HotelRes has loved being able to get out again and visit many different venues. We managed many virtual trips during the many lockdowns and travel restrictions, but nothing beats seeing venues in person!
In this article Caroline will brief you on four venues she has seen since July.
Leonardo Tower Bridge, London
This hotel used to be part of the Grange group but was taken over by the Leonardo/Jury’s Inn chain. The Leonardo Tower Bridge is situated in the City of London, close to St Katherine’s Dock, The Tower of London, and the Tower Hill Tube Station.
The hotel is unusual for London they have a 25m pool, spa, sauna, steam room and gym.
There are 17 meeting rooms, each room has built in video conferencing facilities ideal for hybrid meetings. The Trinity and Goodman Suites when combined can hold up to 850 theatre style or 432 cabaret style. Each conference floor features a large foyer, ideal for receptions, exhibitions and predinner drinks.
There are 370 bedrooms in the hotel, many with amazing views over London.
The hotel is in a great area for walking and seeing London, it is also close to the River Clipper service and the tube.
Doubletree St Anne’s Manor, Wokingham
Set in 25 acres of grounds St Anne’s Manor, close to Bracknell and Reading.
The hotel has 8 meeting rooms, the largest holding 180 theatre style or 100 for dinner. The Sunningdale Suite splits into small rooms, making the space versatile.
The spa has a 14 m pool, treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and fitness centre.
When I stayed the staff and service were excellent. The food, an important part of what a hotel has to offer, was great.
This was actually the first hotel I visited after the lockdowns, and I was very impressed with how safe I felt, and it was so lovely to stay somewhere again!
Luton Hoo is so much more that just a country house hotel. It is a resort, offering 3 different venues, including the country house, leisure, golf, and large grounds for team building.
There is lots of choice for dining: The Mansion House is home to the resorts fine dining restaurant – Wernher; The Country Club houses the resorts less formal Adam’s Brasserie; Pillared Hall and The Drawing Room offer afternoon tea and a more relaxed but luxurious setting for lunch and dinner.
The resort offers two contrasting styles of meeting venue. The grand Mansion House or the purpose built conference venue Warren Weir. Warren Weir is a self-contained centre. It has 84 bedrooms and standing in its own part of the grounds- it is usually hired exclusively. Its 5 meeting rooms can hold up to 388 theatre style or 290 for private dining.
The Mansion House has a further 13 meeting rooms with the largest holding 120 theatre style or 120 for private dining.
The Country Club has a further 2 smaller meeting rooms that when combined hold 130 theatre style.
The bedroom stock also differs, with The Mansion House offering traditional style country house bedrooms, in keeping with the Grade I listing of the building. The Parkland Wing of the Mansion House and the Country Club offer more modern style deluxe bedrooms. Warren Wier is normally only sold exclusively but the bedrooms in this part of the resort are large deluxe rooms.
Another hotel where I experienced great service, my bedroom had access to its own garden area. There were evening fireworks in the evening; for someone else’s birthday but it was a nice treat!
Sedgebrook Hall Northamptonshire
This hotel is in a good location halfway between the Midlands and London. An ideal spot for teams from different parts of the country to meet. Situated close to Northampton just 5 miles from the M1.
Sedgebrook Hall is a conference centre, rather than a country house hotel. They have 103 bedrooms, include standard, superior and 4 poster suites. The hotel is set in 13 acres of gardens and has a leisure centre including a pool, gym and treatment rooms.
The largest meeting room The Oak holds 200 theatre style or 120 banqueting. The Oak splits into 2 rooms each holding 100 theatre style. The Cedar Room is the next largest holding 100 theatre and also splits into 2 rooms. There are then a further 17 rooms that range in size from 6 to 18 boardroom style.
The venue also have self contained office space that can be rented out on a short lease.
The staff were all friendly and attentive.
A great conference and training hotel.