Type: Venue Reveiw
Location: San Francisco
Overview: It is always fun to produce events in historical great hotels like the Palace. Older hotels like this one are great for attendees and provide a great backdrop for events. However, they do offer some logistical challenges.
Ballroom: There are a number of ballrooms on the first floor of the Palace, all of which are the same size. These are good for small to medium meetings. For this event we were in the Grand Ballroom. The Gold Ballroom is very close the Grand and works great for attendee meals. The foyer area is also very nice and offers a great location for registration and event support.
The second floor offers numerous ballrooms of various sizes. In contrast to the historical look of the main ballrooms, the breakout space has a modern look and feel.
AV Staff and Equipment: PSAV is in house. For this event we continued our trend on smaller events to partner with in house. Main show leads were provided by Tri-Marq and primary audio and projection was shipped in. PSAV provided support for the general session and all breakout rooms.
One note, PSAV has a union contract so if you use in house av you need to utilize local union techs.
The loading dock is very small and any trucking needs to be carefully coordinated.
Producer’s Notes: Great hotel for smaller events in an amazing city. Room rates can be expensive at this hotel but the attendee experience always seems very positive.