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A summer evening in Manchester

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City breaks in the summer mean you can truly gain a feel for the culture of a city, take in some food and drink whilst still enjoying the warm weather and sample everything that the area has to offer without restriction. If you plan to take a weekend break in Manchester over the summer, here are our top picks.

Dinner

The Alchemist

Located among Manchester’s finest in the heart of Spinningfields, The Alchemist is a firm favourite for food and drinks lovers across the city.  The food is nothing short of classic, with dishes such as fish and chips or premium steaks starting from just £9.95. But that’s not all they have to offer as the cocktails are not to be missed, offering expertly mixed drinks that won’t disappoint for £6.95.With wide open windows and a gorgeous outdoor terrace, The Alchemist provides the perfect location for those warm summer nights.

Zouk

An Indian restaurant with a difference, Zouk offers a wide range of authentic dishes as well as constantly updating the menu to provide a whole host of exciting seasonal options. These include anything from a unique seafood menu to dishes cooked over charcoal or sigri grills, and chef specials which change on a regular basis to include little known delights from various corners of the world.

Drinks

Tusk

An African themed bar situated in the ever trendy Northern Quarter with a speciality for cocktails, Tusk is perfect for that summer evening. Although prices may seem a little high (with the average being around £8) happy hour between 5 and 8pm gives you the chance to enjoy a relaxing meal or drink without breaking the bank. Playing indie/alternative music alongside great service makes Tusk the go to bar for any occasion.

The Mark Addy

Having recently been taken over by new owners, The Mark Addy can be considered as one of the hidden gems of Manchester. Found on the Salford side of the canal and known for its great selection of beers it seems this is the perfect place for a pint in the sun.

Entertainment

Screenfields

Every Thursday throughout the summer Spinningfields presents Screenfields, where classic films will be shown on The Lawns, whatever weather the British summer provides us with. The yellow deck chairs are back, together with some new double deck chairs making this a perfect spot for date night. No booking is necessary, just turn up on the night and pick up your ticket for just £3.

If you’re planning to take a summer weekend break, and Manchester is your destination of choice, these suggestions are all great choices for enjoying the best of Manchester’s food and drink culture, whilst experiencing the warm weather of summer. If you like what you see in the city, and plan to visit, grab a booking at Roomzzz, and enjoy a relaxed weekend in this gem of the north.

 

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Summer events in the city

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A weekend break is great, and provides plenty of time for relaxing and taking in the culture of your city of choice. If you’re heading to Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle this July, here is our guide to summer events in the city.

Newcastle

Cats

If you’re in Newcastle for a weekend city break over the coming month and need an evening event to help fill your time, then the Theatre Royal in the heart of the city is playing host to two big name performances this month. First up, with a two week stint running from 1st July to the 12th,  Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s extraordinary record-breaking, smash-hit musical Cats returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Originally adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Lloyd-Webber’s famed dramatisation of the story offers an enjoyable blend of fantasy, drama and romance set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, this show is one not to be missed if you’re visiting throughout the show’s two week run. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world. With such a successful and famed history, the show is sure to prove popular in the Toon, so plan early to enjoy this feline focused phenomenon of the stage.

Grease

If you’re after another well known and highly popular tale to enjoy on the stage, then between the 22nd and 26th of July the Newcastle upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company don their Pink Lady and T-Bird Leather jackets for their 2014 production of Grease.

In the well known tale of teen love, it’s 1959 and Rydell High is filled with rebellious, thrill-loving students. In the midst of this scene, Sandy Dumbrowski enters as the new girl in school and, well…we all know how it plays out.

Manchester

Star Wars Festival

It’s one of the biggest film franchises of all time, and with a diehard following and a reputation of producing one of the greatest ever films, Star Wars is heading to Manchester on Sunday 6th July as The Printworks will play host to Greater Manchester’s only Star Wars themed day. If you’re a fan of the film, then this free event is a great place to head for an hour if you’re in the area for a weekend break. With film star signings, numerous exhibitions, cosplay competitions, live music, merchandise stalls and much more, it’s a more diverse way to spend an hour whilst visiting the city.

