The U.S. has its share of hidden gems for small business meetings and executive retreats. Although some properties don't have meeting rooms, they all have living rooms, dining areas, lounges or garden patios that are large enough for meetings.
Built as a private residence during the 1920s, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa has 20 rooms, including small “artist” rooms, full and junior suites and a free-standing cottage. Rooms have gas-burning or decorative fireplaces, free Internet, refrigerators, CD/DVD players, and flat-panel, high definition televisions.
In the Laguna Beach area, for team events, whale-watching, cycling, mountain biking and horseback riding are accessible.
- The Captain Lord Mansion
This historic mansion with 20 guest rooms overlooks the Kennebunkport River. High ceilings, fireplaces, Colonial furniture and 4 poster or canopy beds add to the charm of The Captain Lord Mansion. For very small groups, the Captain's Garden House, with 4 guest rooms, is an ideal venue. Located 3 blocks away from Dock Square, the area is filled with antique shops, lighthouses and art galleries. Sailing, scenic cruising and kayaking are just a few of the activities available nearby for corporate events.
With 39 guest rooms, this all-suite hotel in the neighborhood where Thomas Jefferson once lived, has meeting facilities for up to 40 participants. Some rooms have facilities for guests with disabilities. Services and facilities include a business center, concierge service, and complimentary access to a nearby fitness center.
Villa D' Citta, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, was built in 1887 as a summer mansion. This Chicago greystone with old-world charm reflects Italian architectural style. Each of the 6 guest rooms has unique features (e.g. panoramic views, fireplaces, whirlpool baths, saunas, private porches). Amenities include:
- Patio with Jacuzzi
- Private grotto with fire pit
- On-site theater
- Concierge service
- BBQ grill
For meetings, groups can use the large living room or Capone's Cantina. A variety of local restaurants will cater for group dining.
- Wicker Park Inn
Wicker Park Inn, one of the 1890s-era row houses on a tree-lined street in the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood, has 10 guest rooms. The configuration in this smoke-free environment is 5 rooms, two studio apartments and a 3-bedroom apartment. Guests can request daily, complimentary passes to Wicker Park Fitness.
New York City
- The Inn at Irving Place
Built in 1834, The Inn at Irving Place in Gramercy Park provides accommodation in 12 guest rooms within two historical brownstone townhouses. Furnishings are from the Edith Wharton era. Amenities including Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and 2-line telephones with teleport connection are modern. The meetings room, Lord Mendl's, and Lady Mendl's Tea Salon feature period furniture and fireplaces. Valet and nightly turndown service is provided.
- Inn New York City
This 4 suite boutique hotel in an impeccably restored 19th-century Manhattan townhouse offers comfort for small executive teams and board retreats. Suites feature in-room safes, integrated iPod dock with alarm clock radio, CD players, and DVD players. Small groups will appreciate amenities and special touches that each suite offers such as a Jacuzzi, sauna, skylights, kitchenettes, fireplace, piano, or terrace. Take a peek at two of the rooms.
There is a 24-hour concierge and turndown service. For an additional fee, groups can access to the exclusive Reebok Sports Club.
- Country Inn in the City
This 1891 Upper West Side townhouse features 4 luxurious suites with high ceilings, mahogany wood flooring, chesterfields and poster beds. The decor of each suite is unique, reflecting a different era in the property's history.
- The Franklin Hotel
At the larger end of the boutique hotel spectrum, the 50 guest rooms in this property on the Upper East Side near Central Park feature antique beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Bulgari bath products, and Frette cotton terry bathrobes. The Franklin is a short walk to New York City's Museum Mile and Madison Avenue.
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