Guide to great hotels & destinations specializing in meetings.
MAKES THE RIVER CONNECTION
NEW YORK CITY
FEEL THE ENERGY OF THE NEW TIMES SQUARE
A BRILLIANT STAR IN THE SOUTHEAST
AMERICA'S MEETING DESTINATION IN THE CARIBBEAN
HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE, INC
BENEFITS OF SELECTING These GREAT STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS:
STARWOOD PREFERRED PLANNER PROGRAM
As a member of Starwood Preferred Planner, you will earn Starwood Preferred Planner Points for every dollar you spend on your meeting, redeemable at more than 750 Starwood hotels in 80 countries. Or you can redeem the points you earn for gift certificates toward educational books and conference registration dues with Meeting Professionals International, or donate them to a number of major charity causes.
ONLINE MEETING / PLANNING SYSTEM
Enjoy real-time reporting online! New online group reservations systems at each hotel enable meeting planners to manage the registration process and receive easily customized online reports that detail reservations and wait-list activity.
STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST PROGRAM
Voted "Program of the Year" three years running, Starwood Preferred Guest features extraordinary guest recognition with no black-our dates. When you book one of these top meetings hotels and resorts, your attendees will benefit from a world of rewards like no other. With more than 750 hotels, 140 resorts and 4,500 holes of golf worldwide, plus 60 hotels named to Conde Nast Travelers Gold List, Starwood Preferred Guest will ensure that your attendees receive the rewards they deserve.
Elevate the meeting experience with destinations that will make your groups feel as if they are being rewarded just for attending! Major urban destinations such as New York and Chicago create a unique sense of excitement, raising both the expectations and contributions of attendees; while resort destinations, such as Orlando, Florida, and Puerto Rico, America's other island paradise, encourage participation and generate results.
ONLINE MEETING / PLANNING SYSTEM
Make room reservations directly with the meetings hotel! New online group reservations systems allow meeting attendees to book their hotel reservations directly online.
Each one of these great meetings hotels and resorts is committed to your success. You will find dedicated, hands-on people, experienced in every facet of the great American meeting. You will find that their meeting facilities are as impressive as their locations, as first-rate as their service, and as perfect as your next event. But don't take our word: See for yourself. Plan a site visit or jump online to visit their convenient web and media sites right now.
YOUR 2003 BONUS
Book and hold a new meeting at any of these great meetings hotels and resorts in 2003, and we will give you double Starwood Preferred Planner Points, OR receive a $1,000 credit to your Master Account. This opportunity is not valid with any other offer, so take advantage of our commitment to ensuring you the most extraordinary meeting experience in the world!
A MEETINGS KIND OF TOWN, CHICAGO IS.
In fact, more people attend conventions, trade shows and business meetings in Chicago than in any other city in America. These two exceptional downtown hotels - The Westin Chicago River North and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers - offer Chicago's finest meeting facilities, focused meeting management teams, superb banquet and catering expertise and great downtown Chicago accommodations at exceptional rates. Plus:
* Major Midwest airline hub means convenient access from most US cities
* Sophisticated city with culture and style
* Near Navy Pier, museums and superb shopping on Magnificent Mile
* Convenient to McCormick Place, the Board of Trade, Sears Tower and all downtown business
HOTEL & TOWERS
Chicago's premier meetings and conventions destination is located in the heart of downtown Chicago - one block west of Lake Shore Drive and within walking distance of Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute and the Loop Business District. With 1,209 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites and 120,000 sq. ft. of stare-of-the-art function space, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers is the perfect place for first-class meetings and events.
The hotel offers 1,209 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including 33 suites. Guest rooms include a direct-dial speaker phone with voice mail, a remote-control cable TV with in-room movies and Nintendo[R], minibar, a coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and in-room safe. The top three floors form an exclusive hotel within a hotel and offer a bi-level lounge with breathtaking views of the city skyline and a complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres.