Beer ‘n’ Blues Weekend

After something musical this month but not a fan of the mud and camping culture that comes with a traditional festival. The Beer ‘n’ Blues Weekend hits Manchester on the 12th and 13th of July in what is a perfect way to spend an evening whilst enjoying the luxury of the city. This year, Band on the Wall present the finest artists the UK’s blues scene has to offer together with a 20 pump bar featuring brews from local breweries Green Mill, Hornbeam, Brightside, First Chop and many more. With a great line-up, it’s well worth heading to if you’re planning to spend some time in the city.

Leeds

The biggest event of July for Leeds is undoubtedly the huge sporting event that is the Tour de France Grand Depart, which launches over the weekend of the 5th July. For a full rundown of the weekend events, check here. Other than this, Leeds has a number of other events worth checking out.

Waterfront Festival

What better way to enjoy the summer sun than to bask in the warm weather on the Leeds waterfront. It might not be the landmark event that the Tour launch is, but if you’re enjoying a sun soaked weekend in the city, it’s an idyllic way to spend the day. With the festival boasting a fantastic eclectic mix of music, performance and art, you’re free to trawl up and down the Leeds waterfront and enjoy creative workshops including knitting, jewellery making and fun family activities from crazy golf to face painting and boat trips stretching across 4 miles of Leeds waterfront.

If you’re heading to Leeds, Manchester of Newcastle to sample some big city culture this July, make sure you check in to Roomzzz, to allow you to truly enjoy your weekend break in comfort.

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Heading for the Tour de France in Leeds

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With just over a week left until the world’s best cyclists head to Leeds for the commencement of the biggest event in the cycling calendar, the UK and the streets of Yorkshire in particular have been whipped into a Tour frenzy. With spectators expected to travel from all corners of the UK to see the 2014 Grand Depart, it’s time to start planning your trip, if you want to see British yellow jersey contender Chris Froome launch his bid for back to back successes in the French sportive.

The Tour de France in Leeds

It might seem confusing that the Tour de France is commencing its 2014 run outside of the host country, however it’s a standard practice with the competition that every two years ‘Le Tour’ launches in a nearby European location. After hard work from Welcome to Yorkshire, and all the relevant authorities within the Yorkshire area, the big launch takes place on Thursday 3rd July at Leeds Arena, with racing commencing on Saturday 5th . Racing between Leeds and Harrogate on day one, the 190km ride will see the peloton leave from The Headrow stating line, before heading along city streets and heading out of the centre and through to other areas of West Yorkshire. The vast open countryside of ‘gods own country’ will host the first two days of cycling’s flagship event, with day two boasting a 201km route from York to Sheffield. Day three sees the event head down south to Cambridge and London on day three, before then shifting back across the Channel for the rest of the 23 day race.

It’s worth watching because

The Tour de France is one of professional cycling’s three Grand Tour events, and is arguably the one held in the highest regard within the world of cycling. The highly competitive field includes the biggest names in the sport. With previous winners Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Chris Froome all expected to compete.

When is it?

The tour itself runs from 5 to the 27 of July, with the first day being a 190km mile flat stage between Leeds and Harrogate, and the second day stepping up the challenge with a 201km hill stage between York and Sheffield. After the brief fling with Yorkshire, riders head down to Cambridge for a 155km run through to London before returning home to French soil. With the remainder of the tour passing through landmark French cities such as Lille, Ypres, Nancy, Saint-Etienne and Carcassonne, beautiful French architecture and countryside will take centre stage on our television screens, as we’re reduced to watching the remainder of the event from the living room.

