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Evening entertainment in Manchester

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Manchester is a city of great culture, and the abundance of theatres, shows and musical events in the city make it a great city for a weekend break for any age group. The coming month has a lot to offer, so whether you’re a fan of music, of a gripping theatre experience, we’ve got you covered.

The Palace Theatre

The story of Britain’s greatest and most iconic ever band is playing between at the historic Palace Theatre in Manchester. Let It Be incorporates the iconic music of The Beatles and gives you hours of spectacular performance, packed with over 40 of The Beatles greatest hits. Having enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End, this international hit show invites you along to celebrate the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘A non-stop parade of hits’ this show is a must for any fan of British music. Tickets prices for the show range from £16.90 to £47.90 and runs from 28th of February to the 8th of March.

Manchester Opera House

Heading to the Manchester Opera House at the end of March, Kindertransport is a stunning story of 1930’s Germany combined with 1980’s England. Starring big names from the world of Television, including Maggie Steed (Stella, Jam and Jerusalem, Pie in the Sky) and Janet Dibley (Doctors, EastEnders, The Two of Us), the story begins in pre-war Germany as the clouds of conflict begin to gather and a torn mother forces her nine year old child onto a train to avoid the danger of an impending war. Also examining a peaceful suburban England where another mother faces a similarly tough situation, Kindertransport has drawn huge critical acclaim from influential titles including The Times and the New York Times. Running from 25th to the 29th of March, tickets for the show can be picked up for roughly between £12 and £32

Manchester Apollo

If you’re after something a little less formal over the upcoming month, the Manchester Apollo has a range of great musical acts on show. Fresh from their Brit Award for the best British breakthrough act, Bastille play two nights at the famous Apollo venue. Despite a relatively small back catalogue to choose from, the band are renowned for their live performances having learned from the experience of supporting Muse on their UK stadium tour. With hits such as Pompeii and Laura Palmer, tickets are well worth hunting out for their 28th February and 1st March dates.

If you prefer something a little less contemporary, but in a similar alternative rock style, a month later sees the hugely successful Welsh band Manic Street Preachers at the Apollo. Having been a commanding figure within UK rock scene for the best part of the last30 years, catch the successful rockers out on 1st April.

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

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A weekend in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

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Planning a weekend break and in need of inspiration on how to spend your time? If you’re heading to Newcastle, Leeds or Manchester this January, take a look at these ideas on how to spend your Saturday, to ensure you don’t waste your time in one of the north’s premiere cities.

Newcastle

Afternoon – Completely central in location, Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is a great way to spend the afternoon if you can’t face a full day of trawling the city centre shops. Opened in February 1837, the theatre is a Grade I listed building and remains one of the most historic, landmarks in the UK. Despite the development of the city centre, and becoming a real retail hotspot, the theatre continues to dominate the heart of Newcastle’s Grainger Town. One of the most famous theatres in the country, the Theatre Royal has a 175 year history of hosting the biggest names in dance, drama, music and comedy. If a Matinée performance grabs your interest then up until 18th January, you’ll be able to catch the back end of Jack and the Beanstalk’s two month run. If that isn’t to your liking why not wait for Barry Humphries five day run between the 21st and 25th as part of his farewell tour, with the month being rounded off by a four day showing of Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel.

Evening – Head down to Newcastle’s Quayside to keep up the high quality feel to your day after exiting the theatre. With restaurants and bars in abundance, the riverside location is a real night time hotspot. Occupying a fantastic site alongside the quays, Gusto offers a high quality Italian dining and drinking experience in a hugely stylish setting. Influenced by the glamour of 1950’s New York Italian Restaurants in a contemporary setting, Gusto focuses on freshly prepared classic & contemporary Italian dishes. The restaurant also incorporates a standalone bar with skilled bartenders serving an extensive range of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails including its signature cocktail the “Mucho Gusto”.

Leeds

Afternoon – If you fancy spending your afternoon being active then Leeds’ Ice Cube attraction  in Millennium Square is perfect for you. Perfect as a break from shopping or wandering the city, grab a pair of skates and head onto the ice for an hour of show-boating and fun. Taking over Millennium Square from the 24th January for a month, the rink is perfectly placed as a spectacle, so if you fancy giving it a go you’ll have to expect an audience in one of Leeds’ most popular locations. With bars and restaurants dotted around the square, you even have plenty of choice if you want to grab a snack and rehydrate upon leaving the ice.

