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New Haven, CT Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 82
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,768
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 306
Committable Meeting Rooms* 19
Largest Exhibit Space 20,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $129
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $61
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $266
*Maximum for a single hotel

New Haven, CT Meeting Planning Overview

With a rich history, vibrant art scene and one of the most prestigious universities in the world, New Haven shines as an outstanding destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Spurred by the phenomenal Yale University, New Haven is in the midst of a stunning urban renaissance that has infused the city with new life. New Haven's fresh face includes the addition of numerous shops, hotels and restaurants, all of which attract approximately 800,000 visitors per year.

Commonly referred to as Gateway to New England, Greater New Haven is located midway between New York and Boston. Two major highways run through the city, allowing direct access from points up and down the East Coast. Ample free parking further sweetens the deal for guests wishing to drive to this seaside city. For others, New Haven is easily reached by three train routes, connecting to Boston, New York City, and Hartford- Springfield, and flights arriving at both the Tweed New Haven Regional, about 10 minutes away from downtown, and Bradley International Airport, about an hour away.

Once in New Haven, visitors find that this clean, manageable city is easily traversed on foot. In fact, it ranked number 19 on Prevention magazine's list of America's top 500 Best Walking Cities. Another option is to hop aboard one of New Haven's free trolleys. Running Monday through Saturday, these historic electric trolleys give visitors a taste of old New Haven while making stops at major points of interest throughout the downtown area. New Haven also features a convenient public bus service and numerous taxis ready to take visitors from one end of town to another.

Filling up the city are a number of phenomenal venues for meetings and events. Overlooking the New Haven Green, the recently revamped Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale is one of the city's premier meeting spots. This AAA Four Diamond hotel offers 22,000 square feet of meeting space and 306 elegantly appointed guest rooms, all under one roof. Its exceptional facilities are also centrally located steps away from a variety of restaurants and shops.

For a taste of New Haven's modern renaissance, planners can host an event at The Study at Yale. This trendy new boutique hotel offers 3,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 1,200-square-foot penthouse perfect for small banquets and receptions. A striking example of New Haven's sophisticated resurgence, The Study at Yale features 124 guest rooms and cutting edge technology.

For a less traditional meetings experience, planners need only look to the many unique venues dotted along New Haven's historic streets. Host a meeting at the stately New Haven Museum and Historical Society. With several distinctive spaces available, including a 1,313-square-foot auditorium, the New Haven Museum offers a historic backdrop for anything from small meetings to catered receptions. Or, enjoy the grandeur of the majestic Shubert Theater. Situated in the heart of New Haven, the Shubert offers seating for 1,587 people and two stunning lobbies.

No visit to New Haven would be complete without stopping by the esteemed Yale University. Give guests a chance to meet and mingle at this renowned institute by taking advantage of its approximately 500,000 total square feet of meeting and event space. The recently renovated Linsly-Chittenden Hall, which features ornate stained glass windows, is perfect for gatherings.

New Haven's economy centers greatly on education and healthcare services. Yale University is the city's largest employer, followed by Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Knights of Columbus, a Fortune 1000 company, is also headquartered in New Haven. In addition to Yale University, the city is home to a number of colleges and universities including Southern Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College and Gateway Community College.

About New Haven, CT / Additional Info

With its historic grid plan design, New Haven is recognized as one of the oldest planned cities in North America. Incorporated as a city in 1784, this one-time co-capital of Connecticut also has the notoriety of being a key player in the shaping of American history. Some of history's greatest inventors hailed from New Haven, including Eli Whitney and Charles Goodyear. It is also known for many famous "firsts," including the first hamburger, the first collegiate football game, the first Frisbee and the first electric elevator.

This Northern coastal city has carried its prominence and charm into present day. The 3rd largest municipality in Connecticut, the city proper is home to nearly 130,000 people living in its 20.2 square miles. Located on the Long Island Sound, the city is best known geographically for its large, deep harbor and two red "trap rock" ridges on its north and west sides. The 366-foot-high East Rock and 700-foot-high West Rock mark the city skyline and serve as popular recreational stops.

Greater New Haven encompasses cities and towns east, west, north, and south of downtown, including Orange, Milford, Bridgeport, Branford, Wallingford, Southbury, and Shelton.

Perhaps the most notable fixture on New Haven's landscape is the illustrious Yale University. Since its founding in 1702, the university has educated many of the world's greatest minds and political figures, including Gerald Ford, Bill and Hillary Clinton, William F. Buckley and Thornton Wilder. A highlight of any visit to New Haven, Yale offers walking tours of its stunning campus, on which guests marvel at its historic architectural styles from Gothic Revival to Modernism.

One of the first universities in the country to concentrate on promoting the arts, Yale is also home to two major art museums. Visitors can duck into the Yale University Art Gallery for a peek at more than 185,000 works. Or, stop by the Yale Center for British Art to uncover the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Visitors to Yale can also discover what is considered one of the greatest scientific collections in North America at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

The gorgeous setting of Yale University is just one piece of New Haven's altogether breathtaking landscape. As home to the first public tree planting program in the country, New Haven now boasts an extensive canopy of mature trees, resulting in its nickname as "Elm City." One of the best places to enjoy the city's gorgeous outdoors is at the lovely New Haven Green. This 16-acre National Historic District comprises the central square of the original Puritan settlement. Here, guests can see three of the city's most architecturally stunning churches, catch one of the "Concerts on the Green" performances during the summer, or just relax beneath the shady branches.

When the sun sets, nightlife in New Haven begins with a taste of the city's remarkable restaurant renaissance. From the clam shacks and fresh seafood eateries dotting the shore to the fine dining establishments filling the streets of downtown, New Haven's restaurants number surprisingly high for a city of its size; in fact, the city has more Zagat-rated eateries than anywhere else in Connecticut save Stamford. For casual dining, no trip to the city would be complete without a stop at Louis' Lunch, the self-proclaimed spot of the world's first hamburger. Or, enjoy what the New York Times deems the best Spanish food in the country at downtown's Ibiza.

After dinner, New Haven dazzles with everything from theater districts to jazzy nightclubs and bars. Visitors can catch a glittering Broadway show or New Haven Symphony Orchestra performance at the historic Shubert Theater. Drop by New Haven's famous Toad's Place, one of the top nightclubs in America. From celebrated institutions to up-and-coming restaurants, New Haven successfully blends urban sophistication with historic New England charm.

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