Five of the best... hotels for Rugby World Cup 2015

With less than a month to go until the 2015 Rugby World Cup, C&IT looks at five hotels ideally placed for groups wanting to soak up the atmosphere.

The Lensbury, Richmond
The Lensbury, Richmond

The Royal Hotel, Cardiff

Groups wanting to get as close to the action as possible needn’t look further than The Royal Hotel. As well as being the oldest property in Cardiff, its location adjacent to the Millennium Stadium means it will be central to the atmosphere come 19 September when Ireland face Canada.

The lowdown

The Grade II listed building includes 60 bedrooms, a recently refurbished lounge bar, which offers its own cocktail master classes for groups, and an Italian fine dining restaurant. The hotel’s Wilson Suite can host groups of up to 25 for small meetings, while The Captain Scott room is ideal for larger events of up to 130.

Lensbury Resort, Teddington

Sat aside the Thames in the tranquil southwest suburb of London is the Lensbury Resort. Upon match day, it would be difficult to assume that the 25-acre hotel is merely ten minutes away from the home of English rugby and the setting for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final. However, groups will be in a prime location to immerse themselves around the furor and carnival atmosphere of some of the hottest tickets in town.

The lowdown

The 171 rooms on offer include spacious standard bedrooms, executive bedrooms and the Dutch Suite, equipped with its own lounge and fireplace. A total of 30 meeting rooms can host events for up to 225 delegates, with facilities close by for fun teambuilding activities. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the Lounge and Bar before heading over to Twickenham for the big event. Return in the evening for fine dining at The Dunbar Restaurant.

Sketchley Grange Hotel, Leicestershire

As the atmosphere builds around Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium, the Sketchley Grange Hotel is the perfect place to find a bit of respite in the east midlands countryside. The stadium is only a half an hour drive so the action is never far away, however.

The lowdown

A total of 95 rooms and suites are available for groups, including classic suites and contemporary executive suites. Inside the hotel's gardens is conference space for up to 300 delegates. Eight event suites are ideal for intimate meetings for groups as small as ten, increasing to 50 theatre style.

The jewel in Sketchley Grange Hotel’s crown is its luxury spa, where a range of overnight packages are on offer for groups wanting to relieve some tension before building it back up again for the big game. The King Power Stadium will host Argentina’s matches vs. Tonga and Namibia, as well as Canada vs. Romania.

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

The Macdonald Burlington Hotel sits in the centre of Birmingham, putting groups right where they want to be during the match day build up. Birmingham New Street station is just a two-minute walk away, too, so the trip to Villa Park is no bother at all.

The lowdown

Groups staying in the 144-room hotel can choose from Classic Rooms, Executive Rooms and Suites, while dining options include the Scottish Steak Club restaurant, a favourite fine dining spot amongst locals. For a change of pace after watching one of the two Rugby World Cup games taking place at Villa Park, squeeze a spot of afternoon tea into the stay at the hotel’s Burlington Lounge.

Event space includes the 500-capacity Horton Suite, which can also be divided into three rooms, with capacity for 250 in one, and 70 in the remaining two.

Blue Rainbow ApartHotel Manchester Central

An eight-minute drive from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, which will host England vs. Uruguay on 10 October, is the Blue Rainbow ApartHotel, one of the city’s top rated apartment hotel offerings. Less than a ten minute walk away from the hotel is Albert Square, which will be Manchester's designated fan zone during the tournament. The area will be able to host 8,000 rugby fans and a wide selection of bars, restaurants and interactive zones will give groups plenty to get invovled with.

The lowdown

Groups can choose from one and two bed apartments across three different categories, which include Saver Apartments to Premium Apartments.

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