With high-tech, low-touch amenities like self-check-in at airline-style kiosks and deliveries via YO2D2, the hotel’s friendly resident robot, YOTEL Boston is well positioned to welcome meetings back comfortably and safely. Now as part of its “SmartStay” safety measures, the property, which has 326 guest rooms, or “cabins” in YOTEL lingo, has introduced a second robot, Vi-YO-Let, to offer UVD-grade sanitization and disinfection throughout high-touch public spaces and selected rooms.

As meetings return, Yotel Boston, located in the Seaport District, is introducing a “Make YOTEL Your Own” campaign to encourage buyouts in Beantown. Among the perks:  waived room rental fees, a welcome champagne toast for all guests and a hotel buyout available to groups Monday through Thursday with 100 rooms on peak. The hotel has 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the Deck 12 restaurant and outdoor space (capacity 150).

We asked Julia Greenwald, YOTEL Boston’s director of sales and marketing, to share a couple of trends in meetings that she’s observing. Here’s what she had to say. 

  • We’ve seen that companies are moving away from holding larger programs and are opting for much smaller ones that are closer to home, lessening the need for long distance travel. Company-wide kick-offs or Quarterly Business Reviews are being replaced with smaller regional team meetings of 30 people or less. We believe there will be an uptick in smaller meetings as many companies will continue to work remotely and may never return to the office full time."
  • Customers have indicated the importance of outdoor space. They feel that employees will feel safer initially gathering as a group outside before holding any indoor events and, in some cases, even before heading back to the office.

New York City offers meeting attendees thrills aplenty. Now there’s one more: a new “skyscraping” experience.

 

Rising 1,131 feet in the air and extending out 65 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, the glass-floored Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere offering unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City's skyline. To make those views even more exhilarating, City Climb, the ultimate skyscraping adventure, challenges climbers to scale the outside of the building, and then lean out from the outdoor platfrom.

 

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

A new hotel flag is flying in Manhattan. Pendry Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Pendry Manhattan West, the brand’s first hotel in New York City. In collaboration with Brookfield Properties, the hotel is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 164 luxury guest rooms, including 30 suites, with interiors by Gachot Studios.