Chic new event space at DC's Hotel Palomar

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ Hotel Palomar in Washington D.C has unveiled a chic redesign of all its meeting and event spaces. Inspired by the nearby universities of Georgetown, Hotel Palomar’s new look celebrates legacy style with unexpected colours and patterns, encompassing all 900 sqm of its seven meeting and event spaces as well as corridor and reception areas. In the 335-room hotel’s premier space, the 200 sqm Phillips Ballroom, mirrored columns let natural light reflect throughout, making it ideal for meetings of up to 300 guests. To top off the event experience, guests can dig into catering exclusively provided by executive chef Ethan McKee of Hotel Palomar’s adjacent restaurant, Urbana Dining & Drinks.

Prague hotel joins HotelREZ to target UK

The Jalta Boutique Hotel is the latest property in Prague to join HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts' independent hotel portfolio. HotelREZ will provide the five star hotel with representation, sales and marketing services. The Jalta Boutique Hotel, located in Prague's Wenceslas Square, is just steps away from the State Opera and National Museum. The hotel's unique features include a nuclear fallout shelter from the 1950s and an original Andy Warhol print on display in the lobby. GM Daniel Repa said: “We believe our property is able to satisfy even the most demanding of clients. And ultimately that is why we chose HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts to help us attract new potential clients, particularly from the UK, European and North American markets."

SilverKris service at Heathrow's new lounge

Singapore Airlines has unveiled its brand new SilverKris Lounge at Heathrow, following the airline’s recent move into Heathrow’s Terminal 2. The new lounge for first and business class customers follows Singapore Airlines’ worldwide ‘home away from home’ concept and is part of a network-wide upgrade programme. With separate areas dedicated to first and business class customers, a total of 208 seats are on offer, complete with roving hosts to look after guests throughout their stay. A ‘taste of Singapore’ theme will feature freshly cooked food as well as complementary wines, beers, spirits and champagne. Lounge access is available for business and first class customers travelling with Singapore Airlines or other Star Alliance carriers.

Barbican takes delegates to the movies

The Barbican is offering an extra incentive to use its meetings and event spaces with complimentary cinema tickets for delegates. For every Day Delegate Rate booking made through April and May for events, the Barbican is offering complimentary tickets that can be redeemed in Barbican cinemas. The tickets, which are valid until the end of November, are worth £11 each. Oliver Hargreaves, deputy head of sales, said: “We wanted to give something back to our clients and their delegates which offers something a little different to the traditional discount or breakfast upgrade. We have already seen great feedback about this incentive and hopefully it will really help to get our clients’ delegates invested in the Barbican and what we have to offer.”

Morocco hotel teams up with artist for summer

Five-star Marrakech hotel La Mamounia is showcasing artist Julien Marinetti’s sculptures throughout its grounds this summer. The hotel’s legendary gardens will showcase 60 of the French artist’s pieces of artwork and sculptures from April to the end of September. The pieces include sculpted dogs, penguins, pandas and ducks ranging from 36cm to 2.4m in height. La Mamounia is a patron to arts and culture with regular art exhibitions and its annual Literary Award. A spokesperson for the hotel said: “This collaboration is a unique pairing of culture and luxury, inspiring the most discerning of travellers.”

Tee off in style with Andermatt's new offer

Golfers can hit the heights with three new packages at The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland. The three, five and seven night Teeing Off In Style packages are available from June to October and include accommodation, a four-course dinner and up to five rounds of golf. Located in the mountainous Urseren Valley, the Chedi Andermatt’s 18-hole golf course is designed by renowned golf architect Kurt Rossknecht. The Teeing Off In Style package also offers unlimited access to the hotel’s 2,400 sqm spa and Tibetan inspired Relaxation Lounge.

Magna Carta package running at Runnymede

Beaumont Estate in Windsor has unveiled its new Magna Carta package for corporate events. Delegates can discover the history and intrigue of the Magna Carta just metres from where it was signed 800 years ago in Runnymede, at Beaumont Estate. The package provides two options for organisers to choose from. Option one includes a private guided walking tour to the Magna Carta monument, while option two incorporates a history of the document by the Royal Windsor Tour Guides. Beaumont Estate has eight event zones with a collection of rooms within each zone that can be hired for a variety of corporate and commercial events.

Work gathers pace on road to Mandalay

Construction is gathering pace on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion in Las Vegas, adding 32,500 sqm of exhibition space, more carpeted ballroom space and 900 underground parking spaces for a total of more than 180,000 sqm. The foundation has been laid and the underground garage, construction footings and columns all have been completed. The $66m (£43m) project is on schedule to welcome its first attendees in August, with the anticipated completion of the entire expansion and renovation in January 2016. Stephanie Glanzer, sales vice president, said: “Whether hosting a small corporate group, mid-size association or large tradeshow, each group will have their own dedicated area within our convention centre along with a dedicated team to assist in every detail.”

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