La Tourelle Resort & Spa

Attendees sometimes get tired of meeting in the same old traditional spaces, so planners are increasingly opting for for highly unusual, stimulating places. Here are some of the most intriguing meeting spaces in the United States and beyond.

The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.

The Jefferson features Private Cellar, located in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume. Home to the largest Madeira collection in the United States, the space is walled in by wine display cabinets and lockers. Sommelier or not, this meeting space is a conversation starter.

La Tourelle Resort & Spa, Ithaca, New York

Located at La Tourelle Resort & Spa and housed in a historic barn some 50 steps away from the main property, Yellow Barn Suite is for groups who like to live on the fringe. There, you’ll find a three-story atrium with seating for 10 and a dining table for eight.

21c Museum Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky

Ever wondered what it would feel like to wine and dine in a gigantic safe? Yeah, us neither. But at Lockbox restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel, you can find out. The 88-room boutique hotel—which doubles as a contemporary museum—is the place to go if you’re seeking something out of the norm.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Your group can meet underwater at Atlantis, The Palm. The space is set inside The Lost Chambers Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums. Attendees can more than 65,000 marine animals; it’s Ideal for groups of up to 150.

Melody Maker Cancun, Mexico

Meet like a true antiprohibitionist in the Clandestino, offered at Melody Maker Cancun. Engulfed in history, you’ll find iconic magazine covers from way back when. This modern space features a DJ booth and stage, ideal for presentations.

The Reach Key West: A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Florida

Located along Key West’s only natural sand beach, this property offers a retreat-like meeting space. With uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, this unique setting is perfect for groups that want to escape a typical four-walled enclosure.