When traveling for business, bringing guests into town or simply wanting a change of scenery, a hotel is a great place to hold a meeting. Then comes the daunting task of booking hotel rooms, but here are a few tips to make it easier.

Plan ahead and have flexible dates
Hotels have a fixed inventory, and rooms can sell quickly depending on the time of year and events happening in the area. The sooner you can plan your meeting, the more options you will have.

Know who is coming
Some people only like king-size beds, while some people need a room that is accessible, so be prepared with who is coming so that the hotel can accommodate everyone in your group without any last-minute surprises. The sooner that you give the hotel your rooming list, the longer you have to make any necessary changes.

Know what you’re looking for
There are many different types of hotels, from small boutique luxury hotels to large brand name hotels to economy hotels. The Peacock Inn is an intimate hotel and we find that upper-level management often wants to stay somewhere else for more privacy.

 

Say explicitly what you want
The employees at the hotel want you to be happy and they want you to come back, but they are not mind-readers. If you want something, let us know. We will do our absolute best to get you exactly what you want.

Relax 

Being in a hotel is fun ... enjoy the experience, maybe have a drink in the hotel bar— you never know who you will meet.

Scott Sussman is the hotel and marketing director at The Peacock Inn, Princeton.

Over these past two years we’ve all become adept at managing virtual meetings. In 2022, we have a new challenge—hybrid meetings, where some attendees are in the room and others are Zooming in from remote location. In their new book Suddenly Hybrid: Managing the Modern Meeting (Wiley), Emmy-winning broadcaster Karin M. Reed and Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., a leading expert on workplace meetings, offer a guide to navigating this new normal. We asked the authors about how to encourage a robust exchange of ideas during hybrid meetings.  

 

The perfect holiday gift is beautiful, unique and filled with wonder. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is all of these things and more: a travel-lover’s delight with enough offbeat facts about food to spark countless conversations at the next cocktail party or event.

 

With executive orders and restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new meeting protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including nature-inspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help to calm attendees.