It is one thing having a captive audience, but quite another to keep it engaged and inspired. The venue is the critical springboard from which the success of your meeting and event depends; step forward the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s, Dublin. A hotel that delicately balances its unique historical provenance dating to the 1750’s, with modern event facilities and exclusivity, that today’s meeting organizer and delegate rarely finds all in one 4 acre footprint. Read on to get inspired by this location for your next meeting or event.
The perfect location for an event in Dublin
Located some 5km from the city centre and just 20 minutes from the International Airport, the Radisson Blu resides within the affluent area of south Dublin; strategically positioned around business parks, now home to the likes of Zurich and Google, and along the Embassy corridor. On the doorstep, Dublin Bay and the University College Dublin campus provides trails for runners and walkers.
Imagine an event with an inspiring setting
What elevates this five-star luxury property into such a winning meeting and events venue is a blend of spaces (internal and external) divided between the historic body of the hotel and the modern wing. Natural daylight permeates all 11 meeting rooms and several of the historic spaces have dramatic views across the verdant terraces, exemplifying 19th Century garden landscape design, which along with the former mansion holds ‘National monument’ status since 1994. Think ‘Corinthian topped pillars’, Parquet flooring, grand fireplaces, quaint organ gallery, capacious Orangery and sumptuous curtains draped beside French doors opening out onto manicured gardens and you have arrived at but two of the hotels main public spaces: ‘The Orangerie Bar and Ballroom Lounge’.
Beside the ornate ‘Carrara marble’ master staircase and entrance foyer is a set of private dining rooms that would make any delegate feel they had stepped into a period-drama. Starting with the wood-panelled library, interconnecting doors unveil the main dining space. Features include a copper boarder around the walls, an intricately carved fireplace and access to an outside terrace, ideal for alfresco cocktails. Sitting immediately above the main private dining area is the largest of 6 historic meeting spaces, ‘Seamount Suite’, offering a capacity of up to 90 participants and a balcony looking out towards the sea.
The grounds of the hotel are an important part of the MICE portfolio, bringing a stylistic unity with the historic façade. The four separate terraces graduate down to the lower lawn, a vast space of over 3000sqm, with its own catering station and restrooms. Each terrace has natural divisions, enabling several team building or incentive events to take place at the same time.
A sporting gem
The modern wing of the hotel, like its elder and more ancient sibling is writing its own history. Next to the hotel’s largest meeting space ‘Pembroke Suite’, capable of accommodating up to 350 participants is a “hidden gem – that with the consent of Ken Doherty, has been used in the past as an event space” states Yvonne McNamara, St. Helen’s Director of Sales. Ken Doherty is a former Embassy World Snooker Champion and trains regularly in the ‘snooker training room’. It is home to his trophy cabinet, sporting memorabilia and photographs of his many successes. Doherty has used the ‘Pembroke Suite’ and attached conservatory-like garden room for fundraiser gala dinners.
One measure of the hotel’s meeting and event prowess, is their record of attracting and facilitating the exacting needs of elite sports groups and guests attending major sporting events in Dublin; St. Helen’s has a photo cabinet full of national sports teams who have used the hotel. Lenka Gazdikova, Events & Int. Relations Manager of the Slovak Football Association said “We thoroughly recommend the hotel for all sports teams, the staff understand the specific needs of high performance sport both in terms of nutrition and meeting spaces. The hotel’s location is perfect for access to the RDS Arena and Aviva Stadiums”.
The blend of history and modernity connects the hotel’s MICE spaces, providing the meetings team with such diversity, that they are ready to tailor pretty much any event. Dublin city center is far enough away to not distract your group, but close enough to be enjoyed. So once the delegate arrives in their ‘Period-drama’ setting you will have them captivated from start to finish!