Four new meetings and events spaces are opening this fall between California and Tennessee. Here's what's on tap:
- The Central Station – Originally built in 1914 on the site of the former Calhoun Street Station, the former grand waiting room area of Memphis’ Central Station was renovated and became a public meeting space in 1999. The Central Station, now transformed into a luxury eight-story hotel, is set to open in October 2019, and will offers more than 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space at the property. The hall has natural lighting, 33-foot ceilings, columns and the original arrival/departure board from the 1914 waiting room. Chandeliers are a statement piece of the hall. The Grand Hall also has a 1,200-square-foot pre-function space, ideal for a cocktail hour or breakout space.
- The Harpeth – Franklin’s first luxury hotel, The Harpeth is located in the heart of the charming historic downtown and is set to open doors in fall 2019. The property offers more than 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a ballroom, an intimate boardroom, a private dining room and a lounge. The largest venue, the Riverside Ballroom, has more than 2,600 square feet and can host up to 185 guests. The property’s courtyard with a grand staircase and fountains can be used to host cocktail hours and outdoor receptions. The Harpeth will also cater customized menus for all meetings and events, utilizing seasonal ingredients from local farmers.
- Kimpton Solamar Hotel – The Kimpton Solamar Hotel, located in San Diego’s trendy East Village, offers up to 14,000 square feet of flexible event space and has launched several new offerings to accommodate group travel. The hotel’s new executive chef, Steve Hamilton, has launched a new corporate group menu, complete with a Lobster Roll Making Classes, an interactive chef experience for all groups to enjoy. The property’s rooftop hosts receptions, day meeting packages and activities, including the Mermaid Core class, an hour-long synchronized swim workout (complete with mermaid tails) and Rooftop Spin Classes, a 45-minute interval spin class with stunning views of the downtown skyline and the Padres stadium as a backdrop. Groups can enjoy San Diego’s year-round warm weather by hosting breakout sessions, lunch or cocktail hour (perfect for watching the city’s famed sunsets) at the hotel’s Upper East Bar rooftop lounge.
- The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort – The renovated, beachfront resort in Huntington Beach offers up to 3,000 square feet of meeting space and is just steps from Main Street, where guests can explore all that Surf City USA has to offer. The hotel offers unique group options designed to help businesses create interactive and experiential meetings, including a Cocktail Competition, a low-stakes, all-fun competition where teams of guests are given cocktail ingredients to prepare for a panel of Shorebreak bartenders and judges (complete with delicious hors d’oeuvres), a Ping Pong Tournament where guests can enjoy chips, dips, beer flights and more, while competing in a ping pong tournament, and Dinner With a View, a gourmet four-course dinner in the South Swell Dining Room with oceanside views, featuring a mix of globally inspired seafood and delicious comfort classics, as well as the host’s choice of beer and wine or an open bar.