San Antonio wholesale grocer Edward Franz Melcher opened Hotel Havana in 1914 as a guest house for his customers. Melcher infused the building with a tropical allure through the use of Mediterranean Revival architecture. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the River Walk. In 2010, it came under the ownership of the hospitality organization Bunkhouse. The 27-room boutique hotel showcases the original Bastrop pine floors, soaring 20-foot ceilings, colonial shuttered windows, and terraces evoking romance and luxury. It offers a number of spaces in which groups of up to 150 can meet and celebrate, including Ocho, the hotel’s restaurant, situated in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk. Additional spaces include the bar, library, terrace, breezeway and patio, as well as a meeting room that can accommodate 30 guests for plated dinners or meetings.
Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.