23rd November 2015
Hello! Jacqui here.... you may or may not have noticed I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago (I wasn't in the office - I don't work on my birthday - haven't done for the past 18 years.....!) and for a little treat, our wonderful Elite Hotels Account Manager sorted out a night away at the sumptuous Ashdown Park Hotel for myself and my family.
After a smooth check-in, the concierge took us in a Golf Buggy and were taken up to our room, which was a Fairway Studio Suite, situated overlooking the golf course and next to the Country Club. My daughters were utterly delighted to see a herd of about 20 or so deer walking across the golf course when we looked out of the doors to our room. The Fairway rooms have recently been refurbished, and are really lovely. They are bright, airy and most importantly, a very good size and comfortable. There was plenty of room for the four of us.
Whilst my family went to check out the swimming pool, I had a show round of the hotel's facilities. Ashdown Park has one of my all time favourite rooms; the magnificent Harry Clarke Suite which is the converted Chapel. The stained glass windows are stunning, especially with the afternoon sun streaming in. The room can comfortably seat 150 for a dinner, or 160 theatre style.
We had dinner in the two AA rosette Anderida Restaurant which was sublime! The food was just delicious and the service impeccable - in fact the staff at the hotel were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble - and we were really well looked after.
What are you waiting for - if you want to have your next event at Ashdown Park, give our venue finding team a call now on 01323 644644!
19th October 2015
Hi Stef here, I was out and about last week - read on to see where I've been!
Royal Berkshire Hotel
This beautiful venue is part of the Exclusive Hotels collection and is located a short distance from Ascot. The Queen Anne mansion is built within 15 acres of landscaped grounds & great for team building activities.
The venue has 63 bedrooms and 11 meeting rooms in total, the largest can accommodate up to 200 delegates theatre style and has lovely views over the garden.
I loved this venue! Not only do they have the iconic racecourse & views over Berkshire but the meeting space is so vast & flexible. You can hold your large conference in the Pavilion that has great areas for catering & exhibition or there is the main grandstand with a large array of boxes, meeting rooms & lovely restaurants that would be perfect for catering breaks or private dining.
From the races it was on to Windsor.....
Macdonald Windsor Hotel
This hotel is nestled in the centre of Windsor, opposite the Castle. The hotel has a lovely open plan lounge, reception, bar & restaurant area. Two of the main meeting rooms are located just off reception & a four boardrooms are on the first floor. All of the 120 bedrooms have a luxury feel and range from classic rooms up to feature suites.
Castle Hotel Windsor Mgallery Collection
I was very lucky to stay at this gorgeous hotel! Only last month the hotel completed an extensive refurbishment from a Mecure hotel to Mgallery and I must say it is looking absolutely amazing. All 108 bedrooms are beautifully decorated with a very minimalistic feel and they are super comfortable. The food was exceptional along with the wine!! The main meeting room (Windsor & Georgian) which can accommodate up to 400 delegates theatre style has be refurbished but the other meeting rooms will be completed in 2016.
From castles to trains.....!
Pullman London St Pancras
The hotel has a lovely quirky feel, from bowler hats hanging from the ceiling to a wine library where you can have expensive wine by the glass! They have 28 meeting rooms consisting of a theatre which can seat 446 delegates to a business playground located on the 15th floor that has beautiful city views and is a very creative space.
Ibis London Euston
This was a great surprise as the hotel not only is in a great location but is very modern & newly refurbished. It is one of Accor’s low budget brands but you don’t get that feel inside the open plan reception, bar & restaurant. They also have great meeting space, the main meeting room can be split into two sections and there is a brilliantly quirky boardroom located back of house. The 380 bedrooms are basic but have all the amenities needed for a relaxing night.
Novotel London West
You can see why this is the Novotel’s flagship hotel with 630 contemporary bedrooms & 32 meeting rooms! The largest meeting room (Champagne Suite) can accommodate up to 1,000 delegates theatre style with great space for catering & exhibitions. The hotel has two restaurants, one has recently been awarded its first AA rosette. This hotel has a lovely feel and even though it is very large, you don’t get that feeling once inside.
And then on to the planes....!
Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5
This hotel is perfectly located just off the M25 and connected to Terminal 5 at Heathrow, but once inside you wouldn’t think you were at an airport hotel. The hotel has two restaurants, two bars, 578 bedrooms, leisure facilities including a spa & 45 meeting rooms – it has a little something for everybody!
It was a busy couple of days! If you want to hold your next event at one of these fabulous hotels, give me a call on 01323 644644!
Watch this space for the blog on my next venue inspections....!
12th October 2015
Prague has been a long time favourite of our Clients; and when you take a closer look at the city, you can see why!
Along with a fantastic conference centre - the Prague Congress Centre which is well known for its excellent acoustics in the Congress Hall, Prague has a number of fabulous hotels; from well known brands to charming boutique hotels. There really is something for everyone!
No visit to Prague would be complete without seeing the Astronomical clock in action; the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.
Fancy a beer whilst you're in Prague? Then you'd be in good company.... the locals drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world! It's the birthplace of pilsner style beer - check out the virtual tour on the Pilsner Urquell brewery website!
If you're interested in architecture - then a visit to the Dancing Building should be high up on your list. This modern monument among the castles and cobblestones is definitely a sight to see in Prague.
Did you know?
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague is the proud owner of the largest castle in the world - dating back to the 9th century the castle spans 18 acres!
So - have we whetted your appetite enough to hold your next event in Prague? If so, do call our team now on 01323 644644.