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March 26, 2019

Supplier News: A Revamped Venue and a New Group Deal

Renovations and deals lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

Luxury Venues: Ireland's Carton House Revamps Meeting Rooms

Carton House, a historic luxury resort on 1,100 acres of private parkland in County Kildare, Ireland, has rolled out a newly renovated banqueting suite and meeting space. 

In a written statement General Manager Eoin O’Sullivan said that the renovation upgraded the property’s modern amenities while retaining its 18th century heritage. New design touches and upgrades are inspired by the property’s history, which dates to 1176 when the land belonged to the FitzGerald family, one of the most influential families in Irish history. Carton House was also once the residence of the Duke of Leinster and is the sister house to Leinster House, the current Parliament of Ireland. It is also said to have been a favorite retreat of England’s Queen Victoria

The refreshed space includes the Carton Suite, located on the ground floor of the resort's conference centre and the Kildare Suite on the first floor. Both with their own dedicated entrances, each room is available as a single suite measuring over 5,400 square feet and 3,100 square feet, respectively, or divisible into three suites. The Leinster boardroom, also located on the first floor and measuring 365 square feet, has been fully refreshed with bright yellow leather armchairs.

Improvements include a brighter color palette with highlights of blues, greens, greys and taupe, as well as new carpeting with floral graphics over mottled backgrounds. 

The pre-function area on the ground floor also received new finishes and features, including neutral wall paint, burnished black vinyl coverings on ceiling recesses, rich jewel tones, floral-patterned carpeting and imagery that bleeds into striated blues, greys, and taupe.

Finally, the renovation added new artwork to provide a unique sense of place, with colorful landscapes, florals, still lifes, and other imagery created by contemporary Irish artists, including Jean Bardon, Ruth O'Donnell, Stephen Vaughan, and Nick Hayden.

The resort is a 25-minute drive from Dublin

New Group Offer From Sonesta Hilton Head

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is offering a new promotion for group bookings. 

The “Let’s Get Down to the Details” promotion is available for new business booked and held by March 31, 2020, and it provides the choice of a number of optional concessions. Planners can choose four of the following concessions based on the needs of the group:

- Take 5 percent off master bill or donate that 5 percent to the charity of your choice
- 1:30 comp – based on per night pickup
- Three suite upgrades at the group rate
- Complimentary welcome reception for one hour
- Every suite booked will receive a welcome amenity
- Free upgraded Wi-Fi in general session or in guest rooms
- Complimentary handling of packages
- Twenty percent discount at hotel restaurants

The beachfront resort is set on the coast of South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island, offering a number of on-site amenities, 23,000 square feet of flexible function space for up to 1,100 guests and outdoor venues. It has 340 guestrooms and suites, a full-service spa, a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, heated shade pool and hot tub, 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, state-of-the-art audio visual technology, concierge services, high-speed Internet access (wired and wireless) and scenic tropical gardens.

In terms of dining, the resort’s five on-site restaurants and bars include the signature Heyward’s Restaurant, serving Lowcountry-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner, with a combination of steaks and seafood, as well as made-from-scratch desserts. Bayley’s Bar and Terrace provides atrium seating, an intimate lounge and an outdoor terrace.

Groups can also take advantage of Hilton Head excursions such as bicycle rentals with 50 miles of paths for bicycling and hiking along the shore, golf with resort signing privileges, tennis on 20 courts at the adjacent Van Der Meer Tennis Academy, and kayaking or paddle boarding.

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