The Harpeth Hotel, Franklin, Tennessee

Find 119 elegant guest rooms and suites at this property in historic downtown Franklin. The vibe is quintessentially Southern—relaxed decor, nods all over to the location’s history, plentiful brown spirits and a curation of Civil War books in the library. On-site restaurant 1799 is local, chef-driven and caters for events. The 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space includes a courtyard with a grand staircase, plus the option of a private dining room and lounge.

The Higgins Hotel and Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton, New Orleans

The newly opened museum-adjacent property boasts 230 guest rooms and specialty suites, with the entire second floor constructed as event space across 18,000 sq. ft. of 14 meetings and conference rooms. An accompaniment to The National WW2 Museum, the property’s style is expressive of the era, noted for historic patriotism and international collaboration. You’ll find modern art-deco nostalgia in every aspect, including its three dining concepts. A unique benefit is planner access to the museum’s resources of curators and entertainers, who can provide era-specific music and exhibitions for events.

Millennium Durham, North Carolina

This renovated property is the closest full-service hotel to Duke University, with 316 guest rooms and suites, and 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Recent improvements include modernized details throughout the rooms and public spaces, with furniture, lighting and tech upgrades to accommodate the contemporary traveler. It’s a 10-minute drive to downtown, which makes for easy access to spots such as Durham Bulls stadium and Durham Performing Arts Center.

Marriott Jacksonville, Florida

The 255 guest rooms and suites were updated in Phase 1 of an extensive renovation at this Marriott property—and revamp of the lobby, dining venues, fitness studio and meetings space will be completed by January. The hotel has 20,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space, and can accommodate 750 people. When the renovation is completed, the hotel will be have upped modernity in both its tech offerings and overall design.