A Luxury Suite Stay at the Marriott Victoria & Albert Manchester Hotel Review

A Luxury suite Stay at the Marriott Victoria & Albert Manchester Hotel Review: September 2018

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

The spacious reception area provides a perfect place to warmly welcome guests for a stunning stay.

Décor both inviting and impeccable, with communal areas offering the ideal hub to relax, people watch or catch up with business contacts over a coffee.

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.

The lovely lounge, with flat screen television, sofa, hospitality tray, along with both still and sparkling water, was a nice space to kick back and relax.

The suite boasts a beautiful balcony which provides the opportunity to soak in the River Irwell views.

Along with the enhanced tea & coffee making facilities and high-speed Wi-Fi, the suite was equipped with an ergonomic work space, ideal to take that conference call or perhaps to update the journal with all your fun Manchester moments.

The downstairs bathroom includes a full bathtub, overhead shower unit, heated towel rail, spacious sink and vanity area with some lovely luxury bathroom toiletries.

Take the stairs to level two of the Duplex, that leads to the well appointed ensuite bedroom.

Look back and see the lovely lounge area in all its opulence and glory, a beautiful well-designed living space.

At the top of the stairs, the door to the right conceals the ensuite bathroom unit.

A contemporary design, fully tiled, stand-up shower unit with gorgeous green mandarin soap.

Vanity area, with shaver sockets, more lux toiletries, heated towel rail and a massive mirror to beautify.

The bedroom offered an amazing floor to ceiling window, with accessible balcony and a wonderful wardrobe with fabulous fluffy Luxurious Bathrobes and Slippers, to make your stay extra snug.

Along with a huge King-sized Bed topped with Marriott luxury linens, a flat screen television and a vanity area with mirror.

The Riverside Restaurant, with its mix of leather, fabrics, open wall feature interiors, has that homely countryside feel and offers charming river views, as you relax and unwind.

Frankie and Alana, the staff on duty, warmly welcomed us and did an amazing job of looking after us throughout the evening.

Signature starters included the wonderful Winter Salad, a mix up of Fresh green beans, broccoli, oven roasted butternut squash and mixed leaves dressed with the yummiest unique pumpkin seed and coconut oil.  Also, a sharer selection of Cheese and Biscuits with grapes and house chutney.  All washed down with a fab Franklin and sons drink.

Mouth-watering mains included the Vegan Stack, a tremendous tower of fresh vegetables, plum tomato, chargrilled aubergine and courgette, sat on a red lentil and onion puree, giant pearl couscous and topped with crispy fried vegetables.  Also, the Two King Scallops dish pan fired with butter and sea salt alongside Romanesco broccoli, crispy pancetta a dauphinoise gratin and a homemade Salsa Verdi.

Delve into delightful desserts such as the cracking Chocolate Mousse Tear Drop, with a mix of white and milk chocolate on a sponge base surrounded by strawberry puree.  Then the Rice Pudding Sphere Served with a lush hot chocolate sauce to melt the sphere and reveal the rice pudding and mixed berries within, for the ultimate in indulgence.

Head back to your luxury Duplex Suite, dive into the complimentary hospitality tray of treats and enjoy some chill out time, in this contemporary and comfortable space.

Rise and shine, with a ‘suite’ start to the day and have a lovely lazy lounge breakfast, delivered directly to your door.

Pop on a fluffy robe and slippers and tuck into a brilliant British breakfast or opt for their veggie option along with a full range of continental offerings such as fresh fruit, pastries and cheese selection.  All washed down with a nice brew or two.

Another perk of staying at the Marriott Victoria & Albert Manchester is that currently they have a collaborative partnership with Bannatyne health club & spa, located a few minutes away off site, on Quay Street, where you can use their full facilities including gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

Make your stay suite and opt for opulence and luxury with the Marriott Victoria & Albert Manchester.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




A Luxury Losehill House Spa and Stay in the Peak District

A Luxury Losehill House Spa and Stay in the Peak District: September 2018

The lovely Luxury Losehill House Hotel & spa is perched in rural idyllic bliss, right in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.  A hidden gem, off the beaten track, tucked away in a cosy countryside hotspot, offering guests a secluded paradise away from all the hustle and bustle.

During our visit, the weekend weather was perfect, with sensational sunshine which added to the overall magnificence of the place.

Summer season was in full swing and Losehill House was in full bloom. The entrance was adorned with fabulous floral beautiful hanging baskets, quaint clock, super stone archway and wonderful wooden door which gave the place a relaxed romantic time standing still feel.

