I recently attended PCMA’s Convening Leaders at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The Hynes is the smaller convention center of Boston’s two. It was built in 1988 and feels somewhere in between modern and dated.
The biggest draw of the Hynes is location. The Hynes is connected to a mall and the Sheraton. The Westin and the Marriott hotels in the area are also attached to the malls and walkways, meaning you can host a convention at the Hynes with many (if not all) of your guests ever having to go outside. I stayed at the Hilton which is right across the street from the Sheraton, which made it a close by choice as well. Read my thoughts on the Hilton here.
The Hynes has 193,000 square feet of space, including the auditorium which seats 3000.
Some photos of the auditorium:
Some photos of breakout rooms (there are a variety of sizes, including a huge ballroom):
The space is not as new and modern as other spaces (I’m looking at you, Colorado Convention Center) but I did like how the space felt more vertical than horizontal, as in there were three main levels which made it easier to locate the breakout sessions.
The hallways and foyers had a lot natural light, which I loved:
The main stairwells/escalators:
And to give some perspective of just how close the Sheraton is, this is taken from almost the same position of the top photo, which is the mall entrance to the convention center:
In fact, there were many breakout sessions that were held at the Sheraton and I had been worried about the distance while looking at the schedule, but it was not far at all!
Not a bad choice for Boston at all!
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