Smart Meetings Smart Stars 2015We are thrilled to present the winners of this year’s Smart Stars Awards, which celebrate the premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, and convention and conference centers in North America.

This is the third year of the Smart Stars contest. Nominated and voted on by you—our Smart Meetings readers—the awards have become an industry benchmark that recognizes excellence. They are also an essential resource for meeting planners worldwide.

Readers voted for their top picks in 25 categories, and winners receive gold, silver and bronze awards.

“We are very proud of this year’s winners,” says Marin Bright, Smart Meetings CEO and founder. “The hotels, resorts and meeting venues are outstanding and deserve recognition. Voting for the Smart Star Awards gave readers the opportunity not only to give these properties additional exposure for their excellent service and special features, but also to reward them with future business.”

Congratulations to all!


Smart Stars 2015
From Left to Right: Aria Resort and Casino, MGM Grand, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort
Best Airport Hotels

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront – Gold
Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth – Silver
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport – Bronze

Best Attraction/Theme Park

Universal Orlando Resort – Gold
Walt Disney World Resort – Silver
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Bronze

Best Ballroom

The Phoenician – Gold
Amway Hotel Collection – Silver
Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate – Silver
Zermatt Resort – Bronze

Best Beach Hotel

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort – Gold
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa – Silver
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club – Bronze

Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain – Gold
Hutton Hotel – Silver
The Nines, Portland  Silver
The Brazilian Court HotelBronze

Best City Hotel

JW Marriott Marquis MiamiGold
The Fairmont Dallas Hotel – Silver
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago – Silver
New York Marriott Marquis – Bronze

Best Conference Center

Hershey Resorts Gold
Monterey Conference Center – Silver
Lied Lodge & Conference CenterBronze
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center – Bronze

Best Convention Center

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterGold
Oregon Convention Center Gold
Palm Springs Convention Center – Silver
Orange County Convention Center – Bronze

Best Convention Center Hotel

MGM Grand Hotel & CasinoGold
Rosen Shingle Creek – Silver
Gaylord National Resort & Convention CenterSilver
Hyatt Regency New Orleans – Bronze

Best Coastal Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay – Gold
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina – Silver
Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf – Bronze

Best Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean InternationalGold
Norwegian Cruise Line – Silver
Hornblower Cruises & Events – Bronze

Best Desert Hotel

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Gold
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa – Silver
La Quinta Resort & Club – Bronze

Best Eco/Green Hotel

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – Gold
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole Silver
Vdara Hotel & Spa – Silver
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay – Bronze

Best Executive Retreat

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa – Gold
The Lodge at Pebble Beach – Silver
The St. Regis Deer Valley – Bronze

Best Family Friendly Hotel/Resort

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa – Gold
Arizona Grand Resort – Silver
Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine – Silver
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – Bronze

Best Gaming/Casino Hotel

Aria Resort & Casino – Gold
Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Hotel – Silver
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno – Silver
Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort – Bronze

Best Golf Resort

Pinehurst Resort – Gold
The Broadmoor Colorado Springs – Silver
PGA National Resort & Spa – Bronze
Silverado Resort & Spa – Bronze

Best Historic Hotel

The Breakers Palm Beach – Gold
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco – Silver
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa – Bronze

Best Hotel Pool

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Gold

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina – Silver
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – Bronze

Best Hotel Spa

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa – Gold
The Venetian Las Vegas – Silver
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa – Bronze

Best Incentive Hotel

Nizuc Resort & Spa – Gold
The Resort at Pedregal – Gold
St. Regis Punta Mita ResortSilver
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana – Bronze

Best Island Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island – Gold
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa – Silver
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Bronze

Best Mountain/Ski Hotel

St. Regis Aspen Resort – Gold
Montage Deer Valley – Silver
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch – Bronze

Best Outdoor Event Space

Terranea Resort – Gold
Caesars Palace Las Vegas – Silver
Diplomat Resort & Spa, FloridaBronze

Best Special Event Venue

L.A. Live – Gold
Museum of Glass – Silver
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Bronze