“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

–Michael Jordan

In business, just like on the court, team building is important. Whether it’s a small company of just five individuals or a large corporation with hundreds, teamwork is a success essential that must be honed. There’s no doubt that companies are seeing the value of team building now more than ever. From seminars to best-selling books, the world’s experts are telling us to invest in teams to maximize business.

So how do you build your team up? Simple: visit us. We can help! When you host a team building event, you need to pick the right place, atmosphere and activities. Here’s why The Desmond should be the venue for your next team building retreat:


These are the four letters to look for whenever you’re considering a business venue for your next event. The IACC certification is prestigious and indicates a standard of nonpareil quality. All members conform to a comprehensive global set of criteria and quality standards surrounding the physical meeting room design, refreshments and service. The Desmond is an IACC-certified venue that provides world-class accommodations to the Philadelphia Metro area.

Collaborative Space

As the saying goes: location, location, location. It’s as true for real estate as it is for typing up an important report. When you need the right space for a team building retreat, we answer the call with a floor plan that boasts rooms for every activity and group size. In addition to large conference spaces, there are ample breakout and break rooms, too.

Engaging Activities

Change only comes about through action—all great team building events need an exercise or activity! There’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and enjoying a new experience alongside your peers. That’s why we offer a number options for you and your team.

Our culinary team building activities are unique and fun! When guests attend one of our dynamic culinary events, they’ll notice that we put the focus on working together in an enjoyable environment. Each event is designed to encourage creativity and team connection, with great food and drink to boot. Culinary events include:

  • Chili Cook-Off
  • M & M Cocktail Party
  • Mystery Basket
  • Kitchen Workshop Clinic

Feeling more crafty? Try our Paint & Sip event! Show off your artistic prowess, or just have fun putting brush to canvas while enjoying drinks in a team setting. Your team gets to express creativity with colors and form, and take home their creations. Request a proposal to find out more about customizing your next team building experience.

Great Food

Even teams have to eat. Make sure you’re running on the right fuel! Our award-winning restaurants provide amazing cuisine that showcases the best ingredients from near and far. Whether it’s a nibble during a conference or a full-on luncheon, we can cater to groups from 5 to 300.

Central Location

Our full-service hotel is nestled in scenic Chester County, close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the regional rail and the Philadelphia International Airport. Our location is equally convenient for guests travelling locally or from abroad. We also offer guest room blocks in comfortable lodging—perfect for multi-day conferences and out-of-town guests.

When you’re planning your next team-strengthening retreat or activity, consider all that The Desmond has to offer. Our IACC-certified venue is perfect for groups of all sizes, and has everything you need for next-level team building retreats. Our business is to help you strengthen your business. You can request a proposal anytime online, or give us a call at (800) 575-1776.


For 25 years, The Desmond Hotel has earned a reputation for superior hospitality and comfort. We boast 194 well-appointed nonsmoking guest rooms and suites with modern amenities and hotel-wide free Wi-Fi. Our luxurious property offers three onsite dining options, two bars, indoor and outdoor fitness and beautiful grounds. We have the perfect setting for you—no matter the occasion. The Desmond is ideal for corporate meetings and retreats, wedding receptions and any kind of celebration. Events of all sizes welcome!

Nathan Greenwood

Featured photo: Pictures by Todd; all other photos: The Desmond