A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York Review

A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York Review: September 2020

The Principal Hotel steeped in history and old school charm and character.

The gorgeous and glowing golden building emits the feeling of warmth and the welcome from Christopher was even warmer.

A lovely Scottish chap who clearly had a natural flare and passion for customer service and the buildings historical heritage.

Check in with the concierge with their cute royal red-letter box in pride of place.

Pass the rather lovely lounge, a perfect place to read the daily news, people watch and enjoy a refreshment once you have checked in.

Make your way up the iconic stunning sweeping staircase with mirrored details and neutral colouring.

The Principal York provide a range of accommodations from standard rooms to suites, we visited on two separate weekends to check out what both room types had to offer.

The Royal Suite

The Royal suite located on the first floor is a fabulous experience from the moment you walk through the door.

The spacious Suite has beautiful period detail and a tasty tuck box filled with a range of complimentary yummy treats.

This is the perfect time to enjoy some you time have a break have a kit kat along with a good Yorkshire cuppa.

Things get even more marvellous with the magnificent Minister view, a perfect viewing point, as you kick back and relax in the lovely lounge area. Our wonderful welcome gift included a wicker basket along with a gorgeous golden box of chocolates such a lovely gesture.

Whether you’re off out for the evening or decide to dine in, the bathroom area, that included a separate room for the toilet, is the perfect pamper space.

With double person waterfall shower and complimentary elemis toiletries throughout your stay.

Highly recommend at least one evening of in-room dining, as the scene is set for a relaxed and romantic night in.

The suite is an exquisite experience perfect for romance, celebrations and provides plenty of space for a family stay.

Standard Rooms with a View 

Room 211 was to be our home for the weekend and we could not wait to simply settle in and get all snug.

Our cosy double featured the classic red telephone and had an amazing light piece to boot.

The cute picnic wicker hamper, that was stuffed with sweet treats, included a beautiful illustrated York card and was a super surprise.

Safe, mini bar, bottled water and a tea tray all provided free of charge makes your stay much safer and easier, as no need to buy additional refreshments.

The beautiful bathroom was well appointed with a huge double stand up power shower.

Along with complimentary Elemis toiletries for the duration of our weekend stay.

Whether you are staying in a suite or a standard room, I highly recommend ordering room service for 1 night of your stay, as it was easy and excellent all round.

Olives, salad, heritage tomato basil bruschetta and the chilled tomato and red pepper gazpacho tasted amazing.

Mains included the Rib Eye steak with Peppercorn Sauce and a range of lovely veggies such as greens and roasted carrots.

Cheesecake and brownie deserts washed down with non-alcoholic champs while enjoying the city wall view was a perfect ending to the evening.

The Refectory Restaurant 

Dinner onsite is always a great idea, as it saves unnecessary travel and the Refectory restaurant is next level.

Catherine was top-notch really made sure our visit was spot on, a lovely member of the team personable, polite and professional.

The Refectory have a range of cocktails, mocktails, local beers perfect to sip as you enjoy some olives and peruse the menu.

The beautiful Berry Fizz made with fresh blackberries, apple, cranberry, elderflower, Vanilla syrup and lemonade is a refreshing treat.

The chef and his team are amazing, as catering for dietary needs can be done without faff or fuss.

Creating beautiful plates of food such as this pretty Quinoa Salad, Heritage tomato bruschetta and spicy chicken wings.

All washed down with a fabulous and fruity Virgin Blueberry Mojito made with a muddled mix of blueberries, mint, sugar syrup, apple and soda.

There is a good atmosphere and as early evening turns into later night the lights are dimmed and set a relaxed tone.

Mouth-watering mains such as the chickpea curry, fish and chips and the delicious chocolate brownie and frangipane desserts are all delicious.

The Garden Room

The gorgeous garden room is the perfect place to enjoy after dinner drinks or a lovely pot of fresh Yorkshire tea.

In the mornings it was nice to head to the onsite pool for a dip, a fresh and fantastic way to start the day.

Breakfast

Breakfast can be enjoyed in the Refectory or in the comfort of your own room or suite.

Consistent on both stays in terms of quality and a timely delivery on all mornings of our stay.

Hot bacon roll, avocado and chilli jam roll and a range of fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, tea, coffee and juice.

Make your York Staycation super with the Principal York.

#StayAlert #StaySafe

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.phcompany.com/principal/york-hotel/

Enjoy some Rest & Relaxation with the Rena Spa at the Midland Review

Enjoy some Rest & Relaxation with the Rena Spa at the Midland Review: September 2020

The Rena Spa at the Midland hotel Manchester is now welcoming back day spa guests, for indulgent decadent luxury spa experiences, to relax, unwind and enjoy some much needed you time.

