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The best city entertainment

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Newcastle

Chris Ramsey
If you’re spending the weekend in the area, what better way to enjoy your Friday night than laughing along to one of Newcastle’s favourite sons, Chris Ramsey. The Geordie stand up heads back to his hometown for this intimate concert at the city hall on 21 March.

Franz Ferdinand
After seeming to disappear for a number of years after initially bursting onto the scene with their 2005 album You Could Have It So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand have made somewhat of a resurgence of late, and on 27th March, head to the Newcastle O2 Academy.

Elbow
Over a decade since their Mercury-nominated debut album Asleep in the Back was released, the Manchester band are still receiving critical acclaim, and head to Newcastle on their latest chart topping The Take Off and Landing of Everything tour. Playing at the O2 Academy in an intimate warm up concert, the five piece play the small venue on 31 March, and tickets are likely to be limited.

Leeds

Miranda Hart
Another comedic offering to line up for your weekend city break, arguably the biggest name in female comedy heads to Leeds’ prime venue this month. The set of dates at the First Direct Arena still have tickets available, and with showings on both Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March, you can easily plan your weekend around the performance timings.

Johnny Marr
It’s not often that rock royalty heads to Leeds, so when someone of Johnny Marr’s musical calibre heads to the city, it’s tough not to snap up tickets. The former Smith is playing one of Leeds’ smaller and newest venues, playing at the popular Belgrave Music Hall on the 24th March.

Manic Street Preachers
The renowned Welsh rockers have enjoyed just short of 30 years of success career in the industry, and with hit after hit still rolling into the charts, the three piece band from the South Wales Valley play First Direct Arena on Friday 28th March.

Manchester

OneRepublic
Arguably the American pop band of the year, OneRepublic have received masses of airtime since releasing their newest album, Native last year. With hits ‘If I Lose Myself’ and ‘Counting Stars’ receiving many plaudits, their catchy style of alternative pop heads to Manchester on Friday 21st March.

Bombay Bicycle Club
Since establishing back in 2005, Bombay Bicycle Club have seen a rapid rise through the music industry. Having progressed from smaller venues throughout their inaugural ‘I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ tour, the band have rapidly risen between 2008 and the present day, to the extent that their recent tour was performed on a global scale. Heading to Manchester on Friday 21st, make sure you grab a ticket for their Albert Hall date.

Tinie Tempah
This rescheduled concert was due to take place back towards the back end of 2013 finally arrives in Manchester on the 28th of March. With hits including ‘Pass Out’, ‘Wonderman‘ and ‘Written In The Stars‘, this is one concert you won’t want to miss.

If you’re looking to enjoy an evening of city entertainment this month, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Valentine’s Day in Manchester

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February is almost here, which means that for the loved-up couples amongst us, we’re just over a fortnight away from a romantic weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re wanting ideas for the Friday, or you’re planning to show your love for a whole weekend, here are some ideas with how to wow your partner.

Dinner
The staple of many Valentine’s Evenings is the romantic meal as a couple, eating over candle light in an ambiant, pricey restaurant. Here are our suggestions if you want a special meal on the 14th.

Rosso
Rosso is a high-end city centre restaurant which aims to provide top quality Italian cuisine in an ambient atmosphere. On most evenings, you’ll not only be able to enjoy high quality food, but you’ll also be able to enjoy it in the presence of a superb band and guest singers. If you’re looking for a trendy and quality dining experience this Valentine’s Day, Rosso is offering couples the opportunity to enjoy a £60 per person meal, with sittings at either 5pm, 7pm or 9.30pm.

Ocean Treasure
One of Manchester’s best Chinese offerings, Ocean Treasure is really pushing the boat out this Valentine’s Day offering multiple options for loved up diners. If you’re wanting the ‘no expense spared’ evening, then private dining packages are available for couples from £140, with lesser priced options coming in at £90 for the five course Valentine’s banquet or £70 for four courses.  With modern décor and a location in the trendy Manchester 235, Ocean Treasure brings a little bit of the Far East to central Manchester.

Entertainment

If a high quality meal isn’t enough to satisfy your other half, or you need more ideas to build your weekend break around, why not check out these entertainment options in the city centre.

