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Stella Awards 2020: Best Hotel/Resort Event Space (On-Site)

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NORTHEAST

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Gold: Boston Park Plaza

For more than 90 years, Boston Park Plaza has been one of Boston’s most highly sought-after venues for special events and meetings. Following a more than $100 million renovation to all of the meeting space, guest rooms and public areas, the hotel shines more brightly than ever before.

Featuring more than 55,000 square feet of event space, Boston Park Plaza has a variety of spaces for any meeting, from large general sessions to intimate board meetings. The hotel offers its clients a variety of venues including the dramatic Grand Ballroom and the industrial chic Avenue 34. In today's environment where spacing out meeting attendees is incredibly important, the hotel has the amount of space to keep any gathering comfortable for everyone.

Silver: Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City

Resorts Casino Hotel features 64,000 flexible square feet of modern event venues, including 24 meeting and function rooms with ocean views and a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. A high-technology conference center puts Resorts’ meeting capabilities on par with the most contemporary meeting facilities in the country. In response to the global pandemic, Resorts has developed a Play Safe, Work Safe plan to responsibly welcome back guests and team members to the most comfortable, fun and safe environment.

Bronze: Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Consistently favored by groups of all sizes, Gurney’s Montauk provides guests direct access to a 2,000-foot private sand beach, as well as deluxe, full-service meeting and event facilities. There is 25,000 square feet of elegant, flexible indoor/outdoor venue space. The property’s venues include a banquet hall, multiple meeting rooms, multilevel outdoor decks and five unique dining and drinking establishments.

SOUTHEAST

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Gold: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 30,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor event space sets the stage for collaboration, motivation and productivity at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. Offering more than 23,000 square feet of interior meeting and pre-function space, the ninth floor is insulated from distractions, creating an enclave for accomplishing the business of the day. An additional 7,000 square feet of oceanfront, outdoor event space, located on the eleventh floor, gives groups one of the most incredible views in South Florida and a stunning venue for receptions and dinners.

No matter what activity is chosen, guests can count on a professionally run teambuilding events that weave in effective coaching, friendly competition and plenty of fun. Popular activities include beach Olympics, sandcastle competitions and even a margarita mixology class that can foster networking while refreshing the spirit.

Silver: Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Playa Largo Resort & Spa boasts nearly 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces. The versatile venues are ideal for any program from board meetings to larger conventions. The Tavernier Ballroom is one of the largest indoor function rooms in the Upper Keys and offers 4,761 square feet of unobstructed indoor space. The property's private beach provides 6,000 square feet of lovely outdoor space.

Bronze: The Confidante Miami Beach

The Confidante Miami Beach offers 15,000 square feet of newly renovated indoor meeting and event space featuring smart technology and vibrant mid-century modern décor. This includes the Carmen Miranda Ballroom, which comprises a prefunction area, an expansive indoor ballroom, a dedicated stairwell to the property's two heated pools and a private wrap-around terrace with views of the tropical landscape and sparkling Atlantic Ocean.

SOUTHWEST

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Gold: The Broadmoor

With over 315,000 square feet of flexible, functional and sophisticated event space, meeting areas of all sizes, and nearly 100 years of award-winning hospitality, The Broadmoor understands the unique needs and attention required to create memorable and successful meeting experiences. Meeting specialists are among the resort's greatest assets and tailor extensive event offerings to support meeting goals, including advanced audiovisual support and diverse cuisine from a renowned culinary team.

Here, the spirit of the West inspires the adventurer within, providing endless opportunities to explore picturesque mountains, streams, and canyons. Whether it is zip lining or horseback riding, Colorado fly fishing or an indulgent day at the spa, golfing on championship courses or fine dining, guests fine endless activities in every season.

Silver: Marriott Marquis Houston

Home to Houston's largest ballroom, Marriott Marquis Houston's football field-sized Texas Ballroom proves that everything is bigger in the Lone Star State. The hotel's events team has executed some larger-than-life setups in the record-holding ballroom, such as football-themed stadium seating and mesmerizing 20-foot tunnel entrances in the nearly 40,000-square-foot space.

Bronze: AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

In the heart of Austin, Texas, the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center offers over 85,000 square feet of space, including a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, tiered classrooms and a 300-seat amphitheater. Advanced technology, including complimentary Wi-Fi and laser projectors, ensures attendees stay connected.

