Unique venues for meetings with charm

From coast to coast, meeting venues and hotels renovate and debut expanded, redesigned meeting spaces. The distinct character of each of these new and renovated properties is certain to inspire, whether you’re meeting in stylish New York, bright and bustling New Orleans or spectacular, serene southwest Washington.

Blending Productivity and Play

ilani meeting and entertainment center
Expanded meeting space at ilani Meeting & Entertainment Center

A 10,000-square-foot addition expands ilani Meeting & Entertainment Center. Ilani stands in Southwest Washington on the Cowlitz Reservation, and was developed by the partnered Cowlitz Tripe and Salishan-Mohegan, which includes gaming and entertainment developer and operator Mohegan Sun. This expansion now brings the size of the Meeting & Entertainment Center to 40,000 sq. ft.

The design celebrates the rich history of the Cowlitz people. The existing event space now features complementary patterns, colors and rich wood tones. LRS Architect led the design project.

Ilani is a leading gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination. Over 100,000 sq. ft. of gaming space includes nearly 3,000 slots and 75 gaming tables. Visitors have their pick out of 18 different restaurants, bars and retail outlets. While residing in guest rooms, visitors enjoy expansive views of the Cascade Mountains and the foothills of the Coast Range.

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Did Somebody Say “Atmosphere”?

Hotel Tonnelle New and Renovated
Guest room at Hotel Tonnelle

Hotel Tonnelle, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in New Orleans, wraps up a full property renovation, from guest rooms to meeting spaces. Standing on the iconic St. Charles Streetcar line, the hotel brings guests right in the center of the Garden District’s charm, and seeks to provide a relaxing, charismatic refuge from the vibrant city.

132 guest rooms offer a newly refined ambience, and the lobby and public areas exude an inviting atmosphere. The redesign is centered around blending modern aesthetics with classic New Orleans style. Meeting and event spaces emulate sophistication with just enough personality to make the exciting destination shine. The two onsite meeting venues, 828-square-foot Livaudais room and 592-square-foot Lafon Room, include AV equipment, flexible setup options and bright natural light.

Guests can dine at onsite restaurant Seventeen Feet, names after the majestic live oaks that line the street; they are trimmed to stand at 17 feet tall during the parade season. The restaurant offers classic breakfast dishes, local Cajun specialties, small plates and a full craft cocktail menu.

Stylish and Sleek

Lobby of Convene 101 Park Avenue
Convene 101 Park Avenue lobby

Convene 101 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan celebrates a completed expansion. The venue now includes a second floor and expands available space to 23,800 sq. ft., answering the growing demand for meetings and events with up to 200 guests.

Convene 101 Park Avenue opened in 2013 and underwent a previous renovation in June 2022. The new expansion is accessible via a grand staircase. Upstairs, on the new mezzanine level, visitors will find a large conference hall with full theatrical lighting with room for up to 223 guests. The level also features an open gallery for networking and food breaks which includes an unlimited snack and beverage bar and cafe seating. Guests enjoy meals prepared by one of Convene’s executive chefs. Floor to ceiling windows bring in abundant natural light.

The venue stands near Grand Central Station and features a dedicated street level entrance. It now comprises eight unique meeting rooms across two floors and a full buyout capacity of 583. Its spaces can accommodate everything from small board meetings to conferences with breakout sessions, networking receptions and more.

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