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Hôtel Baie Saint-Paul Guest Room
Hôtel Baie Saint-Paul Guest Room

In celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, Hôtel Baie Saint-Paul in Charlevoix, in the province of Quebec, will undergo renovations that will bring a new exterior layout, a new wooden awning and enhancements to its popular Le Gourmet restaurant. The 62-room hotel is located near Charlevoix’s famous city center, Le Massif de Charlevoix (the mountain) and minutes away from the iconic Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, lined with shops and restaurants.

Hôtel Baie Saint-Paul’s Le Gourmet restaurant is a steak house in a contemporary setting with a variety of menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and the next-door Bar-Détente offers a cozy gathering place for social gatherings in front of the fireplace or around a pool table. 

The hotel’s Grand Jardins Room is its largest meeting room, accommodating up to 60 guests banquet-style, while the Salon du Massif is an ideal space for groups of up to 14 with catering service. 

[Related: New Eastern Hotels Offering Contemporary Guest Experiences]

New York

Located on Southold’s bayside on the North Fork of Long Island, The Shoals Suites & Slips offers guests an escape from New York City’s urban pace along the shores of Peconic Bay. The property boasts 20 custom suites designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen that provide expansive, apartment-style accommodations to welcome guests “home” for their stay.

The Shoals Event Lawn
The Shoals Suites & Slips Event Lawn

The new waterfront property offers premier versatile spaces for corporate gatherings, executive retreats, business meetings and more, with outdoor spaces accommodating up to 150 guests and ideal for tents, signature lighting and decor packages reflecting the property’s natural surroundings. Indoor spaces are glass-enclosed, providing a backdrop of Peconic Bay for up to 75 guests. 

The Shoals also partners with a number of exclusive and top-rated catering facilities on Long Island, including North Fork Table & Inn, Southold Social and Southold General, for everything from sit-down dinners and specialty buffets to hand-passed hors d’oeuvres and themed action stations.

The Oak Room at The Plaza, The Plaza Hotel, New York
The Oak Room at The Plaza, The Plaza Hotel, New York

New York City’s famous The Plaza Hotel has welcomed some of the city’s most iconic meetings and events for more than a century at the storied intersection of Central Park and 5th Avenue. The 282-room hotel features 17 unique meeting rooms, including the lavish and fabled 4,800-square-foot Grand Ballroom, with a capacity of 1,000 guests for cocktails, and the iconic NYC-staple, The Oak Room at The Plaza, a 3,000-square-foot, German Renaissance Revival-style space. 

The Plaza recently debuted The Plaza’s Executive Boardroom on the hotel’s 11th floor. The intimate gathering space is ideal for high-level meetings and can accommodate up to 16 people around a large conference table with padded executive chairs, the latest audiovisual equipment and non-fixed furniture for flexibility. Groups also receive a customized catering menu designed for conference lunches. 

[Related: NYC & Company Announces New Name and Brand Identity]


Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge announced the completion of the last phase of its major $18 million renovation, bringing updates to all 229 guest suites, a new state-of-the-art fitness center, a redesigned lobby and bar area and the introduction of a new restaurant concept, Cool River Restaurant & Tavern.

Cool River Restaurant & Tavern, Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Forge. Credit: Hilton
Cool River Restaurant & Tavern, Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Forge. Credit: Hilton

All guest suites were refreshed with new furnishings, including plush beds, and the fitness center features the latest exercise equipment. The renovated lobby and bar area offers a stylish social setting to relax and unwind, while Cool River Restaurant & Tavern brings a taste of Texas to Valley Forge through fine dining paired with high-energy bar service. 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge offers 4,610 square feet of flexible meeting and events space featuring collaborative technology. The Living Room, measuring 1,800 square feet, is the hotel’s largest venue and can accommodate up to 150 guests. 

[Related: Eastern Hotel and CVB News (March 2023)]

Washington, D.C.

Long regarded as an iconic hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C., Hotel Washington has reclaimed the name that once graced the property when it initially opened its doors to guests in 1917 as part of a property-wide rebrand. 

Hotel Washington Exterior and Sign
Hotel Washington Exterior and Sign

Most recently operating as a W Hotel, Hotel Washington hopes to continue evolving its legacy with recent enhancements to public spaces and a new lobby restaurant slated to debut this summer. The reimagined destination’s new aesthetics pair silver-foil stamped logos and hand-lettering with warm neutrals and abstract line art for a mix of history and modernity. 

This summer, Hotel Washington will introduce Fireclay, a new restaurant with an experience grounded by an open-hearth concept and many dishes incorporating elements of char, ash or fire. 

Hotel Washington features five transformable event venues totaling more than 11,600 square feet and including the Sky Room, with sweeping views of The White House and The Washington Monument, and the Grand Ballroom, with a capacity of 700 guests.

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