From at risk to de luxe: Liverpool gets Aloft

Starwood Hotels has opened Aloft Liverpool, the second Aloft hotel in the UK. Set in the 110-year old Royal Insurance Building, Aloft Liverpool features 116 loft-like guest rooms and Aloft Hotel’s signature W XYZ bar. The £18 million conversion removes the Grade II listed property from English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register. Facilities include 24-hour gym Re:charge, 24-hour restaurant Re:fuel and Arf, an exclusive pet-friendly programme. The hotel also offers a suite of five Tactic meeting rooms equipped with audio, visual, plasma TV and free Wi-Fi. Aloft Liverpool is offering an early booking discount of up to 20 per cent off for stays completed before 31 March 2015.

Get a whiff of the world at Heathrow

A new cutting edge installation that fuses scent with innovative technology is on show at Heathrow Airport. Passengers at Terminal 2 can experience five aromatic destinations through an exciting olfactory interaction. As travellers enter the departure lounge, they will discover a giant, one-of-a-kind ‘scent globe’ that releases the aromas of South Africa, Japan, Brazil, China and Thailand. Passengers are able to unleash streams of scented air with the mere touch of an icon. Design in Scent produced the installation using key ingredients associated with each country. The scent globe installation will run until Wednesday 5 November.

Dining room given Kipling-inspired revamp

This autumn sees the relaunch of the Clarendon Room in Brown's Hotel in London. The largest of the private dining rooms in the hotel, the Clarendon Room is now a celebration of Rudyard Kipling, who wrote a number of works while staying at Brown's, including The Jungle Book. The bespoke hand-painted wall-coverings are inspired by Kipling's poem The Way Through The Woods. The 76 sqm ground floor dining room boasts tall windows over Dover Street and is available for banquets, weddings and meetings for up to 70 people. The room is named after the Earl of Clarendon, who lived on the hotel’s site when it was Clarendon House in the 1860s.

Rezidor expands offering in Cape Town

Rezidor has announced the opening of the 122-room mid-market Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands at the beginning of next year. The hotel is the first internationally branded hotel in Claremont/Newlands, a key upmarket business area in the affluent southern suburbs of Cape Town. It will feature a club lounge, a business lounge, the RBG Restaurant & Bar, a gym, multipurpose meeting and function facilities, an outdoor terrace with sculpture garden and an outdoor swimming pool. Rezidor president and CEO Kurt Ritter said: "South Africa is an important cluster for our brand, and we are delighted to further strengthen our presence in the key market Cape Town."

Historic hotel unveils fresh new look

The eighteenth century Mercure Burton Upon Trent, Newton Park Hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment. The renovation includes the transformation of the four-star hotel’s public spaces as well as the redesign of the William Morris Suite, which can accommodate up to 160 guests for a sit down dinner. The suite, which overlooks eight acres of landscaped gardens, has been redecorated in soft lilacs and gold, but retains its original oak paneling and grand chandeliers. The original conservatory has also been refurbished and is now licensed to hold civil ceremonies.

A new look at new convention centre

The Vox Conference Centre, which is opening at Resorts World Birmingham in spring 2015, has released its first fly-through video to show prospective clients how the new venue will look. The Vox Suites 1-5 will provide flexible conference and banqueting space that can be combined or divided to accommodate any type of event, from a small seminar for just a few people to a banquet for 850 or a conference for 900 delegates. Nick Waight, MD for group convention centres, said: “At the Vox you are guaranteed the best of all worlds: brand new conference and banqueting facilities, managed by our experienced team who have been successfully delivering events at the ICC for 23 years, all within Europe’s first fully integrated leisure and entertainment complex.”

Aquarium new on the venue menu in Kyoto

Kyoto is continuing to grow its offering with the news that Kyoto Aquarium is newly available to the conference, events and incentives market. Located in Umekoji Park, the aquarium is surrounded by parkland and can be hired out for evening events such as product launches, receptions and gala dinners. Guests can eat in front of the aquarium’s impressive main tank, or walk around and take in the whole aquarium. The venue boasts a 1,500-seat dolphin stadium, while smaller spaces can accommodate from 80 to 350 people.

Jungle all the way at the Barbican

The Barbican’s new Jingle in the Jungle party package is a Christmas offering set to go with a swing. The jungle themed celebrations will take place in the Conservatory, a hidden tropical paradise in the heart of London that is home to more than 2,000 species of tropical plants, trees and fish. The venue’s floodlighting and glass roof enable all year round use for drinks receptions for up to 650 guests, with the adjacent Garden Room providing space for dinner and dancing. Guests can also enjoy private dining on the terrace overlooking the tropical treetops of the Conservatory. The package can include acoustic musicians, DJs and dancing, finger food, a free bar and a cocktail on arrival.

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