2014 March

Venues in Madrid

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After a trip to Barcelona and Seville at the end of last year, I continued to explore hotels and venues in Spain but this time in Madrid.

My home for this visit was the wonderful Intercontinental Madrid. Centrally positioned it is less than 30 minutes from the airport and, as you would expect from a 5* property, the staff here were extremely helpful and the food is fantastic. The hotel itself has 17 meeting spaces (maximum 630 delegates for a reception) centred around a circular lounge which can be used for breakout space or private dining for an event. There are 302 bedrooms in total either overlooking Madrid or the small private terrace.

And if you are looking for some private space to take a group out of the hotel for a drinks reception or private dining consider Circulo des Ballas Artes which, as well as a fixed auditorium, has a selection of meeting spaces including a Ballroom suitable for a cocktail party for 1200, private dining for 500 or equally suited to a fashion show, product launch or party! There is also a rooftop terrace with fantastic views over Madrid.

If you are looking for a venue with the Wow factor you need look no further than the Casino de Madrid. Dating back to 1836 this impressive building has 9 rooms available for private hire including 2 private night clubs and the dramatic entrance hall which is a very impressive area for a drinks reception.

Thyssen Museum offers private tours once it has closed to the public and can also cater for a cocktail party or gala dinner either within the museum or in the private garden. All these venues are in central Madrid so easy to get to.

Stunning Switzerland

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Starling Hotel Group presented their diverse selection of properties in Switzerland. There are 7 in all. The largest is Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre with 496 bedrooms and 43 adaptable meeting spaces. The Starling Hotel Lausanne has 154 bedrooms and is light and bright. The Starling Geneva Residence is a complex of apartments –perfect for long stays.

In a totally different style they have the picturesque Chalet Royalp hotel (pictured here) in Villars-sur-Ollon which nestles amongst the trees and snow with 63 bedrooms and 30 apartments. The Golf and Country Club Bonmont is just minutes from Geneva airport and overlooks the lake and Alps — perfect for an incentive trip as is the Hotel les Source de Alps, a relaxing spa hotel with 30 bedrooms.

And for something very different—Whitepods. These are 15 wood-burner warmed, igloo style, luxurious domes set high in the Swiss alpine landscape. This is an amazing base for an incentive trip with dog sledging, snowboarding and skiing. And after a day of activity relax in the traditional restaurant or in the sauna.

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