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Christmas shopping in the North

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It only comes once a year, but once is enough for those looking to switch Cliff Richard off the radio and actively avoid the Mistletoe. The biggest stress of all though can come from the never-ending traipsing from shop to shop in a bid to avert any last minute panic buying. To help the cause, here is our guide to Christmas shopping in some of the UK’s leading consumer havens to help you rediscover that festive feeling.

Leeds 

Trinity Leeds

When it comes to retail in Leeds this Christmas, it’s hard to look past the recently developed Trinity shopping centre in the heart of the city. After opening in spring of this year, Trinity will be hosting its first Christmas and is sure to attract shoppers, with its Christmas light switch on already being a resounding success. It is home to over 100 shops and restaurants with the majority of the country’s biggest brands housed under this bespoke glass dome. The recently launched Trinity kitchen has also proved somewhat of a phenomenon, as the concept of bringing street food vendors indoors has really caught the imagination of locals.

Victoria Quarter

For those with more expensive taste, the glamorous and elegant Victoria Quarter arcade is the hub for premium fashion and lifestyle brands. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols all sit in this beautiful, marble adorned building which boasts all the history of an ITV period drama. Certainly not a place for those stringent with money, but regardless, it is still worth visiting just to marvel at the exquisite design.

Manchester

Afflecks

An absolutely must-visit in Manchester, Afflecks is home to the weird and the wonderful, and undoubtedly offers something a bit different on your Christmas run this year. Found in Manchester’s Northern quarter, Afflecks is made up of a range of little boutiques and indie merchants with this eccentric emporium being a real magnet for vintage and the unorthodox. Based over four floors, be prepared to lose all track of time as you immerse yourself in tattoos, retro clothing and homemade accessories.

Arndale Centre

For the more conventional amongst you, the Arndale shopping centre offers everything you need from the major high street brands to those a little less known. Perfect for Christmas shopping, if not a little predictable, the Arndale is Europe’s third biggest city centre shopping facility and annually attracts more customers than the Trafford Centre.  It is also known for its seasonal events with Santa’s grotto always proving popular. Its extensive food court and fantastic location make the Arndale centre perfect for all your Christmas shopping needs.

 

Newcastle

Fenwick Department Store

Fenwick’s in Newcastle is the UK’s largest department store and is spread over five floors of a historic and character-filled building. Originally launched in 1882, Fenwick’s has expanded and specialises in a range of luxury goods with its vast food hall and enchanting toy department particularly highly thought of. It has also become famous for its Christmas window displays which is now in its 42nd year and also has a ‘Christmas village’ on the second floor for everything festive as well as top quality food and wine. Fenwick’s is a little pricey but really is a prime retail centre in the North-East.

intu Eldon Square

After much redevelopment in recent years, intu Eldon Square is home to many of the Britain’s top chains with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Debenhams all tenants. In all, there are 150 shops spread across two floors and it regularly competes with the Arndale in Manchester to be the country’s largest city centre shopping facility. It offers plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and the continuing refurbishments promise to add some exciting dimensions to this already popular retail destination.

So wherever you are this festive season, the North’s leading cities offer a fantastic selection of shops and retailers who and can provide everything to suit your needs this Christmas.

 

 

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The Roomzzz 12 Days of Christmas! Day 7…

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The seventh day of Christmas and what did I get? Seven swans a swimming… and you got it… another clue!

Add the answer to today’s clue to days 5 and 6 and you will get the second word…
Clue 7: If you join our Royalty Club you would live like a _ _ _ _?
Good luck treasure hunters! Only 4 more days to go until you find out if you’re a luck Roomzzz winner and the holder of the key to a weekend away! In our Manchester city centre hotel or our hotels in Leeds 

Manchester gets 5 stars!

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Check out this review written about Manchester Roomzzz by cosmiccar from Belfast… they had a great weekend in our Manchester city centre location!
5 of 5 stars 
“Perfect Stay”
Reviewed 1 December 2011 
Roomzzz Aparthotel was one of the best places I’ve stayed in. The location of the hotel is ideal, we found everything walkable and easy to find. It’s located opposite Chinatown and very near the town hall, which had a lovely Christmas market when we visited at the end of November.

I had booked a smart studio for three nights for my boyfriend’s birthday and when we arrived we had been upgraded to a grande studio. The room was large and spotlessly clean. The bedroom section was a good size with a large, very comfy bed and a huge tv. The kitchen area was very clean and had a good selection of equipment. Beside this was the shower room; which had two rain shower heads, a sink and vanity mirror. The toilet was in a separate room, with a sink etc. The room also had a desk and apple mac computer which was a nice touch.

The staff at this hotel were probably the most friendly I’ve encountered, very willing to help.

The only slight negative was probably the breakfast, but I expected this. It had a selection of pastries and fruit, juices and tea and coffee. I would’ve liked more breads, like bagels etc, but this may have been our fault as we were always down quite late! We bought some cereal and had it in the room, which was handy as you have the kitchen facilities anyway.

I would definitely be back to Roomzz and have already recommended it to my friends and family.

