Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Havana: Cuba’s Capital Plans for Five-Star Hotel

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As Cuba prepares to put itself in league with the rest of the modern world, Europe’s oldest hotel group, Kempinski, announced the opening of a five-star modern luxury property in the heart of Old Havana. The Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana is in the historic Manzana de Gomez building, a UNESCO world heritage site . The property mixes modern luxury with historic class to provide a unique guest experience.

The hotel will have 246 rooms and suites ranging from 430 to 1,615 square feet and decor that mixes clean white pieces with colorful accents. One of the revolutionary amenities of the hotel is the complimentary in-room internet, an impressive feature for a country that slightly struggles to keep up with the ever-changing modern technology. In addition,there will be three restaurants, a lobby bar, a spa, and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool.

There is no date currently set for the grand opening, but the Kempinski website states that they aim for it to open within the second quarter of this year. More details can be found at their website.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Denver Welcomes Luxury with The Maven

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On March 30, 2017, The Maven opened in lower downtown Denver (LoDo). The Maven is a luxurious independent hotel with 2,100 square feet of flexible meetings space that can accommodate meetings and events of all sizes.The hotel is already succeeding and is seeing sold-out nights only 5 days after it’s grand opening. 

Meetings and events at The Maven can expect to have a modern and unique experience. The space features stages that have garage doors to connect indoors and outdoors, dark wood floors and brick walls, and the option to split the ballroom based on client needs. Some of The Maven’s onsite food and beverage include Huckleberry, their coffee shop, Kachina Southwestern Grill, a breakfast to dinner Southwestern style restaurant, and Poka Lola Social Club, their cocktail lounge.

The Maven is located at 1850 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202. For more information on the hotel, visit http://www.themavenhotel.com/ .

Written by: Rachel DeVinny 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Global Meetings Industry Day 2017





On April 6, 2017 meetings and events professionals all around the world will join together to celebrate the Second Annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). It is anticipated that there will be 115 events over 30 countries taking part in the celebration.

If you are hoping to join in on the festivities, you don’t have to look far! The San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will host a GMID event that evening from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Float at Coasterra. MPI will be celebrating the value of face-to-face meetings and will also be hosting their annual fundraiser and silent auction at the event. For more details, please click here.

GMID was created by Meetings Mean Business (MMB)  and aims to raise attention to the impact that meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows, and exhibitions have on people, businesses, and communities on a local and global scale. Check out the MMB website to learn more about GMID and to see if your local area is participating!

Written by: Rachel DeVinny

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Get the Vegas Experience in DMV


The MGM National Harbor Hotel and Conference Center is a new, splashy, $1.4 billion Las Vegas-style hotel unlike any other in DMV (Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia) region. They offer world-class amenities, service, and product with breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the nation’s capital. It’s Conference Center offers 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. With a powerhouse lineup of chefs, “Farm to bed” dining with fresh options are just a phone call or stroll away… check it out here.



Monday, February 6, 2017

The Steady Rise of the Boutique Hotel Collection

With many different hotel options, boutique hotels have become a top option for travelers of all types.  Boutique hotels are intimate in size and feeling, but big in personality. Most are typically centrally located in urban areas, so you can completely immerse yourself in the heart of the city. These properties offer exceptional, personal, and individualized service with a focus on customization. In the hotel restaurant and bar, you are likely to see a celebrity chef listed on the menu alongside the name of the mixologist who came up with the craft cocktail you are sipping on. This is just part of what creates the 5-star boutique experience.

Over the past few years, major hotels brands have jumped on the boutique hotel bandwagon and opened their own “soft” brand of stylish, intimate, and trendy hotels tailored to clientele that are not particularly interested in large brands. For example, Marriot kicked things off in 2010 with its Autograph Collection, now with over 100 locations around the globe. Hilton and Starwood followed suit with their collections, Curio in 2014 and Tribute Portfolio in 2015. Hyatt Hotels most recently launched the Unbound Collection with locations in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

So whether you prefer the more intimate feel of a B&B or the amenities of a big name brand, you might find just what you’re looking for in a boutique hotel!