York apartments are here to Stay

Aparthotel operator Staycity, which has 1,400 apartments across Europe, has opened its latest property in York. The 197-apartment premises on Paragon Street is close to York’s Barbican area and is around a mile from York railway station. Staycity York boasts a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with nightly rates starting from £69 for a studio. Facilities include a café, lounge area, gym, guest laundry and locker room as well car parking.

Unwind at Royal Savoy Hotel's new spa

The Royal Savoy Hotel in Lausanne has opened its Spa du Royal, a 1,500 sqm space dedicated to health and wellbeing. The new facility adds to a number of versatile event facilities at the hotel, which reopened in 2015 after five years of refurbishments, including a 1,200 sqm banquet and conferencing facility and five meeting rooms. The new Spa du Royal contains indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, eight treatment rooms, two private spas and a 24-hour fitness facility. Olivier Mathieu, congress and meetings manager at Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau, says: "The Spa du Royal is an excellent new addition to the city and will offer a whole new dimension for our meetings and events offering with a range of spa facilities and treatments to help event professionals relax, while the hotel offers luxury accommodation for those wanting to meet in the heart of the city."

Inland surf park opens meeting space

Action-packed Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc has launched a new corporate event space - a Nordic TiPi set on the shores of its inland surf lagoon. The new facility, an enclosed area of 80 sqm or open sided space of up to 120 sqm, is being offered for meetings, product launches, team building, away days, strategy sessions and more. It as been decorated in a relaxed rustic style with wooden furniture, ‘reindeer’ skins and giant bean bags, alongside a show-piece fire pit. It also offers lighting, AV, a bar and catering facilities. Managing director of the Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc, Andy Ainscough said: "This is a much more than just a beautiful location for your next business meeting – we think our natural environment has the potential to re-energise your colleagues and increase their levels of creativity. The TiPi has all the benefits of a corporate space but sits right on the edge of our beautiful lagoon and a SSSI nature reserve. You really can’t beat the soundtrack of breaking waves and birdsong – we see people instantly smiling and relaxing as soon as they walk on to the site. We think that’s a great way for any organisation to do business and make the right impression."

Pine Cliffs Hotel finishes transformation

A spectacular transformation of a luxury Algarve resort, costing €50 million (£42m) has been unveiled. The Pine Cliffs Hotel has undergone an 18-month refurbishment, which has been carried out by The Luxury Collection as part of a multi-million pound investment to restore the brand's hotels around the world. All 217 rooms and public areas have undergone extensive renovations to evoke the resort's Portuguese heritage with historic features such as hand-painted tiles. The resort encompasses 11 restaurants and bars, 2,184 sqm of event space, six swimming pool and a golf course. Meredith Dichter, global brand director, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, said: "Pine Cliff’s renovation truly is a cornerstone in The Luxury Collection brand’s investment effort to renovate some of the most iconic hotels around the globe. We are thrilled to deliver enhanced accommodations in the Algarve, a perennial favorite of global explorers, to our guests."

Wyndham to open in Greece

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced its first hotel in Greece will open in Athens early next year. The Wyndham Grand Athens, described as "decidedly not pretentious, but approachable", is being transformed from the current Hotel Athens Imperial on Karaiskaki Place. When renovations finish it will have 273 rooms, 2,500 sqm of conference and event space, a restaurant, a bar, a spa, a roof garden of 450 sqm with a pool and a 360-degree view of the city skyline. Dan Ruff, president and MD EMEA for Wyndham Hotel Group said: "This is only our first stop in Greece, as we see opportunities for many of our brands across the country, from city centres such as Athens and Thessaloniki to resort destinations in the Greek islands and mainland."

Palace Hotel nears completion of £20m refurb

The Palace Hotel in Manchester is set to complete a two-year, £20m refurbishment this summer. The 271-room hotel has restored and upgraded all 17 of its conference, meeting and private dining rooms, combining modern technology with classic Edwardian features. The hotel’s 885 sqm ballroom, formerly the Refuge Assurance staff dining room, has a capacity of 1,000 and is the largest single event space within a hotel in the north of England. Sharon Cameron, regional director of sales, said: “Over the course of the summer we will be reopening the Clock Tower building, unveiling the new-look lobby and creating a destination restaurant and bar. By September 2016 we will have transformed The Palace to provide Manchester with what we hope will be a world-class hotel.”

Victorious reopening for military venue

Marble Arch military members' club venue the Victory Services Club (VSC) has completed a £1.5 million revamp of event spaces. The 250-capacity El Alamein and Trafalgar Suite is intended to be used for conferences, awards ceremonies and corporate functions and has been kitted out with flooring and energy saving LED lighting as well as the latest audio visual equipment which includes wireless microphones, and displays that connect to AV wall plates. Two new entrances have been added to the space, allowing the rooms to be used independently of each other.

Green meetings in Loch Lomond

An eco-friendly space for meetings, conferences and events has launched near Glasgow. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority has opened up its head office, Carrochan, which is built from green timber and insulated with the coats of more than 2,500 sheep that roam nearby. The venue's carbon footprint is less than half that of a conventional building, with heating being supplied by a biomass boiler. The meeting rooms chairs have been created using recycled car batteries and old seat belts. The largest conference suite can hold up to 120 while the smaller boardroom is suitable for up to 10 delegates. Markus Kroner, director of estates for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, said: "We’ll be helping businesses meet their corporate social responsibility objectives, and at the same time, provide them first class facilities and the opportunity to enjoy the delights the Park offers."

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