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
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W Aspen offers 88 guestrooms (including six suites) and 11 W-branded fractional residences plus a 1,600 square foot outdoor patio and a 12,000 square foot rooftop bar and pool, overlooking Aspen Mountain. Cool.
NEW YORK The Times Square EDITION
The Times Square EDITION, located at 701 Seventh Avenue on the corner of 47th Street, features 452 guest rooms with four levels of public space including a 5,000 sq. ft. performance venue, a 1,900 sq. ft. meeting studio, state-of-the-art fitness center and a lobby lounge at check in level. a 5,800 sq. ft. beer garden and event deck overlooking Times Square. The Location thing. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycte-the-times-square-edition/
Timber Cove Resort, Sonoma Coast, CA www.timbercoveresort.com
I am reluctant to tell you how incredibly beautiful the Sonoma Coast is, because that is where I go when I want to get away and relax… BUT… if you already know what I am talking about (or want to know) you should definitely consider the 46-room Timber Cove, a luxury resort perched (note: marketing word) on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. It’s about 2.5 hours from San Francisco, 15 miles north of Jenner (where the Russian River meets the ocean) or about one hour from the Sonoma County airport. Zillions of outdoor activities. Check it out.
Hotel Spero, San Francisco www.hotelspero.com
Located in the heart of San Francisco's theatre district and just steps from Union Square, this recently renovated 236-room downtown property offers 3000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space (5 meeting rooms, all on one floor). As an aside… if you want to watch a game (any game), Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen (the hotels bar/restaurant) is the place to watch (12 screens).
Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City, CA www.granlibakken.com
Granlibakken Tahoe is a conference center that provides an opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere with easy access to everything Tahoe has to offer. The property features 200 rooms (from hotel rooms to multi-room townhouses), 16,000 square feet of indoor meeting space (and lots of outdoor space in summer), and all-inclusive conference packages (if you want them). Put it on your consideration list.
Waterfront Hotel, Oakland, CA
I do not know if Oakland is the new Brooklyn yet, but it’s trying. A burgeoning food and entertainment scene is emerging and it’s exciting to watch (and eat). Located in Jack London Square, the Waterfront Hotel is part of the unique atmosphere of the Oakland waterfront and accessible to “stuff”. It offers 145 rooms and suites, many of them with views of the Bay, plus 8100 square feet of meeting space.
Cavallo Point – The Lodge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA https://www.cavallopoint.com
No getting around it… it’s a special place. Some very smart people took the original Fort Baker, completely renovated the various officer’s quarters, added some brand new rooms too (so now a total of 142), renovated the main buildings to include some great meeting space (14k sq. ft. indoors and another 12.5k outdoors)… and all of this is literally “right there” looking up at the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Bay to San Francisco (so it’s convenient too but you feel like you are far away). It’s cool.
The Beach Retreat & Lodge Tahoe www.tahoebeachretreat.com
South Shore. On the Beach (the name kind of gives that away), their own pier and marina, 260 guest rooms, 3200 square feet of indoor meeting space, 1800 square feet of tented out door space (seasonally available), one mile from skiing at Heavenly, two restaurants, all of that cool Tahoe stuff… and they are pet-friendly. :) Check them out.
Claremont Club & Spa. A Fairmont Hotel, Berkeley, CA
If you live in the Bay Area and have looked East, you have seen the Claremont. Since 1915, perched on 22 acres in the hills above Berkeley, it has earned the title “iconic”… and now it’s a Fairmont so there is that too. 276 guestrooms and suites, over 20k square feet of meeting space, a massive Health Club and Spa. I like it.
Clift San Francisco
Take a San Francisco classic hotel and make it super design-cool… and remember it’s just steps from Union Square (and so not far from everything)… add in 372 guest rooms and suites, 10k square feet of meeting space, the amazingly hip art deco Redwood Room hot spot and a giant chair in the lobby… and that’s the Clift.
Dream Inn Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA www.dreaminnsantacruz.com
It’s the Location thing. Right on the beach (picture Group Surfing Lessons or Sand Castle Building). Right next to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk (and all of the stuff you can do there)… 165 beach front guest rooms (all with ocean views) and 3500 square feet of meeting space.
Hotel Healdsburg, Healdsburg, CA www.hotelhealdsburg.com
I like to call it “agro-urban chic”. Located on Healdsburg’s downtown Plaza, this beautifully designed 55-room hotel offers 2800 square feet of meeting space, a spa, really, really excellent food (as in Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen), plus all of the attractions associated with Wine Country’s Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. And the staff there are all really nice too
Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos, CA www.seascaperesort.com
Seascape is a special place. Located about a 10-minute drive south of Santa Cruz, it is set on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay (I have often seen whales and dolphins just off-shore) and 17 miles of beach that never seem to be crowded (great for team-building and BBQ’s). It offers 285 Studio and One Bedroom Suites and Two-Bedroom Villas and 17,000 square feet of meeting space. Check it out.
Omni San Francisco, San Francisco, CA www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-francisco
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District on the Cable-Car line, this 362-room hotel is always voted one of the top in the city, offering 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Close to everything and convenient to everything else.
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.
Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs, CA www.colonypalmshotel.com
My kind of place. Originally opened in 1936 as a retreat for mobsters (I guess being a mobster can be stressful), and then re-branded in the 50’s as Howard Manor, a getaway for the Hollywood elite. It was re-branded again in 1979 as The Palms, the first health spa in Palm Springs and then again in 2017 as The Colony Palms.
The facts… This 57-room Spanish colonial style retreat is downtown so walking distance to a lot of cool stuff, and offers two meeting rooms… one seats up to 50, the boardroom seats 16, plus some great outdoor spaces. Picture rich people relaxing around the pool. I wish I could have spent more time pretending to be rich but, no… back on the bus for one more long day and back to the oasis of my family. It was a trip. J
The El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort. https://www.hiltonelconquistador.com/
This 428-room AAA Four-Diamond resort is a 500-acre desert oasis. They offer 54,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, 45 holes of golf, 31 tennis courts, horseback riding, and 5 swimming pools. What I remember the most after my long day in the bus… a massage in their spa and an excellent room service dinner. I don’t remember much after that. I highly recommend you add it to your consideration set when considering Tucson (which is a great destination by the way).
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.
Hotel AbRi- Union Square, San Francisco www.hotelabrisf.com
Hotel AbRi is a 91 guestroom boutique hotel near Union Square and within easy walking distance to the Moscone Convention Center. The property’s meeting space, is a fully wired conference room that can comfortably seat up to 14 guests, and offers customized F&B offerings from adjoining restaurant- Puccini & Pinetti, ideal for small meetings.