2014 November, Santa Fe Properties Providing Refreshed Product for Meeting PlannersNovember 11, 2014 – Several top meetings locales in the city of Santa Fe, including its award-winning Convention Center, now provide new and improved offerings to help planners execute their ideal events. With thoughtfully redesigned rooms, alfresco dining options, and energy-conscious initiatives paired with the city’s rich multicultural history, famed arts offerings, outdoor activities, acclaimed southwestern-inspired cuisine, and world-class hospitality, Santa Fe provides planners with an incomparable setting for a corporate meeting.
Listed below is a sample of some recent renovations and updates from top meetings spaces in Santa Fe:
- The Santa Fe Community Convention Center has replaced all existing Cisco Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the building with high density Meraki cloud-based Wi-Fi hot spots. This update allows the facility to handle 100+ people connecting per spot. The venue is also now upgrading the bandwidth that feeds the building to accommodate larger groups and grant online access to up to 960 people in the Ballroom.
- Meeting Space: The 72,000-square-foot Convention Center offers 40,000 square feet of indoor flexible meeting space and state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities on par with convention and conference facilities across the U.S.
- Santa Fe recently welcomed the opening of The Drury Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of the city. This five-acre property, which has undergone extensive renovations, occupies the building that was formerly St. Vincent Hospital. The hotel features 182 guestrooms with décor reflecting authentic Territorial Style inspired by the Spanish missions of New Mexico. The Drury offers guests a year-round heated rooftop pool with picturesque views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, gallery space and an outdoor sculpture park as well as a restaurant headed by award-winning chef John Rivera Sedlar.
- Meeting Space: The Drury offers a variety of meeting rooms for planners to choose from including the 3,760 square-foot Palace Ballroom, 343 square-foot Boardroom, mid-sized spaces in the Riviera Room and Boiler Building as well as a 5,880 square-foot Garden and 3,472 square-foot Rooftop Terrace with a bar coming soon.
- Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi recently debuted a full guestroom re-imagination, its first major initiative since opening 22 years ago. The guestrooms still celebrate the hotel’s Southwestern spirit and Adobe architecture, but now feature custom, hand-crafted wooden furniture, brand-new carpeting and wooden floors, as well as upgraded bathrooms. The accommodations feature a restful palette of natural earth tones with colorful accents provided by pieces such as pillows made from classic Pendleton blankets and hand-made terracotta ceramics by local artist Lorraine Lewis.
- Meeting Space: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi offers private meetings spaces for corporate, incentive and leisure groups, each with a distinct character and Southwestern charm. The Library is a quiet meetings space, accommodating up to 30 guests for meetings, 50 for banquets and 75 for stand-up receptions, while The Wine Cellar is the perfect location for a private candlelit dinner or corporate board meeting for up to 12 guests.
- The Inn of the Governors in downtown Santa Fe has gone green. Through the property’s Green Initiative, the hotel has made a variety of environmentally friendly improvements including composting food waste, moving to bulk toiletries, consciously transitioning to more tap beer to reduce bottle waste, providing reusable water bottles for sale, reducing water use to thaw meat in the restaurant, and incorporating locally raised, grass-fed beef into the menu where possible to reduce its carbon footprint – perfect for green-minded meeting planners.
- Meetings Space: Inn of the Governors features three meetings spaces for planners to choose from depending on meeting size. The 802 square-foot Governors Room can accommodate up to 56 people for a banquet-style reception, the 504 square-foot Jefferson Room can accommodate 35 people and the 425 square-foot Kiva Room can accommodate 30 people.
- Native American-owned Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa has hired a new executive chef, Chef Walter Dominguez, who is taking over the Hotel Santa Fe kitchen after six years as the property’s chef de cuisine. He brings his refined sense of regional flavors to the Amaya restaurant and the hotel's group meals and events. Amaya restaurant is also now located in an indoor/outdoor room available for group dining, open to the sensational Santa Fe weather and closed by siding glass walls when needed.
- Meeting Space: Hotel Santa Fe features 5,001 square feet of meeting space, including the upscale, self-contained lodging and meeting spaces in The Hacienda – a 1,200 square-foot space with 35 luxury rooms and suites complete with butler service, all under one roof. The hotel’s largest meeting space is 2,726 square feet and can be divided into three rooms.
- The Inn and Spa at Loretto will be renovating and expanding its outdoor sculpture garden. The garden offers guests the opportunity to host an alfresco affair, meeting or a tented elegant event. Adjacent to the pool, the garden is located just outside the grand French doors of the Zuni Ballroom. The lush green grass, fine art sculptures and mature shade trees complete the picture for a perfect open-air event in a space suitable for group team-building activities to stimulate the mind, body and spirit.
- Meeting Space: The Inn and Spa at Loretto's 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and wedding space, including conference rooms and reception halls, offers amenities that create productive, stimulating and memorable environments for groups from ten to 300.
- La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa has become affiliated with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and is now included among the Starwood Luxury Collection. The notable brand caters to the discerning luxury traveler looking for unique and enriching travel experiences, and reaches more than 200 hotels around the world. Since the property’s purchase by 1754 Properties in 2013, and alignment with the Starwood brand, ＄200,000 has been invested on training and customer service, ensuring that staff is best able to meet the needs of guests and execute seamless meetings and memorable stays.
- Meeting Space: La Posada Santa Fe offers planners 4,500 square feet of meeting space and a variety of room types to accommodate presentations and demonstrations of all kinds. Rooms range from combinable spaces accounting for 2,048 square feet that can accommodate up to 300 guests reception style, to smaller more intimate rooms perfect for a banquet for 10-30 guests.
- Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa has recently been purchased by BL Santa Fe, LLC, an affiliate of Atlanta-based developer HRV Partners. Plans are underway for a renovation project that would expand the resort and give it new life with the goal of positioning it as a top resort in the country, while still maintaining the property’s historical integrity. HRV Hotel Partners provides development and project management services for the construction and renovation of resort, urban and university hotel projects across the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.
- Meeting Space: Bishop’s Lodge offers 8,000 square feet of meeting space displaying a Southwestern design and complete with modern features. The hotel provides a premier venue for corporate events as spaces include the grand 4,000-square-foot Tesuque Pavilion, theater-style Thunderbird Room, the Presidential Parlor Suite – ideal for executive sessions, and outdoor function space the West Lawn, among many others.
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