From five-star hotels to historic palaces, luxury venues remain the zenith when it comes to choosing venues to impress. H&E North dons the spa dressing gown and slippers to find out why.
Nothing makes a statement like luxurious surroundings, and thanks to the north’s cornucopia of choices when it comes to luxury event venues and hotels, it is now easier than ever to dazzle guests and delegates during your next event.
There used to be a time when five-star spaces was only available to those lucky enough to be spending money in the capital, but thanks to a range of older properties opening their doors to the public to experience the grandeur of kings, queens, lords and ladies, the corporate events industry now enjoys a plethora of first class venues to choose from up and down the country.
One such venue is The Grand Hotel & Spa in York, which holds the proud title of being Yorkshire’s first five-star hotel. Housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company, history and heritage combine with everything a modern traveller could wish for in this iconic Edwardian building. Elegant 107 guestrooms are furnished to a high specification, while the hotel’s offering for meetings is self-described as a “palace of business”. Unlike many historic venues, the hotel also enjoys an ideal city centre location, placed conveniently near York station.
While the North East is famous for its castles, it also boasts plenty of stately houses, including Rockcliffe Hall near Darlington and Seaham Hall in Durham. A hidden gem, Rockliffe Hall is a five-star luxury golf and spa hotel offering an award-winning spa, an 18-hole championship golf course and a wide range of restaurant options which cater for all palates. Dating back to 1791, nearby Seaham Hall is boutique five-star hotel steeped in history and charm. Set within 37 acres of gardens overlooking the sea and the vista of the Durham Heritage Coastline, Seaham Hall is a Georgian mansion ideally located for a luxuriously memorable overnight retreat or away day.
With venues like these on your doorstep, it really is a no-brainer when it comes to opting for luxury surroundings for a whole host of events. These days, the modern delegate or business traveller desires state-of-the-art facilities for both leisure and business, and luxury venues are perfectly placed to meet the needs of event planners and attendees alike.
Furthermore, when entertaining clients or incentivising a team, luxury venues create a sense of prestige like no other. Where better to close that all important deal or reward your hard-working staff at Christmas time, than at an awe-inspiring, high spec location that truly reflects the aspirations and quality of your business or venture? Plenty of industry experts agree, especially if you need a space with accommodation. Peter Hancock, Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, a consortium which was set up to offer clients luxurious country house and boutique venues in the UK, revealed: “There is no shortage of excellent purpose-built venues in this country for corporate events and I’ve enjoyed lots of them. Just occasionally, however, companies like to push the boat out a bit further and indulge their guests in the best hospitality you can buy. That is where luxury hotels come in and we’re proud to represent several of the finest in northern England alongside our other member hotels around Britain.”
For those who have enjoyed what these venues have to offer – great hospitality that goes above and beyond in stunning locations and facilities – it is the only way to create an exceptional atmosphere for corporate clients. Living a life of luxury may not be forever, but everyone deserves a taste of the high life once in a while!