Laura’s blog on her whistlestop taster tour of Accor Hotels, part 1………
Along with 2 other agents, I attended a London Accor Agent Day organised by our rep Jane Clement. Jane organises these every so often for agents who are relatively new to the industry whizzing them around London to visit various Accor brands so they can see and experience the hotels first hand.
My adventure began on the Thursday night- staying over at the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, I was shown around the 12 conference suites and syndicate rooms which can accommodate up to 400 seated guests before enjoying a delicious meal in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. I then settled down for a comfy night’s sleep in one of the hotels 108 bedrooms. The rooms are spacious and contemporary with a touch of British heritage, I was lucky enough to have a view over the streets of Windsor looking out at the famous Windsor Guildhall where Prince Charles and Camilla said ‘I do.’
Then, it was off to the big smoke! First stop, Ibis Euston. Situated just minutes from the train station and offering a private car park and despite it’s central location access couldn’t be easier. This hotel has adopted the new Ibis ‘Space’ theme which offers ‘modern, engaging and inspiring’ meeting rooms. It certainly displays it’s contemporary concept throughout the 4 meeting rooms through the use of bright colours, graffiti walls and ergonomic seating and equipment. Each room has a separate refreshment area offering drinks and snacks, pumping out the lovely smell of warm cookies as you enter. There are 380 good size bedrooms to choose from if you require an overnight stay.
After a short walk we arrived at the Pullman St Pancras, a 312 bedroom hotel spread over 16 floors. It offers 17 meeting spaces, for larger meetings the hotel offers London’s largest tiered auditorium attached to a hotel; the 446 seat ‘Shaw Theatre’ or for Dinners and Receptions the Ballroom promises a grand affair. My personal favourite was the ‘Business Playground,’ a specially designed small, exclusive meeting room for up to 12 people on the 15th floor with a stunning view of the London Skyline. It was invented as a place to work and play with break zones and a conference table which turns in to a poker table. If you’ve got a head for heights I recommend you travel up in the glass lift!
It was then time to jump back in the car and head over to our next stop… Novotel London West.