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Trendy bars in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

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If you prefer your evening locations to be at the plush end of the market, and fancy a drink in a trendy locations with modern décor and a hint of background music, allowing you to enjoy a conversation without shouting, then try out these city centre spots.

Newcastle

Barluga

A swanky bar that offers an award winning interior to the population of Newcastle, Barluga compliments the grand façade that is Grey Street. One of the city’s most recognisable locations, Grey Street is right in the heart of central Newcastle, and whether you’re wanting to kick off your evening in style, or sit back for the evening with a drink in hand, Barluga is an ideal destination.

If you’ve got a weekend planned in Newcastle, make sure this award winning and hugely popular bar is one of your stops.

Popolo

Self-described as falling between a New York bar and an Italian coffee shop, Popolo provides a stylish environment for a drink, as well as offering a selection of food. Offering a range of great drinks and comforting food this bar is an equally amazing experience for a first date or an early drink to start a night out. Head to Popolo to enjoy a drink in the unique interior, which sets it apart from many other places in Newcastle.

Leeds

Angelica

Situated in the somewhat secluded highest floor of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is a Restaurant that transforms into a classy cocktail destination when the evening hits. Accessible only by elevator, and exuding an exclusive feel, Angelica boasts a stunning cocktail bar, which takes centre stage as night time hits. The penthouse feel of Angelica allows customers to see the stunning Leeds skyline over sunset cocktails, and the outside terrace is buzzing with atmosphere on a Friday and Saturday evening.

The Botanist

After getting the night underway at Angelica, we suggest you head all the way down to the lowest floor of Trinity for something a little different. The Botanist places emphasis on quirky design, rather than the plush feel provided by Angelica. The underground bar, which perches on the outer realm of Trinity shopping centre themes itself of natural elements. Incorporating herbs and vegetation in many of their drinks, the bar continues this theme in its décor, which includes earthy plants and wooden display shelving. If you’re a fan of an experimental cocktail then this trendy bar is the place for you, and has become one of Leeds’ favourite night time locations since its recent opening.

Manchester

Cinnabar

If you’re after something a little different, try out this self-described ‘oasis of seduction’ in Manchester. Vermillion Cinnabar is a restaurant and bar rolled into one stunning location, and provides the perfect start to your evening if you’re looking for a quality meal before retiring to somewhere swanky for a few drinks. Designed by Miguel Canico Martins, the guy behind Paris’ infamous Buddha Bar, the interior of this one of a kind location is something you won’t find anywhere else in Manchester. Decked out with Asian themed décor and offering stylish cocoon seating, Cinnabar’s buzzing atmosphere is a hidden gem of Manchester, and can be found just minutes from Piccadilly Station.

Apotheca

From the name to the style of the website, you can immediately gauge that Manchester’s Apotheca bar is aiming to provide customers with a flashy and trendy destination for drinks. Since opening in the Northern Quarter in 2008, the bar has grown a reputation as one of the première hotspots in the city. Drinks choices are in abundance, and you certainly won’t be short on choice with Apotheca’s online drinks menu spilling over ten pages. With imported lagers, creative cocktails and an extensive wine list, all situated within a comfortable and stylish environment, it’s no surprise Apotheca has a portfolio of awards and quality reviews to boast.

Welcome to our new followers! Do you know about our club?

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!

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.’

Final clue… win a night @Roomzzz!

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So here we are it’s Friday again and here’s a reminder of the clues…. and the last one…. hurry up Roomzzz Treasure hunters… you can win a stay in our Manchester city centre hotel!
How many grams of flour are there in our pancake recipe?
x (times)
What was the answer to last week’s Treasure Hunt?
/ (divided by)
The minimum amount of discount you can get as a Royalty Club Member?
+ (plus)
The year we are opening our brand new hotel in Newcastle? 
- (minus)
The number of luxury apartments  we will have in Newcastle? 
Don’t forger you have to look through our blog, facebook and website and it will lead you to the prize… 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….” by 3pm today and all the right answers will be placed into a pot and the lucky winner will be drawn at random!
 
*Not in conjunction with any other offer, must be booked in 7 days, subject to availability.

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

It’s finally Friday!