MIDWEST

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Gold: Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

The iconic Lincolnshire Marriott Resort boasts over 40,000 square feet of newly renovated and versatile event space. The stately decorated Grand Ballroom features 10,080 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 700 guests. The Great Lakes Ballroom is a 4,998-square-foot flexible event venue for up to 150 guests, and the tented Grand Marquee Pavilion features 12,000 square feet of climate-controlled event space with floor-to-ceiling windows for events all year round.

The newly added Lakeside Pavilions, with lake and golf course views, feature 5,000 square feet of event space and accommodates up to 400 guests for a seated dinner. This spacious outdoor tent features a deck overlooking Lake Lincolnshire and is also ideal for events held any time of the year. 

Silver: MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity Casino Hotel offers everything planners need to make meetings and events truly memorable, from cutting-edge presentations to banquets. The property's facilities include sophisticated boardrooms, 67,500 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space and the state-of-the-art Sound Board theater. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, valet parking and 24-hour business and fitness centers. 

Bronze: Amway Grand Plaza

With nearly 50,000 square feet of meeting space, the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton welcomes groups from 12 to 1,150 guests in one of its four ballrooms or 35 breakout rooms. For large meetings, the 8,750-square-foot, column-free Ambassador Ballroom is the largest and most versatile ballroom on property. The historic 3,450 square-foot Pantlind Ballroom has hosted presidents and royalty under its gold-leaf ceiling and crystal chandelier.

FAR WEST

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Gold: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

From the millions of square feet of meeting space to unique bars like The Dorsey, Rosina and Electra, to restaurants designed with meetings in mind, The Venetian Resort has a space to accommodate any event. Ballrooms offer versatile and flexible layouts, superior technology integrations and spaces built for ease of use.

More than 100 restaurant options can be found in The Venetian Resort, each with customized event layout possibilities. Planners can also choose from four impressively built, intimate theaters. Used to hosting world-class entertainment, these venues help take customized events to the next level, accommodating hundreds of attendees. And with more than a dozen distinct pools, The Venetian Resort pool deck areas can host an intimate sunset gathering or a big soiree. 

Silver: 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

With more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach brings the best of the Islands to every meeting. Its new sustainably focused ballroom can host up to 800 guests for a banquet or 1,300 for theatre-style seating and features state-of-the-art A/V equipment. With its on-site professional convention service managers and banquet menus crafted with quality local ingredients, 'Alohilani is an oasis for events in the heart of Waikiki.

Bronze: AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay

Situated in the growing Southern California city of El Segundo and its bustling business district, the sleek new AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay offers groups more than 7,200 square feet of dedicated and flexible meeting and event space, accommodating up to 200 people. From an indoor/outdoor lounge and Flora, the rooftop bar, to conference rooms and plenty of social breakout space, the AC Hotel is centrally located to area businesses, as well as sports and city attractions.

Finalist:The Garland Hotel

The Garland is home to over 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces. Providing a seamless outdoor/indoor flow for on-site events, the property is ideally positioned to allow for the ultimate Southern California experience. Most recently in 2019, The Garland unveiled a new 5,100-square-foot Garland Ballroom, complemented by an adjacent courtyard.

INTERNATIONAL & U.S. TERRITORIES

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Gold: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Showcasing idyllic views, refined luxurious living, modern design, superb amenities and world-class facilities, Lexis Hibiscus is a tropical oasis that resembles Malaysia's majestic national flower, the hibiscus, blooming into the sparkling turquoise waters of Port Dickson. The hotel works closely with Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism to market Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson to MICE Planners across the globe.

Offering an array of indoor and outdoor facilities for groups as small as 15, to mega events for up to 2,200 persons, Lexis Hibiscus is a proud record holder of two Guinness World Records — "the most swimming pools in a resort" with 643 pools and "the most overwater villas in a single resort" at 522 villas.

Silver: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is an urban oasis featuring The Orchid, a seven-meter-tall, open-air orchid greenhouse ideal for events. The hotel can arrange Dîner de Fleurs, a private dinner inside The Orchid with a unique menu by the hotel's master chefs. Guests may enhance the experience with an exquisite wine pairing. The hotel offers 792 luxurious guest rooms and suites across three distinct wings, as well as an outdoor pool and 11 different restaurants and bars.

Bronze: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

Located on the most exclusive beach in Punta Cancún, the all-oceanfront-suite Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun boasts more than 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. The resort offers an "Infinite Luxury" all-inclusive concept, which incorporates a portfolio of signature world-class cuisine experiences and an array of daily and weekly daytime and nighttime entertainment experiences throughout the resort.