It’s not too often that you get an entire mansion at your disposal, but when you book an event at Cairnwood Estate, the whole National Historic Landmark is yours. Built in 1895 by John Pitcairn, this Beaux Arts French chateau was just named one of the top 25 best historic homes in America by Traditional Home magazine. While the event venue, which has been open since 2001, is most often associated with weddings, this Gilded Age landmark isn’t just for brides and grooms. “Cairnwood is ideal for corporate retreats or board meetings where attendees really want or need privacy,” says Shannon Walko, director. “What’s extraordinary is you’re getting a private castle, so you have access to all rooms on the first floor and many upstairs, so you can settle in, feel comfortable and really use the space.”

There are six rooms on the first floor, while the former bedrooms upstairs have been transformed into “classically beautiful” breakout rooms, according to Walko. There is also a 120-foot flagstone terrace that can be tented to accommodate up to 240 people. Since Cairnwood Estate is a house museum, the third floor is home to a gallery detailing life in the late 1800s. The history and education department is a great resource and can supply an added element to any event, “from docents in Victorian costumes to tours of the carriage house, containing restored carriages and a 1928 Packard,” Walko says.

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.

 

The Smyth Tribeca is welcoming guests again, this time as a newly independent hotel. The 100-room hotel first opened as a Thompson Hotel in 2009 and was rebranded an AKA property in 2018. Now, after being closed since March 2020, Smyth Tribeca will be run by Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company.

 

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.