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Premier Event Space in the Bayou City
Houston is the largest city in Texas and thus attracts hordes of travelers every year, the vast majority of which come to the city on business. With stunning venues of all shapes, sizes and purposes, Houston is tailor made for hosting amazing meetings and events. In this chapter, take a look at some of the city’s newly renovated and in-progress facilities then go back into the past by exploring the region’s many plantations, manors and villas that can whisk your event back through history. Also learn about some of Houston’s alternative sporting venues and elite private clubs that offer up diverse opportunities for private events.

new and renovated facilities
Houston is an ever-growing city extremely popular for local and destination events. To meet this steadily increasing demand, properties in the Bayou City continually renew and rejuvenate their offerings. Following are just a few of the most recent developments that want to welcome meetings and events into their new or renewed spaces.

, a collaborative coworking organization moved into its new home at Start Houston in February 2013. The joint collaboration remains committed to continuing the momentum of coworking success as well as advancing and strengthening both organizations. Start Houston recently completed CoInside’s new beautifully renovated meeting space, and it is perfect for professional events, such as product launches and workshops. Here CoInside can continue to support Houston’s independent business community and serve as a dynamic, inspirational and productive location for special events and social gatherings.

The brand-new Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW–America Plaza has opened at Highway 290 and Beltway 8. This full-service upscale property has 172 guestrooms and a conference center with 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space. The modern hotel has bold colors and top amenities for leisure and business travelers alike. The property’s functional conference center is divisible into nine separate meeting and event spaces, including the America Plaza Ballroom with theater-seating capacity of 526. Notably, the conference center houses an HD videoconferencing room, and other touches include the Garden Grille & Bar and complimentary remote printing, which allows guests to print a document, e-mail message or attachment from any computer or smartphone on one of the hotel printers in its Business Center.

Whether planning a corporate meeting, training seminar or small conference, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE offers its new Meeting & Events CENTRE as an ideal location for your next Houston event. The professional conference services staff will provide everything from the versatile event space to state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The new conference space offers 10,000 square feet, including a 4,000-square-foot ballroom. Also available for meetings are two elegant lobby-level VIP Boardrooms. With all of this, the Meeting & Events CENTRE can support full- and half-day meetings, exhibitions and events by matching your group to the perfect space.

Unable to expand up or out, the Hyatt Regency Houston, one of the city’s largest convention hotels, has added 10 new conference rooms and three boardrooms on its sixth floor. This new space complements its existing selection of meeting areas as part of its $50 million transformation. The 10 flexible conference rooms can be set up in several different meeting styles for up to 60 attendees. The three new boardrooms are set for 8–12 and feature custom cherry tables with black granite tops and ergonomic executive chairs. Plus, all 13 new rooms feature state-of-the-art technology to accommodate all meeting needs.

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center began a major $60-million expansion and renovation in March 2013. The 18-month project will add a new guestroom wing, lazy river and restaurant while updating the property’s 60,000-square-foot conference center. Transparency, warmth of materials and connection to the landscape create a relaxing respite for both weekend getaways and productive business meetings. At the forefront of meeting and event innovation, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center plans to incorporate the newest design trends and creative offerings in its renovation to further enhance its position as a leader in the conference, meetings and events industry. Among other new amenities being developed for both business and leisure guests is a 140-seat steakhouse with views of the 18th hole, a private wine vault and an outdoor patio.

All these and many more are adding to the meetings and events tapestry of Houston every year to welcome your events with open doors.

Houston-grown plantations, manors and villas
Once a land full of wide-open spaces, the Houston region retains much of this expansive character at an array of sprawling plantations, manors and villas. Today, many of these properties sit on vast acreage outside the city, but some are or are ensconced within the urban jungle to provide Houston-area residents and visitors with stunning event spaces that add old-time elegance and Texas flair to functions of all kinds.

Located in the west Houston suburb of Katy just minutes from the Park Ten Energy Corridor, Agave Estates provides a peaceful and private location for corporate events and weddings. The property offers personalized event planning, catering and bar service packages plus a list of recommended vendors for all other needs. The estate features two stunning venues, both of which exhibit the clean Southwestern style of adobe buildings and weathered woodwork. The flagship location, Agave Road, features 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor reception space, and the newest site, Agave Real, echoes the original with special features like a lighted pool.

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