“Required elements include a
thought-provoking environment, spectacular culinary offerings, convenience and
flawless service, producing a unique and
memorable overall experience,” said Teneo’s
CEO, Darrell Tamosuinas. “Executives
critically evaluate and rank those experiences when deciding on venues, hosts and
planners, down to the smallest details.
“Our experience shows that particularly
during robust economic times, their needs
and amenities become cumulative and
additive,” he added. “That is, each successive meeting must top the one before it,
following the maxim of ‘more, better and
never less.’ The wow factor has to be there
In today’s experience-driven meetings
culture, “wow” takes many forms, from
overt to subtle. Right for the times and right
on the money for smaller, more exclusive
and more sensitive meetings, the following
venues wow on every occasion.
Once the world’s eighth-largest hotel,
Boston Park Plaza ( www.bostonparkplaza.
com) is an enduring titan of the American
hospitality scene. Reenergized following
a $100 million lobby-to-roof makeover,
this 1,060-room Back Bay landmark sports
serious group muscle, offering 55,000-plus
square feet of space in 36 meeting rooms for
up to 1,130 delegates.
It is the third-largest hotel in Boston,
but it also nimbly hosts small meetings.
Along with historic mezzanine-level spaces
such as the 60-capacity Clarendon Room,
featuring a working fireplace, the hotel has
gone cutting-edge with the new Avenue 34
event venue. With its own entrance, this
street-level studio/loft, featuring exposed
steel beams, industrial finishes and natural
light, offers 7,000 square feet of highly con-
figurable space for general sessions, board
meetings, catered events and more.
Purpose-designed for high-level meetings, the new Cypress Executive Lounge at
ARIA Las Vegas ( www.aria.com) is another
self-contained venue with a 30-person
conference room and movable furniture, a
self-serve pantry, three private suites and a
Brickell, Miami’s booming financial
district, sizzles with business meetings,
social networking and nighttime action. Hot
hotels include the group-ready, 124-room
SLS Brickell ( www.slshotels.com/brickell)
and the 84-suite SLS LUX Brickell (www.
Flexibly geared for high-level meetings of
up to 450 attendees, the former offers 58,000
square feet of indoor and outdoor space.
Hot draws include the seafood-driven
Bazaar Mar from Spanish celebrity chef Jose
Andres, featuring eye-popping design from
Gastronomy is the group calling card at
the nearby, just-opened SLS LUX, where
sushi and robata temple Katsuya, from
legendary L.A. chef and sbe partner Katsuya
Uechi, offers private dining and buyouts.
Chicago retreats include Cindy’s (www.
cindysrooftop.com), the restaurant and
private dining room crowning the storied
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Accommodating 10 to 150 guests, this rooftop gem
features a fireplace and sweeping panoramas from its open-air terrace.
Holding a corner with innkeeping origins
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As a global sales organization representing more than 300 leading independent and luxury branded hotels, resorts and destination management companies around the world, Eden Prairie, Minn.-
based Teneo Hospitality Group takes pride in selecting the
“right” venue for executive retreats, board meetings and
high-performance incentive trips.
BAZAAR MAR BY JOSE
ANDRES, SLS BRICKELL,
BY JEFF HEILMAN
AVENUE 34, BOSTON PARK PLAZA
Venues with all the necessities for stellar
executive retreats and small meetings