5 Great Lakeside Venues for Meetings

Built in 2000, the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas is one of the oldest hotels in Las Colinas -- a master-planned community in Irving, Texas, within the Dallas Metroplex. Soon, however, it will feel like one of the newest hotels there thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation that's currently underway.

Phase one of the renovation, which encompasses a redesign of all 364 guest rooms and suites, already is complete, the hotel announced last week. Inspired by the surrounding region's rolling hills, as well as the Longhorn State's cattle ranching industry, the updated accommodations feature a mix of wood, metal and leather, with a color palette reflecting the Bluebonnets of the prairie landscape outside and the oranges of the nightly sunsets. Highlights include new cotton-rich bedding, new nightstands with built-in USB ports for charging guests' devices and 50-inch flat-screen televisions.

Scheduled for completion this fall, phase two of the renovation encompasses the hotel's lobby and 27,000 square feet of meeting space. The former is being redesigned around local materials such as Post Oak and South Texas limestone; it includes a reimagined Greatroom for up to 75 guests, a bar for up to 50 guests and a private dining room for groups of up to 16. The latter, meanwhile, is being redesigned with the same mix of wood, metal and leather textures that's found in the hotel's revamped guest rooms.

Four More Lakeside Venues to Love


Although the renovation taking place inside will help the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas attract more groups, what is most likely to wow them once they get there are the amenities outside the hotel -- including Lake Carolyn, which meeting groups can enjoy from the property's outdoor Lakeside Terrace. Bordering Lake Carolyn, it totals 3,000 square feet and can accommodate groups of up to 200 people.

Of course, the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas isn't the only meeting venue with lakefront property. Here are four others whose waterfront real estate make them attractive backdrops for conferences and events:

• Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport (Renton, Wash.): Seattle is known for its beautiful lakes, including Lake Washington, which is the largest lake in King County, the largest freshwater lake adjacent to Seattle and the second largest natural lake in Washington State. The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington on Seattle's Southport opened in July 2017 on the lake's southeast shore, where it offers 347 guest rooms that have been designed according to fēngshuǐ design principles, a lakeside restaurant and bar, 24-hour gym with a dedicated yoga room, an indoor saline pool, a full-service spa with three treatment rooms and 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space -- including the region's largest waterfront ballroom: the 14,122-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can host up to 1,200 people and boasts views of Lake Washington from its floor-to-ceiling windows.

• The Sagamore Resort (Bolton Landing, N.Y.): Located on New York's Lake George, The Sagamore Resort has been welcoming visitors since 1883. The Victorian-era property occupies a private 70-acre island approximately 60 miles north of Albany, where it offers 387 guest rooms and suites -- 137 of which are located in the Historic Hotel, with the balance divided among seven Lodge buildings, a 19th-century carriage house known as the Hermitage and a 2,000-square-foot private home known as the Castle. There also are eight restaurants and bars, a spa, an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, and over 52,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. The latter includes the 15,760-square-foot Conference Center for meetings, the 11,664-square-foot Event Center for exhibitions and The Shelving Rock Terrace, a tented, climate-controlled venue with panoramic views of Lake George and a large lakeside lawn area for groups of up to 200 guests.

• Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.):The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World is Central Florida's only AAA Five Diamond-rated resort. Located in a secluded, residential setting within Walt Disney World resort, it has 443 guest rooms, including 68 suites; two pools, one of which is adults-only; two water slides; a lazy river; an 18-hole golf course; a spa; a fitness center with a yoga lawn; basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts; six restaurants and bars; and nearly 67,000 square feet of function space -- including Lakeside East and Lakeside West, which are private, free-standing buildings situated beside the resort's onsite lake, where they offer meeting space for small groups of up to 20 people. The same lake is visible from numerous outdoor terraces that complement the resort's many ballrooms and breakout rooms.

• Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (Madison, WI): Hotels don't have a monopoly on lakefront real estate. A handful of convention centers also boast lake views. One of the most beloved is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis., which is located adjacent to the 3,359-acre Lake Monona. Connected to the 240-room Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, the convention center totals 250,000 square feet and offers several indoor and outdoor spaces that boast lake views. There's the 13,524-square-foot Madison Ballroom, for example, and the 6,840-square-foot Hall of Ideas, both of which connect to the 7,000-square-foot Grand Terrace that overlooks the lake. Or, there's the facility's crown jewel: its 68,000-square-foot rooftop garden.