The Grand Summit Hotel continues to put high level service and attention to detail at the front and center of everything they do when it comes to meetings and events.

“Our customers like the fact that the intimacy of the hotel allows a good size meeting to literally take over the lion’s share of meeting space the hotel has to offer” says Assistant General Manager Michael Marino.

The hotel just completed a renovation to a majority of its meeting and function space, and the response from long time clients and others new to the property has been excellent.
The thrust of the renovation focused on creating a modern look for the ballroom while keeping the charm and elegance the ballroom and pre-function spaces have boasted since the hotel’s inception. The hotel took it a step further purchasing the latest finished meeting room tables and conference chairs to provide their executive level customers with the comfort they expect at conference style hotels.

Unlike their colleagues in the brand hotels, The Grand Summit works extremely hard to ensure their corporate customers are the focus of the staff when programs are hosted at the property.
“The customer is our focus at the hotel, and the importance of a repeat customer to the independent hotel is behind everything we do to focus attention on the success of their program” offers Sales Manager Erin Lenge. “I work with the customer from the initial inquiry through the close of the meeting to make sure their program is executed to their expectations, allowing the customer to focus on the message.”

The Grand Summit Hotel boasts one of the state’s most impressive addresses, home to some of country’s most successful citizens both public and private. “Many people don’t know a lot about the town of Summit, and our customers like that they can host a meeting steps from one of the country’s most vibrant downtowns without the glare or distractions of a New York, Miami, or Las Vegas” adds Marino.

Heading into the summer months, the hotel is running a host of exciting special offers to attract corporate business to the town that really quiets down when local residents head out to summer locales.

Corporate customers can take advantage of the same great meeting package offerings for a fraction of the price during this off peak time. “The spring and fall have always been this industry’s most popular season, so companies looking to watch their budgets are wise to book meetings during the summer and winter months for great value” adds Lenge. Book a meeting of 50 or more guests, with 20 or more overnight accommodations, and be treated to a welcome reception with open bar for your entire group for 3 hours from now through August 31. This is just one of the many corporate specials available on the hotel’s website.

With old world charm and elegance continuing to be the hotel’s calling card, the culinary staff revels in the opportunity to make changes to the menus that move with the always changing food and beverage trends. “There has been a huge change in the way people eat over the past couple of years, and we have worked tirelessly to introduce food and beverage offerings that work with today’s health and budget concise guests,” said Director of Catering Jimmy Thornton a past Chairman of the New Jersey Restaurant Association.
“Unlike many of our branded corporate colleagues who are restricted to following guidelines on what to serve to guests, we have the ability to be creative to ensure our very discerning guests can have the food and product delivery they want to meet the many different requirements that often come with the many cultures represented in area companies” adds Thornton. “It is not uncommon for us to do a menu comprised entirely of vegetarian items for a small meeting focused around lunch service” according to Lenge.  

“Some of the most popular culinary choices we are seeing currently include French Toast Lollipops, Smoothie Shots, the East/West Buffet with Bo Ssam Pork and the Sandwich Grinder Station,” offers Banquet Manager Kathy Obropta. Kathy stays involved from planning through the close of the event to ensure a smooth flow to the program. “We are catering to seasoned executives and meeting and event planners who while they know what they want, are often very open to hearing what new items we have introduced as part of our food and beverage offerings” adds Obropta.
The recent addition of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar has added a very interesting item to the hotel’s list of refreshment break selections. “A customer can choose to upgrade their morning or afternoon break to include the coffee bar and the wonderful selection of coffee, lattes, espresso, and fine chocolates offered through Arts and Crafts. The bar is home to the only Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee and Aqua Vitea Kombucha in the area.   

Among the reasons the hotel has remained the premier choice in the area for events includes the prestige of the Summit address. The town remains one of the most desirable in the country, and the hotel sits walking distance from the vibrant downtown with direct train service to midtown Manhattan, over 40 restaurants and bars, and high-end shopping.

Combine that with hotel accommodations on site including 19 suites of varying styles, the HAT Tavern -- one of the area’s most popular bars -- on the hotel premise, and complimentary passes to Equinox considered to be the area’s most sophisticated sports club and spa, and it’s easy to see why The Grand Summit is the ideal spot for intimate and large corporate events.

Come see today why The Grand Summit Hotel remains the venue of choice in North Jersey.