My Best Manchester Hotels – Review: December 2019

My Best Manchester Hotels – Review: December 2019

The 2019 Christmas Festive season is now in full flow, so why not treat yourself, head to Manchester for a well deserved break and enjoy an exciting range of Christmassy activities and entertainment options.

To enjoy Manchester to the maximum and in comfort, book into one of Manchester’s marvellous hotels.

Here are my best Manchester hotels in no particular order…

DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly

The DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly, is just a few minute’s walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, so ideal to go from train to room in record time.

An exciting, electric and eclectic part of the city where you can even watch Manchester’s iconic yellow trams pass by.

Rooms provide a cosy base and hotel facilities include a gym, business facilities and the onsite Store Street Craft Bar and Store Street Exchange restaurant, whose tag line is ‘Exchange the ordinary for something Extraordinary’ and they are not wrong.

INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

Just a short walk away from Deansgate and Manchester Central, INNSIDE by Melia, is located in the vibrant and fabulous First Street development in the heart of Manchester city centre.

Fly high and opt for an amazing open plan INNSiDE City view King room, located on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors, providing an enviable city view with the WOW factor.

Whether you are #worktripping or on a leisure break INNSiDE have you covered with onsite business facilitates, gym, sauna, steam room and the Street on First exciting bar and restaurant.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Book a night’s stay with Buyagift at The Iconic 5-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester city centre, located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and is the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.

With everything from stunning city view rooms to suites you are spoilt for choice.  With the newly refurbished onsite gym & spa, prepare to pamper and enjoy a little you time.

A range of onsite dining options include the beautiful Birch room for Afternoon tea and Peter Street Kitchen an exciting eclectic Japanese Mexican inspired fusion restaurant.

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford Manchester

Located just three miles from Manchester city centre, with on-site parking, officially opened in 2017, the Emirates Old Trafford’s Hilton Garden Inn was the final part of the venue’s multi-million-pound redevelopment.

Pitch Facing room, overlooking the Cricket Pitch, with an external private balcony was a breath-taking moment and really made me genuinely smile.

The hotel has a business centre and the gorgeous Garden Grille and Bar, an ideal place to kick back and relax while taking in the surroundings including some fab cricket and event memorabilia adorning the walls.

Novotel Manchester Centre

Located near to all the main transport hubs, such as Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations, the Novotel Manchester Centre, is the ideal place to enjoy all of the city action, from a convenient and central base.

Accommodations range from open plan Junior Suites to standard rooms.  With an onsite gym, steam room, sauna and business facilities.

The exciting Exchange Bar and restaurant for fabulous food and drinks, making Novotel is an ideal base to explore our fabulous city.

Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre

The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is right in the heart of the hip Northern quarter, making this an ideal hotel for business and leisure.

Rooms included a mix of standard, suites and the Executive King Bed Club Rooms, located on the exquisite and exclusive 8th floor, offered a stunning city skyline and access to a private club lounge offering complimentary nibbles and drinks.

There is an onsite gym, business facilities and restaurant.  The perfect place to chow down after a busy day in the city or have a few drinks to unwind.

Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

The Magnificent Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, in Manchester city centre is situated on the banks of the beautiful River Irwell.

With onsite business facilities and the lovely Riverside restaurant, the hotel is ideal for business, family or a romantic break away.

For that extra slice of prestige and premium luxury opt for one of their sensational signature suites.  The divine Duplex suite, split over two levels, was super spacious and immediately felt like a home away from home.

Malmaison Manchester

Boutique to business the Malmaison Manchester has you covered.  Suitably located just a stones thrown away from Manchester Piccadilly train station and in the heart of the city centre.

With an onsite spa, gym, business facilities and a whole range of fabulous rooms from standard to suite you are sure for a super stay away.

The hotel restaurant and bar, Chez Mal Brasserie, is the ideal hotspot for delicious dining and drinks.

Hotel Football Manchester

Located opposite Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club, Hotel Football Manchester owned by Manchester United’s super star players, full back Gary Neville and retired winger Ryan Giggs, continue their play of the pitch and have teamed together to bring us a hotel of dreams.

With standard rooms, super fan class of 92 rooms along with a rooftop football pitch you can really live in the football moment.

The onsite restaurant and bar café football has to be a goal for sure.

