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Christmas Markets 2013 in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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With Christmas just around the corner, we take a look at the annual Christmas and German markets that land in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle. Offering stalls with quirky gift ideas, Christmas decorations, assorted foods from across Europe and plenty of warming winter drinks, Christmas markets have something to suit every taste and get you in that festive mood.

Leeds

Always a favourite when the festive period comes around, the Leeds Christkindelmarkt sees the residents of Leeds and surrounding areas flock to Millennium Square for a real taste of an authentic German Christmas. Opening on Friday 8th November, it’s no surprise that this market is one of the best attended in the country, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling lights all creating a unique festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Undeniably the most popular attraction at Leeds’ market is the German pub which occupies the very centre of Millennium Square. It provides refuge from the cold weather and offers German-themed food and drinks throughout the daytime and evening. Be sure to pick your visiting time carefully though, as the large venue often fills up quickly at peak times. Enjoy a ‘stein’ of beer, bratwurst hot dog and evening of Oom-pah band entertainment.

Manchester

Offering a wider range of shopping options than the other markets in this list, the Manchester Christmas Market provides more than 300 stalls to choose from and is dotted around numerous locations in the city centre. This year sees an even bigger selection of stalls than ever before, and you won’t be disappointed when taking a browse. The vast range of stalls means you can easily find gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and a vast selection of food and drink on offer. Head to this market and you’ll also discover mouth-watering delicacies from all over Europe, so why not treat yourself to Dutch mini pancakes, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or French profiteroles. The market heads to Manchester later this month, from 15th November right through until 22nd December.

Newcastle

Newcastle’s Christmas Market might not be the largest of Christmas markets in the UK, but when you mix in what else Newcastle has to offer, it’s well worth making the trip and spending your weekend in the ‘Toon’. While it’s only in the city for five days, running from 4th December until Sunday 8th, the set up at Grey’s Monument in the centre of town gives a great, if quick feel of Christmas right in the centre of Newcastle.

Stalls offer foods like chocolate, jams and cakes; whilst also giving you the chance to shop for some great gifts, with handmade clothing and jewellery stalls. It’s only there for one weekend, so make sure you plan your Christmas shopping for the beginning of December if you want to catch the short stay of Newcastle’s Christmas Market. If you simply can’t wait until December, why not check out the Continental market at the same location, which arrives on Friday 15 November and stays until Saturday 30th November. Similar to Manchester and Leeds, this European themed market provides Christmas style gifts and delicious foods, so make a weekend of it, enjoy Newcastle and sample some European Christmas treats.

If you’re heading to Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle this Christmas, then make sure you plan early and make a weekend of it. Head to our website, where you can plan a luxurious weekend stay to truly enjoy the city Christmas experience.

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Christmas Shopping…? Leeds has it covered!

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We found this handy guide to Christmas Shopping in Leeds on www.visitleeds.co.uk have a read and make sure you don’t miss out on your next trip! And after a busy day on your feet in the shops why not stay with us? We have 3 hotels in Leeds and a wide choice of Leeds accommodation… visit our website or give us a call on 0844 499 4888…
And don’t forget our double discount January… if you can’t make it for Christmas Shopping how about coming along for the January sales?
“Leeds boasts a wide variety of shopping options from boutiques to markets and department stores as well as plenty of great cafes and restaurants well worth a visit during the festive season. Not only does Leeds have a compact shopping quarter, but many of the shops are located within beautifully presented shopping centres and cosy arcades perfect for Christmas shopping.
A visit to Christkindelmarkt is the ultimate festive experience and the ideal way to combine a day of shopping, entertainment and relaxation to help chase away those winter chills.
 
Christmas shopping at the Victoria Quarter is a truly magical experience. The beautiful architecture of the centre’s historic Grade II* buildings, coupled with its’ renowned festive decorations – including the magnificent 20m tree, make it a is a must see destination this Christmas. VQ is home to 76 of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, including Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Links of London and new arrivals Liz Earle, many of whom are open late during December.

A warm welcome awaits shoppers at Europe’s largest indoor market, Kirkgate Market. With over 500 stalls, the market offers the best in quality, variety and value for money, combined with friendly service and a warm vibrant atmosphere.
 
The St Johns Shopping Centre, Leeds, will be bringing shopping magic to customers this year with a host of events designed to make them and their loved ones sparkle! 

Leeds Corn Exchange is one of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings and has recently undergone a major restoration. Shoppers can choose from an array of independent stores ranging from eclectic jewellery, artwork, home accessories, designer fashion including a good range of menswear and speciality shops such as maternity and vintage wear.
 
Connecting the newly refurbished Lands Lane and Briggate, Thorntons and Queens Arcades house some of our cities finest independent retailers and boutiques bursting with gift solutions and festive treats. Visit OK Comics, Bon Bons chocolatiers, Yum Yum Beads and Mr Chimp for some unique presents to please all the family.
Leeds Christmas & Gift Fair is heading to The Light on 10th and 11th December! Complete with everything to caters for all your festive needs, from Christmas cakes, Vintage gifts and Party Outfits through to Christmas decorations and Handmade Jewellery to name but a few.”
Thanks to www.visitleeds.co.uk for this handy guide!

