May Newsletter

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We are all hoping that we have finally put the winter weather behind us now as we move on towards the summer and better weather.  Summer is a great time to get together with your colleagues for meetings, team building or just for dinner.  Here are some hotels and ideas that may be of interest to you.

Andaz Liverpool Street has a lot to offer from the 7 bars/restaurants including a Japanese restaurant, English bar and wine lounge, to the 15 meeting rooms offering a selection of traditional, modern and unique spaces such as the show kitchen and the Temple.  The hotel is far from your regular corporate option and in a great location.

Looking for somewhere a bit different for your next residential conference?

Have you considered holding your event in a forest location with your guests housed in their own woodland cabins just a short walk to a central conference room?  These are getting more popular and as a result more choices are becoming available.  Conferences can be booked at Centre Parcs around the country as well as Forest Holidays but there are other options too such as Hothorpe Hall and Woodlands near Leicester.  Here you will find 23 bedrooms over a number of eco-friendly buildings nestled around a meeting room for up to 60 people and if you need more space the Hall has an additional 10 meeting rooms (including a stunning chapel) and 55 further bedrooms.  Similar possibilities are available around the country.

Clayton Hotel Chiswick is a cleverly thought out hotel offering good value for money and the feel of a London venue without the London prices.  The meeting space and public areas have largely been positioned around the double height atrium giving natural daylight despite some of the rooms not having windows to the outside.  The hotel has 227 bedrooms and 8 meeting rooms, the largest of which can cater for up to 330 delegates.

We have had details of summer packages at Warbrook House a grade 1 listed mansion set in 130 acres of gardens.  The Marquee is ideal for summer events as is the Garden Suite and their packages include Pimms or prosecco, BBQ or Hog Roast!  Bring on the Sunshine!

Latimer Estate in Buckingham has just undergone a £7m refurbishment and now looks beautiful.  There are 28 meeting rooms all with super-fast Wifi.  The largest room has a maximum capacity of 240. The 205 bedrooms, restaurant, bar, brassiere and outside space make it an excellent choice for large residential conferences.

Here is some feedback from clients that we have booked events on behalf of:

We had very good feedback for Hallmark Hotel Mickleover Court.  “The staff were phenomenal, we were all really impressed with the hotel and facilities.”

Excellent feedback for Hilton Sandton in South Africa.  We were told that the staff were all very good, friendly and professional and that they would definitely use this hotel again if they go back to South Africa.

Private Dining

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We are often asked to organise private dining, not just for grand gala dinners but also for more intimate gatherings of around 20 people.

Hotels usually have suitable meeting rooms and outside London these are often the best option.

Within London there are lots of restaurants that have private dining rooms or chef’s tables that we can book for you and if your event is very big we can also look at booking the whole restaurant exclusively for you which works really well for a dinner of around 100.

If you are looking for something a bit more than just dinner for groups of 20 people or more in London there are activities which we can book for you too.  Options include cocktail making, escape room experiences, Thames river trips, London eye, cookery activities, wine/gin/whiskey tasting, or for larger groups, private bowling could be an option!

These activities can be booked any time of year and can be a great way to start your Christmas festivities if booked far enough in advance.

Featuring Galway

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On the western edge of Ireland, Galway is a lively cosmopolitan city, steeped in culture, rich in folklore, famed for its cobbled streets, quaint shops & charming restaurants. Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland and is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle, numerous festivals and events.

There is a wide variety of unique and flexible venues within a 5 mile radius of the city centre with hotels offering meeting space for up to 800 delegates for the big conferences and smaller character options for more intimate meetings or incentive trips.

For delegates travelling from outside Ireland there is a choice of 3 international airports; Shannon, Ireland West Knock and Dublin offering daily flights from the UK, Europe, Middle East and North America.

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February Newsletter

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The year is settling down now and looking to be a busy one with lots of new hotels opening and changing hands.  London continues to be a popular location for meetings and conferences and there has been an increase in bookings for Europe and worldwide.

The award for the venue sending us the first Christmas 2018 brochure goes to the Mermaid in London (standing Christmas Receptions from £92.00 per person.)  So if you’re already thinking about your end of year celebrations let us know!

And while we are talking about awards…

We are pleased to announce that we were presented with 4 awards at the prestigious AIEA annual awards dinner in January.

The Welcome—for being the agency that hotels find the most welcoming!

