With sports, music, great outdoors, and plenty of memorable venues, Cleveland has meeting groups covered. Whether holding an event in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
, catching a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra
(celebrating its centennial this year), or a game at Progressive Field
, groups are sure to have a good time in this Ohio city -- and the summer is an especially nice time.
"The warmer months are a great time to visit because groups can take advantage of multiple outdoor activities to explore the city and venture beyond the four walls of a meeting space," says Mike Burns, senior vice president of convention sales and services for Destination Cleveland
. "Groups can catch an Indians game, cruise along the shore of Lake Erie, or grab dinner at a riverfront restaurant. Plus, we have multiple new developments and one-of-a-kind events and exhibitions to highlight."
As far as new developments, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
wrapped up a major renovation last fall, updating all 206 guest rooms and reconfiguring its lobby (it also expanded and redesigned the property's fitness area). The hotel has also added TURN Bar + Kitchen, with a menu meant to showcase diverse cultures of the city.
Other large-scale properties for groups to consider are the Westin Cleveland Downtown
, with 484 rooms and a 9,000-square-foot ballroom; the 491-room Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
, with more than 64,000 square feet of meeting space; the ith 404 guest rooms and 16 meeting rooms; and the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
, with more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space and 400 guest rooms.
But beyond the hotel inventory, this city is bursting with cultural attractions. Most prominent is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with new acquisitions ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis' piano to a colorful outfit from Pink. The site offers a wide range of venues, from the 163-person-capacity Foster Theater to the 14-person capacity VIP Conference Room -- or planners can rent the entire museum (which can fit 2,000 reception-style and 600 seated) for nighttime events.
Other standout venues include the Cleveland Museum of Art
, which offers a number of meeting spaces of its own and will this summer be featuring the striking and unbeatably Instagrammable exhibit "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors." The Great Lakes Science Center
offers groups indoor and outdoor space options with a backdrop of innovation and engineering. For those looking to get their blood pumping a bit quicker, Cedar Point
, aka The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, offers group packages, and this month unveils the new rollercoaster Steel Vengeance -- the first steel-on-wood hybrid coaster standing more than 200 feet tall.Questions or comments? Email [email protected]
This article appears in the May 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.