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December 6, 2016

U.S. and Mexico: New Venues in Las Vegas, Brooklyn

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This week in the meetings industry in the U.S. and Mexico we have a bevy of new and newly renovated event spaces on the horizon.

W Las Vegas Opens With New Event Space

Las Vegas just got some more new event space with the opening of a new boutique hotel, the W Las Vegas

The 289-room property, the product of a transformation of a tower of the SLS Las Vegas, is billed as a “hotel within a hotel” experience and offers planners 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space spread over three floors. Planners can also make use of the adjacent SLS Las Vegas, which has an additional 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. 

In terms of F&B venues, the hotel has seven restaurants, including the on-site coffee shop The Perq; Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen which is available 24 hours a day; Bazaar Meat by José Andrés; Katsuya; Cleo; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; and Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book. There is also a rooftop space in the WET Deck, which includes private cabanas and a bar, as well as panoramic views of the Stratosphere and desert mountains.

For nightlife experiences, the SLS Las Vegas has The Sayers Club, which hosts live performances by emerging and acclaimed artists; the Foxtail Nightclub, a space decorated with striking graffiti and dancers on display in large birdcages; and The Foundry, which will host music performances throughout the year. 

Other amenities include W bedding and Bliss bath amenities in the hotel’s Philippe Starck-designed guest rooms, as well as an AWAY Spa on the second floor and the FIT 24-hour fitness center. The 2,382 square foot Extreme WOW Suite, designed by Lenny Kravitz, sits at the top of the tower, and is highlighted by a spacious balcony with sweeping mountain views.

Visit WLasVegas.com

New Open Air Meeting Space in Brooklyn

Planners looking to book in Brooklyn have a new option. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which will make its official debut in February 2017, launched its nature-inspired open-air event space with the annual Robin Hood Investors Conference on November 28 and 29, 2016.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that fold open to provide direct access to Brooklyn Bridge Park. All spaces are named after native plants, grasses, trees and shrubbery found in the park. The spaces are:

Meadow Rue Event Space: Located on the ground floor with a private entrance separate from the hotel, the 6,025-square-foot space has floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event space amenities include a multi-channel sound system, four retractable screens and ceiling-mounted projectors to provide a plug-and-play venue for conferences, live-streaming demonstrations, runway shows and tradeshows. The space can accommodate up to 1,200 standing or 600 seated.

Social Space: The 5,000-square-foot pre-function Social Space has a 13-foot hand-carved marble wall and windows that open to Brooklyn Bridge Park. As with all 1 Hotels properties, the design highlights reclaimed materials. An 18.5-foot-long art piece by Rachel Mica Weiss, titled "Breaching," will incorporate weighty, 100-year-old reclaimed pine beams juxtaposed with gently muted yarn to create a diaphanous layer within the space. A green room with a separate entrance to the event space allows for secret bridal or celebrity entry. The Social Space is a good fit for private indoor/outdoor dining, cocktail receptions, auctions, or a wedding dance floor.

Rooftop Bar & Event Space: The 3,475-square foot rooftop has views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Manhattan skyline, as well as a full-service bar and lounge space crafted from reclaimed railroad ties for up to 450 guests. 

Plunge Pool: The 3-foot plunge pool will open to guests for the upcoming warm weather season.

10th Floor Hospitality Suite & Lounge: One floor below the rooftop is a 2,800-square-foot 10th floor hospitality suite and lounge with a luxury boardroom adjacent to a living space, all set against unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. The lounge, which connects to the hospitality suite via a glass door and to the rooftop via a private staircase, has a functioning fireplace and dark, ashy wood bar. The space can seat 60 for private events.

The Screening Room: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will have a 50-seat screening room on the cellar level of the hotel. The 1,250-square-foot space includes an 84”x140” screen with full HD-digital projection. The screening room is available for private film or television viewing events.

Blue Wood Aster Event Space: Overlooking the treetops of the park is Blue Wood Aster, which can host up to 130 seated guests or a 200-person reception. Affording a separate entrance from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Blue Wood Aster provides access to private bar service and a connected outdoor terrace. The turnkey space can be cordoned off to Blue, Wood and Aster rooms for smaller-scale events.

Saltgrass and Sweetgrass Rooms: For more traditional meetings, guests can use Saltgrass, set up in the style of a boardroom. Sweetgrass, functioning as a “think tank," has lounge furniture aimed at encouraging thoughtful discussion and creativity. A wraparound terrace is also available for fresh air breaks during daylong meetings.

The 194-room hotel will have views of the East River, Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, as well as a wood-burning grill restaurant and F&B services by chef Seamus Mullen, Bamford Haybarn Spa with nine treatment rooms and a 24-hour Field House gym facility. In terms of sustainability, the property is expected to receive a LEED Dynamic Plaque for its eco-conscious practices such as a rain water reclamation system.

Visit https://www.1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge

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New Mini Meetings at The Camby

Also out west, The Camby in Phoenix, AZ, has launched a new set of mini meetings packages catered to groups of 10-24 guests. 

The hotel has more than 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space, with venues including The Back Office, hidden behind a door within The Bees Knees cocktail bar where the boardroom table transitions to a pool table and the buffet table becomes a shuffleboard game; The Retreat, an 11th floor, 1,400-square-foot room designed to inspire; and The Bees Knees - a copper-topped Phoenix cocktail bar. 

A sample the mini meeting packages include:

  • Plug and Play ($89++ per person) — Includes freshly brewed coffee, decaf coffee and hot tea, The Camby mini continental breakfast, a morning break snack, lunch buffet and an afternoon break snack.
  • Bow-Tie ($109++ per person) — Includes freshly brewed coffee, decaf coffee and hot tea, The Camby continental on “roids" breakfast, a morning break snack, lunch buffet and an afternoon break snack.
  • Think Tank ($129++ per person) — Includes freshly brewed coffee, decaf coffee and hot tea, Fuel the body breakfast buffet, a morning break snack, lunch buffet and an afternoon break snack.

Each of these packages includes a room set-up fee of $250++ per meeting room / per day, Wi-Fi, monitor for presentations in specific meeting spaces as well as water, pads of paper and pens.

Other meeting room amenities at The Camby include technology, food and beverage from the hotel’s signature restaurant, Artizen, a personal meeting concierge, and customizable team building activities, including board game favorites such as Slinkies, Rubik’s Cube, Magic 8-Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, the how to tie a proper bow-tie activity, and more. 

Visit www.thecamby.com

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa to Debut $40 Million Renovation in January

Speaking of upcoming openings, January will see the debut of a $40 million renovation project at the 310-room Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa in South Florida.

The update added a new food and beverage space, the indoor/outdoor The Deck at 560 Bar & Restaurant, as well as the new 560 Market grab-and-go outlet. The Deck will offer 174 indoor dining seats and 102 outdoor seats, as well as a menu focused on local, sustainable seafood and produce, with rotating seasonal ingredients. 

Also introduced are new oversized family suites with connecting too options on the rooftop level, poolside suites with verandas and a newly designed outdoor pool with hand-crafted tiling imported from Italy

Debuting in fall 2017 will be a new beachfront event lawn, offering unobstructed views of the beach waves and a good fit for weddings and receptions, as well as group events or meeting breakout sessions. The property will also unveil a redecorated 5,200 square foot Grand Ballroom, as well as updates to the rest of its event space, which totals over 15,000 square feet. 

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