Sample Reviews


St Paul doesn’t have the abundance of hotel rooms next to the convention center that other cities have, but it has everything else. For example, just a few steps the convention center is the West 7th area, and there is a long block of restaurants. The most famous of these for large groups (and casual diners) is Cossetta which has several levels serving all the Italian favorites since 1911.

The best part of the city as a tourist outside of all the theaters and museums in the central part may be Lowertown, home of the farmers market, revived lofts, coffee shops and brew pubs as well as a new stadium with the minor league baseball team, The Saints. Plan on a twenty minute walk to reach Lowertown/Mears Park from the convention center – but it’s especially nice if you follow the Mississippi River and take in the sights of the river boars.

If it’s summer and you’re out during the day, you might catch a concert in Mears Park.

Also in Lowertown is the Union Depot train station. While in other cities the train station is not something to talk about, this one is truly is breathtaking, an architectural wonder built in 1917 and completely redone five years ago. It offers significant event space in its own right.

John Horchner
Review by: John Horchner
Company Affiliation: Writer

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Chicago is easy to get to from anywhere with endless choices for restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, activities, etc. It’s outstanding; a walkable city with super friendly people – overall, I just love Chicago.

Judy Smadu
Review by: Judy Smadu
Company Affiliation: HelmsBriscoe


The New Toyota Music Factory option is a game changer to bring business to the Irving Convention Center.  Excited to see and know that attendees will find fun new options all within a quick transfer from the airport.  The convention space itself will help engage attendees, and their options for onsite dining will save on the budget line.


Darla Huckaby, CMP
Review by: Darla Huckaby, CMP
Company Affiliation: ConferenceDirect


Savannah is a beautiful, quaint city located on the Savannah River, and just a few miles from the beach. It’s as historical as it is gorgeous, with many squares and parks along its Spanish moss-draped lined streets. Savannah has a ton of quaint shops and great restaurants. Majority of the hotels are located in Historic Downtown, many with views of the Savannah River.

Ken Schwenker, CMP
Review by: Ken Schwenker, CMP
Company Affiliation: ConferenceDirect


George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston has great HQ hotels, very walkable and the city is fantastic to work with!!!!

Leigh Camel
Review by: Leigh Camel
Company Affiliation: Experient


One of Minneapolis’ most unique assets is the skyway system. It links most of downtown with above-ground climate controlled walkway system that will get you from the Minneapolis Convention Center to most of the spots in downtown Minneapolis without ever stepping outside. This is HUGE during those cold months.

Jasmine Eldeen
Review by: Jasmine Eldeen
Company Affiliation: HelmsBriscoe


There are an abundance of large hotels surrounding the Orange County Convention Center, all walking distance, very safe, and affordable compared to other parts of the country. The OC Convention Center is also enhanced with covered sky bridge connectors for ease of walking between the major hotels and the facility…The destination attracts attendees due to the large array of entertainment, dining, bars, shops, etc. This is the main reason my larger association clients prefer Orlando.