Our guide to the best six conference hotels around the UK.
Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales
Celtic Manor has been voted the UK’s top conference hotel by Conference & Incentive Travel magazine readers for three of the past four years. Conference facilities include the Caernarfon Suite, which can seat 1,500 delegates for a keynote address or 800 guests for a gala dinner, an exhibition hall and an extra 30 meeting rooms with break-out areas. Its forte is themed events.
Lowry Hotel, Manchester
With its curved, glass-fronted façade and chic interior, this hotel is Manchester?s most fashionable venue. There is a street-level entrance for conference facilities, where all rooms have floor-to-ceiling natural light and audio-visual technology and wi-fi. The grand ballroom caters for up to 400 people, or less if divided, and all the other conference rooms are equally flexible. The hotel has 165 stylish bedrooms, including seven suites.
Chester Grosvenor and Spa, Chester
The moment you step into the Chester Grosvenor, you can see why it has five AA Red stars. But its opulence isn’t spoilt by being overly formal. A £3.5m investment has led to superb, versatile meeting rooms suitable for events from two to 250 people, with cutting-edge technology. ‘Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor’ is a further attraction.
The Grove, Hertfordshire
Forty minutes from central London, this 18th-century house set in 300 acres of parkland and open countryside has been transformed into a country estate with a modern twist. Since opening in 2003, it has won accolades for its contemporary design and professional service. Conference facilities cater for up to 1,000 guests and include 23 flexible rooms. There is an 18-hole championship golf course, the Sequoia spa and three restaurants.
Four Seasons, Hampshire
Luxury is embedded into every aspect of the hotel?s offering, and there is fine attention to detail. Set on ground level, the indoor function facilities comprise five dedicated rooms, with the capacity to accommodate 18 to 260 people. The hotel is set amid woodlands, pastures and heritage-listed walled gardens. There are 111 guest rooms and 22 suites, and an excellent spa.
Hilton London Metropole
This hotel can manage events of up to 3,000 delegates and can accommodate 1,000 delegates. There’s 4,100m2 of flexible space. Those after a private meeting room are also catered for. Don’t miss the Nippon Tuk bar and restaurant on the 23rd floor. The views of Canary Wharf and the London Eye are great, as is the Asian Fusion menu.