• 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.

Houston’s new attraction, Seismique, is a feast for the senses. The 40,000-square-foot art-fueled experiential museum on Houston’s west side is built to capture the imagination of audiences with more than 40 unique exhibits showcasing dazzling displays of light (generated by 9 million LEDs), color, sound and natural elements.

 

Michigan is home to nearly 150 wineries, many with private events spaces set against backdrops of picturesque vineyards and wide-open rural countryside scenes. While weddings are among the primary celebrations hosted, many also offer venues ideal for business and corporate receptions or events.

 

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.