Monday, 9 July 2012

Conference Hotels in Cheltenham

The travels of WPC took us to Cheltenham this weekend where we checked out a few conference hotels to see what the South West has to offer.
Cheltenham is a very accessible location for conference delegates as its just off the M5, A40 and between Birmingham and Bristol do easy to get to. We took the hospitality offered by the Queens Hotel in Cheltenham and we were glad we did. Sitting proudly at the top of the town overlooking the gardens and close to the Montpelier area of the city, the Queens Hotel is a great location.

Easy to find off the ring road and we were able to drive straight into the hotels private car park which although is chargeable is a good feature for security reasons. The hotels reception has lovely Regency features and check in was great, very efficient and friendly which is what we needed. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Queen Victoria Suite which was huge and has been sympathetically maintained to include flat screen TV but still retaining its sense of history. The bathroom was a little disappointing bearing in mind the size of the room and is in need of updating with power showers, window coverings and general smartening up.

The central staircase of the hotel makes you feel a bit dizzy with the clash of wallpaper and carpets however the history of the wallpaper is explained and features in the House of Commons as well we understand!

Having settled into our room we ventured downstairs to view the hotel conference rooms which are on the ground floor. Maybe not ideal to have your business conference facilities just off reception on the ground floor but the room was impressive with bags of natural daylight with a sense of character to. Personally I felt the rooms were more suited towards social events, private dinners etc but they do sell themselves as a business conference hotel as well so I am sure they do these well.

The hotel has a lovely restaurant area which opens out onto a small garden with BBQ which is a great space for summer conferences where delegates have a different eating option. We went into town for dinner so didn't experience the restaurant menu but it read very well. The small bar area has a lovely feel to it with large leather sofas and traditional old gentleman's club furnishings.

After a good nights sleep in the four poster bed we went down to breakfast. I have to say that breakfast was excellent, with a good selection and was all very fresh. Proper thick toast and plunger coffee made it feel less of a 'chain hotel' offering which was a nice touch.

Check out was very quick and efficient and overall we found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming. The one major drawback of the hotel was that WIFI was chargeable which is a bit negative for me however for corporates or leisure guest the hotel has many other plus points to outweigh this.

If you are looking for conference venues in a lovely spa town setting, then the Queens Cheltenham has to be worth considering.

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