Indulge in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel #Review

Indulge in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel #Gifted

The Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert is the perfect place to enjoy a business or leisure stay right in the heart of the city centre, with onsite facilities including a restaurant, bar and riverside terraces, so you are spoilt for choice.

Immediately on arrival not only do you notice the stunning Grade II property details and structure with many of the original wood beams and metal columns still in place which makes the place feel like a home away from home feel, but the staff warmly welcome you with open arms which is always welcomed.

Now, I mentioned about Indulging in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert, well excitingly the hotel now has a range of Manchester United Suites, including the marvellous Manchester United Trebble Suite.

This suite is all about the details and after a long travel it was nice to see a full complimentary tea tray with tea, coffee, bottled water and some biscuits too, so it was time to unpack, sit back and enjoy this super suite.

The football theme is standout, but not vulgar, and has been completed to create a classy theming including the cool wardrobe area, with bench, made to be a mock-up of a player’s fitting room, and with signed team shirts encased within glass style display cabinets, you know that you’re on the winning team staying in this suite.

The Bedroom is separately divided from the lovely lounge, that has a writing desk area, with a flatscreen television on both sides of the room, so ideal if you have children, as different programmes can be viewed.

Football design details are everywhere including the football pitch rug, subito picture, team cushions on the sofa and a display cabinet all of things football memorabilia related.  The ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy a night or two away from home.

Slide the wood panelled door to reveal a beautiful bathroom, with complimentary toiletries and an illuminated mirror, again it has that players shower vibe and it the perfect place to refresh after a busy day exploring all that Manchester has to offer.

Now if all this was not enough, the lovely team decided to provide birthday beautifulness for my milestone 40th and gave us a winning welcome with a cute cake plate, personalised card and a bottle of fabulous fizz to ensure a celebration full of sparkles and bubbles.

The onsite Chop & Plant restaurant has something to suit every palate and I can assure you is well worth a visit.

The small plates menu, ideal to share or as starters, was exceptional with cod fish cheeks, vegetable tempura and a delicious pesto pasta with garden vegetables.  The local Manchester Craft Ale being the perfect liquid to wash all this down.

Mouth-watering mains included the steak with all the trimmings including their divine peppercorn sauce, a sensational seasonal plant-based salad and let me tell you the garden pasta was so scrummy we downsized the salad to order another.  The sweet potato wedges, we nearly didn’t order, but this would have been a massive mistake as these are next level – an absolute must order!

Recommend, sampling the cocktails as both the Watermelon Martini and the excellent Espresso Martini were shaken to perfection.

After stuffing savoury options galore, basically indulging in too much of the lush pasta, we opted to share a dessert, a classic sticky toffee pudding with a good dollop of vanilla ice cream.  This paired perfectly with the Expresso Martini.

Both the restaurant and bar are ideal to chill out in and provide a really relaxing environment which is exactly what we look for when choosing our hotels.  

After a perfect night’s sleep, breakfast can be enjoyed in the relaxed restaurant setting or why not have the team deliver you room service, if you fancy a lie in.

Both mornings, for both room service and restaurant dining, the breakfast was wonderful.

Offerings in the restaurant included a full and fabulous continental buffet and speciality cook to order options such as avocado on sour dough with lovely poached eggs.

Room service was impressive, with a variety of items such as full English, omelette, pretty porridge bowls, pastries, yoghurts, cheese, juices, tea and coffee, it makes a good start to the day for sure. 

Also, another perk to room service is that you can chill in your complimentary in room slippers and snug robes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

Indulge in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel, and you will not be disappointed, because you will be on the winning team.

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Melanie xx

An Amazing Anniversary Hotel Stay at Novotel Manchester Centre #Review

An Amazing Anniversary Hotel Stay at Novotel Manchester Centre #Gifted

The 4-star Novotel Manchester Centre is located, within the heart of Manchester city centre, near to all the main transport hubs such as Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations is perfect for business or leisure.

Make your way through the revolving doors, into the bright airy reception area, and prepare to check in for a sensational stay.

Warmly welcomed by the reception team, who checked us straight in and provided lots of useful information about the hotel, including the use of their complimentary Wi-Fi while onsite, and instantly made us feel at home.

The Executive Rooms provide guests with a huge Queen bed, 55-inch LCD TV, sofa area, work/vanity desk, providing a modern and contemporary space to relax and unwind. 

Shower room was wonderful, with complimentary upgraded toiletries, and a refreshing rain shower with a unit that has a silent privacy screen, if you want to see into the bedroom while showering. There is also a separate toilet area, a spacious sink area with fully illuminated mirror and plenty of mirrors to beautify yourself.

