a secluded area offering golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, overlooking The Narrows, a strait separating St. Kitts and the volcanic island of Nevis. Park Hyatt St. Kitts spans the entire width of Banana Bay while surrounded by the majesty of rolling hills, The Resort is situated at the tip of the South East Peninsula adjacent to the popular tourist attraction of Cockleshell Beach with its local vendors and restaurants. Ten minutes away by boat transfer is the neighboring sister island of Nevis and the resort is just a short bicycle ride from the ultra-luxurious Christophe Harbor Marina. The intimate resort comprises of 78 rooms and 48 suites, some of which feature private roof top swimming pools. All accommodations face towards the straits of Nevis and are housed in a series of buildings which create a community. A sophisticated and stylish meetings and events area, the Residences, offer more than 7,000 square feet of event facilities, providing varied options for both meetings and group gatherings.
Added perks: Each of the accommodations face towards Banana Bay and have either a private balcony or terrace.
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i • Hawaii
Luxuriously re-imagined, the AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i offers guests a sophisticated, yet relaxed escape on their own 90,000 acre secluded Hawaiian island just nine miles from Maui. The newly renovated setting features 213 redesigned guest rooms including 47 suites, newly refurbished lobbies and seating areas for contemplation, additional dining experiences such as the award-winning NOBU Lāna‛i, pool side Malibu Farm, luxury retail boutiques and new Pro Shop at the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course. The resort recently unveiled the new Hawanawana Spa, whose Hawaiian name translates to whispering ocean - where the sea whispers upon the sand. The Spa offers eight treatment rooms including four new couples suites featuring rain showers, an intimate living and dining area and side-by-side deluxe spa treatment beds as well as new reception, retail and waiting areas. The resort’s contemporary décor reflects the tones and textures of the island and adds an island aesthetic, featuring rich colors from the earth, sand and brush as well as thoughtfully curated artwork from across Polynesia, Micronesia and of course Hawaii.
Added perks: Activities vary from horseback riding along the hills surrounding Koele to booking a private "sanctuary" cabana set back from the rest of the resort.
If you're interested in exploring any of these five options, from urban Southern California to the exotic tropics of Hawaii, St. Kitts or Puerto Rico, let's talk. Site selection is one of our favorite things to do... and we happen to be really good at it! Click below to start a conversation.