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Left: The Cove at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
(photo credit: Long Beach CVB)
Below: Dryades Ballroom at the NOPSI Hotel
Other unique event venues in Long Beach include the Queen
Mary, which was once the largest and fastest Trans-Atlantic
steamship liner in the world, and is now a floating entertainment
complex and 355-room hotel permanently docked in Long
Beach's downtown waterfront. Bing Crosby once sang in the
first-class dining room, Bob Hope entertained in the main lounge
and Johnny Weissmuller swam in the first class pool. Today, it's a
floating museum housing one of the largest collections of Art Deco
paintings, sculptures, furniture and decor in the country, and several
of its public rooms can be hired for events such as the
elegant Grand Salon, Main Lounge and Britannia Salon.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
The recent opening of the NOPSI Hotel, the first
new luxury hotel to open in the city in a generation,
has given planners a new place to meet. Ideally
situated in the Central Business District, the property
offers 217 rooms including 81 suites. It also features 14,000 sf of
historically significant indoor and outdoor event space.
"Our building has a powerful connection to the past. NOPSI,
which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., is in the former
headquarters of the city's power and transportation company,"
says Brett Forshag, director of sales and marketing at the property.
"This distinctive nine-story brick building highlighted by original
vaulted ceilings, Corinthian columns, terrazzo floors and exposed
brick walls has been completely redesigned to create a unique
The hotel's expansive Dryades Ballroom boasts floor-to-ceiling
arched windows, five vaulted breakout rooms and an outdoor
patio. Additionally, a rooftop pool and bar, and private dining space
for up to 100 above the signature restaurant Public Service is
available to attendees.
"New Orleans is a place that every attendee is going to want to
get out and experience, and our team is well prepared to assist with
the many activities in the area," says Forshag. "Just one block away,
there is a Drink Lab that offers courses about the rich history of
our spirits. Attendees can even jump behind the bar and learn how
to craft these drinks while a live jazz band performs. Groups can
learn about our unique cuisine and take a hands-on cooking class
with one of our chefs. Or, if the development of New Orleans is of
interest, we can arrange a private city tour. The options are endless
in a city with strong roots and a storied past like the Crescent City."
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