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FREE things in Manchester….

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Earlier in the year we published a blog about the great FREE things you can do in Manchester…. as we’re nearing the end of the school holidays we thought you might appreciate this list again! Just think…. if you won Friday Favourites you could come to Manchester and do all these things without spending a penny! OR would give you more to spend in the shops!
  1. John Rylands Library – A gothic sandstone building on Deansgate recently juxtaposed with a clever modern visitor centre. This fabulous legacy of Cottonopolis was commissioned by Cuban-born Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her philanthropist textile manufacturer husband. There’s more about Manchester’s first multi-millionaire and some fascinating changing exhibitions in the cathedral-like public reading rooms.
  1. Royal Northern College of Music – The only UK conservatoire to be a centre for excellence in teaching and learning, but you can still hear the talented students play for free! Orchestral performances take place in the late-60s concert hall, while the RNCM’s best-kept secret is their Wednesday-lunchtime recitals by soloists and smaller ensembles in the calming and charming setting of St Ann’s Church.
  2. Heaton Park – Manchester’s biggest green space, with lovely views both back over town and out to the Pennines. There’s plenty to do whatever your age: a well-equipped children’s playground; rowing boats, woodland walks and cycle paths; even a grand 18th-century mansion and farm. It’s also home to beekeepers, astronomers, trolley-bus enthusiasts and the Commonwealth Bowling Club. 
  3. City Airport – Formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, this was the UK’s first purpose-built municipal airport and it’s still in action today. Sit in the beer garden and watch small planes bump excitedly along the grassy runway as they take off and land, and climb up the Art Deco control tower that dates from 1933.
  1. Whitworth Art Gallery – There’s always something worth seeing at this gallery, part of Manchester University; not least the soon-to-be developed building and its parkside location. Recent highlights have been the Subversive Spaces surrealism show, the American Scene prints exhibition and Walls Are Talking, and the varied event programme includes related talks held in the “secret” lecture theatre.
*List courtesy of Visit Manchester
If you’ve not taken part in Friday Favourites…. you just need to ‘like’ our facebook pages for Leeds and Manchester – tell us what you like about Roomzzz, we’ll be making our winning choice tomorrow…. so get your bags packed and ready as it could be you!

It’s Wednesday and the start of Friday Favourites!

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Time for us to start the countdown to Friday Favourites again… tell us what you like about Roomzzz and you can win a FREE night on us! This week the night will be in Manchester again… if you’ve never stayed there before you really should enter, it’s a real treat!

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.

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.

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.

Key features are:-

– Free wi-fi broadband internet

- Free local and national calls

- Free Grab & Go breakfast

- Pantry at Reception

- 24-hour concierge

- Housekeeping

- Fully fitted kitchen

- Discounted parking at adjacent car park

So what are you waiting for? Log into our Facebook pages in either Leeds or Manchester - tell us what you like about Roomzzz and you could be staying here on us!

T & Cs:- subject to availability, not in conjunction with any other offer, must be booked within 7 days.

Win a free stay at Roomzzz!

We are going back to the start this week with Friday Favourites… it’s simple… all you have to do is visit our Facebook pages in Leeds and or Manchester and post on our wall why you love to stay at Roomzzz!

On Friday at 3pm we’ll choose our favourite and announce the winner… the winner gets a free night’s stay in Roomzzz Leeds City!*

Last time we ran this competition we were inundated with lovely comments from you all… so just to give you a taste for inspiration!

Janey Westley
I am getting giddy for my stay tomorrow I love Roomzzz it’s so much nicer than hotels, ideal location to shops, china town, theatres, city centre and staggering distance back after a few drinks, the apple mac to plan your day/night and check facebook a superb little extra, nothing more for me to say other than I love Roomzzz and the homely feel

Matteo Noris
I am an Italian student in Manchester. I stayed at Manchester Roomzzz for two nights when my dad came to visit me. I discovered it walking around Manchester and after a fast look on the internet it seemed an incredible place where to stay. It is situated in the vibrating centre of the city which can offer you all kind of entertainment : from the Chinese quarter, to deansgate locks ecc. The Aparthotel itself is stunning, all details are perfect and you can’t actually find something you don’t like in there. Even told they are modern, they give you a warm welcome even when the weather in Manchester is “Wet”. I Will surely go back to The Manchester Roomzzz Aparthotel!!

Paul Sinclair
Because it gives me freedom… and saves me money…

Jennifer Atkinson
Love your Manchester Rooms and would love to try Leeds with my daughter who is studying at uni so hard and will be a night to relax with your fab bathrooms and great imac!! Ps and shop and spend hubbies money

Helen Gardiner
My last city break was two weeks ago was in Spain it rained the entire time I was there :( I stayed in Leeds in Roomzzz last year for my friends birthday and had a amazing time weather was fab, nightlife great and apartment was amazing :) I need some sunshine back in my life a night away in Leeds :)

*T & Cs: Subject to availability at Leeds City Roomzzz only – not in conjunction with any other offer – must be booked within 7 days.

