The Emerald House in Lisbon makes a sleek, modern venue for a conference abroad. Situated on the charming Rua das Janelas Verdes, the property’s decor seamlessly blends local heritage with modern touches. After a long day of meetings, guests can feast on traditional fare at the hotel’s restaurant, A Mesa, or unwind with a glass of Vinho Verde at the Five O’Clock Bar. A 24-hour, state-of-the art gym is also available for those itching to stay active while they’re away.
For those looking to explore in their off hours, The Emerald House is located next to the National Museum of Ancient Art, where guests can learn about the cultural history that surrounds them. A short stroll will lead to the upmarket neighbouring areas of Chiado and Baixa where travellers can marvel at impressive palaces, browse independent boutiques, and explore the vibrant restaurant scene. For those seeking a digestif, the iconic Cais Do Sodre – known as Pink Street due to the unusual and charming colour of its pavement – is a short walk from the hotel.
The new hotel has 10 event spaces, the largest of which, the Andresen room, can hold up to 118 delegates. As for guest rooms, the Emerald House holds 67 of them. The most impressive of these is the Emerald Suite, filled with natural daylight from floor-to-ceiling windows and featuring a bedroom with one king-sized bed, and a separate living area. Additional amenities include an espresso machine, minibar, and a safe to keep that work laptop secure.
With travellers no longer needing to test to re-enter the UK after travelling abroad, international conference and events offerings have seen a surge of interest. H&E North takes a look at some of the most decadent venues throughout Europe.
For a more intimate event, consider Castle Elvira in the city of Lecce, Italy. The castle itself has
a rich history based on myth and has been recently renovated, and is set to open in spring this year and holds 6 luxury guest rooms capable of holding 12 guests total.
Set in 37 acres of private parkland, the original 20th century castle has undergone an extensive renovation over the past three years and once complete will offer the ultimate luxury accommodation. The design- led property will feature original design details with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings and modern technology. The castle and its neighbouring cottage feature six en-suite guest bedrooms and an array of amenities including a 70 sq. metre swimming pool, 12-person jacuzzi, piano room, cinema, multiple private and communal lounges, and a roof terrace. Two dining rooms, one formal and one informal, offer an elegant setting for meetings and seminars. The castle’s private gardens feature stunning citrus and olive groves and the onsite cafe will offer breakfast, lunch, aperitive, and dinner, serving authentic ‘Cucina Povera Salentina’ cuisine.
Elvira’s expert team are on hand to help guests create the perfect bespoke trip, offering tailored experiences; be it a wellness retreat or a small conference.
Frankfurt is a bustling city known for its rich history and vibrant atmosphere. Those considering a conference abroad need look no further than the Villa Kennedy, sitting right in the city’s heart. Located close to the Museum Embankment, with convenient access to the city’s major transport hubs, the financial district, and the River Main, Villa Kennedy is well-connected, yet retains the feel of an oasis in amongst the city’s bustle. The hotel took its name from a visit from US president John F. Kennedy in 1963.
The main event space of the hotel is a 326 sq. metre ballroom which can hold up to 350 delegates. There is also a massive 700 sq. metre Villa Garden, if the weather is fair. For smaller events Villa Kennedy holds two historic rooms, Salon Ludwig Erhard and Salon Walter Kolb, which can hold 70 and 14 delegates respectively. There are five other salons which can hold between 12 and 130 delegates and can also be made into two larger spaces. The hotel holds 163 guest rooms, a spa, pool, an award-winning restaurant and bars.