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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Wide Open Spaces . . . low supply and high demand

in: Event Planning Advice


Some groups are big – mega big! And in this case, it really is all about that space, ‘bout that space, no small rooms (go ahead, click on it, you know you want to!). The latest trend in hotel building is smaller and more boutique hotels. So what’s a big event to do? First, let’s take a look at some of the bigger spaces out there in hotel and venue world.

Space in the Raw offers a unique take on space in that they turn vacancies into visions, therefore providing “unique venue and event business solutions to New York’s high-end market by connecting desirable clients with New York’s hidden or underutilized real estate properties.” Isn’t this a fabulous idea? Space in the Raw provides a list of properties then they handle all of the contracts, permits and insurance required for your event. For a listing of more big venues in NY, check out this page. Hopefully this will catch on in other areas.

Chicago is my kind of town when it comes to big spaces. With over 100,000 square feet of space you can fit 5,500 guests into the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place. Other big Chicago spaces can be found at The Museum of Science and Industry, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Orlando offers Rosen Shingle Creek with 445,000 square feet, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin with 329,000 square feet and The Hyatt Regency Orlando with over 300,000 square feet.

Everything is big in Las Vegas, including its meeting space offerings. Check out The Venetian, ARIA Resort & Casino, and the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Atlanta offers the Hyatt Regency with 200,000 square feet of meeting space and The Westin Peachtree Plaza with a room that will fit up to 2500 guests. In Maryland, just minutes from Washington DC, you’ll find Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center. In San Diego, catch big space at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. In Dallas, check out the Sheraton Dallas.

Have a different destination in mind? Looking for some big help with finding big meeting spaces? Then why not call little ole me at 636-678-7661. I can find the space you need and take a big load off your mind.

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