In February this Chelsea hotel revealed major renovations to its 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The revamp debuts bright design upgrades to its third- and fourth-floor meeting spaces with High Line views; there are also two outdoor terraces and a (public, but reservable) 15,000-square-foot, multi-level outdoor plaza with a 30-foot multimedia screen. With a James Beard-nominated chef crafting your catering menus, you may not even feel the need to visit the enlivening living-room lobby restaurant and bar.
Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
What makes a better event cap than watching the Kentucky Derby from the comfort of a hotel room, mint julep in hand? It’ll be possible at the 2022 race, as construction is underway for an as-yet-unnamed, seven-story hotel offering 156 guest rooms—with 96 of them facing the racetrack. The hotel will cater to the historic track event with specialty packages, reserved seating and services during the equestrian affair, but the 27,000-square-foot ballroom will show it winning form for gatherings all year round.
The property has unveiled a full refresh to its 346 guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas. New design reflects the Sonoran Desert in warm colors and raw textures, inspired by its regenerative namesake, the phoenix. The hotel has 24,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and is a five-minute shuttle ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Redesign also swept the menus, with elevated catering options from the restaurants to the poolside cabana. Its central location places it an underhand lob from Major League Baseball’s spring training sites, multiple sports stadiums and Phoenix Convention Center.
Le Meridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida
This brand marries form, function and beauty to lend a European perspective to each of its locations. The newest iteration will be minimal and modern, with 245 guest rooms exemplifying midcentury aesthetic with a special homage to the 1960’s French Riviera. Events can take place in over 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and standout touches such as a signature scent and Bossa Nova tunes in public areas will help attendees fulfill their Eydie Gorme fantasies. Five dining concepts will range from French, Caribbean and South American fare to a dedicated tequila bar.