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The Neon Exchange: Not Your Average Meeting & Event Space

The Neon Exchange in Gilroy is one of the most unique meeting spaces in the Santa Clara Valley. If your employees are tired of typical presentations with hours spent staring at neutral walls and carpets, it’s time you booked your company’s next convention in Gilroy. This colorful, artistically-decorated space will keep your employees engaged—and possibly inspire their own creative ideas!

Owner Toni Bowles remodeled the building, which was once a historical hotel built in 1921. Keeping the original wood floors, she added gold fixtures, vibrant wallpaper, and luxurious décor. Her motto—“Work Brightly”—sums up the décor and energy in this space, which she hopes will “provide inspiration and support for your personal and professional goals.”

Toni coordinated much of the building’s renovation during the difficult and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through her vision and dedication, she brought the place to life. “Trying to establish The Neon Exchange during the pandemic proved to be difficult because we couldn’t showcase our events and what we had to offer during the quarantine period,” Toni said. “I leaned heavily into community-centric services that were vital to the city. We became an essential service hot spot for community aid. The pandemic was difficult to market our services in, but in the end the community remembered us in a different light instead of forgetting that we existed altogether. I’m grateful for that.”

The Neon Exchange uses the perfect blend of art, history, architecture, and open spaces to meld functionality and fun in a way that will inspire your staff and bring them together. Book your company’s next meeting, presentation, or special event at this special place.

Read below to learn about all the options for meeting spaces for your next business meeting, convention, presentation, or event.

Meeting Space Options

  • Main Ballroom:
    • Seated events: Up to 125 guests for lunch or dinner (in-house banquet tables available)
    • Mixer-style event with standing: Up to 175 people
  • Executive Conference Room: Up to 48 guests
  • The Library: Up to 25 guests

Catering Options

  • Food can be brought in or catered.
  • The Neon Exchange can recommend local caterers or bakers on request, with the option to have them deliver food.
  • Some local restaurants will deliver lunches.
  • You may bring in your own food—prepackaged or potluck style.
  • Alcohol: No hard alcohol. A hosted (no cash) bar serving beer, wine, and champagne is allowed.

Extras Worth Mentioning

  • The 10-foot projector screen is free to use with bookings.
  • There is plenty of free parking available nearby (up to 135 spots in parking lot right behind building).
  • Ask about potential discounted corporate hotel room rates.
  • The Neon Exchange staff can help coordinate team-building activities (such as a painting class, arts & crafts activity, charcuterie board assembly, guided meditations, and more).

How to Book an Event

Fill out an Event Inquiry Form to reserve your company’s spot today, and contact the Neon Exchange for more information.

The Neon Exchange



More to Explore in Gilroy

While your staff is in Gilroy, they can find plenty of fun things to do in their spare time. With no slow-down in sight of the “bleisure” (business + leisure) trend, they may even want to stay an extra day or two to explore all the fantastic things to do in our area.

They can unwind with a hike in one of our nearby county, state, national parks, go golfing at one of three nearby courses, dine at unique restaurants, hang out after a meeting at our downtown breweries and visit a local gallery or art studio or catch a theatrical production.

Your staff can also enjoy some shopping downtown or at the Gilroy Premium Outlets, relax and chat with local winemakers at our beautiful wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, catch one of our fun events—such as the annual Wine & Art Walk, the Garlic City Car Show, our Beer Crawl, the Downtown Live Music Series in the summer, or the Third Friday Art Walk.

If your employee wants to bring the whole family along, they should definitely plan a visit to our unique  horticultural-themed Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (hours vary seasonally).


Places to Stay in Gilroy

With such a fantastic space to book your company’s meeting or convention, all you’ll need is a comfortable place to stay. Book rooms for your staff at one of Gilroy’s affordable hotels that are close to downtown, restaurants, and other attractions. While you are in town, be sure to stop by the California Welcome Center Gilroy (located conveniently in Gilroy Premium Outlets) to pick up some souvenirs for family and friends back home.