Hallé Valentine’s Day Concert at The Bridgewater Hall
For the true romantics amongst us, this is the only option when it comes to Valentine’s Evening entertainment. The Hallé Concert at Bridgewater Hall takes your favourite theatrical musical numbers, be they contemporary or classical, and transforms them into a seamless love themed concert. Including numbers from Guys And Dolls, West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet along with tracks composed by the likes of Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammersmith, this classy performance is one to simply sit back and enjoy. Tickets for the event are available online and start at £17.

St Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Printworks
Offering something a bit more quirky, the bars and restaurants of The Printworks are this year having a Prohibition throwback. The St Valentine’s Day Massacre event pays homage to Chicago in the 1920’s and you can expect to enjoy an assortment of well-dressed gentlemen and ladies on show, along with themed drinks and music. Get dressed up in your smartest 20’s ensemble and swing your night away like you’re back in the prime of America’s coolest period.

 

December: A month in music

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Winter is well and truly here, and although that means many of us will confine ourselves to warmth, to others it means the arena concert scene is well in full swing. If you’re planning a musical themed weekend away, take a look at the music events coming up around three of the UK’s major northern cities. From mass popularity bands to something a little more refined, we’ve got your evenings sorted.

 

Leeds

If you’re looking for music in Leeds, look no further than the array of talent on show at the First Direct Arena this month. To kick off, on the very first day of the month, Xmas Party Live showcases a grand evening of pop music with  the likes of Example, The Saturdays, Eliza Doolittle, Conor Maynard, McFly and Rudimental all being pegged for the line up. If modern pop doesn’t take your fancy, Irish quartet Boyzone head to Leeds on the 9th, and you can grab your tickets for £35 if you want an evening of 90’s pop.

US smash hit show, New Jersey Nights comes to Leeds as part of the UK leg of their world tour, which is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all times. Head to the First Direct Arena on the 4th of the month if the glitz and glamour of the States is more to your liking this December.

Newcastle

If a bit of old fashioned rock music is more to your liking, then this month’s highlight at the Metro Radio Arena is Status Quo & 10cc, who combine to put on a show on the 19th on December. Joining the Quo this month, Scottish pop rockers Wet Wet Wet head to the Toon on the 17th, along with special guests for the night, Blue.

Arguably the biggest name hitting the arena this month, JLS will say goodbye to Newcastle in style with their performance as part of the group’s farewell tour. If you’re a fan of the XFactor originated group, be sure to snap up a ticket soon for as little as £25.

Manchester

At Manchester’s Phones4U Arena this month, an array of musical performances are on offer, with something to suit every taste. If you aren’t a fan of the modern radio-played pop hits, and prefer your heavy metal to any other genre, then Bullet for my Valentine’s performance on the 1st December may take your fancy. Similarly, if you’re a fan of old school heavy rock, December 18th sees the legendary original line-up of Black Sabbath perform a string of classic hits along with new tracks from recently released album, 13. Other pop performances are on show throughout the rest of December, with Will.i.am hitting the stage on the 3rd, DJ’s Tiesto & Calvin Harris light up the stage on the 21st and the Key 103 Jingle Ball takes centre stage on the 12th, as big name artists such as Robbie Williams, Pixie Lott, and Jason Derulo contribute to the ensemble cast concert.

If you’re planning a night of music this month, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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Things to do on Halloween in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time for you to get your plans into full swing. Whether you’re looking to head into the city centre, or for something a little different, we’ve handpicked some of the best Halloween events taking place in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

 

Leeds

Harvey Nichols – Halloween Film Night at Espresso Bar

Harvey Nichols fourth floor espresso bar is hosting a Halloween film night on the 31st October. The movie, Edward Scissorhands, will be playing at 7pm while customers indulge in a delicious three-course meal. The evening will cost £24.50 and a £10 deposit will be required when booking. If a film and meal isn’t enough to satisfy your Halloween needs, the event finishes in plenty of time for you to head into Leeds and sample some of the best outfits donned by party-goers at events such as The Voodoo Halloween Showcase at the O2 Academy.

