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Valentine’s Day in Leeds

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means that for the loved-up couples amongst us, there isn’t long remaining for you to plan a romantic evening or weekend away. Whether you’re wanting ideas for the Friday, or you’re planning to get away for a whole weekend, here are some potential locations if you’re looking to wow your partner.

Dinner

Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café

Harvey Nichols exudes an air of exclusivity and the Leeds store, which was the first outside of London when it opened in 1996 provides an atmosphere of class and style. This feel carries through to the in-store restaurant. Located on the fourth floor of the store, the cafe offers a truly special dining experience. At £80 per couple, the Valentine’s meal at the Fourth Floor Cafe is reasonably priced when compared to other city centre locations, and the menu boasts impressive dishes such as smoked duck breast and crab risotto. Dinner is served between 5:30pm and 10:00pm and your evening is kicked off with champagne on arrival.

Bibis

One of Leeds’ most iconic restaurants, Bibis Italianissimo is the place many head on a special occasion. With its stylish interior, you can enjoy a Valentine’s meal in style and comfort on either Friday 14th or Saturday 15th. If you’re in Leeds for the weekend and want to begin your celebrations early, Bibis  is offering a lunchtime menu for your special occasion, and The New Vintage Band will be performing throughout the weekend, providing a great atmosphere as you enjoy a delicious two course meal, complete with a glass of Prosecco. With a full menu on offer, and the evening being  specially themed for Valentine’s day, you won’t struggle for choice. With great food, plenty of drinks and a live jazz band, Bibis is a great spot to head if you’re wanting impress your partner.

Entertainment

Cinema Treats

If Harvey Nichols’ mention above takes your fancy, but you’re after something a little more entertaining than a meal, head to the Espresso Bar, which is offering couples the chance to enjoy a Valentine’s Film Night, and allowing you to indulge in a three course meal along with champagne. The evening begins at 7:30pm and costs £60 per couple.

Everyman

A romantic and high quality cinema evening, Everyman is offering a Valentines package including a film, champagne and chocolates on the 14th. The popular independent cinema is giving you the chance to enjoy a choice of romantic films from the comfort of its trademark comfy sofa seats. With Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Romeo + Juliet and The Bodyguard all showing, you’ve got a choice of screenings for the big night, so make your evening one to remember at Everyman, with tickets costing £55 per couple.

If you’re looking to spend the evening, or even the weekend away celebrating Valentine’s Day in Leeds, make sure you check us out and make a booking for stylish accommodation this coming weekend.

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Want a free night in Leeds? See what our guests say…

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We’re running our Treasure Hunt again this week and the prize is a night on us in Roomzzz Leeds City… Why is this a good prize? Sunsetcat had this to say about a recent trip to our Leeds city centre hotel:-
 
“Excellent accommodation near the train station and city centre.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 17 December 2011
The hotel is very conveniently located just a short walk away from the train station. Staff were friendly and helpful. For instance, I requested extra pillows for the room, and these were brought up before bedtime. I phoned reception to ask about rebooting the Mac in the room, and was given good advice on how to do that. The room itself comes with good facilities. Free wifi is always great. And my boyfriend and I were particularly taken by the lovely underfloor heating in the bathroom! The little kitchen was handy, as we got some ready meals from Marks & Spenser’s at the station – again, only a few minutes walk away – and heated up those for dinner when we didn’t feel like eating out. There are also plenty of nearby restaurants to eat at, if you don’t want to prepare food for yourself.

There was enough closet space for an overnight stay, and also a little in-room safe. The room faced to the rear of the building, and was very quiet with little noise, despite over stay being on the weekend. The bed was very comfortable. If there was one thing I wasn’t so keen on, the air conditioning didn’t warm the room up as well as I’d have liked. But that aside, we had a very pleasant stay. I would certainly be happy to return, and would also recommend the hotel to friends. 

We think that says it all… keep reading our blog this week for more clues to the treasure!

Love isn’t love until you give it a day

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Temperatures are rising, and it’s not just the climate that’s heating up. As one of the finest hotels in Leeds city centre, and a gem in and amongst the many Manchester city centre hotels, we know that love is in the air above both cities.

February 14th is fast approaching, and we all know what that means. So get your creative cap on, not to mention a card for your loved one, and prepare to engage in a night that should end passionately.


Valentine’s Day is a difficult one to plan, restaurants have a habit of getting booked up, and as for the cinema… well, good luck turning up sans tickets to any screening, whether that’s morning, noon or night. But if you stick to these simple suggestions that special someone should have a real evening to remember…


Love in Leeds

Before you walk, arm in arm, through the door of some fine eatery to indulge in oysters it’s important to set the mood. This means if you don’t have a car, get a taxi, and leave that bus pass at home. Pre-dinner drinks are the best way to create a relaxed atmosphere, though maybe keep an eye on the quantity. Try Epernay in the Electric Press, Millennium Square- its selection of 45 champagnes should impress.


Once you’re done there, it’s time to soak up some of those bubbles. There’s an abundance of quality restaurants in Leeds, though we’d say it’s important to pick somewhere that’s conducive to wooing. Seafood is an obvious, though wholly classic choice, and there’s only one place to punt for. Live Bait offers an exceptionally fresh catch to sink your teeth into, so seek out The Calls, and then head down Shears Yard (after booking a table that is).


You’ve (fizzy) wined and dined (exceptionally well). But before you call it a night leave the perfect lasting impression with one last, sophisticated drink. You’ve already uncorked a few bottles, meaning any more could leave you, and your wallet, feeling worse for wear. Head to the city’s original cafe bar, Art’s on Call Lane, for a mellow toast. It’s been providing something of a Parisian vibe to locals every evening since 1994, need we say any more?


Amour in Manchester

After establishing a meeting point it’s time to choose your first venue. This is no mean feat, as the city boasts countless bars suitable for such an event. While there are plenty of contenders, we’d say starting the date at The Gaslamp on Quay Street should stand you in good stead. A listed building, recent refurbishments have re-invented this once dilapidated Victorian gem, meaning it’s now the perfect place for an intimate chat in front of open fires.


Now for the food, and we’ve got an ideal venue in which to woo. Head to Tib Lane for Lounge Ten, one of the best kept secrets in town. A listed building complete with stunning facade, the architecture matches the classic elegance of the food, which, like the vibe of the place, is inspired by Paris of the late 19th Century. Think decadence, red velvet, crystal chandeliers, wall-length mirrors and sexy artwork to get you in the mood for romance.


By now spirits will hopefully be high, and neither of you will want to wind things up any time soon. So how about a low-lit, basement bar famed for cocktails and canapés to finish the night? Obsidian is hidden away underneath Princess Street, just around the corner from Roomzzz Aparthotel. Once found, descend the stairs into this contemporarily designed bar that’s a regular hang out for Manchester’s many movers and shakers.