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Weekend preview: Our guide to city events

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Manchester

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club – Band on the Wall

In visiting Manchester, you’re in the city that birthed Oasis,  The Smiths, New Order and Joy Division, so it seems only fitting that whilst in the city of great musical heritage, you should take in one of the best musical offerings of the weekend. Known throughout the industry for his eclectic musical taste that has seen him broadcast on the likes of BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music, Craig Charles takes to the decks this weekend for a Saturday night fuelled with Funk and Soul classics. Taking place at Manchester’s Band on the Wall in the city’s Northern Quarter, from just £15 per person you can spend the night enjoying the biggest names in funk and soul, from James Brown to Stevie Wonder and many more.

 

Newcastle

Boxe Boxe – Theatre Royal

If you don’t want to spend your weekend in Newcastle doing the same old things, then we’ve got a great option for you to broaden your horizons and take in a performance that you might not ordinarily consider. France’s Companie Kafig return to the UK with Boxe Boxe, a breath-taking show offering the likes of which you won’t see anywhere else, which fuses the noble art of Boxing with dance. Eight industry renowned dancers mix the ancient practices of martial arts,  with street and contemporary dance to create a spirited and stunning fusion of hip-hop and fighting. Incorporating contemporary live music from an onstage string quartet, the dancers move in perfect unison on stage. The choice and meticulous timing of the music is said to “inject a further dash of romanticism and melancholy into scenes.” Taking place in the heart of the city, at the famed Theatre Royal, the performance takes place at 7:30 and lasts just over an hour, meaning that once you’ve taken in the latest offering from renowned choreographer Mourad Merzouki, you still have the whole evening to sample some of the finest bars and restaurants in the north of England.

 

Leeds

Derren Brown – The Grand Theatre and Opera House

One of the nation’s leading illusionists and performers, Derren Brown, heads to Leeds for the last weekend of March, as he performs his Infamous tour at the Grand Theatre and Opera House up until 29th March. For Infamous, a more ‘personal’ show, Derren has re-united with his close collaborator and friend, Andy Nyman, with whom he completed some of his most popular works. The Infamous show is Brown’s  sixth show since 2002, and he’s toured every year since then. With over an estimated audience of over 2 million people his shows have won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012), so it’s no surprise that Brown still carries a passion for performing live shows. Tickets range between £20 and £38 and performances are taking place on both Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March.

 

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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The best beer bars in the city

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If you’re heading for a night out in the city, the chances are that bars and clubs won’t be tough to find. However, if you’re after something a bit more specific from your drinking location, and don’t just want to follow the crowd, we have you covered. Cocktail bars and standard lagers are available in abundance in all major cities, however in an age where most of us look for something a little more refined in our drinks, many new establishments have seen growing success from serving craft brews. If you’re after a good craft serving bar to kick off your night before heading onto the major city centre venues, check out these destinations in Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester.

Leeds

North Bar

Describing itself as one of the original pioneers of the city’s bar boom, North Bar can be found in the hugely popular Northern Quarter of Leeds, which has seen a rapid rise to popularity of late. With around 130 different beers on offer, patrons of the bar won’t be short on choice, and you’ll have plenty of scope to vary and broaden your drinking horizons. The draughts on offer at the bar tend to vary seasonally and the drink rotation that North Bar offers means that regular visitors will be provided as much choice as possible.  In recent years, draught beers from specialist craft brewers have become increasingly popular, and with beers from America, Europe and the UK all featuring predominantly on the drinks menu, you won’t be short on options when kicking off your night out with a beer.

Newcastle

BrewDog

Located in the popular nightlife area that is Dean Street, the destination is located perfectly between the historic Grainger Town and the picturesque Quayside of Newcastle and Gateshead. In a city more accustomed to cocktails and champagnes, BrewDog states that this particular bar ‘injects a much needed dose of hardcore craft beer into an area rising from the ashes of a previously Smirnoff-soaked landscape.’ With its impressive glass front that immediately catches the eye on passing, head into the venue and you’ll immediately notice the dual level setup. Popular and busy on most weekends, the venue is a true lover of British punk music and you’ll be greeted by the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Clash upon arrival; however if you head in at a less peak time when the buzz of activity isn’t at its peak, you can relax, hang out, play board games and even rock the vintage pin ball machine. Brewdog’s success since starting up in its original Aberdeen location has now lead to there being 13 locations of the bar throughout the UK.