Ideal for groups of 10 to 4,600, The Sheraton Chicago features a magnificent 40,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in the Midwest. The hotel has a total of 120,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art function space, including 35,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and 34 breakout rooms. Four above-ground levels of meeting space alleviate congestion.
DINING & RECREATION
Five distinctively different restaurants and lounges are available to suit any mood. Shula's Steak House, named "one of the top five Steak Houses in America," serves the best Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood and live Maine lobsters. Spectators is a riverfront sports bar with a club-like setting with Chicago-style sandwiches and snacks. The perfect place for evening cocktails and networking is Waves, The Lobby Bar. For bistro-style cuisine and a breakfast buffer, head to Riverside Cafe. And for attendees on the go, Fresh Cup serves specially brewed coffees and fresh-baked croissants, bagels, cinnamon rolls and more.
Take a swim in the indoor pool, followed by an invigorating sauna and a massage. Maintain your exercise regimen or just kicit-back and relax.
1,209 GUEST ROOMS 34 MEETING ROOMS 1 BALLROOMS 120,000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE SHERATON CHICAGO HOTEL & TOWERS
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Toll-Free: (877) 866-9214
Telephone: (312) 464-1000
Fax: (312) 464-9140
THE WESTIN CHICAGO RIVER NORTH
The epitome of modern luxury[TM], this upscale meetings hotel overlooking the Chicago River recently completed a major renovation project, including 424 guest rooms and suites. The Westin Chicago River North offers 28,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and the highest level of service and support from a professional staff that ensures the success of any event - from the smallest sales conference to the most lavish receptions and dinners.
Recent renovations to the hotel's 424 luxurious guest rooms and suites include the addition of Westin's new Heavenly Bath[SM] to complement the world-famous Heavenly Bed[R]. The hotel also offers 17 luxurious suites, including two presidential suites, and all rooms include a spacious in-room work desk, 3 in-room telephones, including a direct-dial speaker phone with voice mail, high-speed Internet access, a modem connection and data port, a remote-control cable TV with in-room movies and Nintendo[R], an in-room refreshment center, a coffee/tea maker featuring Starbucks Coffee, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board.
The Westin Chicago offers a wide range of well-equipped meeting and banquet rooms for groups from 5 to 1,000. A total of 28,000 sq. ft. includes 18 meeting rooms and 3 conference parlors for the ultimate in flexible meeting space. The dramatic riverfront Executive Boardroom not only provides a convenient caucus room, but also creates a prestigious atmosphere with its exceptional appointments. Breakout rooms are available for any occasion and are equipped with all the necessary business accessories to help your meeting run smoothly.
DINING & RECREATION
All-day dining is available in the Celebrity Cafe, offering spectacular river- and city-views. The Hana Lounge features fine spirits and the new lobby-level Kamehachi Sushi Bar offers a wide variety of Japanese delicacies - both open nightly.
The Westin Chicago has a state-of-the-art, on-site health club with massage therapy and certified personal trainers. There are also a number of jogging, walking and bicycle paths nearby.
424 GUEST ROOMS 18 MEETING ROOMS 2 BALLROOMS 28,000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE WESTIN CHICAGO RIVER NORTH
320 North Dearborn * Chicago, Illinois 60610
Toll-Free: (877) 866-9214 * Telephone: (312) 744-1900 * Fax: (312) 527-2650
NEW YORK CITY
MEETING IN THE NEW TIMES SQUARE IS, QUITE SIMPLY, AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.
New York City is the global leader in commerce and culture the most intriguing and diverse city in the world and according to Fortune Magazine the #1 Best City for Business. The crossroads of the world is an unparalleled choice for magnificent meetings and events and The Westin New York at Times Square is destined to become the city's most popular meetings destination.
* Close to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
* Near major corporations, including Ernst & Young Conde Nast and the New York Times.
* In the heart of the Broadway Theatre district.
* Perfect for cosmopolitan presentations and spectacular themed events.
