Thistle Hotels has launched a new ‘Power Nap' training package at its Brands Hatch hotel, enabling delegates to take an afternoon snooze.
The aim, supported by independent research from the University of California, is to help participants on training courses to perform better by clearing the brain's short term memory of cluttered information to make room for new facts to be remembered.
A series of sleep rooms containing single beds and blackout blinds have been incorporated into a new £50,000, self-contained training floor at the 121-bedroom Thistle Brands Hatch.
"This new facility has been designed to ensure that employers get the very best out of their employees," said the hotel's general manager, Sarah Davidson. "We've already received lots of interest from meetings and events organisers."
Comprising six conference rooms, two of which can be split into sections, the training floor offers a breakfast lounge and is designed to suit a wide variety of activities and different sized groups. The largest room can hold 65 delegates theatre style, while the smallest is more intimate is for around 15 delegates.
Thistle is currently undergoing a £100m refurbishment of more than 30 hotels in the UK over the next two years, which is to include a new corporate identity. The company has also launched a £11m expansion into Asia with two openings last year in Malaysia - the 250-bedroom Port Dickson Resort and the 380-bedroom Johor Bahru.
By Janet Harmer
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