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January 07 2014

Top 5 New Hotels for Your Next Meeting

By David McMillin

Looking for a new place to take your group? In 2014, you’re in luck. Some of the top destinations in North America are getting some brand new properties that meeting planners will love. Here’s a look at five hotels that will be opening their doors this year.

Park Hyatt New York

Opening: Summer 2014

Meeting space: 8,000+ square feet and a 1,050 square foot outdoor terrace

Rooms: 210

New York hotels may not be known for offering sizable rooms, but the new Park Hyatt is set to challenge that reputation. With rooms starting at 475 square feet, guests will be able to explore wide open spaces both inside and just outside the hotel. The property is located just two blocks from Central Park.

Contact: Ernie Arias, Area Director, Sales & Marketing - Ernie. arias@hyatt.com, (646) 213-6893

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

Opening: April 2014

Meeting space: 6,000+ square feet

Rooms: 230

Just three blocks from the Colorado Convention Center, Marriott is breathing new life into the historic Colorado National Bank building with the new Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel. While the property will feature all the new frills of a modern hotel, the renovation will also preserve some of building’s original magic with 16 works from Colorado muralist Allen Tupper True that were originally installed in 1925.

Contact: Judy Esterbrook, Director, Sales & Marketing - judy.Esterbrook@marriott.com, (303) 867-8100

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Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.

Opening: May 2014

Meeting space: 105,000 square feet

Rooms: 1,175

As meeting planners work to capitalize on the capital city’s reputation for increasing attendance numbers, they’ll have quite a bump in room supply thanks to the new Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The property is designed to accommodate the growing needs of groups at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Attendees can walk to the center via underground concourse.

Contact: Bill Wallace, Director, Sales & Marketing - william.wallace@marriott.com, (202) 962-4481

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JW Marriott Downtown Houston

Opening: August 2014

Meeting space: 13,000+ square feet

Rooms: 266 rooms, 58 suites

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the new JW Marriott in Houston will solidify that statement by helping to increase the size of the city’s downtown hotel supply. It’s a new property, but guests will still be able to sample the history of Houston. The hotel is in the historic Samuel F. Carter building (the city’s first-ever skyscraper), and the $80.8 million renovation project will be finished this summer.

Contact: Natalie Wiseman, Director, Sales and Marketing - nwiseman@thejwmarriott.com, (713) 237-1111

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Westin Cleveland Downtown

Opening: April 2014

Meeting space: 20,000+ square feet

Rooms: 484

There’s more than a new convention center and medical mart in Cleveland. As medical meeting planners flock to the Rock and Roll Capital, the new Westin Cleveland Downtown will welcome groups with the authentic artistry of the city. Sage Hospitality, the property’s management company, is working with Cleveland’s LAND Studio to commission more than 1,000 pieces by local artists. A modern farm-to-table steakhouse will be next to the hotel, too.

Contact: Alan Feuerman, Director, Sales and Marketing - alan.feuerman@westincleveland.com, (216)771-7700

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