French Lick 1/21/2015 2:29:56 PM
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French Lick Resort Unveils $20 Million Meeting & Event Center Expansion

The southern Indiana destination is continuing to build on its reputation as a meeting and event location with the addition of a 58,000 sq. ft. expansion, totaling $20 million. The expanded Meeting and Event Center, unveiled today, has more than 101,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a new 22,000 sq. ft. adjustable ballroom, and qualifies French Lick Resort as the largest privately-owned conference center in the state of Indiana.

For over 125 years, French Lick Springs Hotel (and West Baden Springs Hotel) has hosted countless meetings, annual conferences and executive retreats. The first published reference notes that the Mitchell District of the Indiana Medical Society convened here in 1888. It was during the 1931 Governor’s Conference, held in French Lick Springs Hotel, that Franklin D. Roosevelt rounded up his party's support for the presidential nomination.

French Lick Resort is continuing to build on that reputation with the addition of a 58,000 sq. ft. expansion, totaling $20 million. The expanded Meeting and Event Center, unveiled today, has more than 101,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a new 22,000 sq. ft. adjustable ballroom. With a total of 163,000 sq.ft. of customizable meeting and event space resort-wide, French Lick Resort is the largest privately-owned meeting space in the state of Indiana.

“Since the $560 million restoration of French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel eight years ago, creating French Lick Resort, group business has always been an important part of the equation,” said Adina Cloud, Director of Sales. “This latest expansion allows us to accommodate national conventions and large corporations who require a larger space than we could previously offer."

The Meeting and Event Center now features 27 meeting rooms including: 

  • 31,600 sq. ft. Exhibition Center
  • 22,600 sq. ft. Hoosier Ballroom
  • 12,700 sq. ft. Windsor Ballroom
  • 6,700 sq. ft. Clifton Ballroom
  • 18 breakout rooms at various sizes
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet
  • State-of-the-art A/V equipment and onsite support
  • Concierge services
  • On-site floral and décor professional
  • Complimentary resort-wide shuttle and trolley service
  • Complimentary valet or self-parking

Traditional meeting space is available in boardrooms, conference rooms and large-scale ballrooms. Many unique venues are also available. Groups can sit around a campfire at The Stables, dine alfresco on one of the highest points in Indiana or bond over a game of bowling.

Unlike a traditional conference center, French Lick Resort's capabilities extend beyond meeting space. By choosing the southern Indiana meeting destination, planners will have the convenience of everything under one roof. From guestrooms to dining venues, entertainment options to resort activities, the planning team can address all the needs of attendees. The resort amenities enhance the overall meeting experience.

A team of dedicated professionals can also put together on-site specialty events to add some extra panache’ to clients' meetings. Private culinary demonstrations, talent shows or a little something called “Wild West Adventure” can all be held at the resort. Off-site transportation, secondary venues and additional contacts are not necessary when meetings are held here.

For more information about options for executive retreats or large-scale conferences, please contact the Resort Sales office at 812-936-5950. A meeting planner guide is also available online.

French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premiere resort destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 163,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.