The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is about to embark on a major renovation.  

The facelift for the hotel, located on the Avenue of the Arts, will begin later this year. Wilmberly Interiors are the architects and interior designers for the updates, which will include new guests rooms and meeting spaces, an updated lobby and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. It is slated for completion in spring 2016.

The new guest rooms will boast distinct spaces for work and relaxation in a neutral color palate. Updates to the meeting spaces include a transition of neutral colors through each space and a clean aesthetic.

The lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar renovations will come at the end of the upgrades. More details will come. Thankfully, the hotel will remain open throughout the project. 

Atlantic City

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.