by Josh Lieberman & Alison Golub | February 20, 2018
Northstar Meetings Group is proud to present the winners of our inaugural Stella Awards, which recognize organizations worldwide that deliver the greatest possible service to meetings and events professionals. The awards celebrate critical aspects of the event experience across 18 different categories among six regions, including food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, green initiatives and more.
We will feature a weekly showcase of 2017 Stella Award winners from each category. This week we showcase the Best Renovation (within the past year). Below is just a sampling of the Best Renovation winners that stood out to the expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period; you can view all winners and finalists here.

As we congratulate and celebrate our 2017 winners, nominations have opened for the 2018 Stella Awards. We invite you to nominate deserving industry suppliers to be considered for next year's honors. Stay tuned for open voting in the coming months.

Best Renovation (within the past year)


In the quest for up-to-date excellence, the world's top hotels frequently refresh, renovate and expand their offerings. Extending well beyond a fresh coat of paint, renovations at these Stella Award-winning properties include everything from meticulous historic restorations to the inclusion of pristine, spa-like guest quarters and glorious beachfront transformations that prove such investments are money well spent.

W Fort Lauderdale
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Best Renovation (Southeast)

Fresh off a $55 million renovation, W Fort Lauderdale features one of the hottest new looks in Florida. Guests can enjoy new, vibrant nightly programming, lounge on the re-styled rooftop WET Deck pool with plush daybeds and bottle service, unwind in a glamorous oceanfront room with panoramic views and outdoor balcony, and more.

Boston Park Plaza

Best Renovation (Northeast)

For more than 90 years, Boston Park Plaza has been a landmark in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Following a $100 million renovation, the hotel now shines more brightly than ever. The lobby-to-roof renovation included all 1,060 guest rooms and suites, public spaces and meeting spaces, as well as the addition of a lobby restaurant and lounge, and an intimate gathering space called Library.

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Best Renovation (Midwest)

Last year, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown underwent a $35 million renovation with one goal in mind: revolutionizing every facet of event hosting. Guests enjoy modern comfort in 650 stylishly revitalized guest rooms and suites, reimagined on-site dining, 45,000 square feet of hi-tech event spaces and an interactive lobby lounge.