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Great Group Getaways – Nationwide chains

Abacus Hotels, Orton Hall Hotel and Spa near Peterborough

Abacus Hotels, Orton Hall Hotel and Spa near Peterborough

In the first of a four-part series for great group getaways, we take a look at nationwide chains.

Brenda Watkinson takes a look at some of the accommodation options available to groups including nationwide chains, smaller specialist chains, hotel and coach holidays, and independent hotels.

Best Western offers a wide variety of hotels perfect for groups. They have specialist groups’ advisors able to assist with bookings for groups of 12 or more people travelling together. In the dedicated Groups’ brochure, GTOs can choose from a wide variety of over 250 independently owned and characterful hotels in city centres, market towns and in rural and coastal locations.

One such hotel is the Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel and Spa in Southport. Located on the main promenade a short walk from King’s Gardens, this traditional Victorian hotel offers pleasant sea views, on-site leisure facilities and private patio gardens. The hotel is also within walking distance of the attractive town centre and Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, which presents a great programme of shows by well-known artists.

Abacus Knights Hill Hotel on the North Norfolk coast.

Abacus Knights Hill Hotel on the North Norfolk coast.

Offering three excellent four star properties, Abacus Hotels are confident that there will be one to fit your group’s individual requirements. All set in stunning locations and attracting groups from around the country, the hotels are Knights Hill Hotel & Spa, King’s Lynn, Le Strange Arms Hotel, Old Hunstanton and Orton Hall Hotel & Spa in Peterborough. Even if your group are not able to stay at the hotels, they all make excellent meal stops en route to your destination.

From Knights Hill and Le Strange Arms groups can enjoy the splendid sandy beaches of the North Norfolk coast, bustling market towns, nature reserves and the Queen’s beloved Sandringham Estate. Meanwhile, Orton Hall, with its baronial splendour sits in 20 acres of mature parkland yet is less than three miles from Peterborough city centre. With local attractions such as Peterborough Cathedral, Nene Park and a number of golf clubs only a short drive away, the hotel offers an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.

With over 500 hotels to choose from, Travelodge offers good value accommodation in major cities, towns and near airports across the UK. Its specialist Groups booking team can help take the hassle out of finding the right hotels for your group.

Travelodge hotels offer comfortable rooms with shower (and baths in most) featuring a king size Dreamer bed and bespoke group rates offering great value for money. Over 150 Travelodge hotels offer a restaurant and bar, serving unlimited breakfast, tasty dinner meal deals and alcohol.

The rich interior of Best Western’s Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport.

The rich interior of Best Western’s Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport.

Numbering 54 hotels across the UK offering over 10,000 rooms, Britannia Hotels can be found in city centres, near major airports, in coastal resorts and in rural locations. Amenities such as restaurants, bars, health-clubs and Wi-Fi are complemented by the rich décor and friendly atmosphere, and entertainment is also offered at a number of their hotels.

Their latest acquisition, the Royal Hull Hotel, is one of that town’s most iconic and visually impacting buildings, and a popular place to stay as it’s in the centre of the city. The hotel offers a selection of rooms, as well as an à la carte menu in the restaurant.

Three more recent acquisitions include The Cavendish Hotel facing the coast on Eastbourne’s Grand Parade, the Trecarn Hotel, located a short walk from the idyllic Babbacombe Downs in Torquay and the picturesque village of St Marychurch, and the Bromsgrove Hotel & Spa located in the heart of England.

Britannia Hotel’s new acquisition, the Royal Hull Hotel

Britannia Hotel’s new acquisition, the Royal Hull Hotel

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