Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 2013

Best Hotel Spaces

By the Editors of Convene

INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS - LE GRAND HOTEL

The Opera Ballroom at the InterContinetal Paris - Le Grand Hotel (which opened its doors in 1862) is one of the most renowned ballrooms in the City of Light. Able to accommodate 450 guests for a seated dinner, conferences of up to 600, and cocktail receptions for up to 700, the space is often used for evening galas, product launches, and fashion shows.

Suspended from the room’s 45-foot-high ceiling is a huge chandelier and circle of mirrors, adding to the grandeur of a room that is on the supplementary inventory list of historical monuments in Paris.

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Spread over three floors, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ meeting and convention space, designed by The Friedmutter Group, allows attendees to easily move through the space by escalator, with direct access from the hotel’s West Tower. “The vertical design allows our convention attendees to move from their sleeping rooms to the meeting space by the touch of an elevator button,” said Doug Gennardo, The Cosmopolitan’s vice president of sales. “The ease of access has been a common positive thread in our meeting-planner surveys.”

With room to accommodate up to 4,000 for receptions and seven ballrooms, meeting spaces are named after European, Latin, and North American neighborhoods and feature design inspired by architect and designer David Rockwell’s work — including small conversational gathering areas for attendees.

THE FAIRMONT SAN JOSE

The Fairmont San Jose has been one of my favorite hotels ever since I went there for a site visit in 2010,” said Marie Fredlake, global conference director at ConferenceDirect. Fredlake managed the 2010 Annual Conference of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), which held several receptions and meetings at The Fairmont. With suites that offer privacy as well as a “VIP feel” for the small meetings of RAPS’ executive team, the property is located just two blocks from the San Jose Convention Center for an easy commute for attendees. Fredlake also liked the hotel’s lobby. “After a long day, relaxing on a couch with a cocktail was just what I needed,” she said, “in addition to having one of the best sushi restaurants in the city located in the hotel!”

DELTA BEAUSÉJOUR HOTEL, MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA

The Delta Beauséjour Hotel, located in downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, in the Petitcodiac River Valley, has more than 23,000 square feet of meeting space, making it the largest venue in New Brunswick for events. The hotel’s facilities include a ballroom of 8,540 square feet, the Shediac and the Petitcodiac meeting rooms, and boardroom space for executive meetings on site. Wi-Fi on the conference level plus on-site audiovisual, décor, and convention services — or “Meeting Maestros” — help ensure that every event is a success.

THE HOTEL ALYESKA, GIRDWOOD, ALASKA

Although it’s a ski resort located in the Chugach Mountains about 40 miles south of Anchorage, The Hotel Alyeska also provides 9,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and event space and 15,000 square feet of special-event space that includes the three-section Columbia Ballroom.

Aerial tram provides the only access to the Glacier Express & Patio, a mountain-top venue at 2,300 feet above sea level, a casual venue for large receptions. For small-to-medium-sized groups, Seven Glaciers Restaurant, also located at the top of the mountain, affords panoramic views of the area’s hanging glaciers and the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet.

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