Dorchester Collection has launched meetings packages that introduce groups to the cultures of Paris, Milan and Los Angeles. The packages offered at three of the resort’s properties already created such a positive reaction from meeting planners that the luxury hotel company will continue to add more creative group offerings in the coming year.
At Le Meurice, the brand’s Paris property, groups can participate in the Parisian Secrets package—just launched in early January. Attendees will go on a 3-hour walking tour of the hotel’s neighborhood, uncovering the secrets behind the property’s history with France. The hotel is known for being the first of the city’s luxury hotels ever since opening in 1835. The private, guided tour will reveal stories about the greyhound on the hotel’s logo and the secret tunnel that connects the hotel to the Louvre. Across from the hotel, smaller groups can participate in a photo shoot with a professional photographer in the Tuileries Gardens to capture a bit of the royal treatment that this property exudes.
“Dorchester Collection’s goal is to provide a wide variety of unique and innovative experiences that allow guests to create unforgettable memories, whether they are individuals or groups,” says Helen Smith, vice president of sales and marketing for the Dorchester Collection. “We want our guests to enjoy the most iconic attractions in Milan, Paris and Los Angeles while offering a unique insight into each culture. These offerings give guests an unmatched opportunity to immerse themselves in the hotel’s historical cities and explore every aspect from art and design to culinary and wine.”
Hotel Principe di Savoia serves as a neoclassical landmark overlooking Piazza della Repubblica in Milan’s city center. It is close to attractions such as the Duomo di Milano, the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery and La Scala opera house. The Discover Milan meetings packages gives groups of up to 100 people discounted entry at the nearby museums as well as access to views from the Duomo’s rooftop terrace. The package gives attendees a 3-day public transportation pass, a guidebook, breakfast and access to the Club 10 Spa.
In Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air now offers mixology, wine and cooking classes from the culinary team at the onsite Wolfgang Puck restaurant. The ingredients used in each of the classes incorporate regional products. The how-to programs range from teaching attendees about making pasta from scratch to preparing the perfect stress-free dinner party to becoming a master sommelier.
“The packages are geared toward groups that seek to understand the city and surrounding culture during their stay,” says Smith. “Dorchester Collection’s experiences will leave guests feeling enlightened, witnessing firsthand the rare and hidden gems of the iconic cities they visit.”