According to plans, there will be five new conference rooms onthe hotel's third floor, the largest suitable for 150 people, thesmallest for 40 people. The second and fourth floors of the hotelare already dedicated to meeting and convention space. ManhattanCenter has two floors of meeting space, including the newlyrenovated Hammerstein Ballroom and a sound and video stage.

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"Hotel meeting space large enough to accommodate majorconventions is very much in demand here," says Mann. "A number ofhotels sacrificed meeting space for additional rooms throughout the'90s, creating a shortage of convention space in hotels. We chosenot to do that."

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John Salustri has covered the commercial real estate industry for nearly 25 years. He was the founding editor of GlobeSt.com, and is a four-time recipient of the Excellence in Journalism award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.