Head to Leeds

With the eyes of the cycling world focusing squarely in on Yorkshire, and Leeds in particular, now is the time to really get your plans for the weekend set in stone.  Whether you’re a local to the area, or plan to visit from another UK location, Welcome to Yorkshire and other Yorkshire authorities are really pushing the boat out for you. Five impressive grandstands are to be erected on The Headrow, allowing huge audiences to gather and enjoy the peloton cycle out to start the world’s most famed bike race. Spectator hubs are also expected to be in place, allowing you to line the streets and await the cyclists arrival whilst not missing a minute of the race action as it is shown live on big screens. Spectator hubs outside the city are expected to be located Scott Hall playing fields, Harewood House and in Otley, along with a number of other locations.

 

If you’re a fan of cycling or just want to head to Leeds for a feel of the atmosphere surrounding the huge event in the city, head to Roomzzz Leeds for a place to stay over the landmark weekend.

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Summer City Festivals

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As the year progresses, and summer begins to roll around festival season commences. To many, festivals immediately provoke an image of mud, music and beer, however that’s no longer the case. Here are our favourite alternative festival offerings over the next month, if you’re more partial to a bit of city living, than a weekend in a field.

Newcastle

Jesterval

From the 6th to the 14th of June, Jesterval, The North East’s Premier Comedy Festival, returns to the city. Being held for the second consecutive year at one of the North’s most iconic locations, Baltic Square at Gateshead Quays, the festival offers a range of comedy performances to entertain many tastes. Playing host to some of the finest comedians touring the UK today, the festival boasts a strong line-up for its 2014 run, including the likes of Jason Manford, Tony Law, Marcus Brigstocke, Sara Pascoe, Paul Zerdin, Simon Munnery, and Terry Alderton. From household names and hotly-tipped national ‘up and comers’  to the very best local talent, theres a huge variety in comedic styles.

With over 30 comedic performances running over the week, the festival will aim to capture the diverse, cultural and spiritual zeitgeist of the day, and, because of that, Jesterval can guarantee there will be an act for everyone – even those with the most delicate of tastes.

For further information on all the line ups, start times or to buy tickets please visit the website. Tickets are all very affordably priced, and the festival provides the opportunity to see nationally renowned comic Jason Manford for under £25 per ticket.

 

Manchester

Parklife Weekender

Parklife Weekender, held at Heaton Park in Manchester is a music festival with a difference. The June offering, which is a weekend festival without the camping element, comes courtesy of the people that brought you Warehouse Project. If it’s anything like last year, it’s sure to be a thriving weekend for the city. With the likes of Snoop Dogg, Disclosure and Bastille headlining the line-up over the strong weekend, it is an event not to be missed. The line-up is jam packed with some of the most current acts and DJ’s, set to be spread across the two day affair. Unlike many of the top festivals in the UK, there is no camping at Parklife, and although this might seem like an inconvenience, the close proximity of the location to the city of Manchester means you can enjoy the best of both worlds, by heading into the vibrant city of Manchester once the  evening music comes to a close.

Leeds

Food and Drink Festival

Running from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 8th June 2014, the Leeds Food and Drink Festival is a two week celebration of the amazing food and drink available in the city. With events running daily throughout the festival, it’s the perfect time to head to one of the country’s most exciting and vibrant cities to sample what the area has to offer.

With events that are of interest to all ages, the festival offers everything from a kid’s festival at The Tetley to an exciting pop-up dining experience in Trinity Kitchen through to cocktail classes and cake making in a range of exciting and interesting venues around the city.

 

The Leeds Food and Drink Festival grand finale will be the annual three day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square between the 6th – 8th June. If you’re passionate about good, well grown Yorkshire produce there’ll be a plenty of tasty food combinations to stimulate the taste senses. There’ll be live cookery demonstrations from local chefs, artisan food specialists exhibiting delicious produce, traditional real ales, Pimms and cocktail bars and some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants serving their signature dishes. In addition there’ll be the sizzle of delicious street food dishes from around the world being cooked right in front of you.
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Christmas events in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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Now that the doors of the advent calendar have been impatiently unhinged, the season to be jolly has officially begun and nowhere is this more evident than in some of the UK’s most prominent cities. With a stream of seasonal events for all ages, there really is no excuse to not get into the festive spirit this Christmas.