For our Anniversary, the team’s attention to detail went above and beyond, creating a fabulous floral rose petal display for us as well as including some lovely extras such as complimentary peanuts, crisps, bottled water and two bottles of wine – all of which were really appreciated.

As standard, within the Executive rooms there are fluffy robes and slippers for use during your stay, a complimentary tea tray, Nespresso coffee machine, hair dryer, iron and a safe.

Now as if that is not enough to make sure that you have a memorable stay, why not head down to the onsite Exchange Bar & Restaurant for a few glasses of wine, some yummy food and the perfect place to sit, chat and enjoy the good vibes.

Dan, Gaskey and all the food & beverage are a dream team, real diamonds that make sure they always go the extra mile, so guests leave happy.

The Exchange Bar & Restaurant has an extensive drinks offering including plenty of gins, spirits, beers, lagers, Ipas, wines and of course cocktails.

The brand-new food menu with an ‘Around the World’ theme which works extremely well.  The salad starter along with an epic cheeseboard is an ideal way to get interactive and share with your plus one.

Mouth-watering mains included King Prawn Pad Thai, Cobb Salad, an Asian inspired super spicy Chicken Curry with rice, Poutine, Vegan burger with fries and many more.

Delicious Desserts included Pancake perfection with vanilla ice cream with lashings of chocolate sauce and the beautiful Berry Meringue was a showstopper packed with plenty of fresh berries and cream.  All washed down with a lovely vodka-based berry Martini, a Salted Caramel Expresso Martini, and a gorgeous Cappuccino coffee.

After a night of eating, drinking, plenty of laughter and a good nights sleep have some you time in the onsite leisure are which includes sauna, steam room and a fully equipped gym.

Built up an appetite, well the buffet breakfast is a must, as all guests can choose from a range of fresh continental offerings such as fresh fruit, pastries, cheese, muffins, yogurt, orange juice etc.  There is also an upgraded coffee machine so you can sip quality coffee and tea as you tuck into the hot breakfast goodies.

Visiting Manchester, well make sure you book yourself into the Novotel Manchester Centre, because you will not be disappointed.

The hotel has gorgeous Executive rooms, divine drinks, creative Cocktails, fabulous food and more importantly all the team are superstars and make you feel like the place is a home away from home

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Enjoy a ‘Suite’ Life at the INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel #Review

Enjoy a ‘Suite’ Life at the INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel #Gifted

INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester located in the vibrant First Street Development is the perfect place to explore all that Manchester has to offer. A standout architectural hotel, that provides an even bigger and warmer welcome.

On arrival you will notice the effort and energy the hotel goes to, as the attention to detail is second to none, the blooming marvellous floral displays, that are due to the hotels collaboration with CitiBlooms, are breath-taking giving out amazing autumn vibes.

All the way up to the tenth floor, you know that you have hit the big time when you step into the Townhouse Suite, a huge 51 m2 open plan studio suite with a jaw dropping city skyline view.

The lovely spacious open plan layout gives guests a massive area to work, play and stay. Ideal for couples, family or that important worktrip.

The Welcome to Manchester display, that the hotel had personalised onto our bathroom vanity mirror area, was wonderfully thoughtful.

The bathroom space perfect for a pamper has a walk-through layout with bathtub, rain shower, two wash basins and complimentary INNSIDE Lande Eco-friendly toiletries to use throughout your stay.

The room benefits from Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, working desk space, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini fridge which had a lovely extra touch of a mini prosecco and a pale ale – yippee!

There has been an exciting development and now the hotel is proud to present the First Street Bar & Kitchen with Gino D’Acampo.

A beautifully presented space, that feels chilled out and even better news is that the drinks are divine and the fabulous food is spot on.

Staying at the hotel has its perks, from no time at all you can whisk yourselves from your suite to the restaurant, and be sipping a glass on fizz in no time at all.

Super starters included the Caprese Classic tomato, garlic & fresh basil salad with buffalo mozzarella and the amazing Arancini crispy rice croquettes stuffed with creamy taleggio cheese & peas served with a tangy sauce all washed down with Champagne and Italian Prosecco Rose.

Mouth-watering mains included the lush Lobster tagliatelle and the deliciously cheesy ravioli pasta with truffle, a real winner.

Plenty of options for desserts, but the moment we saw the chocolate fondant, we knew it was one each, no sharing this time and it was a good job, as we cleared these off the plate in no time.

The range of drinks on offer is impressive, the cocktails are crafted to perfection, and we even finished with a traditional Italian Limoncello – Saluti!

