Meetings to go down The Hatch

A Liverpool venue is providing delegates a refreshing take on corporate event spaces. The Hatch Bar, located in Euro Hostel, is breaking the mould by steering away from traditional formalities and adopting a more "unforced" environment. General manager Emma Wright said: "Over the past decade Liverpool’s landscape has changed dramatically, in particular its thriving commercial district. As part of this resurgence, the city’s business community has evolved to become more than just a corporate workforce. Delegates are definitely experiencing a greater element of fun in the workplace thanks to the nature of doing business in the fast-paced city. From launches and networking events to team away-days, corporate occasions are now more than ever taking place outside of the company’s four-walls to keep guests engaged and interested. With that in mind, we are providing a more relaxed social setting for such occasions." The venue has capacity for 180 guests and is equipped with its own late-license bar.

Le Méridien Etoile finishes huge make-over

The flagship property of Le Méridien, Le Méridien Etoile, has completed a multi-million euro renovation. The Paris hotel has upgraded all 1,025 guestrooms and public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile, as well as its meeting rooms. Rooms have been redesigned with texture and details inspired by the destination, with themes of travel and discovery woven in. The venue's 2,500 sqm of meeting space has been given a make-over, fitted with modern furniture and custom photography depicting scenes from each Boulevard to inspire creativity. "Ten years after Le Méridien joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the brand now stands stronger than ever before," said Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. "Highlighting our commitment to strengthening the brand’s portfolio around the globe, over 50 per cent of Le Méridien hotels in Europe and the Middle East have been upgraded over the last three years. We are proud to celebrate Le Méridien distinctive design aesthetic and bold ‘Destination Unlocked’ positioning in the brand’s home city of Paris."

Athenaeum Hotel reopens meeting spaces

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences has finished a "meticulous" multi-million pound refurbishment and has reopened its new corporate meeting spaces. The Mayfair venue has installed floor-to-ceiling windows in its meeting rooms, filling them with natural daylight and views across to Royal Green Park. The re-designed Green Park and St James's Park rooms are ideal for smaller meetings for 10 or private dining for 12, while the Hyde Park room offers greater capacity and caters up to 35 for board meetings or up to 100 in a standing reception. The refurbishment follows the recent opening of Galvin at The Athenaeum, overseen by Michelin-starred chefs The Galvin Brothers, Chris & Jeff Galvin. The pair are on hand to craft seven-course menus and canapés inspired by classic British dishes for any number of guests.

Tenerife newcomer reveals dining options

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, set to open 15 October, has unveiled the line-up of restaurants and bars that will occupy its premise. The six restaurants and five bars will showcase Tenerife's local gastronomy with a range of food and drink options. Seafood lovers will enjoy The Beach Club at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife while Montauk Steakhouse Tenerife will offer prime meat dishes. Asian fusion will be found at Narumi and Spanish dishes at Ali-Olé. Bars include 3rd Half Sports Bar for live sport and music, UTC for drinks and cocktails and the hotel's sky lounge, The 16th, offering spectacular views of the island. The new hotel comprises 624 rooms and 260 suites, which will be set across two towers.

Bavarian theme at new Park Plaza

A 177-bedroom hotel, the Park Plaza Nuremberg, has opened opposite Nuremberg Central Station. Business travellers can choose from a selection of superior and executive rooms or suites, with many overlooking the internal atrium or the city skyline. Meeting spaces include seven conference rooms, with 250 sqm of space for up to 70 delegates. BA Beef Club, the hotel’s restaurant, is a meat-lover’s paradise with a menu specialising in premium steaks prepared in a Josper Oven and with a distinct Bavarian American theme. All guestrooms offer bespoke Park Plaza beds, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a 48” flatscreen TV, in-room desk, mood lighting and Elemis bathroom amenities.

New Jersey mansion drives events with refurb

Construction has begun at the historic Natirar Mansion to increase its events portfolio, with careful restoration being carried out alongside the addition of a ballroom. The 1912 circa venue, located within a 500-acre estate in Somerset Hills in the North American state of New Jersey, will reopen for gala events and meetings in June 2017. The venue also houses a restaurant and cooking school, both available for events. Owner Bob Wojtowicz said: "The renewed mansion and elegant ballroom will add a spectacular new dimension to our events and wedding portfolio." Work has already begun on the restoration, including the repointing of the brick walls to fill gaps with new mortar, while the interiors are being carefully returned to their original Tudor elegance.

Maritim finishes work on its biggest hotel

Maritim's flagship hotel in Germany has finished a multi-million euro renovation on all 555 rooms. The Maritim Hotel Stuttgart, the largest in the group's portfolio, underwent 17 months of work to produce the modern look. Each room has been repainted, with bathrooms all fitted out with the latest sanitation technology and high-quality granite. The venue has direct underground links to the Liederhalle Culture and Convention Centre (KKL), which has capacity for up to 2,200 people for events. It comes as Maritim continues its expansion plans, with properties now in Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Spain and China.

Dedicated planner's lounge opens at Savoy

The Savoy has unveiled The Landing, an exclusive, private lounge where VIP clients will be welcomed to discuss forthcoming events. Long renowned as one of London's most famous meeting places, The Savoy has designed the space for event organisers to fine tune arrangements with in-house staff. The Landing offers a private bar in a comfortable, furnished space as well access to recommended external suppliers such as luxury dinnerware and accessories company Blue Ribbon. It adds to The Savoy's existing event spaces, which include three banqueting rooms and six private dining rooms, offering a range of capacity from eight to 800 guests.

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