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January 17, 2017

New Event Hotels to Watch in 2017

The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach is Hyatt's first Centric hotel in Hawaii. 

Looking for a great new venue to book for an event this year? We’ve rounded up some notable hotel openings in the latter part of 2016 and the year ahead. Here’s what you need to know. 

Crown Towers, Perth, Western Australia - December 2016

The new 500-room Crown Towers in Perth is the city’s largest hotel. It has a pillars ballroom with space for a gala function of up to 1,500, as well as an adjoining pre-function area with a terrace and views over the city. Elsewhere on the property, the Michael Fiebrich-designed guest rooms incorporate bespoke artwork influenced by the landscapes of Western Australia. The hotel, which also has a spa, is within 15 minutes of Perth’s domestic and international airports, as well as the downtown area. 

Marriott Marquis Houston - December 2016

In the heart of Houston’s downtown area, the Marriott Marquis Houston is connected via skybridge to the George R. Brown Convention Center and has a total of more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, including Houston’s largest ballroom. The 1,000-room hotel also has a Texas-shaped lazy river, rooftop infinity pool, and special events pavilion overlooking Discovery Green Park, as well as a spa, fitness center and six dining options, ranging from the Biggio’s tow-story sports bar to Xochi, the fourth Houston restaurant by five-time James Beard Award finalist celebrity chef Hugo Ortega.

The Troubadour, New Orleans - December 2016

For a boutique option, the 184-room The Troubadour by Joie de Vivre Hotels in New Orleans’ Central Business District has 836 square feet of meeting space spread across two rooms, Snifter and Highball. Additionally, the Monkey Board rooftop bar can be booked for gatherings with views of the city skyline. Housed in a building on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel also has three culinary concepts, as well as an art installation from well-known street artist Gabe Flores

Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach - January

In Hawaii, the first hotel from Hyatt’s Centric brand recently opened in Oahu’s International Market Place. The 230 room hotel will have a set of open-air, nontraditional meeting spaces situated off the hotel lobby. For food and beverage, Chef Yoshi Ohata will helm The Lanai bar and restaurant, offering a menu based on Pacific fusion cuisine. Other amenities will include a lounge pool, fire pits and a 24/7 fitness center. 

The Shore Club Turks and Caicos - January

Set along 820 feet of beachfront on Long Bay, this luxury resort offers one 3,000 square foot ballroom, as well as three more 1,000 square foot ballrooms, a terrace, breakfast garden and pool deck in terms of event spaces. The rest of the resort includes 106 ocean view suites and six luxury villas, plus a spa, three pools and four dining venues, including a Peruvian-Japanese fine dining restaurant. 

Hotel 50 Bowery, New York City - March

In New York, another Joie de Vivre Hotels property is set to make its debut in Chinatown with 229 guest rooms and a trio of event spaces: The Gallery, curated by the nearby Museum of Chinese in America; the 5,000 square foot 2nd Floor Terrace; and the Boardroom. The 21st Floor Rooftop Bar also offers views of Chinatown and the Lower East Side

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills - Spring

In luxury news, Beverly Hills is set to get a new Waldorf Astoria hotel with over 6,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a rooftop lounge deck, landscaped private gardens and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout all meeting rooms. The hotel also has 170 guest rooms and dining from French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Hotel Theodore, Seattle - July

By Provenance Hotels, the new 151-room property housed in a historic building in downtown Seattle will have 2,415 square feet of meeting space, as well as a collection of art meant to pay tribute to Seattle’s pioneering spirit. Food and beverage options will be announced at a later date. 

Lido House, Newport Beach, CA - Fall

Located next to Lido Marina Village at the gateway to the Balboa Peninsula, this new boutique hotel will have 4,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a ballroom and events lawn, as well as 130 guest rooms, including one presidential suite, several executive suites, and five custom designed two-story cottages. For dining, the property will have The Mayor’s Table, a full-service restaurant, along with Topside, the only rooftop bar in Newport Beach. Guests can also enjoy a saltwater pool with private cabanas and a brick monument fireplace, a fitness center, and Boost Spa

The Woodlark, Portland, OR - Late 2017

Finally, in Portland, The Woodlark will combine two historic buildings into a single property with 2,500 square feet of meeting space and 151 guest rooms.  hotel will be home to the first restaurant from Top Chef alum and James Beard Rising Star Award-nominee, Doug Adams, as well as integrated art and other signature Provenance Hotels amenities. 

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