Simply the best city hotel I have ever experienced, the Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter is fun and different in so many ways. You check in at the bar and the super friendly staff hands you a cocktail. What could be more welcoming than that?

Then when the elevator doors opened on my floor a gigantic and very hip number “8,” painted as if it were on a battleship, stared me in the face. San Diego is a Navy town, after all. And inside my bright and cozy room—OMG—scrawled across the mirror in what could have been lipstick (but wasn’t) was “Welcome to the Moxy Ms. Beckley!!” With a note: “Hello Gorgeous.”

If just being at The Moxy is this much fun, it stands to reason that gathering there will be equally as memorable, right? “Right,” says Tim Billing, area general manager for the Azul Hospitality Group, one of the property’s partners. “One attendee even told me that meeting at The Moxy made them feel 10 years younger.

“We provide the tad unconventional that allows the all-too-needed creativity to be the norm. Our casual (although professionally casual) vibe allows a completely perfect environment for whatever your business is,” Billing continues.

Business is good for the Moxy. Since opening in November 2019 in San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, with easy access to restaurants, breweries and attractions including Petco Park, Seaport Village, Little Italy and the San Diego Zoo, the built from scratch, 128-room property has hosted many corporate and social events for up to 150 people. “Events can be staged anywhere,” says Billing, including in the open lobby and restaurant area, which Billing calls the “living room;” the 10-person state-of-the-art conference room; and maybe even in the super-secret venue-within-a-venue, speakeasy Room 56, located behind a bookcase and down a wind- ing stairway, for up to 24 VIPs.

You’ll also find cool features including "Plug & Meet" gathering areas with ergonomic seating and 56-inch HDTVs; a state-of-the-art video wall with helpful travel tools; grab-and-go food items and fresh coffee in brown paper cups with bright pink lids; guest rooms that resemble “a clubhouse with cushy beds;” and, of course, a bar that’s always open. 

The wildly popular Magnolia Brewery in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood has a new addition: Magnolia Hall, a 6,500-square-foot private event space
connected to the always-bustling brewery and taproom. Just a 10-minute walk from Oracle Stadium, where the Giants play, it’s perfect for a pre- or post-game function and for more formal events, too.


Napa Valley’s Meritage Resort & Spa recently debuted a new program designed to help groups gathering at the resort achieve more “Mindful Meetings.” The program, offered in partnership with Bare Health, can be custom tailored for groups and includes the following wellness-focused activities: meditation, yoga in the vineyard, sound healing, and the creation of juices, smoothies and morning elixirs at the resort’s brand-new Food & Wine Center.


After continually hearing that meeting planners were looking to infuse more health, wellness and sustainability into their agendas, Hilton Hotels & Resorts created Meet with Purpose in 2015. As it has evolved, the turnkey program—and its focus on Mindful Eating, Mindful Meeting and Mindful Being—has been increasingly customized to reflect each hotel and each meeting.