THE WESTIN NEW YORK
AT TIMES SQUARE
Times Square has a spectacular new landmark hotel to share with contemporary travelers! The new Westin New York at Times Square stands at the crossroads of the world, beckoning visitors with a unique Beam of Light that curves up the hotel's 42nd Street facade. The result is a dramatic nighttime icon that punctuates the architectural brilliance of this new landmark.
All 863 luxurious guest rooms and suites, including 126 Concierge-level rooms and suites, feature Westin's insanely comfortable Heavenly Bed(R) (king or two double bed options), Westin's invigorating new Heavenly Bath[SM] twice-daily maid service, including nightly turndown, dual-line phones, including one cordless, voice mail and data ports, high-speed Internet access, individual climate controls, a 25" multi-channel cable television and AM/FM clock radio, hairdryer and deluxe grooming amenities, coffee maker and refrigerated mini-bar,
Close to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, The Westin New York at Times Square offers 34,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, including 32 meeting and breakout rooms, 3 ballrooms and a colorful 7-story atrium surrounded by 7 spectacular meeting rooms. The 13 movie theaters located in the adjoining E Walk(R) entertainment complex are also available for special presentations where state-of-the-art audio and video is paramount.
DINING & RECREATION
The Westin New York at Times Square is home to Shula's Steak House, named "one of the top five steak houses in America." The Bar 10 lounge is ideal for drinks and light fare including sushi. 24-hour room service is available. There is also a variety of restaurants and eateries in the adjoining E Walk(R) entertainment complex, including B.B. King Blues Club and Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurant.
The Westin New York at Times Square will live up to the hotel chain's worldwide reputation for setting the standards by which all other meeting hotels are measured. Additional services include an onsite theater ticket desk, a full concierge for all travel, tour, and entertainment needs, a full fitness center and spa, a complete business center and a professional multilingual staff.
863 GUEST ROOMS 32 MEETING ROOMS 3 BALLROOMS 34,000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE WESTIN NEW YORK AT TIMES SQUARE
270 West 43rd Street at Eighth Avenue * New York, NY 10036
Toll-Free: 1-800-WESTINT * Telephone: 212-201-2700 * Fax: 212-201-4669
WALT DISNEY WORLD[R] Resort
MEETINGS INSIDE WALT DISNEY WORLD PROVIDE GROUPS WITH A VARIETY OF BENEFITS NO OTHER ORLANDO HOTEL CAN OTHER.
These unique Disney differences are what help transform an average meeting into a truly magical experience. And it is the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphins ability to incorporate these unique Disney differences that transforms an average meeting into a magical one:
* Access to exclusive areas within Walt Disney World Theme Parks for unusual and innovative meeting and incentive events
* Superb golfing opportunities with advance tee times on five nearby championship 18-hole. Walt Disney World golf courses.
* Disney Event Productions that can go as far as your imagination will take you including themed events from the most memorable Walt Disney tales
* Disney Wide World of Sports[TM] complex offers professional league facilities from baseball to basketball and more for fantastic motivating team events
* Dining opportunities with appearances by the lovable Disney characters in select hotel restaurants on select days
* Scheduled transportation provided to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and attractions
The Walt Disney World: Swan and Dolphin hotel.
After spending 10 years establishing its stellar reputation, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has built upon it with a dramatic $75-million expansion and enhancement project resulting in over 329,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting and exhibit space - including 110,500 sq. ft. of contiguous pillarless convention/exhibition space. These additions and enhancements to its facilities complement this highly acclaimed meetings destination and internationally recognized resort complex.
As part of the enhancement project, all guestrooms have been redesigned by internationally acclaimed architect, Michael Graves, the hotel's original architect. The centerpiece of these new rooms is Westin's Heavenly Bed[R], complemented by the addition of Westin's new Heavenly [Bath.sup.SM], an expansive therapeutic spa shower, as well as redesigned corridors. All rooms have two 2-line telephones with data port and voice mail, high-speed Internet access, color/cable TV, mini bar, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and in-room safe.
