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A Very Royal Engagement

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What do we hear from our spectacular combination of serviced apartments and boutique hotels in Leeds? Westminster Abbey might be a few hundred miles south, but wedding bells are ringing in Yorkshire.

Likewise, our high-specification accommodation in central Manchester is alive with talk of Friday April 29th. Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry in the most prestigious venue England has to offer, while up and down the country people will be getting in on the act, and celebrating in style.

As you can imagine, London will be bursting to the brim with eager spectators, clambering for a peek at the beautiful bride. But fear not, a trip to the capital isn’t the only way to make sure you feel part of the event. Many a council plans to mark the occasion, and there will no doubt be plenty going on in most towns.

It’s also the perfect time of year for a short break in a British city. The nights will be lighter, temperatures milder, and you’ll still have enough time to save for that summer holiday. So, if up North East or North West when the big day finally arrives, here are our top tips for ‘joining in’, in your own special way…

Indulge in fantasy (just don’t get too involved)
Caroline Castigliano is amongst the UK’s most acclaimed wedding dress-makers. Do some window-shopping, or dare to step inside the Headrow boutique, then resume your Leeds retail therapy elsewhere.

Remember the details
Delicacies are essential, real wedding or not. Slattery’s in Prestwich is Manchester’s chocolate heaven. Hark as complicated cakes are painstakingly crafted, before filling your boots in the tearoom upstairs.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Dazzle, the UK’s leading jewellery exhibition and fare, just left Manchester. But head across town to the Northern Quarter’s Craft Centre for perfect rings, and five minutes with the designer.

Tea at the Palace

Temple Newsam House is truly unique. Comprising a stately home widely known as the ‘Hampton Court of the north’, gardens, grounds and a rare breed farm, there’s no finer place to be in Leeds at 3pm.

A blue-blooded pursuit

Hunting isn’t a city activity. But travel 20 minutes from Manchester city centre to aim over 400 acres of beautiful woodland at Manchester Clay Shooting Club in Worsley, before retiring to the drawing room.

Image (C) Olivier Bruchez

LEE EVANS – MEN Arena, Manchester

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Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th November 2011

This is a man that likes a challenge. From Wired and Wonderful, to XL, to Big, now his new tour Roadrunner is set to be bigger and better. He will be visiting some of the country’s biggest areas, and performing live in front of more fans than ever before. Book your tickets here.

Don’t forget that for Manchester city centre hotels, Manchester apartments or serviced apartments Manchester, think Roomzzz Aparthotel. For more information or to make a booking, please visit or contact Central Reservations on 0844 499 4888.

Evita – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

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05 July 2011 – 16 July 2011

‘Don’t cry for me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, I’m sure you’re well aware of the songs from the famous stage music Evita. This multi-award winning musical is the must see theatrical production of the year. Tickets from £15.00, click here to book.

If you are planning a visit then why not stay at Roomzzz Aparthotel? We have three hotels in Leeds conveniently located in and around the city centre. Each apartment comes complete with memory foam mattress so you have a restful night’s sleep and wake up refreshed in the morning. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Grab & Go breakfast, featuring a range of fresh fruits and pastries complemented by a selection of tea, coffee and juices. Roomzzz Leeds is perfect for those looking for accommodation in Leeds.

Great eggs to crack

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It feels like we’ve only just gone to bed after New Year’s Eve. Yet already 2011 has been racing by. Easter is fast approaching, meaning this is the ideal time to start planning for a well needed break.

Britain boasts many destinations that make it easy to forget about flying abroad. But, after running the finest luxury hotels in Leeds city centre, and welcoming guests to our fantastic serviced apartments in central Manchester, we believe there are no finer towns to pick when looking for an urban getaway.

Easter falls late this year, meaning those April showers should be on the wane. If you’re looking for some outdoors action, then try heading south from Central Manchester to the Mersey Valley. A culmination of Sale Water Park, Ivy Green, Urmston Meadows, and some 14 other conservation sites, this expansive open area lies in the city’s most south-westerly corner. Lakes with watersports, pubs, landscaping, woodland and a new Metrolink link bringing the Chorlton entrance just 25 minutes away from St Peter’s Square make it impossible to ignore.

On the other side of the Pennines, within similarly easy reach of the city centre, Leeds’ Roundhay Park stands like a jewel in the region’s green crown. One of the biggest areas of non-nationalised parkland in Europe, it’s easy to while away an afternoon exploring the leafy paths that criss-cross the prestigious site. And, should the heavens open, Tropical World is well worth the trip alone.