Jordan and all the spa reception team always provide the loveliest of welcomes providing your spa introduction, treatment choices and of course fluffy robes and cosy slippers to make your spa day that little bit extra.

Rena have a range of super spa packages including the Indulgence which includes a 50-minute treatment, a glass of champagne, a light lunch or afternoon tea and a £10 gift voucher to spend on spa products.

The wet facilities include a relaxation pool, swan neck fountain and what spa day would be complete without a few bubbles with their wonderful Jacuzzi.

Once government regulations allow the steam room and sauna will also re-open to give you even more facilities to enjoy.

The Rena Relaxation suite is a whole world of escape, float away in pods, contemporary modern hub chairs or enjoy one of the private rooms all logistically designed with safety and social distancing in mind.

Treatments at the Rena are exceptional, my therapist Stephanie H was not only a lovely lady, but professional, personable and knowledgeable.

The contouring invigorating body wrap was like being dipped in a jar of honey without the stickiness and my results was skin that was left peachy, soft, silky and smooth.

The balancing and detoxifying treatment involved gentle exfoliation with crushed cabernet scrub, followed by application of contouring concentrate, designed to help boost metabolism, ease away tension and speed up the elimination of toxins.

You are then massaged in vine body butter and then wrapped to cocoon the skin with hydration. The experience included a full scalp treatment for total relaxation.

The products used for your treatments are the Caudalie range and as the spa has a boutique you can buy some lovely spa products to enjoy at home.

Now after all that rest and relaxation, we certainly had hungry tummies, so the afternoon tea included within our package was most welcomed.

Tea began with a lovely warm welcome from the lovely Midland team members Biyan and the wonderful William.

Enjoy a glass of the obligatory fizzy stuff along with srummy sandwiches, scones and sweet treats.

Dietaries are well catered for with including Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten free which is nice to see.

The hand cut sandwiches on gluten free bread are delicious and have a range of fabulous fillings.

The home baked scones with jam and cream are a Midland tradition and work well with the sweet treats including my favourite the mint chocolate macaroon…yummy.

Rest, relaxation and some you time, the Rena Spa at the Midland is the place to be.

#StaySafe #StayAlert

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.themidlandhotel.co.uk/spa

 

The Woolly Sheep Inn Skipton Review

The Woolly Sheep Inn Skipton Review: September 2020

Located in an enviable postcode right in the heart of Skipton town centre, the wonderful Woolly sheep provides lodgings, food, drinks all with a home away from home feel.

Andy and the wonderful Woolly team provided a warm welcome and really made us feel part the family.

Our super Superior room with sofa bed was a clean, contemporary space and perfect for a Skipton staycation.

The room also has a separate vanity desk which could double into a work space, if you need to get the laptop out during your stay.

The tea tray is next level with Yorkshire tea, coffee, hot chocolates, some beautiful biscuits, still and sparkling Harrogate water and an absolute winner with some very generous ‘Have a drink on us’ vouchers.

The en-suite bathroom was perfect with overhead shower, sunken deep tub, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and complimentary toiletries to use throughout your stay.

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Raise the Roof with the St George’s Hotel Llandudno Review

 Raise the Roof with the St George’s Hotel Llandudno Review: August 2020

North Wales, destination lovely Llandudno, for a super sunny seaside staycation.

The St George’s Hotel Llandudno sits in a prominent position on the promenade and is proudly Llandudno’s first luxury seafront hotel.

In the spring of 1854 Isaiah Davies, who was born on a farm on the Great Orme, at just 24 years old built the St George’s Hotel.

The hotel has hosted many conferences and seven British Prime Ministers including Churchill!

Now it’s your turn to enjoy some lavish luxury.  Make your way up the sweeping red carpeted steps for a seaside staycation like no other.

Reach new heights and Raise the Roof and enjoy one of the St George’s delightful Deluxe Sea-View Rooms with balcony.

Offering breath-taking panoramic views of the Llandudno seaside resort from the highest point of the hotel – The Rooftop.

Usually the St Georges fly the Welsh flag, but in a fitting tribute to the hardworking staff within the NHS they are flying fabulously with the NHS logo flag.

The Rooftop lounge is the perfect place to retreat and chill out while enjoying the in room complimentary tea tray, biscuits and bottled water.

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The White Hart Hotel, Apartments & Fat Badger Restaurant Harrogate Review

The White Hart Hotel, Apartments & Fat Badger Restaurant Harrogate Review: April 2020

The White Hart Hotel is a grade II listed building located within the Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate North Yorkshire.