Manchester

Port Street Beer House

If you’re searching for craft beer in Manchester, then Port Street is the obvious choice, as its vast selection and great critical acclaim puts all competitors to shame. Described by  The Guardian as being in the “top 10 bars and pubs for craft beer”, Port Street gets it right by offering favourites from up and down the UK, along with offerings from over the Atlantic, and many European favourites. Their full and impressive drinks list can be found online, and the bar is located on Port Street, just a short walk from the Piccadilly area of the city

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

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“Don’t hesitate – book!”

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“Don’t hesitate – book!” – I don’t think we could put it better ourselves! It’s what clmswallow wrote about our Manchester city centre hotel on Tripadvisor…
5 of 5 stars 
Reviewed 13 February 2012
I travel to Manchester 4-5 times a year for work and I will always stay at Roomzzz and not bother looking at other accommodation options because it meets all of my requirements – central, secure parking very nearby, value for money and great customer service provided by the lovely reception staff.

Because work are usually paying I tend to book the cheapest rooms but they are by no means basic. I don’t know of any other hotel where you can stay in such luxurious surroundings at such a low price.

This weekend however I was in Manchester with my boyfriend so we booked The Maxima Suite. If you’re thinking about treating a loved one to a romantic weekend away or just like a bit of extra space then this is the room for you.

Down stairs you’ll find:

A kitchen area complete with dish washer, cutlery, hob, pans, plates – basically everything you would need if you were planning to cook and eat in. The hotel have a pantry in reception so you can buy pizzas, curry sauces, soft drinks etc
A large living space with a couple of sofa’s, a desk, iMac, iPod docking station and a large flat screen TV mounted on the wall
A down stairs bathroom with a rain fall shower and a decent sized bath tub with a TV built into the wall (a great touch!)

And then up a spiral staircase you’ll find your bedroom:

A huge bed
Another toilet so you don’t have to navigate the stairs at night
And a third TV

The rooms at Roomzzz are modern, light and clean.

The grab and go breakfast is great – coffee’s, juices, fruit and freshly baked pastries.

My only small gripe is the outside noise but that comes with staying at any City centre hotel. My boyfriend slept through it but the odd siren or loud groups of people have disturbed my sleep when staying here but not enough for me not to book again but I think it’s something the light sleepers amongst you may want to know about.

Make a reservation, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple

The Treasure is a free night in Manchester!

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It’s Friday and the final clue day for our Friday Favourites Treasure Hunt! This week our lucky winner will win a night in our fabulous Manchester City Centre hotel

So what to expect if you follow the clues and hit the nail on the head!

Manchester Roomzzz has 48 individual apartments fully fitted for the practicalities of daily life, finished with a subtle suggestion of the Orient inspired by the bustle of nearby Chinatown. As you’d expect from a luxury hotel, there’s every concession to contemporary style and comfort. 
 
Key features of your stay at Roomzzz…
– Free wi-fi broadband internet
- Free local and national UK landline calls
- Free Grab & Go breakfast
- Pantry at Reception
- Fully fitted kitchen
- Discounted parking at adjacent car park
Manchester Central convention complex for conference and exhibitions and the Northern Quarter – the home of fashion outlets, art galleries and quirky boutique shops are all within walking distance, and the Trafford Centre is less than 6 miles away, its ideal for those wanting to experience the true spirit of this vivacious city. We’re easily reached from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, and with Piccadilly Gardens just a few blocks away, and the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena is less than a mile away, you’re never far from the heartbeat of this vibrant 21st century metropolis when you stay at Roomzzz!
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 in a city centre hotel.
We love our Manchester Roomzzz and we know you will too… so even if you’re not our lucky winner why not come along and visit anyway? Book online or call 0844 499 4888… and don’t forget to join our Royalty Club and you’ll get a discount on each stay!

Read all about it…

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Our reviews this week are about Manchester Roomzzz.… we love your comments!
Seansaudi:-

5 of 5 stars 
“Perfect Stay”
Reviewed 9 November 2011

Great location and the studio suite was clean, comfortable and had all you would need.

Staff were very helpful at reception.

Would stay again for sure.
Highly recommend.

Stayed November 2011, travelled with family

Mirry1802:-
4 of 5 stars 
“Superb” 

Reviewed 8 November 2011 
We have stayed for 3 nights in this apart hotel and it was a great experience! The room was very clean and neat and the bed was comfy. Also, the kitchenette had everything including a wok, which made cooking easier and faster. The grab and go breakfast included fresh croissants, sweet pastries and fresh fruit which is also very convenient if you’re in a rush! … The apple tv installed in the room was great, perfect for checking out the weather and news online :)

The only downside is that the parquet floors are a bit squeaky and noisy when you step on them. But it is only a minor issue.

Would definitely stay in this hotel next time I visit Manchester!

