• Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Renovated Conference-Level Inspired by Grand Central Terminal

     
    POSTED June 4, 2017
     

The iconic Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan recently debuted a multimillion dollar renovation of its conference level, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 18 breakout rooms. Designed by New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop, the new design reflects the energy of the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and the New York City skyline.

“Following the last major renovation of the guestrooms and public spaces in 2011, the makeover of our conference level and meetings space was important in creating a more cohesive design and guest experience throughout the hotel.” says John Schafer, general manager.

The designers chose silver and metallic wallcoverings from Wolf Gordon and Koroseal as well as a brown and blue palette. These choices reflect Grand Central’s turn-of-the-century style and offer a warm and welcoming environment. Other features include a barn door for a conference room, custom drink case and a digital touch screen for wayfinding. Artwork and photographs of Grand Central Terminal grace the walls. Nemaworkshop started with consideration of the art and chose photographs of the iconic landmark that focused on abstract elements of the terminal.

“With over 60,000 square feet of unique meeting space, our hotel is a leading New York City meetings hotel, and with this renovation, our facilities now truly match our superior service. We look forward to welcoming both past and future guests,” says Schafer.

With 1,298 guest rooms, 43 suites, more than 50 meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting space, Grand Hyatt New York is appropriate for groups of any size. The Grand Club provides added luxury, offering elevator key access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres.

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”