Best of: New & Renovated 2018

Keeping track of renovations and the emergence of important new properties is a fundamental part of a meeting planner’s work, and the task has become more challenging recently with the huge upsurge in construction. Here’s a look at five of our top New and Renovated stories from 2018.

New & Renovated: International Intrigue

From Canada to Puerto Rico, beautiful hotels have sprung up across the globe, and others received incredible makeovers. The hotels include El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico, the 388-room hotel that underwent a $65 million renovation following Hurricane Maria; The Josie Hotel in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada, a ski-in/ski-out resort that opened this fall; Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas, which opened in June, featuring laidback architecture; and Hilton Garden Inn Mexico City Santa Fe, which debuted if February, showcasing floor-to-ceiling windows and modern architecture.

New & Renovated: File Under ‘Florida Upgraded’

Boasting marvelous beaches and plenty to see and do, Florida is a prime location to host a meeting or to visit during a vacation. Mr. C Coconut Grove embodies modern design with its steel architecture, Sirata Beach Resort sets a trend with an all-new color scheme, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort provides unobstructed, sweeping views of the Atlantic, and Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront reimagines the lobby concept.

New & Renovated: A Step Outside the Ordinary

While every hotel and venue has at least some sort of unique feature, some go above and beyond. These recent openings and renovations redefined what was expected in 2018. Los Angeles Athletic Club, the city’s first private athletic club, received a multiphase renovation, the Big Cedar Lodge now provides luxury glamping, Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel brought in robotic backup and InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland went underground.

New & Renovated: Boutique, Stocked with Character

Extravagance is always appreciated, but character goes a long way. These luxurious boutique hotels have more than enough character to spare. The Kinney SLO invokes college campus nostalgia, The Alida Hotel embraces local culture, The Inn Above Tide blends luxury and boutique sensibilities, and The Groton Inn, a historic property, was rebuilt after a fire.

New & Renovated: Of Business and Airports

When traveling through airports and trying to get to meetings with as little fuss as possible, convenience takes on an all-powerful meaning for attendees. Few options are more convenient than business hotels, just a skip and jump from the airport. New and renovated airports include Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport, with its 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle service; Courtyard Dulles Airport Herndon, which is a short commute from all the attractions in Washington, D.C.; Phoenix Airport Marriott, which was remodeled to feature a modern look; and Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, which blends business with pleasure.