The Winter Garden at the Metropole in Brighton, England
History: Officially the hotel opened on 26 July 1890, with more than 700 rooms and seating 500 diners simultaneously. It was the largest and most prestigious hotel in town – as well as the nation’s largest hotel outside London. A special luxury train carried some 1,500 visitors from London Victoria to Brighton’s King’s Road, which had been covered with a special red carpet of Hassocks sand – to meet the VIPs.
Today: It is currently the UK’s largest residential conference centre, and has 340 bedrooms. Since 2000, it has been operated by Hilton Hotels & Resorts (previously it operated under the Stakis brand), and previously owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland, its freehold is now owned by the Topland Group.