For a taste of Manchester’s political heritage, and an explanation as to how it became such a significant settlement, head to the People’s History Museum. Located in Castlefield, the world’s first Urban Heritage Site, walk through the doors for a guided tour of workers’ rights, suffragettes, The Manchester Guardian, trade unionism and the Communist Manifesto- all of which have roots in this town.

One of Leeds’ cultural highlights has to be the Royal Armouries. Not for the faint-hearted, by visiting Clarence Dock you can explore over 8,500 objects on display over five galleries, divided into categories like war, oriental and hunting. This is the flagship museum of its kind in the country, so expect a scale befitting this accolade.

Once you’ve ticked these off the list, explore Manchester’s historic grandeur inside the Royal Exchange Theatre and John Rylands on Deansgate- Britain’s oldest public library. Or simply take to the surrounding streets for a spot of consumerism in the birthplace of capitalism, what could be more Mancunian than that?

In lovely Leeds a visit to the Town and Civic Halls is a must, as both buildings offer breathtaking examples of neo Gothic and Georgian architecture. And, close by, The Henry Moore Institute retains one of the most cherished sculpture collections in Europe, from contemporary to classical, with special events running all year round.

Obviously then there’s a wealth of internationally acclaimed attractions, sites and sights to take in. And the north of England’s two largest cities both make for an ideal base to take in the surrounding Shires from. As such, whether staying central, or hitting the sticks, you’ll be celebrating the end of spring, and start of summer in style.

The Sound of Music – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

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07 June 2011 – 25 June 2011

Now you don’t need to travel to London to see this best loved musical, as The Sound of Music is coming to Leeds Grand Theatre this June.

This magnificent production tells the story of the Von Trapp family and is loved by all ages. Tickets from £16.00, click here to book.

Why not extend the magic and stay at one of the finest hotels in Leeds? Our hotels near the Grand Theatre are ideal for visitors, with free Wi-Fi access and Grab & Go breakfast on offer to all guests, plus the convenience of the Pantry where you can purchase essential items. With our comfortable rooms and memory foam beds you may find that you never want to leave.

Love isn’t love until you give it a day

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Temperatures are rising, and it’s not just the climate that’s heating up. As one of the finest hotels in Leeds city centre, and a gem in and amongst the many Manchester city centre hotels, we know that love is in the air above both cities.

February 14th is fast approaching, and we all know what that means. So get your creative cap on, not to mention a card for your loved one, and prepare to engage in a night that should end passionately.

Valentine’s Day is a difficult one to plan, restaurants have a habit of getting booked up, and as for the cinema… well, good luck turning up sans tickets to any screening, whether that’s morning, noon or night. But if you stick to these simple suggestions that special someone should have a real evening to remember…

Love in Leeds

Before you walk, arm in arm, through the door of some fine eatery to indulge in oysters it’s important to set the mood. This means if you don’t have a car, get a taxi, and leave that bus pass at home. Pre-dinner drinks are the best way to create a relaxed atmosphere, though maybe keep an eye on the quantity. Try Epernay in the Electric Press, Millennium Square- its selection of 45 champagnes should impress.

Once you’re done there, it’s time to soak up some of those bubbles. There’s an abundance of quality restaurants in Leeds, though we’d say it’s important to pick somewhere that’s conducive to wooing. Seafood is an obvious, though wholly classic choice, and there’s only one place to punt for. Live Bait offers an exceptionally fresh catch to sink your teeth into, so seek out The Calls, and then head down Shears Yard (after booking a table that is).

You’ve (fizzy) wined and dined (exceptionally well). But before you call it a night leave the perfect lasting impression with one last, sophisticated drink. You’ve already uncorked a few bottles, meaning any more could leave you, and your wallet, feeling worse for wear. Head to the city’s original cafe bar, Art’s on Call Lane, for a mellow toast. It’s been providing something of a Parisian vibe to locals every evening since 1994, need we say any more?

Amour in Manchester

After establishing a meeting point it’s time to choose your first venue. This is no mean feat, as the city boasts countless bars suitable for such an event. While there are plenty of contenders, we’d say starting the date at The Gaslamp on Quay Street should stand you in good stead. A listed building, recent refurbishments have re-invented this once dilapidated Victorian gem, meaning it’s now the perfect place for an intimate chat in front of open fires.