50% off @Roomzzz in our Blue X Sale

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It’s nearly time for our one day 50% blue cross sale… all our lovely Royalty Club Members will have exclusive access to this amazing offer!
From 8am – 8pm this Wednesday the 9th November 2011 you can book any apartment, any location on any date* until the end of March 2012 with an amazing 50% discount!
And that’s not all… all our members Royalty Club you can enjoy a minimum of a 10% discount on all your bookings! It’s even free to join… what’s not to love?

Ho ho ho… nearly time for the Christmas Markets!

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As we are now into November I feel that we can legitimately mention Christmas… and one of our favourite parts of Christmas is a trip to the Christmas Markets…. and we are particularly lucky here in Manchesteras we have a particularly fine and famous one!
From the 17 November – 21 December 2011 it’s time to don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Markets.

Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.

This year the market will be celebrating its 13th year and will take over eight different spaces around the city, each with it’s own distinct character and atmosphere.

The array of over 200 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Europe. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Treat yourself to anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella to French profiteroles. Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. Soak up the atmosphere of a truly international event with a uniquely Mancunian flavour.

And after a hard day of shopping and sampling the goods you can make your way back to Roomzzz to relax and unwind! What could be better?

*information supplied by www.christmasmarkets.com

Share the love…

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This week our Friday Favourites competition moves on to something new – but very simple!
All you have to do is share this link on your Facebook wall and tag it with the comment  “Win a FREE night @roomzzz!” – that’s all! We will then pick a winner at random from everyone who joins in and shares the love!
And what does our lucky winner get? Well a free night in… Leeds City West!

109 superb apartments individually designed to provide you with everything you need to relax, in complete comfort. Go for one of our Smart studios, or choose a more spacious Grande studio. Whichever you choose, we’re sure you’ll feel right at home.
Elland Road Stadium, Leeds Bradford International Airport, M1 and M62 are all within easy reach, and the vibrant city centre is only 15 minutes walk away. There’s plethora of things to do and see during your stay here. It’s also the ideal place to stay if you need to be close to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), Leeds University, Leeds Met and Parklane College.

Pantry full of living essentials like toiletries, milk and ready meals is available in Reception. Whatever you do, the convenience doesn’t just stop there.

Key features are:-

– Free wi-fi broadband internet
- Free local and national calls
- Free Grab & Go breakfast
- Pay and display car par adjacent 

So fancy a night here? Just share this link on your wall with the tag “Win a FREE night @roomzzz!” it’s that simple – winner will be announced after 3pm tomorrow!

Spooky fun for half term!

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Not long now until the first half-term of the academic year… so why not enter our Friday Favourites competition and you could win a free night in Leeds City West!

In case you need more persuasion, we’ve picked out some spooky fun for you… 

 
Temple Newsam
Half-Term Highlights - Sat 22nd – Sun 30th Oct (all day). As the clock goes back bring a little light into your life by exploring all things bright and beautiful and follow the light trail around the house.

Halloween Hauntings – Sat 29th Oct (5.30pm to 8pm with last admission at 7.15pm). Come along if you dare and enter the darkened house and farm. Dress up in a spooky outfit and collect some ghoulish treat. Booking required, tel: 0113 264 7321. Adults £6.50, Child £4, Family £20. 20% Leeds Card discount.

Kirkstall Abbey
Spooky Tours and Beastly Beasts - Sat 22nd to Thurs 27th Oct (10am to 12noon). Bring your battery powered candles for our pre-Halloween spook-fest. Discover the weird world of museum monsters. Booking required, tel: 0113 214 1458.

Lotherton Hall
Halloween Trail - Sat 22nd to Sun 30th Oct (all day). Explore the house and find spooky clues to be in with a chance of winning a fiendish prize.

Lantern Making - Thu 27th Oct (12noon to 2pm). Come along and have a go at making your own lantern.

Mask Making - Sat 29th Oct (1pm to 3pm). Need a mask for Halloween? Come along and create your own scary face.
 And don’t worry if you don’t win our competition – you can still come and stay with us in Leeds City West or Leeds City! Why not give us a call today on 0844 499 4888 or book online!
*listings courtesy of Leeds Art Gallery – www.leeds.gov.uk

Bites and sips…

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From the 7th – 17th October, The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is a nationally acclaimed event that has developed to its current level over 14 years. Conceived and developed in 1998, the event originated as a means of showing the rest of the nation that there was more to Manchester dining than the stereotypes that existed at the time.
In the 13 annual Festivals that have taken place over that time, the Festival has achieved a national status. It is an urban food and drink festival, there is no single location, rather the Festival takes over as much of the City Centre and surrounding districts of Greater Manchester as possible, with a huge programme of events taking place, both indoor and outdoor.
The Festival highlights a number of ‘Festival themes’, issues which affect the food and drink industry in the region.
Like Manchester itself, the Festival is both Original and Modern. Events and participation have ranged from a children’s food workshop at a community library in Salford, to a glittering Gala Dinner at Manchester’s Town Hall.
Over the years the Festival has drawn names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Bill Wyman, this year sees Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall headlining!
Check out the website for more details http://foodanddrinkfestival.com/
If you’re heading to the festival… why not check in at Roomzzz? You could spend your day eating and drinking, exploring fabulous food and wine , then returning to Roomzzz  for relaxation in our luxurious surroundings – a weekend of delightful treats for body, mind and soul!

