Religious groups can use hotels’ big meeting spaces to hold gatherings like never before
As the tourism and hospitality industry continues to suffer under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, religious groups are seeking an escape. In some cases, luxury hotels are providing those escapes for spiritual retreats. While there are countless nationally ranked luxury hotels to choose from, here are some highly rated hotels in five major cities that religious groups can safely book.
The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
Groups looking for a luxury hotel with some of the best views in New York City will find The Langham the place to be. Guests can book a reservation at The Langham, which provides 7,500 square feet of event space for conferences or meetings. Kips Bay Suite is the largest venue that enables religious groups to host and arrange a theater-style occasion.
Lotte New York Palace
Lotte New York Palace has 30,000 square feet of meeting space that accommodate 23 rooms and 86 suites for guests. This historic landmark in midtown Manhattan is an excellent locale for religious groups as it has three floors of museum-worthy settings.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
Art meets architecture in the heart of Tribeca, one of New York’s hipper areas. Steps away from the city’s most authentic neighborhoods, the Four Seasons will help groups rejuvenate in a globally inspired spa and pool. Groups can also dine in CUT by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. There are a number of business amenities available at the hotel, including airline reservation services, administrative services, interpretation/translation services, internet, newspapers, and presentation supplies.
The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
In the heart of downtown Chicago with great views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan, The Blackstone promotes a sophisticated collection of rooms and suites. The boutique business travel hotel houses flexible and historically creative meeting rooms and workspaces for events. The hotel’s 12,223 square feet of meeting space is perfect for groups aiming to hold any form of gathering.
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Contemporary hotel rooms and suites provide a host of amenities and boast panoramic views of the Chicago River and downtown landscape. The hotel houses 40,000 square feet of stylish venue space and has a range of service offerings, including event rooms, 28 breakout rooms, audio/visual technology and mobile event management.
Widely known as one of the most famous properties in Chicago, The Drake, which is located near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, has more than 30,000 square feet of space capable of accommodating five to 600 guests. Its two full-size ballrooms provide views of Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago and its state-of-the-art technology and world-class banquet facilities make it an ideal spot to host a religious outing.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
A beloved hotel with a beautiful oceanfront location in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco District, Loews Miami Beach is home to 790 guest rooms and 69 suites. With 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, meeting rooms, salons and 28,000 square feet of ballrooms, religious groups of any size can enjoy the Miami sun while also holding a retreat.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Housed in Versailles Tower, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically significant hotels on Miami Beach. This 15-story high-rise building has a total of 107,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, signature restaurants by award-winning chefs, two chic nightlife venues and a two-story spa.
Royal Palm South Beach Miami
A celebrated icon among South Beach hotels and resorts, Royal Palm features 139 suites infused with Art Deco style. The hotel offers 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space that fits a group of 300 people. The Great Room, the largest space, features 2,590 square feet of meeting space.
Peninsula Beverly Hills
The only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California every year since 1993, the Peninsula Beverly Hills offers 195 guest rooms including 38 suites and 17 private villas. It houses one of the Top 10 spas worldwide according to readers of SpaFinder and has a rooftop pool and hot tub surrounded by panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Situated in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live, the Ritz-Carlton allows guests to soak up the sun by the rooftop pool. Guests can also head to the 24th floor for fine dining with skyline views. The hotel offers more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space for groups to organize large-scale events, board meetings and other occasions.
Offering a retro chic vibe, The Garland in North Hollywood is an urban oasis with seven tree-shaded acres and more than 20,000 square feet of event space. The Garland offers 13 venue options, including a 130-seat private screening room.
St. Regis San Francisco
Considered as one of the top luxury hotels in San Francisco, the five-star St. Regis has more than 22,000 square feet of event space that houses a modern ballroom, a conservatory with a built-in stage, a room with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary sculptures.
Fairmont San Francisco
Known as one of San Francisco’s most renowned hotels and standing atop Nob Hill in the heart of the city, Fairmont San Francisco offers luxurious accommodations, meeting spaces and services. This hotel features 72,000 square feet of space for meetings and events.
Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
An iconic hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Palace Hotel is a great place for religious groups. This historic landmark features a 38,000-square-foot meeting space featuring three ballrooms and four boardrooms.
By Jamaal Brown