September 16th: The Hotel Gansevoort, centered in the heart of the Meatpacking District, highlighted their infinite event planning possibilities at their ExtravaGansevoort showcase.  With meeting spaces for corporate functions, their G Spa & Lounge in the lower level for smaller, intimate parties, or their upstairs rooftop space for larger, more grandiose events, the Hotel Gansevoort proved that they can accommodate any type of party and truly cater to their clientele.

Event planners (and event critics, ahem) were invited last night to take a tour of the glamorous hotel. First we were lead downstairs to the G Spa & Lounge, where they have 3 individuals booths where they can accommodate a private bottle service setting, or set up a masseuse table. The dark ambiance gives a quiet, serene atmosphere, along with the mini-jacuzzi of flowing water beneath the main seating area.

We were then taken to the Ono restaurant downstairs/next door. Run by China Grill Management, Ono serves up delicious Japanese sushi and robatayaki in a modern setting. They have seating in the inside of the hotel on the Terrace and downstairs on the main floor, or outside in the garden. The garden has heated lamps to warm you on the chillier night. There is a spacious raised middle section where guests can converse openly, or private cabanas that seats up to 15. I actually had a work function here where they made up a specialty cocktail specifically for our event – the food was phenomenal and the staff was incredibly friendly!

For the next part of the tour, we went up to the 11th floor to check out the suites and the penthouse. AMAZING view! Hovering over the Meatpacking district, you can pick your dining spot right from your room overlooking the Hudson River. The Penthouse room includes a pool table that can be transformed into a dinning table, and the hotel leaves extra ammenities waiting in your room upon request: for your beloved pet, an extra dog cushion with goodies; for kids, games like Twister or a Wii system.

We ventured up to the rooftop where we were were let loose upon sushi from Ono, along with a plethora of veggies, assortment of cheese, and a roast beef table. The bartenders were gracious enough to mix up anything that we requested, and we sat by the rooftop pool watching the sun set. Last year I had a few friends that bought VIP tickets for the Gansevoort’s New Years Eve party, and though an extravagant amount of money, it must have been a fantastic way to bring in the New Year!

Typically there are long lines and strict doormen to get into the lounge – so instead of risking rejection, plan your own party at the hotel, and guaranteed to awe your friends and colleagues.