The hotel offers a range of in-house rooms and a range of luxury serviced apartments over in Montpellier House.

The McCrae Suite is a four bedroom apartment, ideal for groups, providing guests an extra special stay.

From the moment you walk in you can see the Victorian grandeur and elegance.

The Bedroom was plush, comfortable and cosy with monogrammed Montpellier House cushions which was a nice touch.

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The Yorkshire Hotel & Scran Restaurant Harrogate Review

The Yorkshire Hotel & Scran Restaurant Harrogate Review: March 2020

The Yorkshire Hotel right in the heart of Harrogate is the perfect place for leisure and business ideal for family, couples and business trips.

From the moment you walk in you are warmly welcomed in true Yorkshire fashion.

Loved our accommodations including the fully stocked tea tray with these fabulous Yorkshire Lass and Yorkshire Lad mugs.

The Yorkshire theme is subtle with the addition of lovely Yorkshire wall prints.

A spacious room with a super snug bed with cosy cushions and the perfect place to lay your head after exploring Harrogate.

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Grassington House Hotel Grassington Village Review

Grassington House Hotel Grassington Village Review: February 2020

Grassington House located within an enviable position within Grassington Village in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales National Park is the perfect place for a rural retreat and a hidden gem.

Grassington House B&B Grassington Village Review 1The Hotel has a whole plethora of awards including consistent Gold award from Visit Britain, 5 stars & 2 rosettes from the AA, Yorkshire Life Award Winners, Welcome To Yorkshire Finalist and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame.

Family run since 2008, as soon as you arrive both Sue and John welcome you with open hearts making the hotel feel like a home away from home.

Grassington House B&B Grassington Village Review 2The accommodations all have their own unique charm and character, we stayed in The Square Room.  A boastful and beautiful room which had delightful and decadent French château-style furnishings including some rather grand armchairs and two sparkling chandeliers.

Grassington House B&B Grassington Village Review 3The opulent vanity area was well thought out with a cosy seating space, mirror at the right height and complimentary cotton wool and ear buds to use, as you pamper yourself.

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Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel and The Park Restaurant York Review

Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel and The Park Restaurant York – Review: February 2020

Looking for a chic, sophisticated and an elegant place to stay in York, the 4 start AA rated Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel is the perfect place to rest your head, enjoy a romantic break or time with family and friends

Situated within a central location minutes from York’s ancient Roman walls this Victorian hotel, that previously belonged to a Victorian gentleman, has all the charm and character one would expect.

The cosy countryside feel to the place provides a snug cosy hub and a hideaway to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil break away.

The breathtaking beautiful four poster room is rather regal, sophisticated and a perfect place to spend your time while in York.

The large room provides enough space to relax with writing/vanity desk and seating area with freestanding traditional full length mirror.

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Merry New Year Celebrations at the Moxy Hotel York Review

Merry New Year Celebrations at the Moxy Hotel York Review: February 2020

Think personality with a hint of pink, Moxy York located within the city centre is the perfect place for a stay in York any time of the year.

Also, with Valentines day just around the corner why not treat your loved one to a lovely Valentines break away at Moxy.

We stayed over New Years and the place felt festive and fabulous with the stunning Christmas tree and the super cool swinging chill chair, we were so glad to spend New Years Eve with such a fabulous and friendly bunch or guys and gals – amazing staff.

Merry New Year Celebrations at the Moxy Hotel York Review 11The Moxy Sleeper room was a cosy compact double room, offering a comfortable bed with a modern reading chair.

The walled wardrobe is decorated with a mural of all York’s key landmarks and if any of your clothes do get a bit creased there is always the option to iron out in the communal ironing room at the end of the corridor, but the chap will not be there to iron your clothes lol.

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Christmas Celebrations at Novotel York Centre Review

Christmas Celebrations at Novotel York Centre Review: February 2020

Novotel York Centre is the perfect place for family and friends to celebrate Christmas in style.  Also, with Valentines Day fast approaching, Novotel York Centre would make a perfect Valentines retreat for yourself and a loved one.

Recently, the hotel has carried out extensive quality refurbishment to the property providing guests with an even more fabulous experience.

Their reception area even has super sweetie shop style displays which is a very cool addition.

The newly renovated Junior Suite really is something else, a spacious open plan contemporary family hub to kick back and relax in as you plan all your amazing York adventures.

With a queen bed, desk, tea tray, iron, minibar with complimentary bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, safe and hairdryer, you really do have all the modern conveniences.

There are two huge flat-screen televisions for viewing both in the bedroom and lounge.  Along with complimentary Wi-Fi access.

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