Among the oldest and most historic meeting venues in the U.S., Faneuil Hall once saw the likes of Sam Adams and George Washington as keynote speakers back in Colonial days. The Hall is now part of a complex of landmark buildings in the center of downtown Boston. Revitalized in the late 1970s, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace area (also comprising the Financial District) became a benchmark of urban renewal; its savvy blend of historic edifice and modern shopping mall has been copied around the world. Today, Faneuil Hall, with its North and South Marketplace buildings and the food emporium, called Quincy Market, are still the beating heart of Boston, and meeting venues in Quincy Market are in the center of it all.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is approximately three miles from Logan International Airport and about two miles from the 516,000-square-foot and the 175,000-square-foot Hynes Convention Center, respectively. It is accessible by MBTA subway and bus lines.
Adjacent to Faneuil Hall Marketplace are Boston's Financial District and Downtown areas, where the city's oldest surviving building, the Old South Meeting House is where the first and original Tea Party met in 1773. Today it can be rented by groups of up to 650 people for meetings, banquets and cocktail parties (tea optional).
Hotel venues in Faneuil Hall Marketplace area can also be historic, like the Hilton Boston Financial District, which was Boston's first skyscraper, an Art Deco landmark built in 1928. Today it is home to 10,000 square feet of function space and the Caliterra Restaurant with a locally esteemed private wine room that seats up to 18. The Langham Hotel, with meeting space for 600, was once the Federal Reserve Bank and still smells like money and success.
Dining venues in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace area are increasingly trendy, luring foodies away from traditional favorites like the North End. New restaurants include Umbria Prime, which can seat up to 450 (with an upstairs nightclub that can be rented for large groups). Also in the Marketplace is Cheers Cafe, Faneuil Hall, a namesake of the classic TV show set in a friendly bar in Boston. Meeting planners can recreate the camaraderie of the series for groups of about 100 in the cafe's three private rooms. Norm!
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