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 Gifting; An Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two with Red Letter Days – Review

Christmas Gifting; An Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two with Red Letter Days – Review: November 2019

The Christmas season is nearing, finding unique and personal quality gifts can be a strain, so take the stress out of gifting and letter Red Letter Days do the hard work for you.

The Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two package is perfectly presented in this Robin Red envelope with gift card, making this a gorgeous gift.

Gift your family, friends and loved ones a lovely Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two package where they can choose from a whole range of countryside hotel locations.

We decided to escape the hustle and bustle at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa which is set inside a beautiful 700-year-old country manor house.

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Holiday in Style this Summer with Novotel Liverpool Centre Review

Holiday in Style this Summer with Novotel Liverpool Centre Review: September 2019

Pride at Liverpool Novotel Centre is a fun time of the year and also the ideal time to book a stay at the hotel for a relaxing pre- holiday departure.

Book yourself a well-earned stay at the Novotel Liverpool Centre, avoid panic packing and that morning rush to the airport, as with the hotel is only around a 25-minute journey to Liverpool airport, so no need to stress about the last-minute dash through the traffic.

The Novotel offers relaxed executive accommodations with a snug bed and desk area.

Also, an open plan lounge some with views across the lovely Liverpool skyline.  Ours had a view of the amazing Liverpool Cathedral!

The Bathroom provides a cosy hub to pamper and you also receive a range of complimentary toiletries, so that can save more room for extra holiday souvenirs.

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The ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street Hotel Review

The ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street Hotel Review: August 2019

Rock up to Marvellous Manchester, for a chic city break with friends, family or a loved one, and stay in the ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street Hotel.  Located near Manchester Piccadilly train station, the Arndale shopping centre you are right in the heart of all the exciting city action.

Recently refurbished, the hotel’s lovely lobby provides a contemporary space to kick back and chill or a relaxed place to get out the laptop and work your way to the top.  Love the Manchester Bee wallpaper too.

The moment you arrive, the whole vibe is friendly, fab and warm, even as you wait for the lift you get a big beautiful textual hug, “From the heart is personal, a genuine one-off”.

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Stay connected in your Sweetroom with free high-speed wifi, large 22-inch flat screen TV and unique USB charging hub.

The all new Double Sweetroom, provides a modern modular accommodation, with private bathroom including shower and mirrored sink area.

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The main bedroom with splashes of colour vibes, blackout curtain, featured a super snug and cosy SweetBed, a desk area with complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.  The hotel kept us sweet with a fab welcome platter, packed with sweet treats such a lovely touch.

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24 Hours in Liverpool on a budget with Novotel Liverpool Centre – Review

24 Hours in Liverpool on a budget with Novotel Liverpool Centre – Review: June 2019

Novotel Liverpool Centre

Fancy a fabulous city break in Liverpool, that won’t break the bank, well the stylish Novotel Liverpool Centre may be 4 stars, but provides cosy accommodations with a reasonable price tag.

The great thing about this hotel is that they have a range of rooms to suit different budgets from standard to executive. So maybe with my money saving guide across the city, you will be able to treat yourself and upgrade.

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Our executive room offered a super snug bed with a brilliant functional desk / Vanity space.

Also, a cosy seating area with an amazing view of Liverpool cathedral.

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Novotel York Centre – Review

Novotel York Centre – Review: February 2019

Novotel York Centre, situated close to the historic city walls and overlooking the beautiful banks of the River Foss, is a fabulous four-star hotel.

Check in process was warm, welcoming and super friendly.  The lovely lady adopted a relaxed informal approach providing all the relevant information in a polite and professional manner.

The immaculate Executive rooms are the ideal space to unwind and relax.  Ideal for couples, families or business trips away. Fluffy robes and slippers are all provided for you to use throughout your stay.

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Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Lovely luxury indulgence, from time to time, can be good for the mind, body and soul.  However, the focus for me is about affordable luxury to enjoy a luxury rail trip up to Edinburgh.

Travel in Style

Trainline – First Class TransPennine Express

Get things off to a super start and let Trainlines dedicated 500+ team take care of all your travel needs.  By booking your tickets with Trainline, a one stop shop whereby can search for all the best fares with a variety of train operators, to bag yourself a bargain.  You can book online or via their app, making searching for affordable fares easy and a simple experience.  Sit back and enjoy the view.

Opt for physical tickets to collect or e-tickets, the smart ticketing choice for travel on the go.  App tickets especially ideal for the wet and wintery weather, as no need to worry about wet or loss of tickets too! Plan ahead and first-class fares may not be out of reach, with many operators such as TransPennine Express covering the Edinburgh route.

Where to Stay

Novotel Edinburgh Centre – The Sensational Suite

Book into the Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel, for a few nights, located on Lauriston Place, is a contemporary cosy hub, ideal for business, couples or family trips.  The Royal Mile, Princess street and Edinburgh Castle, literally on your doorstep, and are just a short walk away by foot.  The hotel offers a range of onsite facilities including the Tap bar and restaurant, fitness centre and a sensational indoor heated pool with colour changing mood jacuzzi, hammam and sauna.

Make your stay super-duper and opt for the sensational suite, the perfect accommodations with a relaxed and homely atmosphere, that offers a well-designed large space, for up to two adults and two children.  An incredible balcony with breath-taking and incredible views across one side of Edinburgh with a living room, two flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi.

The bedroom, with the stunning Scottish artwork mural, bathroom with power shower, complimentary toiletries, slipper and bathrobes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

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