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Ooooo blimey it’s chilly this morning… and with snow forecast for the weekend… what a better way to keep warm than with a spot of brain exercise?
Yesterday we launched this week’s Treasure Hunt with the fabulous prize of a night on us in Roomzzz Leeds City West!
109 superb apartments near to Leeds city centre individually designed to provide you with everything you need to relax, in complete comfort. Go for one of our Smart studios, or choose a more spacious Grande studio. Whichever you choose, we’re sure you’ll feel right at home. 
Elland Road Stadium, Leeds Bradford International Airport, M1 and M62 are all within easy reach, and the vibrant Leeds city centre is only 15 minutes walk away. There’s plethora of things to do and see during your stay here. It’s also the ideal place to stay if you need to be close to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), Leeds University, Leeds Met and Parklane College.
Pantry full of living essentials like toiletries, milk and ready meals is available in Reception. Whatever you do, the convenience doesn’t just stop there.
Which roomzzz to choose…?
We’ve thought carefully about every aspect of our Smart studios to create a thoroughly practical but at the same time, extremely stylish space. There’s everything you need – an open-plan kitchen and living area, a pristine shower room and a comfy double bed. And you’ll love the intelligent features, like the well laid out kitchenette, and the ingenious table doubling as a workstation or a breakfast bar. So, if you’re thinking compact and clever, think Smart.
From the large open-plan layout of the living area, to the sumptuous memory foam bed, everything about the Grande Studio has been carefully arranged to maximise your comfort. 
Taking in the city views (limited apartments only) from your breakfast table, chilling out with a cup of tea on your luxurious leather sofa, or cooking up a classic in the designer kitchen, you’ll find the whole Grande experience altogether upscale.
So now you have the last part of the puzzle… post your answer onto our Facebook page before 3pm for either Leeds or Manchester with the words “I am a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter and my answer is….”
Good luck Roomzzz Treasure Hunters…. and happy detecting!

Friday… Friday… Friday… perfect for a Treasure Hunt!

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… and today the Treasure is… a night in our Leeds City Centre accommodation!*
So what will you find if you are the lucky winner… (or decide to treat yourself book online and go anyway!)
36 luxurious Roomzzz 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 from Roomzzz Leeds City, an apartment here puts you right where the action is.
Grab & Go complimentary breakfast is always available between 6.30am and 10.30am 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 what will you find in your Roomzzz? 
- Apple iMac Computer
- Widescreen LCD TV with Freeview
- Free wi-fi, local and national UK landline calls
- Fully air conditioned
- Fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave and hob
- Early check in or late check out at 1pm are available at only £10 each, subject to availability
So don’t delay – check out yesterday’s blog for the clues… and post your answer on our Facebook walls for either Leeds or Manchester with the words “I am a Roomzzz Treasure Hunter and the answer is….” 
Good luck Treasure Hunters!
* Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Must be booked within 7 days. No monetary value. Subject to availability

Win a night in Leeds City West!

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Well here it is Friday Favourites is back!
This week our luck winner will be staying in Leeds City West… so what can they expect to find when they arrive at their accommodation in Leeds?
109 superb apartments individually designed to provide you with everything you need to relax, in complete comfort. Go for one of our Smart studios, or choose a more spacious Grande studio. Whichever you choose, we’re sure you’ll feel right at home. 
Elland Road Stadium, Leeds Bradford International Airport, M1 and M62 are all within easy reach, and the vibrant city centre is only 15 minutes walk away. There’s plethora of things to do and see during your stay here. It’s also the ideal place to stay if you need to be close to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), Leeds University, Leeds Met and Parklane College. 
Pantry full of living essentials like toiletries, milk and ready meals is available in Reception. Whatever you do, the convenience doesn’t just stop there.
There’s so much to see and do in and around Leeds you could pack a weekend! So how do you make sure you claim this prize? Simply tell us what you like about Roomzzz! Post your entry on our Facebook pages for either Leeds or Manchester before 3pm today and we’ll pick our favourite!


* Not in conjunction with any other offer – subject to availability – must be booked within 7 days

Friday Favourites is back….

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OK so it’s Thursday but we’re revving up for Friday Favourites… remember how it works?
1. You tell us what you like most about our fantastic city centre hotel in Manchester and our accommodation in Leeds.
2. We choose our favourite post 
3. The writer of our favourite post gets a FREE night in one of our fabulous locations… simple!
So to get your creative juices flowing… here’s a winning entry from earlier in the year…
R eal Luxury O ne of a kind
O pulent apartments in
M anchester or Leeds! So…
Z ip up your case &
Z oom to Roomzzz for a day of
Z est & a night of rest!

Post your entry on our Facebook pages for either Leeds or Manchester before 3pm tomorrow to make sure you stand a chance in Friday Favourites!


* Not in conjunction with any other offer – subject to availability – must be booked within 7 days