When one thinks of hosting a smaller meeting, many still inevitably assume they’ll look into big chain hotels that will provide everything they need without them having to do a lot of legwork. And it’s true, big chain hotels do take the guesswork out of much of the planning that needs to go into an event or meeting of any size. But have you ever considered looking into small, upscale “boutique” hotels that may offer the same things and you didn’t even know it? Better yet, they may offer even MORE. They are intimate, include impeccable, hands-on service and have that magical touch where your participants are going to know they matter as an individual.
Picture it. You are hosting a smaller event or meeting where you really want to make a splash. You have a handful of people who are going to be participating and instead of holding your event in a cavernous hotel meeting room, you could have it at a location where all of the “little things” truly make a difference. If your guest needs things done, or if they want to find an activity to do for a day, they are going to have the full attention of the small boutique hotel’s staff who can set them up with whatever their heart desires. And in turn, you’ve now become a #1 member of their inner circle!
Many of these smaller boutique hotels even offer complete Property Takeovers, where you and your guests will be the only ones that the staff will be catering to for the length of your stay. These hidden gems are located everywhere across the country from the hills of New York State to the Florida Keys. Take a look at what some of these boutique hotels have to offer and think about this option the next time you are planning a small meeting or event.
Jedidiah Hawkins Inn, North Fork, New York
This amazing location in wine country in upper New York is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Surrounded by 22 acres of gardens and farmland, your guests will find the perfect spot to relax during downtime and hospitality is top-notch. Check out all of the amazing information about this Inn HERE.
Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, Florida Keys
If you are looking for the ULTIMATE boutique resort that screams luxury, look into this resort where renting out the entire island is customary. With the wonderful amenities that the property offers and being located in the beautiful Florida Keys, you are sure to wow your guests.
Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina
The leader in southern charm, The Wentworth Mansion will leave no stone unturned for your next event. With gracious hospitality, a luxury spa and a gorgeous seasonally-inspired restaurant, you will have everything you need under one small roof.
Auburge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is an extremely popular destination for corporate retreats, meetings and events. If you're looking for an intimate experience for your guests, look no further than Auburge du Soleil! Exclusive wine events can be prepared, along with spa appointments for your guests. No detail will be missed and your events will be remembered for years to come!
The Rusty Parrot Lodge, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Set in the picturesque Jackson Hole, The Rusty Parrot Lodge is the perfect place to hold your next executive event. The amazing staff will guide you to the perfect restaurants, cultural events, scenic tours, and anything else your heart desires to provide to your guests. World-class service and amenities await at this piece of western luxury.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs Resort is a ghost town, set in an extraordinary alpine valley. This boutique resort offers a variety of packages and the entire town and ranch can be rented exclusively for corporate retreats.
Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts
This luxury country house hotel has a castle feel with an inquisitively private experience awaiting your event guests. Imagine taking over this property for the course of your meeting! Hold wine tastings right on-site and your guests will want for nothing with the help and guidance from the on-site coordinators.
Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
Imagine your guests strolling down the covered bridge leading to the farm with the autumn leaves blowing in the wind around them. Trade in the boardroom for a luxury farmhouse to hold your next event! Twin Farms is an out-of-this-world location that has an events team to help you make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
When looking for a true unique experience when planning your next event, down downplay what a small, upscale boutique hotel can offer in terms of extra-luxurious touches! This can only be done when the hotel staff caters to a small number of guests and with your small event and meeting being their priority, you'll be sure to find exactly the attention you're looking for. Even better? Many small boutique hotels are marketing hard to gain your business, so learn more about the the great places listed here or search another one out for your next event or meeting.
Don't hesitate to contact me today if you're looking for more ideas and help in planning your next event or meeting, big or small!