• Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     

Simply the best city hotel I have ever experienced, the Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter is fun and different in so many ways. You check in at the bar and the super friendly staff hands you a cocktail. What could be more welcoming than that?

Then when the elevator doors opened on my floor a gigantic and very hip number “8,” painted as if it were on a battleship, stared me in the face. San Diego is a Navy town, after all. And inside my bright and cozy room—OMG—scrawled across the mirror in what could have been lipstick (but wasn’t) was “Welcome to the Moxy Ms. Beckley!!” With a note: “Hello Gorgeous.”

If just being at The Moxy is this much fun, it stands to reason that gathering there will be equally as memorable, right? “Right,” says Tim Billing, area general manager for the Azul Hospitality Group, one of the property’s partners. “One attendee even told me that meeting at The Moxy made them feel 10 years younger.

“We provide the tad unconventional that allows the all-too-needed creativity to be the norm. Our casual (although professionally casual) vibe allows a completely perfect environment for whatever your business is,” Billing continues.

Business is good for the Moxy. Since opening in November 2019 in San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, with easy access to restaurants, breweries and attractions including Petco Park, Seaport Village, Little Italy and the San Diego Zoo, the built from scratch, 128-room property has hosted many corporate and social events for up to 150 people. “Events can be staged anywhere,” says Billing, including in the open lobby and restaurant area, which Billing calls the “living room;” the 10-person state-of-the-art conference room; and maybe even in the super-secret venue-within-a-venue, speakeasy Room 56, located behind a bookcase and down a wind- ing stairway, for up to 24 VIPs.

You’ll also find cool features including "Plug & Meet" gathering areas with ergonomic seating and 56-inch HDTVs; a state-of-the-art video wall with helpful travel tools; grab-and-go food items and fresh coffee in brown paper cups with bright pink lids; guest rooms that resemble “a clubhouse with cushy beds;” and, of course, a bar that’s always open. 

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.

 

Making the most of Minnesota’s ideal (and ever-fleeting) outdoor event season is a time-honored tradition, but outdoor venues hold a whole new appeal in a post-pandemic landscape. 
Plein air events can offer planners plenty of space to safely distance their guests as well as peace of mind to attendees still wary of in-person gatherings—as well as some much-needed screen-free interaction.