The Celtic Manor Resort has been named the UK’s Best Hotel at the prestigious Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards in London. The five-star venue in South Wales regained the Gold Award and has now been voted the UK’s Best Hotel five times in the last six years.
The resort held off strong competition from five other shortlisted venues, Chewton Glen, Gleneagles, Cliveden, Coworth Park and Manchester’s Midland Hotel, to reclaim the coveted award.
Cementing Celtic Manor’s position as the leading destination for events in the UK, the accolade recognises another momentous year for Celtic Manor when it reached record revenues, hit 90 per cent average bedroom occupancy and announced the acquisition of the neighbouring Hilton Newport, which will be rebranded as the Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor.
Voted for by readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the award was presented at a glittering gala at London’s Battersea Evolution on Friday night (26th February).
Celtic Manor Resort Chief Executive Ian Edwards said: “This has been another significant year of growth for Celtic Manor and we are delighted that we can once again lay claim to being the best hotel in the UK when we welcome our guests to conferences and events.
“What is most pleasing is that this award is voted for by the industry experts who are, in effect, our clients. It is very reassuring to know that we are so highly rated for exceeding our clients’ expectations and we will endeavour to raise these standards still further in the future.”
With two hotels, an additional country inn, 10 executive Hunter Lodges, a large and versatile convention centre, three championship golf courses, seven restaurants, luxury spas and team-building adventure activities, the Celtic Manor Resort occupies a unique position in the marketplace.
The addition of Coldra Court, with its 148 guest bedrooms and six versatile meetings rooms and function suites, will take Celtic Manor’s total bedroom stock to almost 600.
The resort’s convention centre houses the Caernarfon Suite which can seat 1,200 delegates for a keynote lecture or 900 dining guests for a gala dinner. An additional 31 syndicate and meeting rooms with break-out areas can cater for every event from a small meeting around a table to large presentations for hundreds of people.
In 2015, the resort secured full planning permission to build a new Wales International Convention Centre on site, creating the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the West of England with capacity for 4,000 delegates.
The Celtic Manor Resort is ideally located at Junction 24 of the M4 motorway just two hours by road or rail from London.