Q&A with Laura Pascual - Groups and Event Sales Manager at The Hari Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Belgravia.Written by Paul Jun 03 2019
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Q&A with Laura Pascual - Groups and Event Sales Manager at The Hari Hotel in Belgravia.
What’s the best thing about working at your The Hari?
Creating bespoke events and memorable experiences for our guests.
How did you get into the industry?
I love travelling and being around people from different nationalities. The hospitality industry allows you to do that and every day is something different which makes it very special.
What’s the history of the hotel?
The Hari is built around a long heritage of impeccable hospitality bestowed by the Harilela family. A beacon of modern luxury and impeccable service, The Hari strives to create the best guest experience, paying meticulous attention to every detail, no matter how small, and constantly exchanging ideas to better serve our guests and improve our standards.
Tell us something we wouldn’t know about the hotel.
The hotel is an ode to our CEO’s, Dr Aron Harilela, late father, Hari Harilela. Alongside carrying his name, the hotel has a list of “Haritinis” in the bar, as a martini was his favourite cocktail.
What’s the best event you’ve worked on, and how did the hotel cope with it?
We received a private dining enquiry and soon we learned that the guest planned to propose to his girlfriend. We came up with an idea of turning the Garden Terrace into a secret and romantic garden for the special occasion. We created different clues for her to follow and to stop by The Hari. She thought that they were going to their local restaurant for dinner. In the meantime, friends and family were hiding in our private dining room and joined the couple afterwards for drinks and nibbles. The menus were specifically created for the occasion with each drink inspired by her hobbies and the couple’s experiences. Thank god she said yes after all the planning!
What events work best at the hotel?
Intimate dinners/lunches in our private dining room The Muse with our rustic dining table and cosy fireplace. Boardroom meetings with plenty of natural daylight, in-built AV and comfortable seating. Lovely social events in our outdoor Garden Terrace. Small receptions in our semi-private space The Snug or, if your party is bigger, we can close our Bar or our restaurant Il Pampero exclusively.
Why do clients choose to host events at The Hari?
We are a very small team, there are only two of us in the events team, which allow us to have a personal and better understanding of the clients’ needs and events. Most of them are returning clients as we create long term relationship and become part of our Hari family.
What are your venues top 3 USPs that separate you from other venues?
Each of our event spaces have their own personality and style. Large windows in all of our function spaces allowing natural daylight. Personalised menus and drinks tailored to the guests needs. As we are a boutique hotel the whole hotel team becomes involved in each event providing unique and personalised service.
What changes or exciting plans are coming up in 2018 for The Hari?
Our new social packages, such as the cocktail demonstration activity, flower making classes or personalised baby showers and birthday parties. Or even the possibility to propose to your partner at The Hari.