31st May….

Well can’t believe we’re on the last day of May… and the lovely summer still stretching ahead… 214 days left until New Year’s Eve! The Titanic was launched 100 years ago today and Big Ben first rang out on 31st May 1859…

Well onto the business… we’re delighted with the response we’ve had to our Royalty Club... we’re gaining members by the day and as a result we’ve had some fabulous reviews posted on Trip Advisor… it seems you can’t get enough of Roomzzz and we love you for it!

Blondera from Southport wrote “Had a great night at Roomzzz!! Its a really nice hotel with lots of extra special touches that make it that bit nicer than staying in a normal hotel…the MAC computer, 4 poster bed, kitchen area. The staff were all really friendly, breakfast was fine for us, its just croissants and fruit etc. My only problem would be you could here the traffic going past quite early in the morning if you want a lie in, but I guess that is the price you pay for a city centre location, it was not unbareable! A lovely place to relax and very close to the city centre/shops/bars/transport links. Highly reccommended!! **Become a member of ‘Roomzzz Royalty’ on their official website and get 10% off your stay!**”

Another guest left us this review… love it! “I stayed at Roomzzz in Manchester with a couple of friends , from the minute we arrived we were all delighted with the experience. The location is perfect for shopping and for sampling Manchester’s nightlife, restaurants, bars and clubs all on the doorstep. What I enjoyed most though is that it really is a home from home so when travelling with friends for a relaxing weekend, we could lounge around watching TV in our PJs and cook our own leisurely breakfast… no hurry or hassle! I also feel I should mention their new membership scheme which is called the Royalty Club - it is free to join and unlike others we got an instant 10% off our bill when we filled out the form for a card… money off straightaway no having to accumulate points… Brilliant touch! We will definitely be coming here again and I will be using my card to visit the apart hotels they own in Leeds!”

We love Mondays!

Why? Because it’s the start of the week and we have lots to be getting on with – especially this week with it being Easter!

Why not book a room for this weekend with our Fabulous April Showers promotion? Rooms start at £39 so it really is the perfect way to relax and celebrate Easter! And as we have places to stay in Leeds and Manchester you really can treat yourself to the perfect city break!

BUT don’t just take our word for it…. here’s what our guests have been saying about us…

” great staff, great location – overall great”

“Roomzzz in Leeds – perfect for a short break”

“Roomzzz – a good choice, great value”

“Fantastic – would definitely return and recommend to anyone!”

You can’t argue with these kind of commendations – so why not book in now and see for yourself!

Urban Countryside

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Hebden Bridge is equidistant from Manchester and Leeds. It just won Best Town in Britain & Ireland at the Urbanism Awards, and so we felt obliged to look into some other jewels close to these crowing cities.

Manchester gave birth to what was, technically, the world’s original suburb, Victoria Park. Just up the road you can find one of our hotels in Manchester, and with it the perfect combination of serviced apartment and luxury hotel – ideal for any city break. But further out of town there are countless destinations well worth a day trip.

And the same applies on the other side of the hills, where we can offer unique hotels in Leeds city centre. Our Leeds accommodation offers an ideal base from which to explore outlying secrets. So when you arrive for that short break drop your bags off in the apartment and relax. Then head out to discover the places that prove it’s not all about bright lights and wide roads….

Within an hour of Leeds


Somewhere so close to an international airport is rarely this idyllic. Introducing Yeadon, a town-planning anomaly. From the somewhat oversized, prestigious town hall (originally planned for Guiseley) to the cobbled, Hovis-esque streets, it truly is a place unto its own.


Just around the corner from Harrogate, Knaresborough is amongst the county’s most historic settlements. Toss a coin to make a wish at Mother Shipton’s Cave & Petrifying Well, England’s oldest tourist attraction, or enjoy a lackadaisical afternoon boating on the River Nidd.


Skipton is the best of old and new Yorkshire combined. Arrive on busy market day and peruse the famous selection of flower and food stalls, then take in the castle- a true Civil War survivor. Once done, head for Craven Court to discover a goldmine of curiosity and bargain shops.

Within an hour of Manchester


Glossop is the gateway to the Peak District, one of England’s finest corners. But the surrounding landscape isn’t the only reason to escape to this Derbyshire town. Discover the Howard Park conservation area, or explore historic Old Glossop, and the Howard Town Brewery.


Like most spa towns, Buxton’s charm hasn’t waned since the Victorian’s were here. Enveloped by the Derbyshire Peaks, and boasting Britain’s best road for biking (the ‘Cat & Fiddle run’), if you’re not a petrol head then take a dip at the natural baths, or walk through the Goit Valley.


Saddleworth is Emmerdale land, and part of the area that Lancashire and Yorkshire fought over when the two Roses were at war. Experience the age-old summer rushbearing festival, or visit in winter for a scrumptious Sunday lunch amid the oft snow-capped Pennines.

Image (C) Dave Bevis