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Visiting hotels for a showround is usually, at best, a one night affair barely giving you enough time to see any of the local environs and leaves the feeling of having driven an awful lot. So it was with great delight I accepted the kind offer of a weekend at the Barcelo Old Ship Hotel in Brighton.

I arrived at the hotel early evening and managed to get a space in the hotel’s privately owned car park (there are very few seafront hotels in Brighton that can boast this!). My car was parked by a valet who directed us into the hotel through the car park saving us from the cold outside. Check in was pain free and expertly handled by the Reception Manager who was extremely professional and knowledgeable.

Our room (the Hicks Suite) was huge and comfortable and enjoyed views over the seafront. Dinner was excellent as was the service and the drinks prices weren’t excessive. On Saturday morning I met with Richard Clarke the hotel Sales Manager who gave me an excellent showround. As far as conference venues in Brighton go I feel the hotel is ideal, I will come onto the two largest function rooms shortly but the syndicate rooms and boardrooms and well furnished and abundant. The Paganini Suite (named after the famous Italian violinist) is huge and really oozes Regency splendour. The room benefits from high, beautifully decorated ceilings, a minstrels gallery and a large stage. Adjoining the room is the Regency Suite which is similarly decorated in the Regency style and also benefits from a beautiful stained glass window. Perhaps the hotel pièce de résistance is found below ground in the cellars. Part of the original building, which dates back to 1559, the cellars purport to have been used by smugglers to stow their bounty and also closely linked with the Royal Escape of Charles II. Nowadays they are used a room suitable for 26 people for board meeting, receptions or private dining. It is extremely atmospheric and would certainly create a talking point!

On the whole I think the hotel would be ideal for all types of events especially a Masonic Ladies Weekend with good food, comfortable bedrooms, beautiful banqueting space and plenty of quiet corners and talking points what more could you want for your Lodge? How about fantastic prices? Well booking through Square Events from October to March prices start from only £125 per person per weekend inclusive of a drinks reception.

To get a free, no obligation, quote regarding your Masonic Ladies Festival please contact matt.devine@squareeventsmanagement.com or call 01202 400855

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Being the latest addition to the team is never going to be easy, especially when you are new to an industry and in your first full time employment. Day to day I have been gaining a lot of knowledge and this has been aided greatly from the information imparted by visiting account managers.

It’s great working here at Brief2Event and Square Events, I am now in my 6th week and have already had the chance to meet four different account managers from hotels ranging from 5 star luxury at The Westbury to the chain of hotels such as De Vere, Barcelo and Thistle Guoman.

It has been really interesting to see the different relationships between the hotels with us here at Brief2Event. I have also been able to see the way in which the relationships between the hotels and our company have grown over time, getting to know them more on a personal level. Some of the hotels have brought in treats, such as chocolates, stationary for the office, and we were especially lucky as the Barcelo brought us lunch, made fresh from the hotel that morning.

As a representative of both Brief2Event and Square Events it has been interesting seeing how the venues can be used for Masonic Ladies Weekends, conferences, Christmas parties or trade / exhibition events. I would now have no problems recommending a conference venue in London or a Ladies Night venue in Oxford.

I have learnt a lot about the respective brands and their individual hotels and although laptop presentations are great I am looking forward to getting more chances to see more venues, if an opportunity arises.

I would like to thank the Hallmark Hotel and Spa at Bournemouth for the invitation for Brief2Event to visit the hotel for a show round and dinner. We spent the evening with our new account manager, where we discussed the past, present and future business Brief2Event and Square Events place within the group.

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