Rentals include the New Wing, from famed
museum architect Renzo Piano; the Cloisters; and buyouts for 450 guests.
Fenway Park (1912) is America’s oldest
ballpark. Enshrined by locals, the Red Sox’s
home offers tours and venues such as the
200-capacity outdoor deck atop the iconic
37-foot Green Monster wall.
America’s first library, the Boston Public
Library (1848) offers the 15,000-square-foot
Boylston Hall for events.
In the Fort Point Channel Landmark
District, the event-capable Boston Tea
Party Ships & Museum features guest
experiences such as tossing East India tea
into Boston Harbor. Steps away, the Boston
Children’s Museum features the 40-foot
Hood Milk Bottle, a 1930 landmark serving
ice cream and snacks. Nearby, event-capable Barking Crab is an old-school seafood
shack with waterside seating.
Fort Point borders the South Boston
Waterfront and Seaport District, long
epicenters of adaptive development. Milestones include the 2004-built BCEC—at 2.1
million square feet, the Northeast’s largest
convention facility—and in 2006, the visionary new Institute of Contemporary Art
building and $15 billion “Big Dig” transit
Today, this “Innovation District” keeps
soaring behind mixed-use projects such as
the restaurant-rich Fan Pier, and two truly
transformative projects for groups.
Announced this May, Omni Resorts
and Hotels will develop a two-tower,
1,054-room hotel across from the BCEC.
Reportedly offering 120,000 square feet of
space, including the city’s largest ballroom
at 25,000 square feet, the project is slated to
open in 2021.
And construction is underway on Las
Vegas titan Steve Wynn’s $2.4 billion Wynn
Boston Harbor. Billed as “America’s first
five-star urban gaming resort,” the 671-
Created over 25 years ago to establish greater consistency with Marriott’s convention services, Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network ( www.marriott.
with four premium properties in Boston, is
surging forward, as Marriott’s Convention &
Resort Network Vice President of Sales Mike
“In March 2017, the collection expanded
to more than 100 properties throughout the
U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and into Canada,”
Wainwright said. “This growth allows The
Network to expand its ability to provide the
ultimate meeting facilities and experience for
planners and groups in the most sought-after
meeting destinations, such as Boston.”
First was the 793-room Westin Boston Wa-
terfront. Connected by skywalk to the Boston
Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), this
AAA Four Diamond Seaport District anchor,
just three miles from Logan Airport, offers
89,000 square feet of flexible space in 32
meeting rooms, including four ballrooms,
a 19,000-square-foot exhibit hall and the
350-capacity Waterfront Pavilion.
“Financial and pharmaceutical groups
especially value the privacy and exclusivity of
our meeting areas,” said Marketing Manager
Greg Clark, adding that CRN’s marketing
strength has opened up many new opportunities for the hotel.
Other unique features include the spacious
park-like lobby; Laugh Boston comedy
club; Enterprise car rental office; and dining
options, including a traditional Irish pub with
seasonal outdoor seating.
With Silver Line subway service close by,
the Westin Boston Waterfront affords easy
access to the restaurants and attractions of
Boston’s fast-evolving waterfront and Seaport
Meanwhile, its CRN siblings, the 803-room
Westin Copley Place, Boston; 1,146-room
Boston Marriott Copley Place; and 1,220-
room Sheraton Boston Hotel, form part of a
signature Boston program known as 3-2-1
Connect ( www.3-2-1connect.com). The trio
connects with two shopping centers, Copley
Place Shopping Galleries and Shops at Pru-
dential Center, and one
convention center, the
Hynes, to form a power-
ful hospitality, meetings
and retail compact in
hotels offer more than
3, 100 rooms and nearly
200,000 square feet of
space, with the latter two
able to serve as co-headquarters. Additionally, the Hynes has 91,000 square feet of
meeting space, plus 176,480 square feet of
exhibit space in five halls and the 4,000-seat
Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Overnighting at the Westin Copley Place,
my 36th-floor room offered breathtaking Back
Bay views. Touring the property with Samantha Mahoney, director of sales and marketing,
and later, visiting with her counterparts Erin
Gilroy, director of sales and marketing at the
Marriott, and at the Sheraton, Greg Novek,
3-2-1 Connect’s director of national accounts,
I discovered that each hotel maintains unique
identity and appeal.
Offering 54,000 square feet of recently
renovated flexible space in 32 rooms conveniently stacked on contiguous floors, the
Westin Copley Place wows with spaces like
the 15,000-square-foot America Ballroom
and in-demand Staffordshire Room, scenical-ly overlooking Copley Square and the Boston
Public Library. Construction is scheduled to
begin in late 2017 on a $45 million guest
room renovation, incorporating Boston signatures such as the Citgo sign in the design.
Boston Marriott Copley Place is for meetings first and foremost. Credentials include
70,000 square feet of flexible space and 45
meeting rooms, including the 22,231-square-
foot Grand Ballroom, boasting a million-dollar
digital lighting system, and 22,500-square-
foot Back Bay Conference and Exhibition
Center, accommodating 124 booths. Standout amenities include Champions restaurant,
which features Boston’s largest indoor bar
video wall, and the Connexion Lounge.
Opened in 1965, the two-tower Sheraton
was the darling of jet-set Boston. The Pan Am
ticket counter and Tiki Room are gone, but
with seamless access to the Hynes, her glory
continues with 70,000 square feet of flexible
space, comprising 50 meeting rooms, seven
ballrooms and an outdoor seasonal patio.
Plus, there is an indoor-outdoor pool and
Green Tangerine Salon & Spa.
Like The Network promises, 3-2-1
Connect, all under one climate-controlled,
all-weather roof and offering one-stop planning services, is not just bigger—it’s better.
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