Now for the food, and we’ve got an ideal venue in which to woo. Head to Tib Lane for Lounge Ten, one of the best kept secrets in town. A listed building complete with stunning facade, the architecture matches the classic elegance of the food, which, like the vibe of the place, is inspired by Paris of the late 19th Century. Think decadence, red velvet, crystal chandeliers, wall-length mirrors and sexy artwork to get you in the mood for romance.

By now spirits will hopefully be high, and neither of you will want to wind things up any time soon. So how about a low-lit, basement bar famed for cocktails and canapés to finish the night? Obsidian is hidden away underneath Princess Street, just around the corner from Roomzzz Aparthotel. Once found, descend the stairs into this contemporarily designed bar that’s a regular hang out for Manchester’s many movers and shakers.

GLEE LIVE! – MEN Arena, Manchester

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Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd June 2011 at 7.30pm

If you enjoy the hit TV series then you will love the live performance. The stars will arrive in Manchester this June as part of their European tour, to give you a dazzling performance for some of the most popular songs from the TV shows, such as Empire State of Mind, Toxic, Don’t Stop Believin’ and much more. You can book your tickets here.

If you’re looking for hotels near the MEN Arena to stay at, then look no further. As one of the finest boutique hotels in Manchester, Roomzzz offers luxury as standard, with memory foam beds, Apple Mac computers, and LCD TVs in every room. Complete the celebration with a stay at Roomzzz Manchester City.

Carmen – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

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13 April 2011 – 11 May 2011

One of the best known operas telling the tale of Carmen through her passion, obsession and emotions, which eventually lead to tragedy with the murder of her lover. This 3 hour long performance is in French with English titles. Tickets from £10.00 and can be booked here.

Following an emotional performance, why not stay at one of our hotels near Leeds Grand Theatre? Our aparthotels offer luxuriously decorated apartments, free Wi-Fi, complimentary Grab & Go breakfast, laundry service, and much more. Roomzzz Aparthotel is the perfect hotel for exploring Leeds, and the choice is all yours when it comes to the location, as we have three hotels in Leeds.

Big towns, bright stars

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Both cities we operate in are the largest England’s northern counties have to offer. And, as such, spend plenty of time in the public eye.

Boasting quality accommodation in Manchester, and the same unique combination of serviced apartments and boutique hotels in Leeds, our doors have had their fair share of celebrity names walk through them. But last week our attention was focused on the stars lining up at the National Television Awards in London.

This year saw the BBC’s Waterloo Road pick up Best Drama. It’s set in Rochdale, a few miles from Roomzzz Aparthotel – Manchester City, making us more than a little proud. And, although somewhat further away, Ant & Dec continued to represent the North on a big scale, collecting the coveted Best Entertainment Presenter award for a tenth time.

Past victors have included esteemed Yorkshire-men, such as Michael Parkinson, Manchester-born icons like John Thaw, and Ricky Tomlinson, a latter-day Lancastrian legend. And, programme wise, the historic Shires have taken home silverware thanks to Last of the Summer Wine, Coronation Street and Cold Feet to name but three.

Leeds, Manchester, and their surrounding areas all have established histories when it comes to filming. The latter has given us small screen memories in the shape of This Life, with Looking For Eric, Alfie, 24 Hour Party People and Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America amongst the recent feature films to use its streets. And, as for the former, mentioning Spooks, Five Days, The Damned United and the acclaimed Red Riding trilogy proves it rivals that neighbour over the hills.

So, next time you’re thinking of these fair towns, don’t leave it at shopping, clubs, food and sport. You could run into a host of personalities when perusing a boutique, or queuing at the bar, so why not give yourself a little more time by booking an overnight stay. Our centrally located sites offer unrivalled access to all the amenities you, and countless familiar faces want to make the most of, so you never know who the person in the Roomzzz next door could be.

Chinese New Year 2011 – Chinatown, Manchester

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Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit
Sunday 6th February 2011, 11am to 7pm

A free outdoor event celebrating the Chinese New Year with Dragon and Lion Dances, Kung Fu, Qigong, Music & Folk dance performances.

There will be plenty of stalls selling food and crafts, and the celebration will end with an extravagant firework display.

Manchester’s China town was established in the early 20th Century. The traditional arch (as pictured) represents the Ming Dynasty Imperial, which was completed in 1987 and stands at 45ft high.

With so much to see and do, why not make it into a long weekend? Our Manchester City aparthotel is conveniently situated next to China Town. All apartments come with a fully fitted kitchen, free wifi and free local and national telephone calls and are fitted with a large plasma TV. This is one of the best hotels in Manchester to stay at.