Enjoy five swimming pools including a three-acre grotto pool and white sand beach, four lighted tennis courts, jogging trails, watercraft rentals and two health clubs. Guests benefit from advance tee times are offered on five championship Walt Disney World[R] golf courses, as well as complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World[R] Theme Parks and attractions, including Epcot[R] and Disney-MGM Studios.
From nouvelle to old world, a wide variety of international cuisine is available in the hotel's 16 restaurants and lounges. Taste the delights of Tuscany at Palio, freshly prepared sushi and tempura at Kimonos or astonishingly thick, juicy steaks and seafood at Shula's Steak House. Private dining is available at many of our restaurants, and our award-winning Banquet & Catering staff coordinates food, entertainment and decor for magical meetings and events.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel offers more than 329,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor meeting space to accommodate groups of up to 16,200. Choose from 84 meeting rooms, including two executive boardrooms and 128,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space, including a 16,200 sq. ft. outdoor terrace, and poolside terraces and courtyards. The new 50,000 square-foot Pacific Hall has 26-foot-high ceilings and open pillarless space that can be divided into three sections. Together with the existing Atlantic Hall, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will be able to offer 110,500 square-feet of contiguous indoor exhibit space, divisible into six sections.
2,267 GUEST ROOMS 84 MEETING ROOMS 4 BALLROOMS 329,000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN AND DOLPHIN HOTEL
Lake Buena Vista. Florida 32830
Telephone: (800) 524-4939 * Fax: (407) 934-4680
The Walt Disney World Swan, Brilliant by day. Heavenly by night. The design alone says this isn't just another resort. With giant waves painted on the facade and twin five-story swan statues on the roof, the Swan is a landmark in the advancement of entertainment architecture, incorporating style, creativity and function. Naturally, it fits perfectly within its magical Walt Disney World[R] Resort location. Designed by internationally renowned architect, Michael Graves, the resort is ingenious, with a serious side that's well in-tune with the meeting business. The recipient of every meetings and industry award for over ten years, the Walt Disney World Swan is a nationally respected and recognized leader in the convention resort arena.
Facilities include two ballroom options, ranging from 3,500 to 22,600 sq. ft., 34 meeting rooms with one executive boardroom and seven hospitality suites. A wide variety of outdoor venues include two 2,800 sq. ft. Osprey Terraces.
758 GUEST ROOMS 34 MEETING ROOMS 2 BALLROOMS 56,000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN HOTEL
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Telephone: (407) 934-4290
Fax: (407) 934-4880
A landmark in the advancement of entertainment architecture, the Walt Disney World Dolphin stands tall among its peers. With its trademark 5-story Greek dolphin statues and awesome 27-story pyramid, it evokes a huge "wow" every time you see it. Designed by internationally renowned architect, Michael Graves, the resort's character is all about style, design and function. The recipient of every major meetings award, the Walt Disney World Dolphin has earned its coveted reputation for a level of service and professionalism found only in the most elite convention resorts.
Facilities include two ballroom options, from 20,000 to 56,000 sq.fr., plus 110,500 sq.ft. of contiguous indoor exhibit space divisible into 6 sections and capable of handling 673 8' by 10' booths. It also offers 50 meeting rooms, including one executive boardroom and 41 hospitality suites. Or choose from a variety of remarkable outdoor venues, including an 16,200 sq. ft. outdoor terrace.
1,509 GUEST ROOMS 50 MEETING ROOMS 2 BALLROOMS 273.000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE WALT DISNEY WORLD DOLPHIN HOTEL
Lake Buena Vista. Florida 32830
Telephone: (407) 934-4290
Fax: (407) 934-4880
MEET AMERICA'S OTHER ISLAND PARADISE, offering a perfect year round average temperature of 82[degrees] Fahrenheit, exotic tropical beauty, unspoiled natural wonders, superior service, an endless choice of recreation and convenient airline access. Puerto Rico, the ultimate meetings destination, is close to home, and close to perfect. The Westin Rio Mar Beach is located on Puerto Rico's beautiful northeastern shore, surrounded by the lush mountains of El Yunque National Forest.
* Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the U.S.A.
* Direct flights from 23 U.S. cities.
* No Passport necessary
* No Currency Exchange necessary
THE WESTIN RIO MAR BEACH
RESORT & GOLF CLUB
This award-winning, 500-acre meetings destination resort sets all the standards for Caribbean hospitality. An expansive, uninterrupted palm-lined beach and two world-class golf courses surround a richly appointed luxury beachfront hotel.
The Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club offers gracious service from a superbly trained staff, elegant accommodations, exceptional dining, an endless choice of sun-drenched recreation, and impressive meeting and conference facilities.
Richly appointed tropical luxury makes each guest room a welcome, private haven. Balcony views of the Atlantic or the majestic mountains of El Yunque National Forest complement the island-styled decor. The resort offers 600 guest rooms, including 72 suites, a 68-room Royal Beach Club concierge floor, Westin's signature Heavenly Bed[R] and Heavenly Bath[SM], in-room movies, high-speed Internet access, voice mail and data port, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.
Meet in a magnificent 48,000 sq. ft. Oceanfront Conference Center and the Caribbean's largest ballroom, with 20,913 sq. ft. of unobstructed space. The resort also offers acres of lush outdoor function space, and superb banquet and catering services.
DINING & RECREATION
The twelve superb restaurants and lounges at The Westin Rio Mar Beach will delight the most sophisticated palate. Discover a world of culinary intrigue -- from award-winning Northern Italian specialties to fresh sushi and local seafood, sizzling Black Angus beef to authentic southwestern cuisine. Dine resort formal or beachfront casual -- or even in the privacy of your balcony 24 hours a day.
The resort offers two championship golf courses, including The River Course by Greg Norman and The Ocean Course by Tom & George Fazio, a 35,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, an expansive, uninterrupted palm-lined beach, 2 beachfront pools, world-class water sports, a dive shop, a Peter Burwash Tennis Center with 13 Har-Tru courts, bicycles, a full-service spa and 500 acres of ecological wonderland and walking paths.
600 GUEST ROOMS 13 MEETING ROOMS 2 BALLROOMS 48,000 SF. TOTAL MEETING SPACE
THE WESTIN RIO MAR BEACH RESORT & GOLF CLUB
6000 Rio Mar Boulevard
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 00745
MAR Telephone: (787) 888-6000
Fax: (787) 888-6235
Here's what meeting planners are saying about these great starwood hotels & Resorts.
"My very high expectations of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin were all exceeded. The hotel is designed and staffed for meetings, and executes them with perfection.
C. James Trombino
Metal Powder Industries Federation
"The Westin New York at Times Square is a fantastic addition to New York City and especially the Times Square area. This new property rounds-out Starwood's great portfolio within the city and finally provides a competitive world class product close to the convention center. There is no doubt in my mind that our programs at the new Westin will be flawless."
Phil Cavanagh, Vice President, Corporate Events
America Online, Inc.
"Given the intensity of our agenda and the high level of our participants, your staff at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers did an outstanding job, exceeding our already very high expectations.
Lisa Schroeter, Executive Director
Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue
"I would like to thank you and your staff for your excellent service and warm hospitality during our recent Board of Directors and Membership meeting. The staff at The Westin Chicago River North did an exceptional job in hosting our group and making our attendees feel welcome in their "home away, from home"- Chicago."
Joseph P. Logan, Executive Director
Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association
" The entire staff at the Westin Rio Mar Beach definitely knows the meaning of service with a smile and knows who their customers are. You were always there with an answer and to ensure that my events ran smoothly."
Mary R. Ritchie, Director, Meetings & Conventions
Industrial Distribution Association
"The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin meeting space is quite versatile. It meets both our large capacity and small capacity needs with the flexible ballrooms and the numerous smaller rooms. As far as food goes, there's no one better in the convention business."
Sandra E. Marcus
Lotus Development Corporation
Guide To Great Hotels & Destinations Specializing In Meetings.
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