Our guest room, cosy, warm and had a homely feel, mixing countryside twee with contemporary fixtures and fittings, sympathetically done to retain the buildings original charm and character.

The spacious room, had an archway leading to a cosy snug area, including a wardrobe stocked with fluffy robes and slippers, vanity area with dresser, mirror and a terrific tea tray with biscuits, the perfect hideaway offering a private place to pamper and dress.

The bathroom offered, an amazing view overlooking onto the lovely Losehill House entrance, with that country style feel with the green tiling, but had modern amenities with a heated towel rail, sunken bath tub, super sink area, huge mirror with lighting and a selection of Cole & Lewis toiletries for you to use throughout your stay.

Not only is Losehill House a beautiful building, but their breath-taking unspoilt views are enviable.  Why not take a seat in their gazebo or patio area and have a glass of fizz while you take in the spectacular scenery.

Talking of bubbles, pop onto the terrace and take a dip in the hot tub, sit back, relax and savour those perfect Peak District views.

The fabulous fully decked terrace area has lazy loungers or why not head to the blooming lovely patio doors which reveals the onsite pool, sauna and steam room. The ideal place to getaway from the crowds and wind down.

Thought the you time was over, well think again, continue your personal pamper session by spoiling yourself, with a range of spa treatments, at the onsite spa. My Thalgo mini facial delivered by my lovely therapist was a perfect unwind, as that day, time got the better of us, as traffic caused a delay on route, but the team were flexible and did everything possible to ensure that I made my treatment which was muchly appreciated.

Dinners are divine at Losehill House, and always begin in their inviting lounge area, with a selection of pretty pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres, for our evening we had these cute goats cheese macaroons paired perfectly with some olives. The berry mocktail mixed well and perfectly balanced.

Moving onto the Orangery restaurant, that has a romantic, calming vibe, offering more scenic views and a sensational skylight window. The Menus are created using fresh seasonal products and where possible local produce, so vary and change daily.

After indulging in homemade breads, starters included the bold and brilliant beans on toast, definitely not from a tin, delivered with finesse and flare.  Also, the gorgeous goats’ cheese and chive parfait with candied walnuts, pickled apple and toast crisp.

Mains included the beautiful Roasted heritage carrot with pomme Anna, courgettes and young leeks and the yummy Barbecued baby gem with butternut squash gnocchi, tenderstem broccoli and hazelnut pesto.

One word – desserts, a moment in the meal where my ears prick up even more and again my eyes were also wowed by the Losehill offerings.  Sweet or savoury, they have you covered, with their amazing artisan cheeseboard offering a variety of quality cheeses such as Godminster, Blacksticks blue and much more, along with a healthy serving of fruit, celery, biscuits and a good dollop of chutney.

Tickle your sweet taste buds with the wonderful White chocolate and lime mousse with Hope valley honey jelly and puffed wild rice.  Opt for the pretty petit fours and peppermint tea to finish off proceedings with a pow!

Laura and Ruth’s service throughout the meal was exceptional, attentive but not intrusive, friendly but not too formal.

Morning has broken, so take time to engage with the surroundings, breath in the fresh country air, hear the sheep baa, meet the resident sheep and perhaps take a walk and tackle Derbyshire’s famous Mam Tor peak.

After working up an appetite, head on into the Orangery for breakfast or opt for the leisurely lazy option and have the team pop the breakfast up to your room.

Morning paper already delivered to the door, so could be perused while enjoying a divine Derbyshire breakfast with a pot of breakfast tea or if you have work to do, take continental desk side, which offers a range of fresh segmented grapefruit, melon balls, pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice.

The Orange juice won’t be the only thing fresh, as once you leave Losehill, I am sure that you will feel as fresh, fabulous and relaxed as I did.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Losehill Lane, Edale Road, S33 6AF.

01433 621219


Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre Review

Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre Review: August 2018

The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is right in the heart of the vibrant Northern quarter, making this an ideal hotel for business, leisure or a combo of both.  Head for the revolving door to check in – in style!

A luxury hotel, in its own right, but why not go all out and upgrade to an Executive King Bed Club Room, for the ultimate upgraded stay.  Both gentleman at the check in desk, kindly accommodated an early check in, which made my life easier, as I had back to back reviews booked throughout the city.

Spacious room with cosy king bed, chaise long, workable desk, flat screen television and all the mod cons you need to make your stay a smooth one.

Located on the 8th floor, the King Club Room, offered a stunning city skyline view, along with complimentary chocolates and embossed notepad and pen.

