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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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Hurry… book your Staycation with us…

Here at Roomzzz we are very much looking forward to the summer… welcoming all you lovely people who choose to spend a few days of your hard earned rest with us! Make sure you get THE best deals by booking with us before the end of April! Take a look at our accommodation in Leeds and fabulous hotel in Manchester – perfect for a city break or a fabulous base for a trip into the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District!

With rates from £39 per apartment per night, there’s no better way to enjoy a city break, a romantic getaway or a fun filled family holiday in 2012.

City centre hotel in Manchester - Easily reached from Manchester Piccadilly station and Deansgate’s shopping, you’re never far from the heartbeat of the vibrant metropolis.
Manchester City £59
Central accommodation in Leeds – Prime location close to train station and shopping district. Ideal for those wanting to experience the true vibe of city centre living.
 
Leeds City West £39 Leeds City £49
Book your bargain break today!
Call Central Reservations on 0844 499 4888 & quote ‘STA’ or visit www.roomzzz.co.uk

Terms and conditions: rates apply to new bookings only made by 30/04/2012 for stays until 30/12/2012, subject to availability. Bookings are non-cancellable, non-amendable, non-refundable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer including royalty club discount entitlement. We reserve the right to amend or cancel any offers as appropriate without prior notice.

Great views of Newcastle – #2

The Tyne Bridge is over the River Tyne in Newcastle, linking the city to Gateshead.  At the time of its construction it was the world’s longest single span bridge. The bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of Tyneside. It currently stands as the tenth tallest structure in the city.

Stay with us… staycation!

So what is a staycation? 
Wikipedia tells us:
“A staycation (also spelled stay-cation, stacation, or staykation) is a neologism for a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions.
Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.”
As a home from home this is why Roomzzz is absolutely perfect for your staycation in 2012… stay in our city centre hotel in Manchester and Leeds central accommodation and with our extra special offer you can’t possible lose!

Great views of Newcastle – #1

This is the Millennium Bridge… which opened to the public in 200. The bridge is designed to rotate in order to allow large boats to pass – it is a truely spectacular sight to see when it does this as it moves 40 degrees and takes just four and a half minutes to do so – earning itself the name ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’.

Newcastle….. here we come!

FAST TRACK EXPANSION VICTORY ACHIEVED AS ROOMZZZ APARTHOTEL WELCOMES NEWCASTLE ON BOARD

It was never the intention of the Roomzzz Aparthotel brand to be content with smashing targets or satisfied with achieving record sales figures in 2011.

Expansion through a rigorous franchise programme has always been the driving force behind the brand with Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel UK – Mark Walton at the helm. And as Newcastle City comes on board – the latest announcement from Roomzzz Aparthotel UK is that the brand is on track to achieve their forecasted double figures by 2014.

2012 sees the brand surge forward to open their fifth site within 6 years. Newcastle City is located in Friar House in the City Centre – a large Georgian House originally built in the 1700′s. Roomzzz Aparthotel is currently undergoing a sympathetic restoration programme on the Grade II listed building which will house 44 lifestyle driven and luxurious apartments and suites including a duplex penthouse.

Originating in Leeds the brand established in 2006 and remains steadfast with their strategic positioning in the hospitality industry. The brand has made a documented impact within the industry from a design point of view, as well as being a serious innovator in the industry from an operations perspective.


Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel UK Mark Walton comments ‘Our franchise team’s methodology is focused on delivering prime locations which match our brand’s principles. We also have a proven track record of delivering not only ground breaking industry averages but of developing an operations system which allows us to work on bucking trends within the marketplace. We are incredibly proud of our ability to break moulds, drive innovation which ultimately are the springboard to our brand expansion.’

Roomzzz aim to change the way a brand, which falls into the ‘affordable’ bracket is perceived, has been achieved through Roomzzz ethos and high standards since launch.

Walton continues, ‘the brand is evolving, morphing into a force which is smashing historic growth patterns and sales figures. Our investment into researching the marketplace, current and future trends is considerable and this knowledge has enabled us to make bold directional changes to drive and keep up with demand’.

Roomzzz are known for their own take on deciphering their target audience and tailoring the appeal of the brand to match and manage expectation of customers across all Roomzzz Aparthotel sites. Smart marketing techniques champions customer interaction and weaves loyalty and measurability throughout the brand.

Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel, Mark Walton concludes, ‘The Roomzzz Aparthotel franchise model is accepted as an exciting investment. We are in discussions with several more franchisee partners including a site in Glasgow.’

Have you joined our club yet?

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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… So that you can stay in our accommodation in Leeds or our city centre hotel in Manchester with a proper discount! 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!

Pancake anybody?

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Yummmm! Today we are really glad that all our the rooms in our city centre accommodation and our hotel in Manchester have kitchens because we’ll be making good use of them today!
Pancakes really are the best food – sweet or savoury they are sure to delight… everyone has an opinion on the best options for fillings! The traditional way is just a spoonful of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice… or how about some maple syrup?
So to make the perfect pancake you need:-
  • 10g/4oz plain flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
  • 50g/2oz butter
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the flour, break the eggs into well and then whisk away, gradually add the milk and water – keep whisking.
Melt the butter into the pan and get the pan really hot and drop in a ladle of the mixture- it should only take a minute and then you get to flip it! The second side cooks faster and then you have a wonderful pancake ready to take your favourite filling!
So Happy Pancake Day from Roomzzzz – get flipping!

Ah ha me hearties… it’s Treasure Hunt time!

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Yes… it’s time to follow the clues and find the treasure… which in this case is a night on us in our fabulous Leeds city centre accommodation!*
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.
And on to the clues we go! 
If you stay with us for 30 days what do prices start at? 
Add the numbers of the answer together (x + x + x)
+ (plus)
The decade currently being celebrated at Leeds City Museum ?
x (times) 
How much it cost our Trip Advisor reviewer to have an extended check out?
/ (divided by)
The number of times the word Roomzzz appears in tomorrow’s blog?
So how do you get to take part in our Treasure Hunt? Look through our blog and website and it will lead you to the Treasure… post your answer on our Facebook pages for Leeds or Manchester along with the phrase…”I am a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter and my answer is….” all the right answers will be placed in a pot and the lucky winner will be drawn at random!
*not in conjunction with any other offer, subject to availability, must be booked within 7 days