Evening – After an afternoon of wandering the city and partaking in your winter-themed exercise you’ll have no doubt worked up quite the appetite. Found on the Headrow in prime city centre location you won’t have a long walk to Miller and Carter Steakhouse, which is easily locatable near the entrance to The Light complex. One of Leeds’ newest but most impressive steakhouses, the restaurant can be found in many city locations across the country, however don’t let the chain label deter you, as the food is of high end standard and rivals Leeds’ best eateries. Offering generous meat portions and a range of sides, Miller and Carter is definitely one to try for meat lovers.

Manchester

Afternoon – If it’s your first time in Manchester, then the city has plenty to offer. Take a stroll and sample what the city has to offer, from shopping in the Arndale Centre to relaxing with an afternoon drink. If you really want to see everything the city has to offer, then the Wheel of Manchester gives you a bird’s-eye view of the whole area from its Piccadilly Gardens location. Once you’ve absorbed the incredible aerial sights, head for an early dinner at Manchester House, one of the city’s premier restaurants. Drop in as the restaurant opens for the evening at 6pm and sample culinary delights from the youngest ever Michelin-starred chef Aiden Byrne who has ‘created a fresh and innovative menu boasting modern British cuisine with a twist.’

Evening – Searching for something a bit different to do with your evening? Whilst many visiting the city will be heading out for an early tipple, why not take in something a little different and visit the famed Comedy Store at Deansgate Locks. The Comedy Club delivers five world class comedians every Friday and Saturday, providing over two hours of side-splitting laughter. The ever-popular club has high demand for weekend showings, so make sure you book in advance for these sell out shows. Catch the 7pm show if you want to head out to a bar afterwards, or alternatively take in the later 9:30pm show if you don’t fancy the early rush.

With plenty to do this January across the north’s major cities, treat yourself to a weekend of retail, entertainment and dining, and make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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Business Reviews of Roomzzz Newcastle City

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We’ve been busy hosting luxury ‘trial’ nights at Roomzzz Newcastle City – as part of our launch of our new North East location. We want to be able give business travellers first hand experience of staying in luxury budget hotel accommodation in the centre of Newcastle.

We’ve invited companies and people from both the local business and lifestyle community to come and ‘review’ Roomzzz Newcastle City so we can get their feedback and tell you all about it!

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“Best night’s sleep ever”

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See what one of our guests wrote about our city centre hotel in Manchester I don’t think that a hotel can have a better accolade! 

“Best night’s sleep ever”
 
5 of 5 starsReviewed 13 September 2012
This hotel turned out way better than I expected. On arrival we were upgraded to a lovely room set on 2 floors with a spiral staircase…way more than we were expecting. The room was amazingly quiet and dark and peaceful and for the first time ever I managed to get a proper night of sleep in a hotel. The free breakfast in the morning was also great with delicious warm pastries. We’ll definitely be back again!

“Way Above the Rest – Completely Excellent”

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Wow… completely excellent… we like that one! It’s what a guest from Australia wrote about our city centre hotel in Manchester
5 of 5 stars 
“My mum and I stayed here for a total of three nights (two at the start and one at the end of our time in the UK) and absolutely loved it. We stayed in a different room each night and all of them, though not large, were stylish, unique and full of little touches that made them far superior to the usual hotel. The old building is full of character and has been thoughtfully renovated, particularly through the use of skylights.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, and it’s good to know that there is someone available 24 hours a day. Although we had to change rooms after our first night, our suitcases were simply moved for us while we were out during the day, and we were upgraded to a lovely apartment with a loft level. I particularly appreciated the free wifi and the Apple computer in each room!

We found the location to be very central, and we could easily walk or take a free bus to everywhere we wanted to go. The ‘grab ‘n’ go’ tea, coffee and pastries available for an informal breakfast are a great idea – not being huge breakfast eaters we enjoyed being able to either read the paper or watch the news in the lounge, or take some back to our room while getting ready for the day.

Overall, absolutely excellent and really no negatives worth mentioning. Very highly recommended!”

