Hospitality on Horizon: North America

Luxury hotels opening in North America this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.

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Properties Opening in 2015—North America
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California

San Jose
The Westin San Jose
OPENING April 30 ROOMS 171 MEETING SPACE 10,000 square feet THE BUZZ San Jose’s Sainte Claire hotel, a national historic landmark, restored to its Renaissance revival glory and reflagged as a Westin. THE PERKS Westin’s signature programs and amenities, the restaurant Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center across the street, and museums, nightlife,and more nearby. 800.937.8461; www.westin.com

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Colorado

Denver
The Westin Denver International Airport
OPENING November ROOMS 519 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Westin’s part in the new $544 million hotel, plaza, and transit center linking the airport with downtown’s Union Station via electric commuter rail. THE PERKS All the luxuries of a Westin complete with upscale restaurants, fitness center, and indoor pool. 800.937.8461; www.westin.com

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Florida

Fort Lauderdale
Conrad Fort Lauderdale
OPENING Summer ROOMS 290 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Started to open in 2009 as a Trump International hotel, but finished for Conrad at a cost of more than $34 million. The property’s towers connected by a glass-encased meeting area three stories up. THE PERKS Urban-chic lodgings plus oceanfront dining, fitness center, spa, elevated pool, and concierge service at the beach. 800.266.7237; www.conradhotels.com

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Playa Largo Resort & Spa
OPENING Summer ROOMS 144 MEETING SPACE 6,000+ square feet THE BUZZ Key Largo’s first new full-service resort in more than 20 years, already set to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection. THE PERKS Ten luxury bungalows and a standalone beach house, seaside pool, private beach, marina, Floribbean dining, tiki bar, tennis, spa, and nature center. 877.829.2429; www.playalargoresort.com 

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East, Miami
OPENING Fourth quarter ROOMS 263 MEETING SPACE 24,000 square feet
THE BUZZ East’s first US hotel, bringing the cachet of the first two in Hong Kong and Beijing to Miami. Designed by Arquitectonica as part of the new $1.05 billion Brickell CityCentre, with interiors by Clodah Design. THE PERKS A spectacular rooftop bar on Level 40 and a pool and terrace, fitness gym, and spa treatments on Level 5. 866.990.9491; www.east-miami.com

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OPENING Spring ROOMS 129 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ ME by Meliá brand’s first U.S. property, revamped and rebranded in Miami’s trendiest location on Biscayne Boulevard, near the new Miami World Center. THE PERKS Two rooftop pools, a remodeled spa, and the first STK Rebel, a casual version of the traditional steak house, with dining both indoors and out. 877.954.8363; www.me-by-melia.com

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Illinois

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Loews Chicago Hotel
OPENING March ROOMS 400 MEETING SPACE 25,717 square feet THE BUZZ Breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan from Loews’ new 52-story glass tower. THE PERKS A signature restaurant, fitness center, spa treatment rooms, and lap pool, all just a block north of the river and two blocks east of the Magnificent Mile. 800.235.6397; www.loewshotels.com

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Massachusetts

Boston
Envoy Hotel
OPENING Spring ROOMS 136 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Slated for Marriott’s growing Autograph Collection, a $70 million boutique hotel in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston’s Seaport District. THE PERKS A rooftop terrace viewing the harbor, city skyline, and a new plaza linking guests to Boston’s Harborwalk. 877.829.2429; www.autographcollection.com

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godfreybostonThe Godfrey Hotel Boston
OPENING Spring ROOMS 243 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ A second Godfrey Hotel from the folks who gave us the Godfrey Hotel Chicago in 2014—and new life for the Amory and Blake Buildings at a cost of $83 million. THE PERKS Convenience to first-floor retail and everything else in town from Downtown Crossing, the single busiest pedestrian hub in all of New England. www.godfreyhotelboston.com

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New York

New York
New York Edition
OPENING * ROOMS 355 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ Ian Schrager and Marriott International teaming up for the restoration and interior makeover of the iconic MetLife Building. THE PERKS An enviable address at 5 Madison Avenue, dining on the first and second levels, event facilities on the third, and a sky-high spa on the thirty-eighth. 888.236.2427; www.editionhotels.com

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SLS Hotel Park Avenue
OPENING * ROOMS 190 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ The downright cheeky sophistication of an SLS hotel ensconced on Park Avenue, in the trendy NoMad neighborhood. THE PERKS Upscale nightlife in the basement and cocktails on the roof. 800.325.3589; www.slshotels.com

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Ohio

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Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph
OPENING January ROOMS 135 MEETING SPACE 8,000 square feet THE BUZZ Le Méridien’s Paris-born amenities and focus on art in the Short North cultural district—in a new Arquitectonica building a block north of the convention center. THE PERKS Two deluxe spa suites, 24-hour fitness, and artful dining steps from the new Pizzuti Collection galleries and Goodale Park. 800.543.4300; www.lemeridien.com

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Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh
Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh—a Kimpton Hotel
OPENING March 1 ROOMS 247 MEETING SPACE 11,300 square feet THE BUZZ Kimpton’s playful/reverential ode to Pittsburgh in the James H. Reed Building, built in 1903 in the Beaux-Arts style. THE PERKS Catering from The Commoner, the hotel’s new American tavern, and, for planners, seven function rooms named for Pittsburgh icons like Jonas Salk and Roberto Clemente. 855.338.3837; www.monaco-pittsburgh.com

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Texas

Austin
Hotel Granduca Austin
OPENING Fourth quarter ROOMS 194 MEETING SPACE 3,155 square feet THE BUZZ The Italian-style grandeur and parklike setting recalling the first Granduca in Houston, both built in tribute to owner Giorgio Borlenghi’s native Italy. THE PERKS Heated pool, massage, workout center, and northern Italian cuisine at Ristorante Visconte. www.granducaaustin.com

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OPENING Spring ROOMS 322 MEETING SPACE 12,000+ square feet THE BUZZ Kimpton’s guest-centric, slightly irreverent style at the pulse point of Austin’s live music scene. Designed by Mark Zeff, whose credits include the Night Hotel in Times Square and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. THE PERKS A pool deck and bar, chef-driven restaurant, and lobby cafe. 800.546.7866; www.kimptonhotels.com

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JW Marriott Austin
OPENING February ROOMS 1,012 MEETING SPACE 112,000+ square feet THE BUZZ Opening ahead of schedule due to group demand, a member of the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, the biggest hotel in Austin, and the largest JW Marriott in the country. THE PERKS An outdoor pool, fitness center, regional Italian and Texan cuisine, plus easy access to the Austin Convention Center and nearly 200 live music venues. 888.236.2427; www.jwmarriottaustin.com

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The Westin Austin Downtown
OPENING July ROOMS 366 MEETING SPACE 19,000 square feet THE BUZZ A second Westin for Austin, this one rising 17 stories from the city’s urban heart, a block in either direction from the convention center and Sixth Street entertainment district. THE PERKS A rooftop pool and bar with commanding views of the state capital and live music capital of the world. 800.937.8461; www.westin.com

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San Antonio
Hotel Emma
OPENING Spring ROOMS 146 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ The city’s beloved nineteenth-century Pearl Brewery transformed into a Kimpton hotel—and the Victorian-industrial-South Texas–style interiors by Roman and Williams, recipient of the 2014 National Design Award. THE PERKSChef John Brand to orchestrate the food and beverage on-site, in a neighborhood known as nirvana for foodies. 800.546.7866; www.kimptonhotels.com

 

 

Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

1 Comment

  • guangzhou villa
    December 4, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for the great ideas. There are definitely a lot of things for us to do

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