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

Contact:

https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/manva-manchester-marriott-victoria-and-albert-hotel/

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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

Contact:

https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/gb/en/manchester/mchss/hoteldetail

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

Contact:

https://www.lastdropvillage.co.uk/

Roxy Ball Room Manchester

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Review: August 2018

Rock up to Roxy Ball Room Manchester, located on Deansgate, and prepare for a fab fun filled game playing experience.  Check in with the team, Molly, Ashley and Laura, a bunch of laid back, friendly guys and gals, who will make sure you have a shed load of fun.

Stripes or spots, either way prepare to go large, when you play pool on Roxys full size Sam K Tables.  Rent them by the half hour and pot your way to winning.

Relax and refuel Roxy style, opt for their platter and make way for a monster feast including classic pizza slices, Buffalo chicken wings, mac & cheese bites, onion rings, garlic ciabatta, and fully loaded fries. On our visit, we decided to replace the fully loaded fries with cracked pepper and sweet potato fries which was no problem and the team were happy to do so.  Wash this all down with a pint of beer or a berry mocktail.

Bring on the ball control and prepare to ping pong your way to victory on the Roxy full size competition tables.  Again rentable by the half hour.

On a winning streak, I managed to ping pong my way to the number one spot and found the game totally addictive, it was hard to put the bat down, but it was time to move on.

After winning both Pool and Ping Pong, feeling pretty confident I headed on upstairs with my plus one, for 18 holes of crazy golf, preparing to perfect my swing and get a hole in one.

Prepare to chillax, as you enter a Jamaican style smooth tropical paradise, with shack style seating and chilled music vibes.

Hit the beach, Treasure Isle or get jamming with Bob Marley as you race your way to the top spot.

Finally, dare to enter smugglers cove, challenge them pirates and bag that treasure chest.

Shiver me timbers, all games complete, Ball control skills on top form and clearly on a winning streak, I bagged all 3 victories! Hey look, you might balls things up, but everyone is a winner at Roxy’s, roll on the good times, Eat, Drink & Play.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://www.roxyballroom.co.uk/manchester/#prices-info-manchester

Bill’s Restaurant Manchester New Menu Review

Bill’s Restaurant Manchester New Menu Review: August 2018

Think warm, cosy and inviting, Bill’s Manchester is a homely hub and an ideal place for a family gathering, catching up with friends or dining with a loved one.

Décor is a shabby chic mix, with washed stripped woods, velvet seating, worn leather relaxers, charming chandlers and candles.

Warm welcomes are what I love about Bill’s and they have never failed yet.  Staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and have a genuine want to make your visit top notch.  The Manchester manager and his team deliver on all points.

Excitingly Bill’s New Menu is Now out! Great to see that Bill’s have kept firm favs such as the tasty Crumbed Halloumi Sticks with lime aioli and Giant Green Gordal Olives.  New starters including the brilliant Beetroot and Goats Cheese Arancini with purple basil, beetroot & pine nut pesto and seeds which were gorgeous and scoffed in record time.

Also, the Ancient Grain Bowl a super sensational Salad of wild rice, buckwheat, toasted millet, black quinoa, asparagus, charred broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, spring onion, red pepper tapenade, seeds and lemon dressing

Why not wash these down with a super duper healthy Kale, spinach, mango, apple juice Super Greens Smoothie and a large glass of awesome Orange Juice.

Mains have been mixed up with a new introduction of Pan Fried Sea Bass with an avocado, cherry tomato & caper salsa and herb rösti.  Alongside the classic Bill’s Halloumi Burger, with tomato hummus, sweet chilli sauce, roasted red peppers, pea shoots, red onion, lime aioli, sesame bun and fries, the new menu rocks! Keep things cool with the Peach and Fresh Mint Iced Tea and a bottle of Bill’s beer.

Finish fabulous with the Warm Triple Chocolate Brownie with warm chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and a chocolate flake and the wonderful Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts with fresh strawberries, warm chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

Keep refreshed, while enjoying your delicious desserts, with the Watermelon and Raspberry Cooler mixed up with Bill’s Pink Lemonade and a Watermelon, Peach and Raspberry Juice.

Enjoy the New Bill’s Menu, with new additions, alongside the classics, but the brand has retained their signature relaxed friendly feel, service and all-round good times vibe.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/manchester/

The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: August 2018

Location One St Peters Square is the home of the Drake Morgan creation: The Anthologist Manchester City Centre. A relaxed homely hub, with a mix of eclectic décor, with a fresh fabulous natural vibe including planters, fresh fruit and herbs on display, throws, cosy scatter cushions, with a mix of bold and neutral colours that complement the ambience and atmosphere.

Offering a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and my choice the mocktails aka Absolut Proofs, you are spoilt for choice.  The Gorgeous Garden Fizz created with basil, blackberries, raspberries, lemon & agave.  The marvellous Market Fizz shaken with pomegranate juice, lemon, rose water, tonic & za’atar salt rim.

Also, the delicious Ginger Mimosa stirred up with orange juice, fresh ginger, rosemary & ginger ale.  Finally, the amazing Alchemist Cooler, rustled up with chilled peppermint tea, lemon, mint & tonic.

The Anthologist Afternoon Tea provides a generous serving of finger sandwiches, scones and beautiful cakes.

Sit back, chill and relax, as you look out on the view directly overlooking St Peters Square or why not head out and enjoy seating outside on the stunning alfresco terrace.  Even if there is a slight chill, Anthologist have you covered, and provide snug drake Morgan monogrammed fleeces to keep you cosy.

Before you leave make sure you check out the ladies.  Beautifully designed with butterfly detail and complimentary sweet treats too.

Make your Afternoon an Anthologist Afternoon!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-anthologist-manchester/

City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review

City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review: July 2018

For over 30 years, Manchester City Centre Cruises, have been operating passenger boat cruises in their two luxury barge boats.  The Castlefield cruise location, was ready and waiting, for our turn to set sail with Captain Alan and his skippers Sarah, Ellie and Ted.

Participation in the cruise was to celebrate positive steps toward female emancipation, pay homage to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes, as in February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, with December marking 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK.

Our super sensational Sunday lunch began with fresh Soup, a crispy bread roll, all washed down with a range of light liquid refreshments.

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