At least 3 times a week I get inquiries from people who need help planning a small meeting or event. Most assume that a big chain hotel is the way to go. Now, I have nothing against chain hotels. I’ve hosted events at a few, and I used to work for one. With their relatively easy booking process and the services that are included with the rental, booking a chain hotel may seem like a quick fix. However, I encourage you to look into small, upscale “boutique” hotels that may offer the same services. Boutique hotels are intimate, offer unparalleled hands-on service, and have that something extra that will make your attendees feel like they matter as an individual.
Just because you are planning a small event does not mean that you can’t make a big splash. If you are only expecting a few participants, don’t let them be swallowed up by a cavernous hotel conference room. Instead, choose a location where the details truly matter. At a boutique hotel, your attendees will have the full attention of the hotel staff who can set them up with all sorts of perks and goodies. In return, your attendees know include you as a member of their inner circle because they remember how well taken care of they were at your event.
Some boutique hotels even offer you the opportunity to take over the property. This means that only you and your guests will be the only ones the staff will be attending to during the length of your stay. Take a look at a few of my favorite boutique hotels and what they have to offer.
Hotel ZaZa in Houston, TX
In the heart of the Houston Museum District, Hotel ZaZa’s unique venues include the sophisticated Phantom Ballroom, offering hanging chandeliers and expansive views, The Conspiracy Room, inspired by the historic Prohibition period, the newly renovated 11TH floor, featuring inspiring vistas, and thematic Concept Suites for a variety of seminars, conferences, banquets and other types of occasions.
Mokara Hotels & Spa in San Antonio, TX
Each Mokara meeting room is designed with rich woods and tall windows that let in natural light. The latest in audiovisual and data services include DVD players, surround sound, Internet ports, electronic white boards and more.
The Joule, Dallas in Dallas, TX
The Joule Hotel is a revitalized 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building set in the heart of Dallas’ central business district. With dramatic art installations, unique retail boutiques, a world-class spa, clever design, award-winning food and drinks and some of the best service in town, The Joule Hotel is seen as the cultural epicenter of downtown. Adjacent to the Dallas Arts District and the flagship Neiman Marcus, the hotel is perfectly positioned when guests finally do venture out of the hotel’s communal embrace.
Hotel Indigo in Houston, TX
Situated in Houston’s Uptown district, the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria hotel rubs shoulders with the area’s world-famous shops and eateries, including the upscale Galleria Mall. Their space features elegant décor and an inspiring atmosphere, with vibrant colors and a distinctive sense of style. Guests are greeted by friendly team members, and they offer event spaces with flexible options to host meetings and presentations for up to 115 people, and the free Wi-Fi access keeps everyone connected.
The next time you are planning a small meeting or event, consider booking a boutique hotel. Of course if you need a little help pulling it all together, Visions by Vaughn is here to help. Click here to submit your event inquiry and get a free quote.
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