Aberdeen airport hotel to open in September

Dominvs Hospitality has announced it will open its second hotel at Aberdeen International Airport on September 1. The four-star Crowne Plaza hotel will be fitted with a conference centre, 10 meeting rooms, including one with a view of the airport runway, a gym, WiFi, a Starbucks café and 24 hour room service when it starts operating, creating 70 jobs. Dominvs Hospitality opened the 193 bedroom Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen Airport in May this year. Andrew Mcloughlin, general manager, said: “The new Crowne Plaza will be a destination in its own right and offer the most prestigious accommodation at Aberdeen International Airport. Our aim will be to make sure guests feel productive, accomplished and re-energised during their stay as well as offering high quality food and drink backed by superb service.”

Gloucester hotel finishes revamp

The Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel has unveiled its new contemporary look, following the end of its second phase of refurbishment. The 72-bedroom hotel has been fitted with elegant lighting and luxurious textures, while every bed has been fitted with a new Kayfoam King Koil mattress. The hotel also transformed its Lakeside Suite, which can accommodate up to 180 people for events. Interior designer Helen Hooper of HH Interiors said: “We wanted to give the Lakeside Suite a complete refresh and open up the space so we’ve used soft dove greys and muted blues to help elevate this. The artwork is quirky and fresh with butterfly designs and floral used. The ceiling now has interchanging LED lights to tailor the mood for any occasion.”

Museums to take events through the ages

Guests can dine in the shadows of dinosaurs or sip cocktails next to the mummies of Egypt at two of Newcastle's venues. The Discovery Museum and Great North Museum are now offering corporate and private party packages with a difference for Christmas. Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, which manages catering and events for the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, is offering planners the chance to create their bespoke event to their own budget and requirements. “Few venues can match these museums when it comes to “wow” factor,” said Samantha Doyle, area sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events. “They are endlessly versatile and, instead of creating set packages, we are basically giving organisers free rein when it comes to planning their event, by offering to tailor the arrangements entirely to suit their requirements.”

Hotel encaptulates Bristol's past

The Mercure Bristol Holland House and Spa has reopened following a refurbishment, which brings the city's past and present to life. The hotel has drawn on Bristol's industrial port and Iron Age history, using features like iron works with warm colours, as well as splashes of vibrant upholstery fabrics. The refurbishment has also transformed the public spaces, creating an extensive area for lounging, meeting, drinking and dining, in cosy bunks, booths, lounge areas and stylish seating. It has also transformed its Urban Bar and Kitchen with an industrial design, while the new menu pays homage to street food and increasing influence of Asian dining. Interior designer Jennifer Preston of Koncept Interior designs, said: “The ethos of Mercure Hotels is based on local inspirations; we wanted to capture this theme throughout the design by embracing Bristol and its rich industrial history.”

Apartments given seaside vibe

Butlins Conferences and Events has finished the first stage of its £25m investment at its three seaside resorts, after reopening its Seaside Apartments at Lagoon Bay. The company has finished upgrading 60 of its apartments to include either a new balcony or patio to ensure each delegates can breathe fresh sea air. The refurbishments are designed to celebrate the warmth and nostalgia of the British seaside, and include quirky details such as ice cream cushions, candy floss cloud lights and grass-green rugs, to bring back childhood memories of holidays by the sea. There is also a multi-media hub for device connectivity in each apartment. Butlins is planning on refurbishing a further 100 apartments this winter.

Venue to offer meeting space in heart of London

Prime meeting and conference space in the heart of London will be on offer when the Hilton London Bankside opens its doors later this year. The 292-bedroom hotel, a stone's throw from the Globe, Tate Modern and London Bridge, will feature nine meeting rooms and a Bankside Ballroom (pictured), able to accommodate up to 700 people. The hotel has secured its first Christmas party for 70 people, an awards dinner for 500 guests and its first conference for a Multi-National company ahead of its September opening. Carmen Rademacher, director of business development - meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, said: "We are very excited to be introducing a fresh meetings and events offering to the market."

Interactive treasure hunting at The Crystal

A London venue is offering adventure style team-building activities as part of its new corporate packages. The Crystal, at Royal Victoria Docks, has teamed up with Wild Goose to create The ‘hunt for the Crystal’; an interactive treasure hunt with GPS challenges and games. The activity has been designed to give participants the opportunity to explore London and learn more about the city's history. The hunt will finish with sparkling wine and canapés, followed by a two-course buffet and prize ceremony for the winning team. “Team building events are perfect for entertaining and offer a shared experience that people can talk about for years to come,” said Rhiannon Thomas, sales executive at the Crystal.

A brush with celebrated artist at London hotel

The Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch has introduced its 'Art-full' package for corporate groups, in association with new artist-in-residence Gregory Burns. The former Paralympian, who claimed six gold and silver Paralympic medals during his sporting career, is now an internationally renowned contemporary artist, and has taken up a month-long residence at the hotel, which has 26 meeting spaces and can accommodate up to 350 in its largest room, the Ocean Room. Burns will be painting live for guests between 2-6pm, while the Art-full packages include guided tours of some of the best art hot spots in the area followed by an art inspired cocktail plus a tailor made art pack in guest rooms room so they can capture their own memories of their time in London.

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