5-star hotels and cutting-edge conference centres offer a guaranteed top-notch experience, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile in creating a memorable experience for your guests, then we’ve got the list for you! Here at Banks Sadler, we love a venue with an edge and so have put together our list of the most unique places to hold an event across the world.
Is there anywhere more festive in the world to hold a meeting than Santa’s own Festival Hall? The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort not only offers the famous glass igloos for an overnight stay under the Northern Lights, but additionally hosts many events in the beautiful celebration house, home to the big man himself. This giant log building accommodates over 250 guests with an elevated floor and of course an extremely festive setting.
If you’re looking for a unique venue but still want to keep it luxurious, than Boston’s Liberty Hotel is a winning choice. Housed in the notorious former Charles Street Jail, the 5* Starwood hotel has a surprisingly brooding exterior whilst inside a warm tiled reception offers an opulent welcome with champagne upon check in. Dinner is served in the chic CLINK restaurant housed in the old jail cells, with catwalks and jail designs throughout the hotel and 298 bedrooms. 8 meeting rooms keep to the old-school luxury theming with vintage chandeliers and bold grandeur.
Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik is the recently opened Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, an eco-conscious abandoned inn turned boutique property mixing modern design with stunning natural landscapes. Located close to Thingvellir National Park and located on the Golden Circle route, this hotel is a perfect base for incentives and adventure-themed meetings. The ground floor meeting room accommodates up to 60 guests with views out to the volcanic scenery.
Remember when you were little and you desperately wanted to live out in your treehouse? Well now you can not only sleep in one but you can work from one too at Sweden’s Treehotel. In the remote village of Harads near the Lule River, Treehotel comprises of 7 tree rooms, each suspended 4-6 metres above the ground among the tall pine forest. Each is individually designed with eco-friendly materials, from the camouflaged Bird’s Nest to the modern UFO. A nearby reception provides warm cosy meals in a vintage setting whilst conferences and lunches can be held within the Dragonfly room for up to 12 people.
London’s most beloved museum is a favourite for unique events but now the great Hintze Hall has gained a new resident; Hope the Blue Whale. The striking 25.2m skeleton suspended from the ceiling is perhaps the most spectacular of centrepieces giving groups who hire the space the chance to meet under the largest creature in the world.
Canada’s Museum for Human Rights is primarily externally unique, designed by architect Antoine Predock, the winner of their international competition. Inside is a historical journey dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights told by many permanent and seasonal exhibitions. Within the building are a number of incredible meeting spaces including a 7,260 square foot hall, glass walled boardroom and the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation which is filled with natural light around an oasis of plants and rocks mined from the volcanos of Inner Mongolia.
The 18 room Fabriken Furillen Hotel is a post-industrial beauty, contained within a secretive old gravel quarry. Its eco-friendly design sits between limestone formations and deserted beaches, with a minimal grey theme inside. Many of the rooms are decked out with luxury furnishings and sea views whilst a number of spaces are available for hire including a screening room, dining room and 151m long tunnel that runs under the main factory tower.
For a meeting under the sea, without the wetsuits, take your group to Singapore’s Open Ocean Gallery at the S.E.A. Aquarium, where a 36m panoramic viewing panel looks out to over 100,000 marine animals. The 180 degree vista is a mesmerising moving backdrop for an event, perfect for a large attendance of up to 350 guests. Your group will never be left bored as the gigantic sharks circle above in this ever changing setting.
Crane Hotel Faralda, Amsterdam
Where else better to hold a meeting than in the sky itself? At the Crane Hotel Faralda, you can whisk your guests up and away to a converted crane in an industrial, mystic setting. The crane can hold up to 71 people across three suites, each with panoramic views over Amsterdam.
If you are looking for an innovative venue for your next event, don’t hesitate to contact the Banks Sadler team on 0207 424 3333