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.
I was in Boston last week for the PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders. I did something that I almost never do anymore – I stayed in a hotel and didn’t see any of the meeting space! All of the sessions were in the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton. I was in and out of sessions so much that I forgot to peek at the Hilton’s offerings! So this site report is based on sleeping rooms only, like I was a regular guest and not a crazy event planner!
If you are traveling to Boston for a meeting at the Hynes, the Hilton Boston Back Bay is a convenient alternative. While it’s not attached to the center via skywalks and the mall like many of the other hotels that are nearby (and were part of the official PCMA block), it’s actually closer to the Hynes than other hotels, such as the Westin and Marriott.