The landmark 140-room Park Place Hotel unveiled Traverse City’s first-ever downtown conference center in June as part of a major renovation of the property, which dates back to 1873.
Other updates and changes overseen by the Regency Hotel Management team include renovated guest rooms in the 10-story Tower, a new indoor pool with a splash pad and fitness room, an outdoor patio and a new name. It’s now officially called the Park Place Hotel and Conference Center.
The new contemporary 7,750-square-foot Grandview main hall can accommodate up to 500 for a seated function or more than 1,600 for a standing event. The space can be divided in half, with each section (Grandview I and Grandview II) seating 250. Grandview II can be sectioned into three breakout rooms—Front, State and Park—that seat 80 each. The Boardman seats 90 and features a curved wall and suspended projection.
“The convention center is long overdue and many years in the making,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Lisa Monache. “Our priority was maintaining the historic integrity of the Park Place Hotel while creating a conference space with all of the attributes that will fulfill group event expectations well into the future.
“Our guests will remember they were in the Grandview or Boardman rooms due to the décor, lighting features and ambiance. Attendees have the comfort and convenience of lodging, dining, nightlife and a convention site, all under one roof,” she adds.
The multimillion-dollar project replaced the hotel’s long-standing pool building and dome, which hosted everything from theater in the round to high school proms and wedding receptions since 1964.
“The conference center embraces everything that conference planners are looking for,” Jean Derenzy, CEO of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, said at the opening event. “The conference center has brought the new age of conference settings to Traverse City.”