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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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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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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 

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!

Your first Christmas present!

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Whilst we can appreciate it’s only the 1st December we want to talk to you about January 2012… and our gift to you!

From today you can use your Royalty Club membership to get a Double Discount throughout the month of January… all you have to do is join our club and you can claim this discount! Already a member? go online  to www.roomzzz.co.uk and make your booking or call 0844 499 4888.

So what’s the catch?* Well there really isn’t one – you just have to have made your booking by 6th January!

Why not treat a friend or family member to a stay in central Leeds? Or just treat yourself to a night in one of our apartments in Manchester?
  
*Bookable with valid Royalty Club membership only. Discount applies to new bookings made by 06/01/2012 for stays until 31/01/2012, subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to amend or cancel any offers as appropriate without prior notice.

Leeds City Reviewed on Trip Advisor

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Omsall from Birmingham left us this review of Leeds City!

 

“Woah”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 November 2011

Wow – what an awesome place to stay, very close to all the local amenities, the room was super stylish and modern, its larger than it looks on the photos, theres free internet and the staff are very friendly.

I would recommend this to anybody thinking of staying in the local area. The only downside is that there is no hotel parking, on the steet parking has a limit of 30-minutes at certain intervals although there is a city council car park across the road. 

 James M from Toulouse had this to say…

“Brilliant….”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 8 November 2011

Couldn’t have asked for more – everything was clean, it’s just like staying in a fancy apartment for the weekend. No problems at all.

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?
=
?
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!

Win a weekend @ Roomzzz…

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Well here it is….  the final week of this month’s  Roomzzz Treasure Hunt! Are you a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter? If not… why not?
This week our lucky winner gets to win a weekend in Roomzzz Leeds City… a whole weekend… on us… and all you have to do is follow the clues…

So what could you expect at check in?

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.
What are the apartments like?
Our Smart studios have been cleverly thought out to provide you with a thoroughly functional, yet highly stylish living space. The open-plan design includes a well-equipped compact kitchen for preparing lavish lunches or late-night snacks. And there’s a host of clever features like the super-comfy memory foam bed, the combination wardrobe/bookcase and the desk that doubles as a dining table. For comfort and practicality, it’s the smart choice.
Five top floor Smart studios enjoy the added luxury of, you guessed it, a balcony – the perfect vantage point from which to survey city life.

Step into one of our Grande studios (accessible) and you’ll immediately be struck by the light, airy feel of the open-plan interior. Everything’s been arranged to give you the extra space you need to relax in complete comfort. There are double or twin options available. Worked up an appetite in the city? The large L-shaped kitchen provides everything you need for dining in, or for late-night snacking.

Space to stretch out. Space to relax. Space to live. That’s the thinking behind the Liberty suite. Here, you’ll discover a generously-proportioned open-plan living area with a good-sized kitchen, fully-equipped of course, and a dining table for sharing pasta, papers and opinions. There’s a separate bedroom, fitted with a stylish walnut wardrobe and dressing table. And because we know how hard it’ll be to leave your incredibly comfortable bed, we’ve added a wall-mounted plasma screen in there too.
Travelling as a family group? There’s no need to compromise, either on comfort or style. The Maxima suite features a master double bedroom overlooking the grand elevations of Sovereign Street, along with all the usual refinements such as fitted walnut furniture and a wall-mounted plasma screen. There’s also a second bedroom with bunks, desk and wardrobe – an ideal, and separate, space for the younger members of your party. In between, there’s a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as acres of comfy seating where you can spread out and plan your days together.
So all you have to do is stay tuned to the Roomzzz blog and Facebook this Friday…. work out the clues… post your answer onto our facebook page in either Leeds or Manchester, tell us you’re a Roomzzz Treasure hunter and if you’re right, you’re in the draw…. Happy hunting!

50% off at Roomzzz!

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You only have a few days left to take advantage of our autumn extravaganza! It’s nearly time for our 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 on all your bookings! It’s even free to join… what’s not to love?

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