Leeds

Briggate Christmas Spectacular

Running from the 6th of December, Briggate is offering a two week festive market whereby a giant marquee will become a hub for merriment and good will. Arts, crafts, demonstrations and of course food and drink will all be available from the 20 stalls that are taking part in the celebrations. As well as retail therapy, the Christmas Spectacular will feature appearances from Leeds City Varieties, Opera North and the cities major sports teams. The market runs to the 22nd of the month and even offers late night shopping on Thursdays.

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

If magic and wonder is evading you this winter then visit Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure. With breathtaking illuminations, a snowflake maze and an outdoor Ice Rink, Stockeld Park really does have it all this Christmas with a packed special events calendar ensuring that the sparkle remains for the whole festive season. Stockeld Park is also home to the largest Christmas shop in the north, and you could find that you get lost for hours in its beguiling gift emporium.

Manchester

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Event City is the UK’s largest Christmas indoor theme park and is coming to Manchester for the first time this December. Not only are there 30 fun-packed rides, but there’s also plenty of food and drink on offer. To top it all off, the Christmas Circus is in town and its array of breathtaking and entertaining performers promises to leave you in awe and put you into the festive spirit.

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Reminiscent of a scene from a Christmas card, Spinningfields Ice Rink offers you the chance to skate under the stars with friends and family and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The Ice Rink is open seven days a week and also offers a whole host of activities including a pop up festive village and Helter Skelter rides, making Manchester City Centre a must visit if you’re looking to soak up that Christmas atmosphere.

Newcastle

Countdown to Christmas at Belsay

Belsay Hall, just outside of the city, is putting on a plethora of festive events to take you back to Christmas past. Running every weekend up until the 14th of December, Belsay Hall creates nostalgia with a host of events including festive carols and songs and even Christmas ghost stories for adults. Enjoy the festive season in the historic surroundings of this 19th century mansion and don’t forget to sample a wintry walk around the stunning gardens.

Kielder Winter Wonderland

If you’re seeking a bit adventure and wonder, Kielder Winter Wonderland could be just what you’re looking for. Follow the Winter Wonderland star to the middle of an enchanted forest to be welcomed by a fantastic range of festive activities which will awe and amaze. Not only is there ice skating and snow tubing, but there’s also a visit to the elves workshop and of course Father Christmas himself to look forward too. Also, make sure you don’t miss the Water Birds of Prey Centre where you can get up close and personal with one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the UK.

If you’ve seen anything you fancy or you’re just visiting one of these fantastic cities, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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What they say! Press reviews of Roomzzz Aparthotel. Part 2

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Have you seen our site recently? If you look through each of the pages you’ll see quotes from recent press trips and reviews of Roomzzz Aparthotel – in all locations – Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

We’ve picked out the choicest of quotes for your reading pleasure…

‘Room 9 out of 10, Service 9, Cool factor 8.5, Value 9, Score 8.5′ . The Times, The Cool Hotel Guide – Manchester City

‘We take the lift to the seventh of the 11 floors, unlock our door and are taken aback by the sense of space.’ The Times, Leeds City West

‘The apartment is large enough to live in, never mind stay a single night.’ The Times, Leeds City West

“Blimey,” says my wife, “this is more than we have at home.’ The Times, Leeds City West

‘The bed delivers a good night’s sleep – must get some memory foam’ ‘And the bathroom has an excellent power shower’ The Times, Leeds City West

Room:
9 out of 10, Service: 9 out of 10, Value: 9 out of 10. The Times, Leeds City West

‘The Grade II listed building is full of character, with enormous windows, exposed metal beams and high ceilings.’ The Daily Telegraph, Manchester City

‘Each of the 48 apartments is unique and quirky – some have his-and-hers showers or sinks, four-poster beds or a Jacuzzi.’ The Daily Telegraph, Manchester City