The entertainment desk area is fully equipped with large mirror, flat screen television, magazines, telephone, plenty of plug sockets, lamp light, as well as a reading light and a nice touch was the on-screen welcome including name and room number.

The bedside reading light was useful along with the extra plug port for all my tech gadgets.  The deep sleep pillow spray was a welcomed touch and we spritzed away into the land of Zzzs.

The bedside unit doubled up as both a vanity area and also an ideal place to pop the tea tray, as you peruse over one of the many in room magazines.

Wardrobe was well equipped with complimentary water, a well-appointed tea tray, with some super scrummy biscuits, iron, board and mini fridge to keep things chilled.

The brilliant bathroom was immaculate, fully tiled and a well-designed functional unit.

With stand-up shower, vanity sink area, deep sunken tub, large mirror and illuminated magnifying mirror.

Fabulous fluffy robes and slippers are provided for you to use throughout your stay along with top quality The White Collection toiletries.

Included with the Executive room was access to the exclusive 8th floor Club Lounge area, that has breath-taking panoramic city centre views, which offered several services throughout the day including continental breakfast & unlimited tea, coffee & soft drinks. Also, between 6-8pm, complimentary canapes & alcoholic beverages are served.  Along, with a well-stocked range of newspapers which was much welcomed.

In the evening head down to the Glasshouse Restaurant and bar for a glass of your favourite tipple or two and a bite to eat.

However, during our stay, my schedule was so hectic, that my diary only allowed for a brief visit, but Laszlo and Manager Nick kindly accommodated us, without trouble, and swiftly organised in room dining.

A perk to the in-room dining, was sipping our pre-dinner drinks, while enjoying the night time city views, in complete peace and tranquillity.  The non-alcoholic mocktail mojito Laszlo shook up for me was a complete triumph!

Fab foodie options included the sharing starters of artisan breads with balsamic and virgin olive oil, cheese salad mixed with cherry tomatoes and olives. Mains Thai red vegetable curry with rice and a serving of prawn crackers and goats cheese tortellini pesto pasta.  Desserts included a chocolate mousse pot and scrummy cheeseboard with crackers chutney and raspberries to garnish – Perfect end to the evening.

Want to work up a sweat, well head down to the onsite fitness suite which has a range of equipment to keep you on the top of your a game. Towels and fresh fruit are also provided.

Breakfast in bed, is the perfect way to de-stress before a busy day in the city or in-room breakfast is an ideal way to work as you dine at the desk entertainment area.

Breakfast options included the hot British breakfast, a lovely vegetarian offering with veggie sausages and the continental choice with fresh orange juice, fruit and stacks of fresh pastries.

Feel like a King or a Queen, while you work or play, at Crown Plaza Manchester City Centre.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Review

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Review: August 2018

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, located on the edge of the beautiful West Pennine moors, whose origins date back to farm buildings from the 17th century, is now a four-star hotel, Spa & experience.

In 1964 owner Carlton Walker, was offered “the last drop” of a bottle of wine, to mark the completion and celebrations of the restaurant, hence the hotels current name.

Warmly welcomed by the ladies on reception, we headed up to our Executive double room.  Spacious and immaculate room presentation, a great start to our super spa stay.  The bedside area has a lamp, decent shelving unit and plenty of plugs for all your tech gadgets.

The desk entertainment area with flat screen television, can double up as an ideal work area, as there is also complimentary high-speed internet access, or as a vanity area. A logo embossed Last Drop Hotel notepad and pencil along with a well-appointed tea tray with coffee, tea and herbal teas was provided.

The contemporary bathroom included a sunken bathtub, overhead shower unit, heated towel unit, bidet and toilet.  Well designed and an ideal space for getting spruced up for dinner at the onsite Courtyard restaurant.

With this being an Executive room, upgraded toiletries were included and even the toilet roll had The Last Drop Village logo sticker detail!

Everything about the Executive package is about making sure you have a sweet stay. Extra Exec perks included complimentary Chocolate, mineral water and welcome drinks vouchers.  Along with the fluffy robes, slippers and moisturiser pre-placed on the bed which made our stay super snug and easy.

Escape life’s hustle and bustle and indulge in some self-love.  Treat yourself to a treatment at their onsite spa and prepare for the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

Hayley my therapist was personable, friendly and provided a relaxed tone for my treatment session.  Using divine Declor products for my facial and then having a heavenly head massage with essential oils.

