We’ve all heard of southern charm. The friendliness and welcoming nature that exists in the South doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by outsiders. Plan your next meeting in cities like Greensboro, Kansas City and Tulsa to experience this while indulging in the antiquity that accompanies these historic cities. Here are the 10 best hotels to meet at when venturing below the Mason-Dixon line.
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The Perry Lane Hotel opened in the Spring of 2018 and stays true to the history of its location while mixing in contemporary designs and comforts. The 9,125 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space includes a 2,625-square-foot rooftop ballroom with views of the endearing city of Savannah. This hotel encompasses the full spirit of southern charm and offers regionally sourced menus full of classic Southern foods that will ensure your attendees are happy and full.
Ponte Vedra is famous for golf and the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers two championship golf courses (Ocean Course and Lagoon Course) that attendees can take use to “talk business,” but more to check out the exquisite scenery. Utilize the 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and then end the day relaxing at the 30,000-square-foot spa.
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Located on the Riverwalk, a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of waterfront featuring the heart of San Antonio, the Thompson Hotel has it all. With access to everything that makes San Antonio special, with 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space, this Hyatt hotel is worth a trip to the Alamo City. Attendees can spend time on the 5836-square-foot Cenote Pool Deck where they can look out on all of RiverWalk, meet in the modern Mirador Boardroom or check out one of the other flexible meeting spaces.
The phrase “Meet me at the Hermitage” has been circulating through the Nashville airwaves for decades, and for good reason. Originally gaining fame as an integral part of the women’s suffrage movement, this is the perfect place in the south to celebrate equality and diversity while utilizing the 5,427 sq. ft. of meeting space. The Hermitage Hotel also happens to be within walking distance of the Ryman Auditorium Convention Center where attendees can catch a concert in one of the best performance halls in the world.
First opened in 1847, the Grand Hotel has been through many historical events. From operating as a hospital during the Civil War to being used as a training base by the army during World War II, the Grand Hotel has rightfully earned its title as “The Queen of Southern Resorts.” With an impressive 37,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 23 meeting rooms, The Grand Hotel is a premier destination in the south for history buffs and meeting attendees alike.
As the largest hotel in the French Quarter, it is no surprise that it boasts an impressive 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Hotel Monteleone is home to the world-famous Carousel Bar & Lounge where guests can rotate around on one of 25 seats while drinking one of their eccentric but delicious cocktails. Literary lovers will love meeting in the hotel that has been mentioned by the likes of Tennesse Williams, Ernest Hemingway and John Grisham.
As the first hotel in the U.S. to receive a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, this is an ideal place in the south to meet sustainably and enjoyably by taking advantage of all the hotel has to offer. The Proximity Hotel contains 7,300 sq. ft. of meeting space with lavish amounts of natural lighting and tours that demonstrate the different practices implemented at the resort to stay environmentally conscious.
Meet in the center of the universe! Just kidding, but guests at the Mayo Hotel can venture into the streets of Tulsa and stand in the concrete circle (called the Center of the Universe), where any noise made can only be heard by those standing within the circle. The Mayo Hotel has 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including the distinctive Mayo Museum room, accentuated by walls plastered with Tulsa’s history.
Conveniently located blocks from the Kansas City Convention Center and downtown Kansas City, Hotel Phillips is a stately hotel full of charm and history. This Hilton brand hotel is part of the Curio Collection and has 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. With a speakeasy derived from century-old prohibition roots and an Art Deco lobby, Hotel Phillips will cause attendees to be in constant awe of their surroundings.
As a part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, the Driskill delivers convenience, history and 18,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. With a suitable location near the Austin Convention Center and in the entertainment district, attendees can eat at the restaurant where former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and first lady Lady Bird Johnson had their first date. There are 13 distinctive meeting rooms with more than enough space to accommodate socially-distanced meetings and conferences.