“In the Atrium, we’ve had falconry, trapeze artists and team-building events such as Highland games and chariot-building, followed by a chariot race,” says David Walker, the property’s director of group sales.
In Edinburgh, The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is a recently renovated meetings jewel. Several of its 241 guest units overlook the city’s famous castle.
The Balmoral, with 168 guest rooms and 20 suites, is another venerable meetings choice in Edinburgh. Actor Tom Hanks and crew stayed here during the filming of The Da Vinci Code, and other guest celebs have included Sophia Loren, Paul McCartney and J.K. Rowling, who penned the last chapters of the Harry Potter series in suite 552. The hotel brims with classic, cool character.
In Glasgow, Blythswood Square, the newest addition to The Town House Collection, should be on any planner’s list of hip and historic finds for small groups. The property has 93 guest rooms and six suites.
“The things that set us apart are our service, our stylish product, the spa with the Turus [signature treatments] and the screening room—plus a team on hand that really cares,” says Fiona Strauss, director of sales and marketing for The Town House Collection.
One of those stylish details is the colorful Harris Tweed used in the bedding, drapery and upholstery, including the lounge chairs in the 40-seat screening room, perfect for product launches and corporate presentations.
Housed in a building that dates to 1823, Blythswood Square was previously the home of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club.