Golden Cheque book—for the independent /small agency that has placed the most business

Agency of the Year—voted for by Hotels

Personality of the year—presented to Sylvain—voted for by Hotel and Agent members of the AIEA

Resort World Birmingham NEC has a lot to offer including 50 shops and a casino.  More importantly for us the Genting Hotel has 182 luxury bedrooms and suites as well as an Apartment, Penthouse and Vortex Arena offering space for meetings for up to 30 people.

Le Meridien Barcelona is an historic building in Las Ramblas offering 231 bedrooms and suites and 7 meeting rooms for up to 126 delegates.  The hotel has a lounge bar, cocktail bar and restaurant and with restaurants and bars close at hand the location is great if you want to eat out.

Grand Hotel Brighton is a stunning hotel with a fabulous location.  Ideal if you have delegates coming in from Gatwick or central London but want to offer an English seaside venue.  The hotel has 201 beautiful bedrooms and flexible meeting space for up to 750 delegates in theatre style (additional bedrooms are available in other hotels which are a short walk away).

And just a little further out you will find Hunton Park Hotel in Watford.  It is a lovely Queen Anne mansion house set in 22 acres of landscaped grounds, perfect for team building activities and meetings for up to 120 in cabaret style.  With 61 bedrooms, 8 further meeting rooms and an indoor pool the hotel is ideal for small—medium meetings.

Richmond Hill Hotel is an independently owned hotel located just 16 minutes from central London by train but with the advantage of more competitive rates, onsite parking, and the lovely Richmond Park at the end of the road.  All 15 meeting rooms have natural daylight and there are 142 beautiful bedrooms.

We often get communications from hotels and venues that have had last minute cancellations or have gaps in their business that they need to fill.  These often result in excellent rates.

We have had some great offers for venues and hotels in Birmingham, Liverpool and London.  Just give us a call with details of what you are looking for and we will try to match you up with some of these offers.

January Newsletter

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We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable time over the last week or so and we look forward to a fabulous 2018 full of exciting conferences and events in venues that are old favourites as well as some new or improved hotels.

Sylvain will be out and about over the next couple of months so if you would like him to call in to discuss your plans for the year ahead or the possibility of our help to negotiate rates please do let me know.

There is plenty to look forward to this year including lots of new hotels and venues opening up.  Here are just a few of them.

New to London is the Vintry and Mercer offering 92 bespoke bedrooms, a Mediterranean restaurant, cocktail bar, roof terrace, 3 meeting and event spaces and a gym.  All due to open early this year.

Principal London, due to open soon, is an imposing grade II listed building in Bloomsbury offering 334 bedrooms, a Ballroom for up to 450 delegates with 8 additional meeting rooms as well as the Palm Court, Fitz Bar and Neptune Restaurant.  It will be wonderful to have this restored landmark back on the list of top hotels in London.

In the late summer the South Bank will see the opening of Bankside a sleek, 6 storey new glass building packed full of unique design pieces offering a trendy, 161 bedroom, design hotel in this vibrant part of London.

Hawkstone Hall in Shropshire is a sprawling 18th century country mansion set in 88 acres of grounds.  It is due to fully open in the late autumn when the 40 suites and bedrooms will be added to the impressive meeting spaces, gilded ceiling public areas and private chapel.

The Langley, Buckingham is planned to open this summer and is set to be a luxurious 41 bedroom boutique hotel.  Surrounded by 500 acres of grounds it has accommodation across the main house, the 18th century stables and brew house.  There will be a fitness centre and fine dining in the signature restaurant.

Both Hyatt and Four Seasons have added to their family of hotels with brand new ski properties which opened in December.

Hyatt Centric La Rosiere has panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Tarentaise Valley offering 69 bedrooms, spa, bar, restaurant and 6 meeting spaces.

Whilst the Four Seasons Megève also with views of Mont Blanc, has direct access to Mont d’arbois slops.  This hotel has 55 bedrooms as well as 2 restaurants (one Japanese), bar and a spa.

Once the $15m renovation is complete in late 2018 the Athens Marriott will open to be the only Marriott currently in the city.  The hotel was formerly the Metropolitan Athens and will have 366 guest bedrooms as well as large meeting spaces, restaurants and bar.

Dixon London isn’t due to open until February 2019 but is definitely worth a mention.  The hotel will consist of the converted Grade II listed, 1906 magistrate’s court and police station along with a new build to the rear.  It will provide 193 much needed bedrooms as well as conference facilities and a restaurant.

