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.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Conference Venues with Team Building

Thanks to the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon near Warwick yesterday for their hospitality and great family day out.

If you are looking for unusual business conference venues in the Midlands then this has to be worth consideration. We arrived and were treated to coffee and mini croissants and danish pastries, which the children loved.

The tour of the conference meeting rooms was very professional with all the conference rooms laid out to showcase what they can do. The main conference and exhibition suite was the most impressive where the conferemce venue had set up a full AV production set and show for us.The lighting effects and sound were very good and with 4 large screens around the conference room you know your delegates will get your message. The space on offer is extensive and they cater well for small and large events. The spacious boardoom is great for small dinners or for high level meetings. The advantage it has is that it overlooks the impressive museum of over 180 classic british cars which is the main focus of the centre.

The museum is a geat bakdrop for pre dinner drinks before a conference dinner or just used as an add on attraction to your meeting.

The mini cottage pies went down well at lunch as did the chocolate brownies and ice creams and the quality of food was very good overall and i think conference delegates would be very happy if they got the same.

After lunch came the highlight of the visit., the land rover experience! A short demonstration of team building options at the venue was expertly carried out and then onto the 'off road driving' part. The multi terrain was no problem as we were given a great demonstration of the vehicles capabilities. Great fun for a corporate team building day for male and female delegates where activities such as blind fold driving can really bond your delegates together!

In summary, a great day out but with a clear message. If you want conference venues in the midlands that can offer modern conference facilities with space for different team building style events with the added bonus of an interesting museum then the Heritage Motor Centre is worth considering. Their delegate rates are competitive also!.