Tranquillity awaits your arrival at the Spa room where after treatment you can sit back and chill, enjoy the view, as you enjoy sipping complimentary herbal teas, iced tea, juice or water, as you catch up with friends or simply reflect and refocus your mind.

The Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa has all the facilities, that you need to get your mind and body relaxed, revitalised and reinvigorated, including a huge 18 meters long swimming pool with a spacious poolside seating area.

Their Hydrotherapy pool, that exposes the body to hot then cold water, is believed to have extensive health benefits.  Also, there is a generous poolside area for those what want some chill out time.

The wonderful waterfall feature is stunning, combined with chilling out at the pool edge, with fresh breeze and air, looking out onto the distance, this is the ultimate pamper session.

The range of therapeutic rooms on offer was impressive, and the ultimate in de-stressing, including a rock Sauna, Bio Sauna, Steam Room, Aroma Grotto and halotherapy room with dry salt aerosol believed to have a whole range of health benefits.

Fancy building up a sweat of a different kind, you can always hit the onsite gym, that has a whole range of equipment, to keep your body on top form.

After chillaxing head into the Last Drop pretty picturesque village, soak up the atmosphere, take a moment to have a selfie by the water fountain or grab bite to eat at the Village Tea shop.

The Village Tea Shop, a quaint, sweet place, with their own resident fluffy teddy bear keeping watch outside.

The amazing Afternoon Tea was spot on and included a range of freshly cut finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, jam and a range of fabulous fancy sweet treats.

After tea enjoy some fresh air, as you stroll around the gorgeous green grounds with fab florals and mini water feature.  Then, head on up, back to the comfort of your executive room and refresh yourself ready for drinks and dinner at the onsite Bar and Restaurant – The Courtyard.

Situated in a stunning converted barn, start in the cosy snug area, with lovely Last drop logo cushions, for pre-drinks, then move into the main restaurant with high ceilings and wonderful wood beams.

Dinner was delicious, including nibbles such as the Artisan breads with flavoured oils and olives.  Super starters comprised of the gorgeous goats cheese bon bon’s and the vegetable tempura with sweet chilli dip.

Mouth-watering mains included the rib eye steak with handmade chips, tomato, mushroom, onion rings with peppercorn sauce.  Also, the potato mushroom gnocchi, with a generous serving of chips.

Keeping things savoury we opted for their beautiful cheeseboard with crackers, chutney and grapes.  However, I would also highly recommend the Raspberry & Pistachio Bakewell Tart.

Enjoy breakfast in bed, which included the British Breakfast with tea or coffee or a brilliant vegetarian option with veggie sausages.  Also, continental offerings including fresh fruit, pastries and pure orange juice.

At the Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, all staff were friendly, knowledgeable and happy to help, there seems to be a real good vibe about the place and a sense of community which gives that home away from home feel.

Make sure you drop in and I’m sure once you do it would be your last time!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Novotel Liverpool Centre Review

Novotel Liverpool Centre Review: July 2018

Destination Liverpool, on Hanover Street, is the location of 4 star Novotel Liverpool Centre.  A stylish hotel, in a convenient, centralised position for you to take advantage of all that Liverpool City centre has to offer.

Executive accommodations provide a relaxed and focused experience where you already have everything you need to make your stay a smooth one.

The wardrobe had plenty of space for you to store all your wears along with complimentary slippers and a fluffy robe for the duration of your stay.  You will notice the door, behind which is a separate enclosed toilet area.

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Luxury Leeds: Crowne Plaza Leeds Hotel Review

Luxury Leeds: Crowne Plaza Leeds Hotel Review: June

Crown Plaza Leeds on Wellington Street, a real jewel in the city, a lovely luxury hotel for you to explore all the city has to offer.

Ideal for both business and leisure, and if you don’t want to venture out the hotel has plenty to keep you busy.

First impressions count, amazing Alex at check in welcomed us warmly and along with Katie in the management team, both went out of their way to ensure a smooth stay.

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Hotel Football Class of 92 Room and The Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour – One for the Fans

Hotel Football Class of 92 Room and The Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour – One for the Fans: June 2018

Hotel Football is just a dribble away from the magnificent Manchester United Football ground.  Having stayed at Hotel Football previously, the hotel is not just for the mega Manchester United fans, as the place has something for everyone.

However, this visit was an all-star pitch perfect performance, which would see fans dribbling with excitement, as they live the ultimate Manchester United dream.

Kick off began in the Class of 92 room, a chic custom designed bespoke room which includes unique Class of 92 memorabilia, that pays homage to its class of 92 owners, Gary Neville & Ryan Giggs.

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