The Principal Manchester

First opened in 1890, as The Refuge Assurance Company Headquarters, a landmark location within Manchester city centre, The Principal Hotel presents Victorian decadence and grandeur.

This terracotta grade II listed building shapes Manchester’s skyline with its unmissable iconic clock tower.

The stunning sculptured horse stands proud in reception set a light by the breathtakingly beautiful sky dome which dominates divinely with style and grace.  Along with cosy rooms, business facilitates and the onsite Refuge restaurant this place makes for a brilliant Manchester stay.

Ibis Manchester Portland Street

The Ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street Hotel located near Manchester Piccadilly train station and the Manchester Arndale shopping centre is right in the heart of all the exciting city action.

The rooms are cosy and snug and have all you need when you visit Manchester.  Recent refurbishments have just seen them recreate a lovely lobby and lounge area.

Along with their onsite CHILL#96 bar is the perfect place to have a drink or two while you people watch.

Village Hotel Bury 

Last but in no means least in the Village Hotel Bury, located in greater Manchester, it is the perfect place to stay for leisure or business.

they have gone all out on their Christmas decorations and even have a super cool and plush cinema style movie area.

The Club rooms have amazing onsite perks including complimentary access to V Works shared work space and the onsite gym with pool, steam room and sauna.

Now, you have no excuse, get your train booked, bags packed and Visit Manchester for a fabulous Christmas city break away.

Have a very merry Christmas.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury Review

Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury Review: December 2019

The Christmas season is now in full flow, so now is the time to treat yourself to a Christmas stay away.

The Village Hotel Bury in greater Manchester is the perfect place for fabulous festive times and the welcome at reception is warm and wonderful.

They have gone all out on the festive décor including this cute Christmas scene.

Make your stay even more super by opting for one of the classy Club rooms.

Our contemporary club room bed was super snug and cosy with these funky cushions.

The entertainment area included a flat screen television, tea tray and cool circular fan.

The bathroom, a clean chic space with vanity area, stand up rainfall shower and excellent ESPA toiletries.

Club includes extra perks such as sky TV, complimentary use of the VWorks shared workspace and gym.

The onsite gym is absolutely huge, without compromising on quality, allowing people their own head space to train.

The range and variety of training equipment is impressive and manager Steve and his team are on-hand to help.

Team member Latti made our visit super smooth and she is a cheery lovely lady.

There is also a large pool, jacuzzi tub, sauna and steam room for club guests to use during their stay.

Now Christmas is the time for indulgence, so why not book into the spa for some you time.

Katy at reception provided a relaxed and welcoming intro and I could not wait to kick back and relax.

The ESPA head massage delivered by my lovely therapist Sarah was a real escape from reality.

Following this my deluxe manicure including my hands being in these heat warming relaxing warming mitts was a lovely treat.

After treatments make use of the spa chill out room, the perfect place to relax and reflect.

Now after all this indulgence, all that is missing is a delicious dinner, so head down to the onsite pub and grill which had a lovely Christmas vibe.

The Pub and Grill team are a friendly bunch and are happy to cater for dietary requirements without faff or fuss.

Starters included a lovely crudité with hummus and olives.  Mouth-watering mains of classic fish & chips with a beautiful quinoa salad with broccoli and avocado both lush.  My plus one scoffed his sticky toffee pudding in no time.

Everything hAPPens here, fancy food in a flash well download the village app and get ordering easy as.

The place had a game rooms vibe with table football and an impressive cinema style lounge area to enjoy viewing in plush comfort.

After all this excitement and fun head back to your club room, chill on the recliner with a cup of tea from the complimentary tea tray.

Breakfast is served in again in the Christmassy looking restaurant, a lovely place to start the day for sure.

There is a buffet that offers a range of options such as cereals, pastries, fruit and yogurts.

There are also hot options including sausages, bacon, egg, tomatoes, mushrooms and beans.

Enjoy Christmas 2019 in style this year with Village Hotel Bury.

Have a merry Christmas.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Christmas Gifting with Smartbox by BuyAGift Review

Christmas Gifting with Smartbox by BuyAGift Review: December 2019

Smartbox by BuyAGift is the perfect way to make Christmas meaningful for family, friends and loved ones.  Spend time together, share experiences and indulge in some fabulous food and activities with the super Smartbox.

Smartbox is a gorgeous gift, perfectly presented in this beautiful box any recipient would be thrilled to receive.