Skating in a winter wonderland… In Manchester!

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From 18 November to 2 January Spinningfields is transformed into a winter wonderland with an open-air ice rink, giant Christmas tree and new Moose Bar.

Try your skating skills out on the open air rink before sipping a well earned cocktail at the rink side. Open Monday to Sunday, the festive Canadian log cabin is complete with comfy sofas to rest your weary legs serving hot cocktails, mulled wine and spiced cider.

To book call 0844 815 4866 or visit www.spinningfieldsicerink.com.
And then following an hour or two on the ice you can ‘chill’ out in your very own serviced apartment in Manchester… the luxury of Roomzzz! Why not give us a call now to check availability on 0844 499 4888

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Treasure Hunt Day… The last clue…

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Whoooohoooo… It’s Treasure Hunt Friday!


Here are the clues….

Which birthday was Stockportracca’s wife celebrating?

X (times)
How many years has the Christmas Market been in Manchester?
/(divided by)
How many days did Skarch stay at Roomzzz Leeds City?
+ (plus)
How many times must a Royalty Club member stay at Roomzzz before they are upgraded to a gold membership? 
- (minus) 
How many times the word Roomzzz is mentioned in this blog?
=
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Entry into our competition to win a weekend at Roomzzz Leeds City!

Don’t forget to post your answer onto our Facebook page for Leeds or Manchester with the words “I am a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter” onto our wall

Don’t forget that the winner will get a weekend away on us at Roomzzz Leeds City – you could come along and visit the Christmas Markets in Leeds or how about the Victorian Quarter? Perfect festive fun!

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

Win a night in Manchester Roomzzz!

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We’re on the treasure hunt again and we’re very pleased to announce that this week’s lucky winner will be staying with us in Manchester Roomzzz!
There are so many things to be getting up to in the city, restaurants to visit, bars to sample, shops to peruse, museums to excite BUT we like it best when our guests don’t leave, we find this happens a lot… Our guests check in buzzing with ideas for their stay, they discover that Roomzzz really is a home from home, they have a rains shower settle in with the TV or the mac and that’s it for the day!
So what makes Manchester Roomzzz so special?
Is it:-
  • Free wi-fi broadband internet?
  • Free local and national calls?
  • Free Grab & Go breakfast?
  • Discounted parking at adjacent car park?
  • The Apple Mac Mini Computer?
  • Widescreen LCD TV with Freeview?
  • Ensuite rain shower?
  • Luxury pocket-sprung memory foam bed?
  • Early check in or late check ?
The 48 individual apartments are fully fitted for the practicalities of daily life, finished with a subtle suggestion of the Orient inspired by the bustle of nearby Chinatown. The award wining Grade II listed building boasts high ceilings, long windows, soaring interior spaces, and kitchens equipped with Smeg appliances. This is the height of luxury, by design.
Manchester Roomzzz gives every concession to contemporary style and comfort, expected from a luxury hotel!
So why not join our treasure hunt and bag yourself a night on us! All you need to do is read yesterday’s blog to view the clues, follow the trail, post your answer on our Facebook page for Leeds or Manchester, with the phrase “I am a Roomzzz treasure hunter and my answer is…….” we’ll draw a winner from the correct answers after 3pm on Friday! 
Good luck treasure hunters!

Back by popular demand!

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Aaaaaahaaaaaa! Me hearties… this week’s Friday Favourites is indeed a Treasure Hunt… we’re glad that you enjoy solving them as much as we enjoy creating them!
So what’s the deal? Follow the clues and solve ye olde riddle, swing by our pages on Facebook in Leeds or Manchester and post your answer on our wall! Don’t forget to use the words “I am a Roomzzz treasure hunter and my answer is….. “! 
We’ll pick a winner from the right answers, who will win a free night in one of our fantastic Roomzzz locations!
So to the treasure!
From Monday’s blog:-
1. Which room did Chalky31 stay in?
- minus
2. Which day in October did Peedlewif review Roomzzz Manchester?
+ plus
3. How many nights did AndyH stay in Roomzzz Manchester?
- minus
From Tuesday’s blog:-
4. Which day in November must you have joined the Royalty Club by to take part in the Blue X Sale?
+ plus
5. How much % discount can you get in the Blue X Sale?
x times
6. Which day in November is the Blue X Sale on?
/ divided by
7. What is the minimum % discount you can get at any time as a Royalty Club member?
+ plus
8. How many times do the words Blue X Sale appear in this blog?
 Add one and divide by
9. The number of times the word Roomzz  is mentioned in the body of Thursday’s blog?
Well there you have it… the clues are laid before you… Watch out for tomorrow’s blog to put the final piece in the jigsaw! Good luck treasure seekers…!

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Whooohoooo! We’re at it again… our next one day 50% blue cross sale… join the Royalty Club by the 1st November and you will have exclusive access to this amazing offer!
From 8am – 8pm on 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… once you’re a member of the Royalty Club you can enjoy a minimum of a 10% discount! It’s even free to join… what’s not to love?

*subject to availability

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!