• New Venue Spotlight: The Ashford

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     

    A New Jersey restaurant boasts versatile high-end settings.

  • New Venue Spotlight: The Ashford

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     

    A New Jersey restaurant boasts versatile high-end settings.

Hudson County has welcomed an upscale new venue. The Ashford, a multilevel restaurant and lounge, is set to become a premier event venue. Conveniently located near Jersey City’s corporate hub along the Hudson River, The Ashford boasts several indoor and outdoor distinct meetings and event spaces, along with Jersey City’s largest rooftop. The Parlor, a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar located on the restaurant’s third floor, can accommodate 100 people and connects to the rooftop. The Ashford’s rooftop also connects to Six26 Rooftop, an LGBTQ space that can accommodate 150 people. The Six26 also has a lounge, which can accom - modate 100 people or 250 with a full buyout. The Study accommodates up to 25 people seated or standing room for up to 65 and provides private access to the rooftop. Unique offerings include an artisanal cocktail program, the option to customize menus and state-of-the-art A/V equipment in each space.

The Parlor features an in-house oyster bar, while the rest of the cuisine is classic American with a Latin twist that reflects the demographics of the area and the heritage of head chef Giancarlo Borletti. Guest favorites include a firecracker shrimp appetizer and, of course, The Ashford’s impressive list of cocktails, which are available for events.

After being shuttered for two years, while it underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation, The Langham, Boston, has reopened its doors, restored and reimagined. “Guests of The Langham will surely notice the extraordinary transformation that came with the great deal of time and care, tying it seamlessly back to its Boston banking heritage but with a fresh, luxurious touch,” says Michele Grosso, managing director of the iconic downtown Boston property, which has 312 guestrooms, over 13,000 square feet of function space and two dining venues.

 

Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.

 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.