Let tripadvisor tell you about us…

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Hope you’ve all had a nice weekend? We’ve had a busy one here at Roomzzz... lots of lovely weekend guests – many related to students moving into new cities…  starting a new stage in life is very exciting!
Pachhaja from Plymouth wrote this after dropping his daughter in Leeds..
5 of 5 starsReviewed 17 September 2011 
My wife and I stayed for one night on a city weekend break while dropping our daughter at University. We loved the city centre (very upmarket shopping and nicely priced restaurants) and this aparthotel blew us away. A large modern room with excellent facilities inc fridge, wasing machine and dishwasher. As it happens, we didnt need them but the room was very clean with modern furnishings. There is no breakfast but good coffee, pastries and fruit juice are available in the lobby. We would definitely stay again.
Elbowsoff wrote this lovely review – nothing makes us happier than people who consider canceling their plans and just kicking back with us!
5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 September 2011 
This is our 3rd stay in a year and it was great to be welcomed by Keith again who has always made our stay special. My 13 year old daughter and I stayed on Friday 9 September for a birthday treat to go to The Royal Exchange. She loved everything about the Liberty Suite which had a fantastic bank of large windows around the corner of the building. The view was brilliant and they were all shuttered with black out blinds and sound proofing. There was no noise from the street below. Nearby are loads of mini supermarkets so we made use of the kitchen facilities and it was a bit of a call whether to go to the theatre we were enjoying the room so much. Then of course the hot chocolate machine in the lobby was truly a 13year old’s dream.

On returning we watched a film and there was no noise from other rooms so I wonder about the reviews mentioning noise as the hotel was very busy. Thank you to Keith who made us feel again like valued regular customers. We will be ringing this Friday hoping for a cancellation on Saturday 17th. Fingers crossed.

 
Room Tip: All the rooms are fabulous but if your want views of the city ask for a room on the 2nd 3rd or 4th floors. The fifth floor rooms are still great and have loads of velux windows.

PS Don’t forget our Royalty Club… you can sign up for free and get a minimum 10% discount off each stay!
 
 

Read all about it…

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Another week dawns and it’s review day again!
Dianne H from Nottingham stayed in Leeds City:-
5 of 5 starsReviewed 11 September 2011 
booked a studio , got the top floor with a balcony,room was clean bright and very modern. the room had i-pod dock, tv and computer, bathroom had a fab shower and the large mirror in there was heated so it didn’t steam up, kitchen has everything you would need. Did not have the grab and go breakfast but did use the free coffee machine in the reception a lot, this place is a short taxi ride from the coach station and cost us only 4 pounds, the train station is even closer, all the bars, clubs and restaurants are 2 minutes round the corner. This is a fab place at fab prices, would recommend to anyone, just booked Roomzzz at Manchester for october, give this place a try , you will love it … 
Sarah from Leeds booked family in for a visit:-
5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 September 2011 
I booked this hotel for my father who came up from the midlands. We were both extremely impressed with his apartment and we both agreed that Roomzzz is a good find and offered more flexibility than hotels which he has stayed in previously.
The staff were friendly and there is a nice relaxed atmosphere, I am sure we will be back in the future.



Leeds City is this week’s Friday Favourite!

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This week Friday Favourites throw the focus onto Leeds City… tell us what you like about Roomzzz on our Facebook pages for Leeds And / or Manchester

We’ll choose our favourite comment after 12 noon tomorrow and the winner will receive a free night* on us in Leeds City...

So what can you expect if you win?

36 luxurious apartments with one and two bedrooms to choose from, each one has been individually designed to create a stylish interior where you’ll feel totally at ease. And as you’d expect, every apartment is fully kitted out with all mod-cons such as an Apple Mac, an integrated safe and a widescreen LCD TV.
Harvey Nichols the lavish department store and the shopping quarter – home to international chains and independent shops are all within walking distance, and Leeds Railway Station is just under 5 minutes walk away, an apartment here puts you right where the action is.
Grab & Go complimentary breakfast is always available between 6.30am and10.30am to kick start your day, including hot drinks, pastries and fruit. We’ve thought of everything, so you can experience Leeds the way you want.
Key Features of Leeds City are:-
– Free wi-fi broadband internet
- Free local and national calls
- Free Grab & Go breakfast
- Pantry at Reception
- 24-hour concierge
- Housekeeping
- Fully fitted kitchen
- Discounted parking at nearby NCP car park

* Not in conjunction with any other offer – subject to availability – must be booked within 7 days.