December Newsletter

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There are some great options for meetings and conferences to the South of London that can work out more cost effective than holding your event in the city centre.  A couple of hotels that have come to our attention recently are the Crowne Plaza Felbridge which has just been re-branded following a £3 million refurbishment.  The hotel offers 116 bedrooms and meeting space for up to 500 delegates in theatre style with 8 additional meeting rooms.  There is also a restaurant, bar health club and spa.
The East Sussex National Resort is located near Brighton and offers 104 bedrooms and meeting space for up to 600 delegates.  There are 2 championship golf courses, spa, health club, restaurants and bars and the outside space makes it an ideal venue for team building activities including motorised vehicles.
A collection of three hotels all on the stunning the 400 acre private Farncombe Estate just outside Broadway in the Cotswolds.  There is ample space for external team building activities.  Each venue is individual styled each a little different.  The Fish Hotel has 67 comfortable, contemporary bedrooms across 3 buildings (the Farmhouse, Outhouse and Stables) a restaurant with terrace, and conference and meeting facilities for up to 120 delegates.  Foxhill Manor offers total luxury and is perfect for exclusive use with its 8 stunning bedrooms, a screening room, drawing room, dining room, bar, gardens and a pantry full of goodies. The property comes with a private chef and a dedicated host butler to take care of all your needs.  The Dormy House has 98 individually designed bedrooms, 3 cosy lounges, a choice of places to dine, semi-private dining rooms, gardens, golf and now a fabulous Spa.  House Spa, with its 16m infinity pool, gym, thermal suite and treatment rooms, is available for use by guests at Foxhill Manor or Dormy House properties.  The perfect place to relax.

But if you are looking for a venue in London…

The Mermaid, London has re-launched their River Room after a comprehensive refurbishment that has seen the ceiling height raised, pillars removed and the bar relocated.  This is a great venue for meetings, gala dinners and of course Christmas parties.

The new Residence Inn London Bridge is now open with apartment style accommodation comprising a separate bedroom, living area with workspace and fully equipped kitchen complete with fridge, microwave, hob, oven dishwasher and cookware.  A complimentary hot breakfast is served every morning and there is also a fitness centre, laundry facilities, “Grab and Go” Market in the lobby and complimentary wifi throughout. Perfect for those wanting extra space or for longer stays.

Bath

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The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath is a beautifully appointed town house hotel with 45 luxury bedrooms and meeting space for up to 50 delegates in cabaret.  The hotel has a lovely garden, Spa and Bath house in which to relax and unwind. The Dower House Restaurant offers award winning cuisine from head chef David Campbell. Due to its size, the hotel is an excellent option if you are looking for exclusive use for a group of 45.

I know we have already mentioned the arrival of Apex Hotels in Bath, but we wanted to celebrate the fact that they are now fully open!  The High-tech event space can hold up to 400 people and they are offering unique street food boxes from their deli for delegates’ lunches.  Definitely one to consider for your Christmas party in the South West!

There is so much to see and do in Bath that a local tour company has put together some great corporate off-site activities such as – a visit to a gin distillery or local craft beer brewery, a visit to a local blacksmith with a demonstration, a ‘bake-off’ competition or ‘curry-off’, a tour of local film sites in Bath and the Cotswolds or simply an off-site dinner.  Added to that, the world famous Bath Pump Rooms and Cathedral and the option to visit Longleat for some team building and the possibilities are endless.

September Newsletter

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We had a fabulous stay at Stoke Park Hotel recently.  The team there is very welcoming and friendly.  We stayed in the Pavilion, which is a separate building also housing the pool, gym and spa.  We were dining in the main house and they provided transport between the buildings as it was raining, which was much appreciated.

The dinner was delicious and breakfast was superb!  The hotel has extensive sports facilities including indoor, grass and clay tennis courts, a 2 story gym, hot yoga room, classes and a golf course.  There are a selection of meeting rooms most with direct access to the grounds, so perfect for summer events.

Ashorne Hill Hotel is an interesting mix of the historic manor with its original features and the purpose built conference centre.  There are 38 meeting rooms and 110 bedrooms and with 35 acres of land there is lots of space for team building.

Macdonald Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon is a lovely hotel.  A real mix of historic elegance and modern comfort.  After a very relaxing stay I wouldn’t hesitate to put it forward for meetings of up to 150 or as a base to explore the town.  The bedroom was very comfortable and quiet, the food delicious and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming.

