Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.

The W Philadelphia & The Element Philadelphia 
Opening June 2021 on Chestnut Street are the W Philadelphia and the Element Philadelphia, both by Marriott. While each has its own design style and price points, they share several amenities between the two. One is Dolce, an Italian restaurant with cuisine inspired by 1960s Rome, but the expansive, three-story meeting and event complex with 46,000 square feet of space is the main highlight.

“The shared complex of W and Element is a unique offer for Philadelphia,” says Ed Baten, complex general manager. “Planners will have the opportunity to book room blocks across both properties, which will allow for flexibility with budgets. The combination of scale and luxury will be a strong point of differentiation for both the local market and the entire northeast corridor.”

The complex will have 37 event rooms across the three stories, including 27 breakout rooms. The largest space, Great Room 1 & 2, holds 550 people reception-style, while the rest of the spaces can accommodate a multitude of capacities in any seating style, from conference to classroom to theater. Each space has floor-to-ceiling windows and state-of-the-art technology, making events in the complex both easy for planners and full of daylight for attendees. 

Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia 
The Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia also has new meeting space options for planners in Philadelphia since its opening in October 2020.

“What differentiates us from our competitors is Hyatt’s technology enabling the ease of booking, planning, and hosting safe meetings and events,” says Brian Lang, the area director of sales, marketing and events for Hyatt. “We are excited to offer a fully contactless conference package which enables a planner to book and plan a meeting online, offers direct to room capabilities via smartphone, and a meeting planner app where all requests can be made via the Wi-Fi that is included in our meeting packages.”

Within city regulations, planners also have the option for traditional meetings if they desire within the 5,000+ square feet of space at the Hyatt Centric. The Alexander Ballroom is the largest space, holding 210 attendees reception-style, with its own private bathrooms. Each of the seven spaces is named after a prominent Philadelphian, as the design for the hotel is inspired by the region’s heritage and Quaker roots. The Hyatt Centric is located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, located just a few blocks from the W and the Element.

“Rittenhouse Square offers verdant treefilled parks, revered architecture, lauded dining, boutique shopping, and a lively nightlife,” says Lang. “The neighborhood has been described as fashionable, posh, and tony but beyond the elegant apartment buildings and chic restaurants is this feeling of true Philadelphia. The area has an approachable sophistication that is the perfect blend of high society and the determined spirit of Philadelphia.”

The Jersey Shore encompasses approximately 130 miles of oceanfront bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and is a favorite spot for planners hosting meetings and events in the summer.

Atlantic City
Atlantic City is dubbed “America’s Playground,” which is fitting since there’s a myriad of fun things for people to do. Those planning meetings and conventions appreciate that about the New Jersey hot spot.

 

Just like the rest of the world, the hospitality and travel industries slammed to a halt when the pandemic hit last March. Some sectors within them had built-in solutions to focus on, such as hotels limiting capacities and restaurants focusing on takeout and delivery. But for many businesses within the related meetings and events realm, there were no natural alternatives to turn to.

 

Planners have enough to juggle when it comes to organizing meetings and events: from researching and booking venues to creating an attendee list and more. Then, the pandemic came and created another set of obstacles to clear. Now, planners have to stay on top of health and safety regulations and ever-changing governors’ orders in addition to everything else.