Fun things about using a hotel function room

This year, because of a class booking, we had to move our Citywide Gathering out of the UTAS School of Art and across the road to the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

It has been a really positive move and I think helped us boost the vibe in lots of ways. We have also happily seen a big boost of numbers. Our highest attendance at a Citywide Gathering previously was 62. This year, our first 2 Citywides have had 80+ and 67 respectively.

Here are some of the little nice things about meeting in a hotel function room:

  1. All the chairs and tables match.

  2. They provide lights and stage and set up the chairs.

  3. Water bubblers.

  4. All their tables come with lovely black table cloths.

  5. There’s optional catering on site: people can meet before or after at the lobby cafe/bar.

  6. Our room is on the mezzanine floor, and the foyer outside is a great milling space with couches etc.

  7. Stealing hotel pens and stationery.

  8. They put us on their TV screen ‘wallflower’ billboards around the venue.

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