Dartington Hall Hotel, Totnes, is set around a medieval Courtyard in a 1200 acre estate with 25 acres of grade II listed gardens so is perfect for team building activities.  The whole venue is packed full of original features.  There are 50 bedrooms and 10 meeting rooms, and the dining rooms serve delicious, locally sourced food too.

If you are looking for a modern venue offering something a bit different, we could look at the Jaguar Experience for you.  It is located just outside Birmingham and has contemporary conference facilities, ranging from a boardroom for 22 to a room for 300 in theatre style to the Reception hall pictured below.  As well as holding your meeting here they also provide Manufacturing Tours and driving experiences to make your day truly memorable.

Great Feedback

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We have had some lovely feedback from clients that we have booked venues for last month and wanted to share it with you.

A summer party that we booked at 30 Euston Square went very well. “Thank you SO VERY MUCH for everything you and your team did to create a truly wonderful event on Saturday.  I can honestly say I have never worked with such a professional, well run and accommodating venue.  I have had really positive feedback from everyone, especially regarding the food.  Please pass on our thanks to everyone that helped make it such a fantastic night.” CW

“Huge thank you to all the staff that looked after us so wonderfully this week at the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South.  Everything was absolutely first class from the accommodation to the AV, catering, meeting rooms and bar service. The staff are amazing and so friendly and helpful.  The feedback we received from all the attendees was very positive.” RE

We also had very good feedback from an event that we booked at New Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.  The hotel has a fascinating history and is packed with original features.  There are 60 bedrooms and a range of meeting rooms from the Great Chamber which was used by King Henry VIII, to the light and bright Garden Pavilion which has a maximum capacity of 200. The outside space provides room for team building activities in the summer.

Tanya had a very enjoyable stay at the Cotswold Water Park last month.  The hotel is in a stunning location – as the name suggests it is located on the bank of one of the 152 lakes. The hotel itself has 21 meeting rooms, a fabulous spa (it’s worth visiting just for this!), Bar and Grill, Brasserie and the Boathouse restaurant.  Tanya had dinner in the Boathouse and was really impressed with the quality and value for money.  There are 328 bedrooms all with views of the lake, many with a balcony and there are even apartments for families or longer stays.

August Newsletter

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We have had some great presentation recently from venues and hotels around the country as well as some fantastic destinations.  We have also been in contact with Destination Management Companies who offer hugely helpful services for international bookings including transport from airports to hotels, and from hotels to of site venues for dinners and activities.  They have a wealth of local knowledge and it is great to have teams around the world to assist us with our international bookings.

If you are planning a team meeting or an incentive trip in a sunny climate and don’t want to travel too far, this might well be the place for you.  PortAventura is a resort covering 5 hotels each with their own meeting rooms and restaurants, a convention centre with enormous rooms for up to 1200 delegates, a theme park for all ages featuring the wild west, Mexico, China, Polynesia and the Mediterranean, Ferrari Land, 3 Golf Courses and a beach.  And all of this just 1 hour from Barcelona!

Even closer to home is Molineux Stadium home of Wolves Football Club.  They have a vast selection of meeting spaces including 8 really large spaces that can cater for seated dinners for up to 550 people as well as smaller meeting rooms and executive boxes.  And with the training ground available for hire it is a great venue for team building activities.  Day Delegate Rates start from £25.00 per person—so great value too.

The Abbey Hotel, Redditch is another good option for meetings with some team building.  There are 7 main meeting rooms for up to 180 delegates with an additional 4 syndicate rooms.  There is a choice of restaurants, an 18 hole golf course, parkland, health club with classes, a spa and pool.

You can’t accuse the team at Montague on the Gardens of having a lack of imagination!  For the summer they have turned their outdoor space into a cool Beach Bar complete with sand, palm trees, coconut cocktails and a jet ski.  There aren’t many dates still available so if you are looking for somewhere for a staff event give me a call.  If a winter event works better for you, there is a good chance that the Alpine Ski Lodge will be back in time for Christmas!

On a trip to Manchester recently we stopped off in Cloud 23 of the Hilton Deansgate, which is a lovely cocktail bar on the 23rd floor with stunning views over Manchester.  A light and airy venue which can be hired exclusively for a large enough event.

We stayed at the Innside Manchester Hotel which is within walking distance of the city centre.  There are 208 bedrooms each with an open plan bathroom.  The meeting spaces are all on the same floor, the largest with a maximum capacity of 220 in theatre style.  They also have the contemporary Creative meeting room pictured here, perfect for small, informal meetings.

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