A $10 million renovation has just wrapped up at The Westin Philadelphia.

All 294 guest rooms received facelifts that included new furniture, paint and wall coverings, carpeting and updated décor. Two of the hotel’s dining features—Winthrop & Valentine and The Lobby Bar—underwent major changes giving the spaces a more sophisticated and contemporary feels.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to better delight our guests with these remarkable upgrades,” says Ryan Sistare, general manager at the hotel. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our renovated hotel, where they will enjoy all the Westin brand’s signature services and amenities designed to inspire well-being.”

The hotel boasts more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space that can hold up to 700 guests and is located five minutes from the Amtrak train station and 15 from the Philadelphia International Airport. 

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Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.