You don’t have to stay in a suite for a touch of luxury: even some of the entry-level “smart studios” have four-posters, and all rooms have a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and hob, free Wi-Fi and an Apple Mac computer as standard.’ The Daily Telegraph, Manchester City

9/10 – The Daily Telegraph, Manchester City

‘The UK’s homegrown lifestyle brand’ Buying Business Travel

‘Roomzzz has made quite an impact on the UK’s regional hotel market’  – Sleeper Magazine

‘While the group has a strong pipeline going forward it is current performance that has sparked an interest amongst owners and operators in the regions’ – Sleeper Magazine

What they say! Press reviews of Roomzzz Aparthotel. Part 1

Roomzzz Aparthotel, Manchester CITY

Have you seen our site recently? If you look through each of the pages you’ll see quotes from recent press trips and reviews of Roomzzz Aparthotel – in all locations – Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

We’ve picked out the choicest of quotes for your reading pleasure… Check back for more soon! There is more!!

‘As you’d expect from a luxury hotel, there’s every concession to contemporary style’ Company Magazine – Manchester City

‘Perfect for a girlie weekend of shopping and partying!!’ Company Magazine – Manchester City

‘High ceilings, long windows, soaring interior spaces and grand Victorian character by the yard.’ Company Magazine – Manchester City

‘I stayed in the Liberty Suite which had the ‘wow’ factor in every way.’ SKY – Newcastle City

‘I can imagine any party of people finding the utilities and the interior to be most impressive – making for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.’ SKY Newcastle City

‘A great place to touch base after a day sightseeing, wandering along the quayside, discovering hidden gems’ SKY – Newcastle City

‘A perfect location in a fabulous building which has undergone an impressive regeneration.’ SKY – Newcastle City

‘The hotel is found within a Georgian townhouse and combines historic features including vaulted ceilings and a grand staircase’ The Daily Telegraph, ‘The Week in Travel’ – Newcastle City

‘Roomzzz, in Manchester, offers serviced apartments with quirky and luxurious touches, close to Chinatown and the Manchester Art Gallery.’ The Daily Telegraph – Britain’s Top Affordable Hotels – Manchester

‘I was in a “maxima suite”, which costs from £109 a night — and it was very good.’ The Times, The Cool Hotel Guide – Manchester City

‘On the lower level I found a desk and iMac, with a large screen and fast (free) wi-fi, next to a magnolia leather sofa and a striking rug. A shiny toaster and a hob, so new-looking it appeared that they’d never been used, were in an alcove next to a spotless bathroom with a power-shower. It felt like the ultimate bachelor pad.’ The Times, The Cool Hotel Guide – Manchester City

‘With rooms starting at only £89, this modern ‘apartment hotel’ offers excellent value’ – The Times, The Cool Hotel Guide – Manchester City

It’s a HAPPY EASTER with Roomzzz Aparthotel!

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From all at Roomzzz Aparthotel we’d like to wish you a very Happy Easter break!

We know that many of you are staying with us over Easter for mini breaks – but for everyone who has other plans we thought we’d remind you of the reasons to book with us soon – with this fabulous Trip Advisor review of Roomzzz Aparthotel Newcastle City.

Remember we have our amazing Spring into Roomzzz.co.uk offer on at the moment so you can stay for less when you Spring into Roomzzz.co.uk

Get an extra 20% off the best available rate by booking right here, right now on our brand new website.

Leeds City From £63.50

Leeds City West From £47.50

Manchester From £79.50

Newcastle From £69.50

“Delightful in every way!”
5 of 5 stars

This was my second visit at Roomzzz Newcastle. The first visit was so good that we decided to come back for few more days and am so looking forward to be back again. What a pleasure to be staying here.

Staff was just excellent , very pleasant and helpful. We stayed in the Penthouse Suite and what a delight! The attention to detail has been fantastic. Really gives you a luxurious feeling and felt so good to have such a space to ourselves. Having an iMac in the suite was such a luxury,which I have not had at any other hotel yet, not even at hotels like Atlantis,The Palm !!! I just can’t say enough as to how happy we were at Roomzzz. Again, we had two big televisions in the suite which was great. The sitting area was very comfortable and gave a good space to chill out.

