The familiar can be comforting. And, building up a long-running relationship with a specific brand can pay off with perks and savings, but sometimes change is good, too.
When booking your next meeting, convention or special event, consider one of these eight meeting and convention hotels for when the expected, and the ordinary, just won't do.
Looking for a heavenly meetings experience? Head to Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Sin City. Not only is the Las Vegas hotel and casino the epitome of high class and posh luxury, service is second to none with it not uncommon to see even high-level executives stopping mid-stride to sweep up a piece of trash from the floor.
From world-class dining by renowned star chefs to incredible entertainment by Cirque du Soleil, planners will find that making group accommodations for either dinner or a show is completely worry free.
Next door in California, La Costa Resort and Spa is a picturesque resort perched on a breathtaking coastal overlook. One of those resorts that effortlessly offers something for everybody, it's not uncommon to see couples, families and business travelers all traversing its beautiful grounds.
Planners may be especially attracted to the resort's Meeting Planner Suites allowing them to sleep, eat and plan all from one convenient - and comfortable - location.
Need to really spice things up for your next special event? Consider adding some Miami heat by booking with the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. The towering 41-story resort offers a wide-range of accommodations and attractions for business travelers after a day of meetings is done. From a virtual bowling alley to an indoor golf school, some unbelievable experiences are all conveniently located under one roof.
Another remarkable story of recovery can be found in New Orleans where the Hyatt Regency New Orleans made a spectacular return in late 2011 after being severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The renovated hotel offers meeting planners more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space, double what was previously offered.
Nestled in the pristine White Mountain National Forest, Omni Mount Washington pairs elegant surroundings with the quiet beauty of Mother Nature. A $60 million dollar renovation provide planners with more than 30,000 square feet of meeting venues to choose from.
A superb, world-class golf course and woodland tours are also available for conventioneers when it's time for a break and a bit of fresh air.
True to its name, Aloft Brooklyn offers the space of loft like accommodations with all the perks of being a full service hotel. Business travelers will appreciate the ease of in-room plug and play stations that will allow them to seamlessly connect their electronics to flat-screen televisions.