2016 June

Out and About

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We have been out and about lately visiting hotels in order to get a true feel of their service and facilities.

Karen visited Gleneagles this month. “It was a real experience.  The hotel was stunning and the staff so attentive.  I had a room in the newly built Braid House which was lovely, so spacious.  The food was amazing particularly the breakfast.  There are several restaurants, which is great if you are staying for a conference over several days.”

There is a train station at Gleneagles so you can take the train from London directly to the hotel in around 5 1/2 hours.  The hotel can also offer an array of team building activities on as well as their 3 golf courses.  They can organise archery, clay pigeon shooting, rifle shooting, horse riding, gun dog school, falconry and Segways.

“There are so many impressive elements to Gleneagles, The wine and whisky cellar was something special and a great venue for private dining or wine and whisky tasting. If you think it might work for your next meeting or conference give me a call and I will be very happy to talk to you.”

Louise visited the Gainsborough Bath Spa, the hotel that everyone is talking about.  Newly opened it offers five star luxury in the heart of this historic city.  The hotel has been fully renovated whilst keeping the original features including the natural thermal spa.  The largest meeting room can hold up to 100 for a reception with a lovely terrace.  “The ideal residential group would be 30 to 40 people.” say Louise.  “The bedroom was really charming and comfortable and the food fantastic.  The staff were attentive and friendly, nothing was too much trouble.”

There are lots to do and see in Bath and a local bus company can offer private tours to ensure that you don’t miss anything.

The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch opened recently in London and has a variety of facilities including 8 meeting rooms, the private screening room, the bowling alley and a roof top terrace.  There are 170 bedrooms and suites and from what we have seen so far they are reasonably priced for London.

Just around the corner from the Courthouse is the Hoxton Shoreditch—a really quirky venue with a modern, bright, home-from-home feel.  The 7 meeting rooms are wrapped around the Pantry which offers a continuous supply of hot and cold drinks, fruit and snacks for delegates to help themselves.  A really good hotel for the more casual meetings with young at heart delegates.  There is the Hoxton Grill Restaurant and 210 bedrooms—3 types to choose from.  All guests receive a breakfast bag delivered to the room daily.

Brussels

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Louise went off to explore Brussels last month.  Rather than flying she took the Eurotunnel on a journey that took just over 2 hours from St Pancras to the centre of Brussels.

Hotel Bloom was Louise’s base for the trip.  The hotel is situated adjacent to the beautiful Botanical Gardens, not in the city centre but very accessible.  It has fantastic murals on the bedroom walls painted by local artists. The meeting space is well designed, with games in the foyers.

Louise also visited The Hotel Brussels which is located on Boulevard de Waterloo, where the designer shops are. The hotel has 27 floors so many rooms have amazing views over Brussels. Both the bedrooms and the meeting rooms are very impressive.

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