Savannah’s got that Historic parks, stroll through the Spanish moss laden streets, browse boutiques or find a cozy nook to sit back and relax kind of thing going for it. And good food too. Perry Lane Hotel, a new Luxury Collection property, offers 167 including 12 suites, 8,900 sq. ft. of event space and lots of art. Check it out.
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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve officially reopened in October 2018 following a meticulous restoration of each of the property’s 114 beachfront guestrooms and suites, 5k square feet of meeting and event space, three golf courses, a five-acre Spa, all surrounded by acres of lush tropical forest. Help Puerto Rico recover and consider it for your next meeting or incentive. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/puerto-rico/dorado-beach
Omni La Mansion del Rio https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-antonio-la-mansion-del-rio
The 338-room Four Diamond hotel, offering 18,000 square feet of meeting space and a full-service Spa, is right on the historic River Walk and within walking distance of the Alamo, El Mercado, La Villita District, Spanish Governor’s Palace, and the San Antonio Convention Center. And when we were checking in, the comedian Bill Maher was checking in behind us. Just thought I would name drop.
The Saint George Hotel. http://marfasaintgeorge.com/
This 55-room hotel could be in SoHo or Santa Monica. But it’s not, it’s in Marfa. And it’s great. Well-appointed rooms, great restaurant, friendly service. On Conde Nast’s 2017 Hot List. Really. I asked their DOS what kind of groups come there… she listed quite a few… Chinese Vogue was arriving the next day. Let me just say that if I had a group of people involved in the fashion or design field, and I had the time and money to get the group to Marfa… I would. It’s like no other place. And my hippie bus fit right in… although the battery died and we had to replace it… but if I had to be stuck somewhere, it might as well be Marfa.
House of Kooser. Yes, I didn’t get the name thing at first until I was told this Representation Company was started by a long-time hotel guy named Greg Kooser.. That whole name thing aside, they represent 28 boutique hotels in the US, Canada and Europe. That number will be growing. All of the hotels are very different, some have meeting space, some not… so to sort through that just ask Jonathan Wisner at email@example.com and/or visit www.houseofkooser.com
Historic Hotels of America represents more than 300 full-service properties as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What does that mean? A really, really wide variety of cool, historic hotels including some of the most recognized names in the industry as well as really cool places you didn’t even know existed (but should). Contact Michale DiRienzo at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit www.historichotels.org
21C Museum Hotels is a Kentucky-based boutique hotel and restaurant group founded by art collectors and preservationists that combine… in their words… “genuine hospitality, careful design and culinary creativity”. To sum that up… boutique luxury hotels with art museums and really good “chef-driven” restaurants. At the moment, they operate hotels in Louisville and Lexington, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Bentonville, AR, Durham, NC and Oklahoma City, OK. Their newest hotel… Nashville, TN.
The 21c Nashville will offer 124-rooms and a 10,500 square foot art museum and event space, a Chef Levon Wallace restaurant, and seven rooftop terrace suites.
Check out everything at www.21cmuseumhotels.com
The Vanderbilt’s were really rich. Cornelius V. started it all in one of America’s classic rags-to-riches stories, building a railroad and shipping empire from nothing. His grandson, George, being born into great wealth, had it a bit easier. What to do with all that money and time? Well, on the side he had built what is probably the largest private residence ever in America… a 250-room French Renaissance chateau on an 8000-acre estate outside Asheville NC. You can’t stay there… but… you can stay at the four-star, four-diamond Inn on the Biltmore estate. It only has 210 rooms so it’s really just the guest-cottage, but… nice enough.
And in addition to every other activity you can think of, they also offer… you guessed it… an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing School. They customize their lessons to the experience of each individual within the group, beginning with dry casting instruction and then transitioning to either fly-fishing on their lake from a drift boat, a guided half-day adventure float trip on the French Broad River for Smallmouth Bass, or exciting full-day guided wade trip fishing for trout in one of their local streams. Group size is usually limited to 15 guests at a time, but “arrangements can be made”.
Visit their site at www.biltmore.com
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
I am already breaking my own rule about only writing about properties with Gun Clubs on property… because this property does not have one. BUT… what they do have is a partnership with the National Shooting Complex, a 600+ acre complex just six miles from the resort. The NSC is recognized as one of the largest and most complete shooting complexes in the World (that’s right – the world). I will go so far to say within our Solar System.
As the headquarters for the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association, it hosts elite tournaments for both sports. Their promo material also says they host thousands of serious competitors and casual shooters each year. I am not so sure I want to be around a bunch of casual shooters, but I will assume that is a technical term. The promo material also refers to their complex as being a property filled with peaceful rolling hills and gun enthusiasts. I have to look up oxymoron in the dictionary, but I am guessing that qualifies.
The Complex staff has extensive experience in event management and can create a program to match your needs, from a small company outing to a large competitive or corporate event. That’s what they do. (www.nssa-nsca.org)
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is built upon 300 (peaceful) acres of the historic Rogers-Wiseman family ranch. With 500 guestrooms, over 73,000 square feet of indoor meeting and pre-function space, 100,000 square feet of natural outdoor event space, and all of the Hyatt service stuff, it’s a nice place. For those who don’t want to just shoot at things with guns, there is a 27-hole Arthur Hills golf course, a Spa, a 950-foot “Ramblin’ River” (I am no expert so I do not know if 950 feet is a long Ramblin’ River or a short one), and a FlowRider Wave Machine (of all things). (Hillcountry.hyatt.com)
Ocean Reef Club
I am not quite sure how to describe the 2500 acre Ocean Reef Club other than to say it’s an upscale Private Membership Club that allows corporate groups to stay in it’s Inn (or rent condos) and use the facilities. Located one hour south of Miami, it sometimes feels like is its own town (and there are definitely very tan year-round residents driving golf carts around). Also has lots of very big private yachts docked in its Marina. Very big.
Besides the 144-room Inn and golf and spa and tennis center, it has its own airport, marina, medical center, fire station, museum and shopping district. But whatever you call it… it has fish. Whether “the destination decider” goes for the excitement of deep-sea sport fishing, reef fishing, bone-fishing (I have no idea) or back-country fishing, they have it. (www.oceanreef.com)
The first thing I want to say about the St. Anthony... it was built in 1909 and was the first fully air-conditioned hotel in the world. Now that is, by definition, cool. It also had the first auto-opening doors in Texas, and even better… you could check-in from your car in the underground garage and go straight to your room to freshen up before heading down to the lobby bar to be “seen” (because who would want to be seen all covered in dust from driving across Texas? Certainly neither you nor me).
In round numbers, the 277-room hotel has 31,527 square feet of meeting space including a truly elegant 4,721 square foot ballroom (with crystal chandeliers). And yes, since their last renovation they have all of the modern stuff you need too.
And finally (for now)… this “new” hotel has nothing to do with Art Deco, but you really didn’t care about that anyway. www.thestanthonyhotel.com