• Le Méridien Philadelphia Provides a Fun, Artsy Place to Party

     
    POSTED June 12, 2014
     

It’s perfectly fine to start humming the tune to the Village People’s hit song YMCA when staying at Le Méridien. After all, this hotel was originally a YMCA. In fact, the Trumbauer Ballroom was once the Y’s sports room, but today it sports 1,000 square feet of pre-function space, a 20-foot ceiling and more than 2,300 square feet of event space that can comfortably accommodate up to 300 people theater style or 180 for dinner and dancing.

Le Méridien, housed within a 10-story Georgian revival-style structure, enjoys a prime location in the heart of the business district and is less than one block from the convention center. Sports may have been a part of its history, but art is definitely a part of its present; this hotel’s unique Unlock Art program features artist-designed keycards that open more than just your guest room-they also provide access to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Of course, any good art lover needs a good cup of coffee, so be sure to stop at The Hub, featuring the signature Master Barista program (offered at Le Méridien hotels worldwide). With 202 guest rooms, the French bistro-style Amuse restaurant and bar, fitness center and more, Le Méridien has it all.

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Want to add a literary flavor to your next event–literally? Host a gathering at a library to add a scholarly tone to your fête. You could even go all-in with a literature-themed dress code. Here are some suggestions for a “novel” approach to event planning.

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When you're in the mountains, it’s truly difficult to be bored. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and climbing, the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada know how to keep things interesting when it comes to outdoor activities. But sometimes, the best way to enjoy the mountains is to sit back and take in the expansive views. Take your meetings to the mountains without the heavy snow gear and winter boots by hosting your next event on a rooftop venue surrounded by breathtaking mountains.