New and Renovated: Downtown Destinations and Old-Fashioned Glamour

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The Langham, Boston

The Promenade of The Langham, Boston. The paneled walls are cream and white

Downtown’s The Langham, Boston has expanded its meeting and event spaces with the addition of the Wilson Ballroom and Promenade to the historic property. With 312 recently renovated guest rooms, the new spaces allow The Langham to accommodate up to 575 more event guests.

The ballroom and promenade are on the second floor and feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Norman B. Leventhal Park. Custom chandeliers and waterfall-style wall lights illuminate the cream and white herringbone design of the walls. This color palette, combined with the blue of the carpet, represents the building’s history as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the nearby harbor.

In between productive meetings, The Langham gives guests several dining options to refuel. The Fed, a British cocktail bar, offers a variety of drinks and elevated pub fare. GRANA features sophisticated Italian food in the Federal Reserve’s former grand hall. In The Langham Club, guests can meet and socialize with a light snack and a drink.

Within walking distance of the property, at Norman B. Leventhal Park, guests can have a coffee at Sip Cafe, housed in a gazebo. Across the street is sweetgreen, a health food takeout restaurant that can accommodate meeting attendees with dietary restrictions. A few blocks east, the Harborwalk trails along the water. Following it north leads to the New England Aquarium, home to a massive glass tank with a multilevel walkway and a cafe with a view of the harbor.

Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City

A render of the lobby of Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City

This October, Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City will open next to the Salt Palace Convention Center. It is the first convention hotel in 20 years to come to the city, expecting to draw meeting professionals with its downtown location and local style.

The 25-story building hosts 700 guest rooms and suites. Each has floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain or skyline views that make up the imposing glass facade. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as TVs with streaming, Smart Mirror vanities and digital room entry through the World of Hyatt app.

In addition to Salt Palace’s 700,000 sq. ft., Hyatt Regency has 60,000 sq. ft. for meetings and events. Its bigger ballroom and rooftop terrace are among the largest in the city. There is also a smaller secondary ballroom, breakout rooms, pre-function space and a Broadcast Lounge designed for hybrid events.

Restaurants in the hotel give guests several dining options. Contribution, an upscale bar, The Salt Republic, an open-kitchen American bistro and Market, a grab-and-go stop, are all on the ground floor. On the sixth-floor rooftop, Mar | Muntanya, a Spanish specialty restaurant, is among a pool, private cabanas and fire pits. The property is close to bustling Main Street and 9th and 9th, home to a robust local culinary scene. Entertainment is plentiful, with Vivint Arena, Capitol Theatre and nine ski resorts within driving distance.

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Canoe Place Inn & Cottages

The exterior of newly renovated Canoe Plane Inn & Cottages, a low white building in a large garden

The United States’ oldest inn has received a makeover, reopened as Canoe Place Inn & Cottages this week. The Hampton Bays, New York property has hosted large events for hundreds of years and will continue to do so with a restored inn, cottages, pool and gardens.

The Inn holds 20 suites, four of which can adjoin to create combined spaces for groups or families. Five multi-bedroom cottages come with private outdoor dining and entertainment spaces. The interiors are decorated with custom finishes and furnishings that work together to balance history and modern luxury.

Two indoor spaces with more than 7,000 combined sq. ft. have been upgraded with new event technologies. The Grand Ballroom has tall ceilings and space for 330 guests, while the Pavilion is wrapped in windows. Outside hosts two more large event spaces. Each area has strategically located loading areas and access to a central kitchen. A veteran hospitality management team oversees events throughout the property.

Good Ground Tavern serves Mediterranean-inspired classic cuisine in its dining room and patio, accompanied by an outdoor bar. The tavern and other dining programs are run by Executive Chef Ülfet Ralph, an Istanbul native who focuses on seasonal and local ingredients. Across Montauk Highway from Canoe Place, two seafood restaurants on the canal offer different dining environments. Out of the Blue Seafood is a casual counter-serve restaurant with a market and patio, while Cowfish is a highly rated, upscale restaurant serving seafood and sushi.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad

The lobby of The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad. The walls and furniture are dark green and black

The second Ritz-Carlton in New York City is open now in the North of Madison Square Park neighborhood. The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad towers over the area with 50 stories, 250 guest rooms and 10,000 sq. ft. of event space.

Guest rooms are designed with residential style living in mind. Neutral colors allow the New York skyline to take center-stage. For larger groups, there are 16 one- and two-bedroom penthouses and a 2,100 sq. ft. Ritz-Carlton Suite. The suite has a wellness room and a media room and features additional luxury amenities. Meeting and event groups have access to a private rooftop terrace with views of the city.

Food and beverage services are headed by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés, encompassing the four onsite restaurants. Zaytinya serves cocktails and mezze inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine in the 140-seat restaurant. On the rooftop terrace, Nubelez has an expansive cocktail menu with the option to build a platter of Spanish snacks. The Lobby Lounge and Bar serves coffee, champagne and more throughout the day. The Bazaar by José Andrés, opening late this year, will serve avant-garde, sophisticated dishes.

Anyone with a sweet tooth will be treated by nearby dessert vendors. Lady M Cake Boutique serves high-end cakes, bonbons and candies. Milk Bar NYC Flagship bakes unique cakes, pies and cookies with a side of ice cream. Aubi & Ramsa makes alcoholic ice cream with cocktail-inspired flavors. These locations and more are within a block of The Ritz-Carlton.

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