UNCONVENTIONAL MEETINGS

If you think a convention hotel is all work with no play, check out these two diverting newcomers:

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA: Near Fort Lauderdale, the oceanfront Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa towers 39 glass-and-steel stories above the surf, housing 1,000 rooms adjacent to a 209,000-square-foot conference center. But it’s the cozy beds, twin waterfall-fed pools, and teeming lobby nightlife — crossroads of two bars and five restaurants — that keep the meeting folk whistling while they work. From $149. (888) 627-9057, www.diplomatresort.com

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA: In Sonoma Valley, the just-opened Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa & Conference Center caters to boutique groups with 155 rooms and 21,000 square feet of meeting space in a Mediterranean-style compound. After sitting through seminars, get serviced at the spa or peddle off to adjacent bike paths through the Wine Country. From $189. (888) 920-0008, www.vineyardcreek.com