We had the complimentary breakfast on the first day and it was lovely. The coffee machine made great drinks,the Mocha and Hot Chocolate were my favourite and my husband was enjoying the Latte’s. We had nice selection of French pastries and it was all complimentary! On our second morning,we prepared a cooked breakfast and we found everything that we needed for it.The oven and the microwave was sparkling clean. It was a real pleasure. For evening meals, we took a short walk to Grey Street on both nights and had a lovely dinner’s at The Living Room and at Brown’s. We were very much in the centre of town within minutes walk from our hotel.

The beautiful staircase lead us to the bedroom upstairs which was very romantic and trendy. The bed was extremely comfortable,but no surprise there as it was the same when we stayed the time before. The bedding was very good quality and luxurious. We had a good sound sleep on both nights. Bathroom was lovely too with nice shower. Towels were very absorbent and were changed regularly.

The standard of house keeping was impeccable,everything was nice and clean.

We just did not want to leave our room to go out. We had some real chill time in our Suite and are so looking forward to be back. What a pleasure to see that the standards have not slipped at all. We have decided to come back every few months!!!!

 

Roomzzz Reviews: Manchester City

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Roomzzz Aparthotel, Manchester City

“Fantastic hotel – gigantic rooms!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I totally enjoyed this hotel. Great staff; well furnished rooms with kitchen facilities and great showers. Every room has a desk, a table, sofa and huge windows. I’ve never seen so many lights in one room – there’s a light for every corner! Great coffee and croissants in the morning too. I’d stay there again for sure.

Remember you can book to stay in Manchester City from only £79.50 with our amazing Spring into Roomzzz.co.uk offer on at the moment so you can stay for less when you Spring into Roomzzz.co.uk

Get an extra 20% off the best available rate by booking right here, right now on our brand new website.

Leeds City From £63.50

Leeds City West From £47.50

Manchester From £79.50

Newcastle From £69.50

Roomzzz Reviews: Roomzzz Aparthotel Leeds City.

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Roomzzz Aparthotel, Leeds

We love reading our reviews of Roomzzz Aparthotel on Trip Advisor…

Totally unbiased and straight from our guests. The review below is from Roomzzz Aparthotel Leeds City – which incidentally is just around the corner from the new and wondrous Trinity Leeds. Perfect for all  your shopping needs as well as being FAMOUS – how could you not have seen it on the news yesterday?

“Great place to stay whether on business or leisure”
5 of 5 stars

Reviewed 18 March 2013

‘As a regular visitor to Leeds on business, I usually get put up in one of the many hotels in Leeds, however I have now discovered Roomzzz Aparthotel and wouldn’t go back to the hotel experience. These apartments are very well appointed and 5mins walk from Leeds Station so very central.

I love the fact I can eat in, eat out, cook for myself or for colleagues or bring in a takeaway (no more eating in my room on room service!) and I have everything thing I need for a comfortable stay. The beds are very comfortable, the bathrooms have everything you need (including underfloor heating) and are clean and modern and the kitchen has all the appliances, cutlery and crockery you could possibly need as well as a washer dryer and dishwasher.

The ‘grab and Go’ breakfast provided in the price hits the spot nicely with decent coffee and fresh croissants and pastries, juice and fruit.

The concierge in reception is friendly and helpful and to top it all, it’s cheaper than staying in a hotel so good for my company’s budget!

If you are staying for leisure, Leeds excellent shopping centre and myriad of eateries are just minutes away.

I highly recommend you give Roomzzz a try next time you have to stay in Leeds’.

Remember we have our amazing Spring into Roomzzz.co.uk offer on at the moment so you can stay for less when you Spring into Roomzzz.co.uk

Get an extra 20% off the best available rate by booking right here, right now on our brand new website.

Leeds City From £63.50

Leeds City West From £47.50

Manchester From £79.50

Newcastle From £69.50