Kenwood Hall Hotel in Sheffield is re-branding to the Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Kenwood Hall Hotel, currently a member of the Best Western consortium, is planning a significant investment upgrading the hotel’s facilities over the next two years.

 Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa has 114-bedrooms and ten meeting and events rooms. The largest meeting room – Kenwood Hall – will seat up to 200 delegates for a theatre style presentation.

Leisure facilities at Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa include a gym, an indoor pool, a sauna, steam room and spa treatment rooms.

Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa is located in Kenwood Road. It is set in 12 acres of parkland yet is just one mile from Sheffield city centre and easily accessible from the M1.

Grange Hotels, a group of four London hotels, have been sold and their new owner plans to rebranded the properties.

Grange Hotels group comprise the 307-bedroom Grange City, the 201-bedroom Grange Holborn, the 460-bedroom Grange St Paul’s (pictured) and the 370-bedroom Grange Tower Bridge hotels.

Three of the hotels will be rebranded Leonardo Hotels. The fourth, Holborn, will fly the group’s new lifestyle brand – an NYX Hotel.

The Jurys Inns and Leonardo Hotels are controlled by Fattal Hotel Group, an Israeli company that operates around 200 hotels in 17 countries including the Midland Hotel in Manchester and the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton.

A refurbishment is planned for all the Grange Hotels which should be complete by early next year.  In the meantime, the rebranding is scheduled to take effect in the very near future.

Liverpool’s roster of hotels continues to grow. Another two new hotels in central Liverpool are currently at the planning stage.

The first project, just approved by Liverpool City planners, would see the five-storey, Grade II-listed court and fire station on Dale Street (picture) converted into a four-star, 90-bedroom boutique hotel.

The hotel will feature suites in the former magistrates’ and judges’ offices, as well as themed rooms in the former cells. The hotel will also include a restaurant and bar fronting on to Dale Street, a residents’ gym, a landscaped courtyard garden and a series of meeting and events suites on the first floor.

The second project is a fresh application to convert the Grade II-listed former Martins Bank building into a 215-bedroom hotel.  A previous plan to convert it into a hotel has now lapsed.

The bank building dates from 1932 but has been empty since the late 2000s.

New plans would see a lounge, bar, restaurant, function rooms, reception and lobby on the ground floor. The top floor would include a sky bar. The former bank boardroom and directors’ dining rooms would be retained as conference and events spaces. A new gym and fitness suite would also feature.

We will monitor progress of both projects.

I first went to visit the Dallas Burston Polo Club five years ago when it was just about to open.

A fellow agent told me she was interested in learning more as she was unaware of the space and asked if I wanted to join her. I thought why not, and it would be interesting to see if the venue had changed from what I remembered.

The main conference area is called the IXL Events Centre and is located within the 600-acre estate on the outskirts of Southam, Warwickshire, within minutes of the M40.

The entrance is welcoming with a large registration area and cloakroom area. From the foyer area, there is a door leading upstairs to the luxurious Champagne Lounge which can be used as a foyer area or an area where speakers could relax before their presentation. The Champagne Lounge (pictured) has extensive views across the complex, with relaxing seating a bar and naturally a plentiful supply of champagne.

The main area has a capacity of 1000 and on the day we visited, the main area was set up for a conference for 900 ladies holding a weekend conference. The main area can seat 650 for a dinner with staging and 500 cabaret style. There is a built in stage although this can be removed or adapted to suit each events need.  There are chandeliers which give a ‘wow’ feel for dinners, but these can be removed for conferences and events.

The venue has no large break out areas but is working very well by dividing delegates into areas within the main room and having a silent conference, where the delegates have headsets, and the presenter has a microphone. Delegates cannot see the other groups or hear them - an excellent concept and reduces the need for additional room hire charges.

 There are several catering areas on two levels, allowing delegates to be fed a hot fork buffet quickly should time be of the essence.

On the upper level there are also eight further rooms which can each seat a maximum of ten boardroom style and a further room of 50 theatre style.

To add to all this, the venue has 700 complimentary car parking spaces.

A brand new five-star hotel with 43 bedrooms lies a 2-minute walk from the main conference area and will open in June 2019.

There is a lot to absorb at the IXL Events Centre, so on our departure, we headed for the Milestone Hare, a local pub housed within the complex and enjoyed lunch and debrief.

We were curious to know why the venue was called IXL Events and were quickly told – ‘I Excel’ – very fitting.

Sally Clift

A £500,000 refurbishment has just been completed at Bridgewood Manor Hotel in Kent.

The reception and lobby at Bridgewood Manor Hotel have both been updated with a new contemporary look. The hotel’s Squire’s Bar has also been redesigned with new furniture and artworks. The superior and executive bedrooms have been revamped with new lighting and curtains, as well as en-suite walk-in showers.

Bridgewood Manor Hotel and Spa has 100 bedrooms, an on-site restaurant plus a spa and health club.

Bridgewood Manor Hotel and Spa has seven purpose built conference and meeting rooms accommodating from 10 to 200 people – all fully equipped with the latest technology as well as free wi-fi. The largest room, the Hythe Suite, will seat up to 200 delegates theatre style. 

Bridgewood Manor Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of Kent and is close to the M2, M20 and M25 motorways.  It is 42 miles from London Gatwick Airport and 42 minutes by train from London St Pancras station plus the hotel has 170 on-site parking spaces.

Keele University Events and Conferencing have relaunched their meeting and events facilities following a comprehensive refurbishment.

Dorothy Hodgkin lecture theatre has undergone a complete refurbishment. It is now equipped with the latest AV technology and new LED lighting.  To complement the auditorium, two new meeting rooms have been added, making Dorothy Hodgkin a self-contained venue with a mix of tiered and flat floor space.

Chancellor’s Central, formerly Chancellor’s Building Exhibition Suite, has also undergone refurbishment. Conference and events space is now complemented by a range of open plan refreshment and relaxation areas with a choice of catering options and an extensive exhibition area.

Completing the trio of projects is the development of 453 new ensuite bedrooms on campus, available during the summer for residential conferences and summer schools.  The new accommodation blocks consist of a number of flats, each with a large communal area. Each bedroom has its own en-suite shower room plus a double bed with plenty of storage and desktop work space. 

The new facilities at Keele University will be featured at the Academic Venue Showcase Show on Tuesday 19th March at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.

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