Paranormal Investigation – Leeds Town Hall

If you’re wanting to take a different approach to a night out this Halloween, the first ever paranormal investigation is taking place underneath the Leeds Town Hall in the Victorian Cells. The event runs from 8.00pm till 2.30am with light refreshments available during the breaks. Throughout the night you will experience ‘table tipping’, an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) session, a Ouija board experiment to contact spirits, along with many more spooky activities. This special event will cost £45.00 per person, and will definitely be a night to remember!

 

Manchester

Grosvenor Casino Murder Mystery

On the 26th October, the ‘Most Spooked’ murder mystery is taking place at the Grosvenor Casino in Salford. Consisting of a ‘murder’ and a two-course meal, this dining experience, which only costs £17.95, is set to be more unusual than most. Individuals interrogate each other and will slowly unravel the crime as all the evidence is exposed. The night runs from 7pm to 10:30pm, leaving you plenty of the night to head back into Manchester if the mood takes you.

Querky! Halloween Special- Tiger Tiger Manchester

If Halloween fancy dress is your thing, and you think of yourself as an expert costume designer, why not show off your skills on your Halloween night out? Head down to Tiger Tiger in Manchester for their Halloween Querky event, where the best dressed guest of the night will bag themselves £500. Not bad for a nights work!

 

Newcastle

Halloween Drive-In Movie Theatre

From the 31st October to 2nd November there will be a variety of scary films showing on the newly established drive-in movie theatre in Bents Park. With two viewings each night, the movies generally commence around 6pm or 9pm. Tickets are £20 per car or £24 if you wish to be in the front row. A variety of food is also available (just don’t drop it on your seats!). Give your Halloween experience a taste of America with this rare event.

Halloween Night Ghost Walk

On the 31st October, a Halloween ghost walk is taking place in the Castle Prison and Dungeon Séance. The castle is considered to be one of Newcastle’s most haunted places, and has hundreds of real-life stories linked to gruesome evidence. There will be Ouija boards, EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recordings and a creepy tour of the historic castle by candlelight. Tickets are £10 if you book online and £15 on the door, with the walk taking around an hour and a half to complete.

If you’re readying yourself for a big night of Halloween festivities, or are heading for a night out in Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle, make sure you check out Roomzzz Aparthotels for a luxurious state – and end – to your evening.

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October: A month in music

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With the dark nights drawing in and winter restricting your options when it comes to evening activities, we take a look at the music scene around three of the UK’s major northern cities. From arena sell-outs to local smaller venues, we’ve got your evenings sorted.

Leeds
Although the new First Direct Arena is now officially open for business, the musical acts don’t get into full swing until November. However there are still plenty of smaller venues in the city. Head to the O2 Academy website for an array of artists, DJs and nights out available. Having received widespread acclaim for their debut album Bad Blood, Bastille are heading to Leeds’ O2 Academy on the 21st October as they blast out crowd favourites Pompeii and Laura Palmer. Concerts from Suede, Travis and the Goo Goo Dolls are highlights for the rest of the month, so make sure you check online for tickets to make sure you don’t miss out.

Newcastle
The Arctic Monkeys head to Newcastle’s Metro Arena as our top pick of concerts for October. The Sheffield rockers roll into Newcastle for a performance on the 22nd October. Tickets for the event sold out immediately upon release, with UK concert dates proving to be like gold dust, however if you can find a ticket at an official resale retailer online, it’s a no-brainer to go and see the Yorkshire four piece on this leg of their world tour. Another big name hitting the Geordie music scene this month is Jessie J, whose performance on the 26th is a rescheduling of her cancelled gig from March this year.

Manchester
Big name stars Billy Joel and Peter Gabriel hit Manchester later this month, providing ample entertainment for fans of 70’s and 80’s music. World famous pianist Billy Joel’s stop in Manchester is one of only three English dates, so tickets are sure to be in high demand, but are currently still available. Having embarked on a solo career after leaving rockers Genesis prior to his 1977 debut solo album, Peter Gabriel has enjoyed a long and successful career. Be sure to catch him in Manchester before he ends his tour and takes a sabbatical from the music industry.

Be sure to plan your concert night in advance, and if you’re looking to stay in the city rather than begin the drive home late at night, visit Roomzzz to check for vacancies.

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Manchester!