Hotel & Spa Smartbox Gifts

Gift the Deluxe Gourmet Escape Smartbox stay for the ultimate rest and relaxation pressie.

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Ice Village Manchester Ice Tiki Bar and Ice Cavern Review

Ice Village Manchester Ice Tiki Bar and Ice Cavern Review: November 2019

The Ice Village Manchester has an exciting new adult addition to this year’s program including the tropical Ice Tiki Bar with ice themed sculptures.

Ice Tiki Bar

Don one of the thermal capes and enjoy the many photo opportunities. Warm and welcoming the Tiki team are on hand to make sure your Tiki experience is on point.

Super staff member Sarah was more than happy to take a snap or two for guests which was nice to see.

The experience includes one themed cocktail in a cool ice glass.  They also offer a mocktail choice too appropriately called the Manc-ini which was delicious.

Feel the South Pacific vibes and chill out…literally in this cool ice themed paradise.

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Golden Gifts of Christmas Gift Guide 2019 Review

Golden Gifts of Christmas Gift Guide 2019: November 2019

Wrap things up in record time this Christmas, so you can stop the worries and spend your valuable time enjoying the festivities with family and friends.

Struggling what to buy and looking for some Christmas Gift inspiration, well look no further.  My Gorgeous Golden Gifts of Christmas Gift Guide has something for all you fabulous foodies with my super star finds.

All these brilliant brands featured deliver direct to your door, so all you need to do is click and order, avoiding the hustle and bustle of those last minute Christmas gift seekers.


Riverford organic farmers have a whole range of lovely organic fruit and vegetable boxes.  Changing according to the seasons, you are guaranteed to get a fabulous fantastic fruity range.

This bountiful and beautiful fruity box makes for a perfect gift and it’s healthy too!

Chocolate and Love

For all the chocoholics amongst you, Chocolate and Love have bespoke boxed bars of chocolatey loveliness. Premium, organic and fairtrade, presented in stunning illustrated boxes and Merry Christmas sleeves this is the ideal way to gift a gorgeous quality treat.

Also, Chocolate and Love have created some superb tubular tins with chocolate minis an ideal addition to the Christmas Day Lunch table.

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Celebrate Christmas 2019 in style with Aldi: November 2019

Celebrate Christmas 2019 in style with Aldi: November 2019

Its Christmas, the fabulous festive season approaching, we all like to treat our family to an indulgent and decadent Christmas.

Now you can party in style this festive season, but without breaking the bank, thanks to the amazing Aldi.

They have a superb range of Christmas foodie treats, to create a beautiful buffet, for you, your friends and family to enjoy.  Get ready to enjoy fabulous festive party food this season just like #KevinTheCarrot Katie, family and friends.


There are Crackers for cheese £1.99, this lovely Cheese selection £3.79 and a stunning pre-prepared Cheese sharing platter £4.99 all ideal for a party platter.


Make your party decadent and indulgent with some super Smoked Salmon £4.99, an impressive Italian platter £5.99 along with some delicious Olives £1.59.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Make sure you are prepared for every palette with some lovely Vegetarian and Vegan options including these Vegan sausage rolls 75p, Vegan Cauliflower bites £1.99 and these stunning Vegetable tempura nests £2.99.

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Cosy Christmas Vibes with COOLSTUFF – Review

Cosy Christmas Vibes with COOLSTUFF Review: November 2019

Excitement is building as we near towards the fabulous festive season, so why leave all the fun for Christmas day.

Christmas shopping all done; feet all shopped out, now make some ‘you time’ festive daily moments with some amazing products from COOLSTUFF including some tech and advent calendars.

With the wet and windy winter weather is kicking in make sure you warm up well with a homely cuppa or two with this organic English Tea Shop Advent Calendar.

Behind each advent calendar door is a pyramid shaped teabag which contains black, red, green and white tea, as well as rooibos and herbal tea and with over 12 different flavours such as ginger & cranberry you are spoilt for choice.

Indulge in some sweet loveliness and luxuriousness with the wonderful Wine Gum Advent Calendar from Wally and Whiz.  Presented in a beautiful box in rich burgundy or gorgeous green with a concertina opening this would delight any recipient.

This delightful Danish company have created fabulous flavours such as elderflower with cherry, peach and pear which are vegan friendly free from gluten, lactose and gelatine.

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