 
Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
Fivedolla:-
4 of 5 stars 
“Overall Good”
 
Reviewed 6 November 2011
Usually stay in hotels when away, but loved this apartment hotel. The facilities in the room were excellent, we had the basic studio apartment and had everything we needed. I real mini home from home. Everything was clean, and the bed was lovely and soft. My only complaintwas the noise, we could hear the floor boards squeaking when people walked around in the apartment upstairs, also the doors on the other rooms banged very loud, and woke me in the morning.

Stayed November 2011

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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

It’s official… Manchester Roomzzz is “Amaaaaazing”!

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“Amaaaaazing”
5 of 5 stars 
Reviewed 21 September 2011 
Have stayed all over Manchester, even the Lowry and this place is definitely on par! The rooms are absolutely gorgeous, so modern and luxurious. Perfect location, 5-10 minute walk to all the shops and literally on the door step of Chinatown.
 
Staff were lovely and helpful with everything, from ordering taxi’s to chinese takeaways!
 
Bathroom absolutely stunning, huge double shower, two sinks.. And to go back to the room, 4-poster bed, soooo spacious, imac computer which spins round so you can watch tv in bed! Big wardrobe, cute little modern kitchen area, so so sooo nice!! We were on the second floor, heard some bad reviews about thin walls?! Never heard a thing, decor throughout is amazing, even the corridors and reception. three huge windows in our apartment (Grande Studio) with gorgeous black shutters on the inisde and then roller black out blinds as well. Can’t comment on the grab and go breakfast as we never got up in time for it haha! Also people moaning about the air con, the air con was brilliant and kept the room constantly very cool!! Will definitely be returning have already recommended to my family and friends… Just brilliant!
Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends

Reviewed by Americanaaa from Lincs…. thank you!

Manchester Bee!

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Yesterday we asked our Manchester Facebook fans, ‘which insect is connected to Manchester?’ Someone suggested the Museum Mummy! But no the symbol of Manchester is the bee!

The Manchester bee symbol was adopted during the industrial revolution, a revolution that Manchester was at the heart of. The bee denotes Mancunians hard work and graft during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century. A mosaic hive of bees is depicted on flooring in the Manchester Town Hall.

Bees are known are hard workers with a vital role to play in the ecosystem and the ability for humans and life forms to survive by pollinating crops. The allegorical link to bees relates that during this era, Manchester was a vital economic centre for Britain and many Mancunians were employed in a range of jobs in the city.

Although it is unverifiable, the idiom busy bee may have originated or at least been popularised as a result of Manchester’s adoption of the bee symbol.

The architecture of our Manchester Roomzzz is testament to this era, see photograph below!


Win a free stay at Roomzzz Manchester!

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It’s Friday again and that means Friday Favourites – well its the best day of the week… not because it’s the weekend – although we like this a lot, means lots of lovely guests to look after! BUT it also means we get to hear all your lovely thoughts about Roomzzz! For the last couple of weeks we’ve had some tip top poems written about us and this week so far check out our latest….
If daily MINDBENDERS are making you frown



Band together and tour Manchester town



Book Roomzzz for an OASIS of calm



With A CERTAIN RATIO of ease and charm.



Trust Roomzzz – for comfort and care, we know



They give all other hotels the ELBOW



HAPPY MONDAYS guaranteed plus all week



If it is value for money that you seek!


You still have time to pen us a ditty – visit our Facebook pages in Leeds and Manchesterwe’ll be announcing the winner after 4pm today… and they will be getting a night on us in Manchester Roomzzz!

and leave

A poem about Roomzzz by Stacey Griffiths!




Check out this ditty written for us on our Leeds Facebook page by Stacey Griffiths… WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

I Love the Location of all the Roomzzz its perfect for all my needs

Whether its shopping, eating or partying its never a far walk in heels

I Love the kitchen and how my boyfriend cooks

While I relax in the tub with bubbles and a book

The beds are super comfy I never want to wake
…
The only thing to wake me would be the smell of Stoke’s cheese oatcakes

I Love the cool and trendy imac with the free wifi

I get to write on Roomzzz Facebook and will always get a reply

I Love it when you’re hungry and in a hurry to spend to some dough’

Then all you need to do is pick up the free Grab & Go

I love the choice of different rooms for all of my friends
We all like to get ready together and have a Fab weekend
I love the friendly staff who always welcome you in
Whether your checking in or out they’ll always be with you in 1 min
I defini…tely love the price for this fabulous stay,
It’s perfect in every way, and that’s not just a cliché
I love how it reminds me of home

In fact that’s how I’ll end this ode, Roomzzz is my home from home

XXX