We won’t be dying the Irwell Green but Manchester has some amazing events, The Irish Festival has been going on for the last couple of weeks and will culminate over the next few days with the celebration of St Patrick’s Day on Saturday! You can see the full list of exciting events here www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk
So if you’re out and about in Manchester this weekend why not book yourself into our city centre hotel and then you can join in the celebrations, secure in the knowledge that you have a comfortable place, not far away, to lay your weary head!
You can give us a call on 0844 499 4888 or visit our website and book online

Very pleasant surprise!

We are very proud of our city centre hotel in Manchester and it makes us swell up even more when we get lovely reviews – like this one below from Brollyman…
5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 March 2012
This was a very pleasant surprise.

It had all the attributes of a good hotel (safe reception area, friendly staff, good location) with the added advantage of the ability to cook in the room. It suited me as a lone traveller down to the ground and I think it would be even better for – say – a lone female traveller not wanting to venture around the City Centre in the evening alone.

Furthermore, I stayed in a room right on the street and once the blinds were closed I had absolutely no problem with noise or disturbance.

The (free) WiFi reception was poor but having a Mac to play with sort of made up for that!

Looking forward to a return visit when I next have to stay.

Roomzz Royalty….? Live like a King…

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As you may be aware we here at Roomzzz just love to treat our loyal guests and so we created the Royalty Club… We have a whole host of new members and so we thought we’d make life simple and put the facts  and the most frequently asked questions down together….
How much does it cost to join? Its free of charge, there are no fees to participate
How does it work? The membership number on the card relates to your discount entitlement. Once you log in on the Roomzzz website you will be recognised as a Royalty member and the discount will be applied
Do I need to take my card to the aparthotel to check-in? Yes, you will be required to present your Royalty Club card and membership number when you check-in
Can I recommend to others? Yes, you can recommend to friends and family to apply for their own membership. Members must be over the age of 18 and a UK resident.

Can my company join the scheme? Yes, we also have a Corporate Royalty Club, please contact sales@roomzzz.co.uk for details on how to join

What discount do I get? You will start on the Silver level which entitles a 10% discount
How do I reach the Gold and Platinum levels? You will be automatically rewarded with the Gold membership after staying with us for 25 room nights and Platinum membership after 75 room nights
Will I get the discount each time I book? Yes, as long as you use your personal login when booking online or quote your membership number when calling the central reservations team
Can I use it at any Roomzzz Aparthotel? Yes, and we are actively seeking opportunities to expand, so keep an eye out for new aparthotels in a city near you
Can I let my friends and family use it? No, the card is specific to you
Do I have to stay a minimum number of nights? You only need to stay once to be eligible to join. After booking 25 room nights you will move to the Gold membership which increases your discount to 15%
What if I lose my card? Simply email royalty@roomzzz.co.uk to request a new one
So that’s all you need to know about our Royalty Club Membership… now all you have to do is click here to sign up!

Friday Favourites Treasure Hunt is back…

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We’re back with a new Treasure Hunt for 2012! Follow our clues below… look out for tomorrow’s blog to complete the hunt… and then post your answer on our Facebook wall for Leeds or Manchester before 3pm and you’ll be in with a chance to win win win a night on us in our fabulous Manchester City Centre hotel!

Monday
How much did Aimee R pay for her room in Roomzzz?
x 2
PLUS
Tuesday

Add all the numbers together for the year in which Pope Paul VI deleted Valentine’s Day? ( x + x + x + x)
Minus
Wednesday
The amount of discount our Royalty Club GOLD members receive
Divided By
The number of times the word Roomzzz appears in tomorrow (Friday’s) blog!
And that’s it Treasure Hunters – look out for our blog tomorrow and don’t forget to post your answer!

Taking a trip…? Check us on Tripadvisor…

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 Check out this lovely review of our Manchester city centre hotel!

“Very Relaxing”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 January 2012 
 
We arrived for a stay of one night only, and after all the busyness of Christmas we wanted simply to relax and go shopping. In the end we stayed in the room drank loads of champagne and didn’t go anywhere, and that was all down to the quality of the room, the decor, the flexibility of having a well equipped kitchen and the general ambience the surroundings created We have stayed here around 6 times and on every occasion we have been more than satisfied, the receptionist was very helpful, as the staff at Roomzzz always are. We will be going back again soon.