“Ticks all the boxes”

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“Ticks all the boxes” – love the title of this review of our city centre hotel in Manchester!
5 of 5 starsReviewed 16 August 2012
 
Stayed at Roomzzz whilst in Manchester on business.I was expecting something pretty functional and basic – it exceeded these expectations by a mile. The room was large, with a high ceiling great views. It was well fitted out, in a modern boutique-type style. Fantastically comfortable bed. Adequate cooking facilities etc to cater for a long stay. Location couldn’t have been better. No restaurant on site, so best to go elsewhere for breakfast. I would highly recommend.

“Why had we missed this "gem"?”

 
 
“Why had we missed this “gem”?” – Another fantastic review for our city centre hotel in Manchester…
5 of 5 starsReviewed 30 July 2012  
 
 
We stay in Manchester regularly and usually stay in either The Best Western or Macdonalds Townhouse (down the road from here) but after reading reviews on here we opted for Roomzzz this time.
The guy (forget to take his name) on reception was attentive and very very polite and helpful. We had booked 2 rooms. One for my partner and I and one for my daughter and her friend. Both rooms were clean, well presented, modern and spacious. We had paid £218 for our room for the 2 nights as apposed to £118 for the 2 nights for our daughters room and the extra money paid was well worth it. It was a much bigger room with a bath AND a shower. TV in the bathroom. Much bigger bed. White leather sofa. However, if we had stayed in my daughters room, that wouldn’t have been a disappointment as this was real value for money but on a smaller scale.
We had both rooms on the second floor and I can honestly say that there was hardly any street noise from the main road below.
Breakfast is a lovely touch with coffee/tea/hot choc etc Fresh juice, pastries, fruit. All available to take back to your room in a little bag! Brilliant!!
We won’t be staying anywhere else now but next time we are going to go for one of the Maxima Suites that have the split level living area. Excellent value for money for luxury surroundings.

"An Olympic Experience"

 
I don’t think we could have written anything better ourselves…. what a title!!! And a perfect way to describe our city centre hotel in Manchester
 
“An Olympic Experience”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 27 July 2012 
We were lucky enough to get tickets for Olympic football at Old Trafford, and decided to stay over in Manchester.I have never actually stayed there before, so was looking forward to sampling somewhere new.

Well, we struck gold.The aparthotel(something I haven’t tried before) was just perfect.Stylish, great reception staff,and a HUGE room.We loved every bit of it except for the air conditioning which seemed to stay very cold despite our fiddling with it-a very minor problem.The bed is large and comfortable, the shower powerful and hot, the decor up-to-date, the room very quiet despite being on a busy street. Honestly,we couldn’t fault the place(I would have written the review on the Apple Mac in the room if I had had the time!)

My hairdresser recommended a Chinese restaurant which he said was excellent.Well we were very happy to discover that the Yang Sing was practically next-door.The aparthotel is situated in a lovely old converted building and many original features appear to have been retained. It is near the Art Gallery, Town Hall, and has a tram stop at the end of the street.A bonus for us was that it is an easy walk from Manchester Oxford Road station.

We really enjoyed our stay and were delighted to discover that we get 20% off our next stay at any of the Roomzzz chain.

I could heartily recommend a stay.

Things to do this Summer #5


Manchester now has another museum – The National Football Museum as recently opened in Urbis.

The museum has an amazing collection of football memorabilia and archives – as a football fan it’s unmissable…

It’s even free to enter… so you can spend your money on the Football Plus experience to test your speed, reactions and accuracy, you can even commentate!

A great day out for all the family – why not bring them to stay in our city centre hotel in Manchester? You can then test their footie skills at the museum…

National Football Museum
Urbis Building
Cathedral Gardens
Manchester
M4 3BG
0161 6058200

“Great choice! Fantastic stay!”

 
 
 
Our city centre hotel in Manchester makes the grade again!
 
“Great choice! Fantastic stay!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 13 July 2012 
Recently stayed at Roomzzz and was so impressed by staff, rooms and location. I stayed in both smart and grand studio rooms and enjoyed both! Lots of space, comfortable beds, super modern furniture/appliances and really clean. Booked originally based on good reviews from the Internet and they didn’t lie! Even in the middle of the city felt really comfortable!