Captivating Designs Make Memorable Debuts

From the sunny coastline of SoCal to the fog-draped Golden Gate, new and renovated hotels across the charming state of California make for compelling options to host your next meetings, event or retreat.

A variety of different spaces, from size to design, are constant across all these properties. But that’s where the similarities end—each offers its own distinct character and captures the essential flavor of whichever destination it calls home.

An Artist’s Haven

A mural by Leah Tumerman at Hotel Dena featuring colorful silhouettes dancing
A mural by Leah Tumerman at Hotel Dena

Hotel Dena, Pasadena Los Angeles, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, celebrates its grand opening. The hotel, in the heart of Pasadena’s creative downtown, is conveniently located close-by the Pasadena Convention Center, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Old Town Pasadena—and is only a 20-minute drive from the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

As a member of Marriott Bonvoy’s Tribute Portfolio, it is dedicated to creating fresh, individualized experiences for visitors. Originality permeates the overall design, with modern and energizing guest rooms. The lobby features a mural created by LA-based street artists WRDSMITH, who focuses on colorful art and mindfully chosen, inspiring language. Each corridor features Pasadena-inspired wall coverings developed by artist Kate Neckel, and the artist Erin Harris designed wooden sound-wave art to Van Halen’s “Jump” to decorate the lobby. Large outdoor murals celebrating music and dance are spread across the property.

Over 29,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space includes a ballroom, a boardroom, and a selection of outdoor areas. In addition to an onsite pool and top-notch fitness center, the hotel offers extensive programming and amenities. This includes a silent movie screening room equipped with vintage chairs, a writers’ studio to provide a quiet space for creative work and weekly performances at the Agents Bar, from open mics to stand-up comedy.

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Seaside Hideaway

The living room with a view of the kitchen at new and renovated Villa Le Ciel at Montage Laguna Beach
Villa Le Ciel at Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach expands its collection of villas with the opening of Villa Le Ciel, now the largest villa in its collection. Just north of the property, the new villa welcomes up to 10 guests to a 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom space.

Jeffrey Maynard of Maynard Design developed a modern, minimalist Japanese-style design for the space. Discover organic inspired wallcoverings, finished with Nelson pendants to resemble Japanese lanterns, cashmere blend drapery, textured natural stone and rift white oak cabinets. Custom Japanese artwork and a porcelain art installation created by local artists decorate the space.

Guests can enjoy the space’s full gourmet kitchen, two marble-finished bathrooms featuring deep soaking tubs and a third full guest bathroom. Visit the private patio for an all-around breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

With over 34,000 sq. ft. combined of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, Montage Laguna Beach is a prime destination for meetings of all sizes. The Villa Le Ciel provides an unmatched experience for a special incentive.

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The Foggy City

Lounge space at Convene 100 Stockton in San Francisco for New and Renovated
Convene 100 Stockton

Global hospitality company, Convene, which specializes in meeting, event and flexible workspaces, has officially opened the doors to its first-ever San Francisco location, Convene 100 Stockton. The space doubles as a venue and a mixed-use office and retail building.

Upon walking into the lobby, attendees can take exclusive elevators to the building’s event space on floors four and five. There, they’ll encounter nearly 53,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, made up of seven unique meeting spaces. Each space can be custom configured to accommodate various event types, whether you’re planning a corporate conference, a classroom style session, a social event, or anything else. Even better, all spaces are tech-enabled, with built-in video cameras, video screens, microphones and speakers.

Full-service production resources, in-house catering and a dedicated AV team for real time tech support accompany these thoughtfully designed event spaces.

The property as a whole embodies the spirit of San Francisco, paying homage to the city’s characteristic fog, playfully known as “Karl the Fog” by locals. Dramatic stonework and warm woods create a comfortable, sophisticated setting, and reflective pieces shine under ethereal lighting to create a classic San Francisco ambience.

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