Morning marvelousness is pretty chilled in the Townhouse Suite, as there is a yoga mat for some suite stretching to refocus mind, body and soul.  There is even an onsite wellness suite with Finnish Sauna, aromatic steam room, gym and relaxation area, if you need a bit of zen.

Also, there are the super snug gowns and funky feet slippers to get snug, enjoy the view, as you browse the Manchester book of where to play out while in the big city.  

Room service breakfast is brilliant easy and plenty of hot and continental offerings. The full English breakfast, pastries, fruit and beautiful muffins all went down a treat.

The INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel has all you need to make your  Manchester stay memorable.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert; The Manchester United Treble Suite #Review

Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert; The Manchester United Treble Suite #Gifted

The Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert is a striking Grade II building, located in the vibrant and happening Spinningfields District, right in the heart of Manchester city centre, the perfect place for both business and leisure.

The hotel has had a full refurbishment providing guests with a clean and contemporary environment with onsite facilities including a restaurant, bar and riverside terraces.

Warmly welcomed by the reception team, we could not wait to experience all this beautiful hotel had to offer. Excitingly the hotel now has a range of Manchester United Suites, the Manchester United Treble Suite was to be our home for the night, and the room defiantly had the wow factor.

Immediately on entering the room, the football theme is standout and has been completed to create a classy theming, on the right was a wardrobe made to be a mock of a players fitting room with signed team shirts encased within glass style display cabinets.

Take a seat on the bench and imagine that match day tension and those serious locker room team talks which hopefully result in a team win.

The Bedroom is separately divided from the lovely lounge, that has a writing desk area, with a flat screen television on both sides of the room and finished with a wall print of a very cool Manchester map. It is also nice to see the buildings original wooden feature beams sympathetically worked into the design of the room.

Football design details are everywhere including the football pitch rug, subito picture, team cushions on the sofa and a display cabinet all of things football memorabilia related.  The ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy a night or two away from home.

Bathroom brilliance begins right here, slide the door to reveal a very cool team shower style hub that you can enjoy all to yourself, as you dream about your team scoring those wining goals.

Fully stocked with complimentary toiletries, offering an illuminated mirror and large mirror you can pamper in style.

Serious team talks require some refreshments and the Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert have you covered with a well-stocked tea tray, including biscuits, so you can dunk them into your branded mugs., as you plan your time out in Manchester.

The onsite restaurant is the ideal place to fuel up and enjoy some liquid refreshments.  All the team are absolutely amazing and really do know how to look after their guests.

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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 #Gifted

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.

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Honest Burgers Manchester are Back #Review

Honest Burgers Manchester are Back Review: August 2020 #Gifted

Honest Burgers Manchester are back, and we could not be happier, as they are the perfect place to chill out, enjoy good company and a brilliant burger.

Welcomed warmly by the team, Jordan and Yohan made sure that our visit was super smooth and full of fabulous foodie yumminess.

Seated upstairs in a balcony booth, we had plenty of room and a good birdseye view to people watch at a safe distance of course!  They even have a outdoor rooftop for when the sun is in full force.

Their new super special California French mustard, fried beef, bacon, double American cheese, caramelised onion, burgers sauce, tomato, lettuce and pickles with a good serving of rosemary salted chips.

The Bacon Plant is a plant-based burger with this isn’t bacon, smoked gouda, shoestring fries, vegan bacon ketchup, chipotle mayo, spinach and pickles served up with their classic rosemary salted pickles.

Go next level and bang on a side of their gorgeous gluten free onion rings and get dipping to your hearts content.

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Healthy Fast Food at Leon Restaurants Manchester Piccadilly #Review

Healthy Fast food at Leon Restaurants Manchester Piccadilly Review: March 2020 #Gifted

The three musketeers, Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and chef Allegra McEvedy, aka the founders of Leon Restaurants, have combined their wealth of knowledge and skills to take the world by storm with their fab fresh fast food philosophy and started their own foodie revolution.

A light bulb suddenly goes off in your head and you realise how much time you spend travelling and eating on the go.  Fast food need not be unhealthy thanks to Leon and with their stylish and relaxed environment you can enjoy #FastFoodFabulously

Lovely Leon staff at Manchester, including Errol, Chris and the team make your experience warm and welcoming.

The range on food on offer is impressive such as a vegan Love burger with vegan cheese that can also be made gluten free.  A Korean chicken burger again with the Gluten free option.  Why not add on a side of lush Leon baked fries.  There’s also a huge range of sauces so you can get a bit dippy!

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Mother’s Day at Wagamama Manchester St Peters Square #Review  

Mother’s Day at Wagamama Manchester St Peters Square Review: March 2020 #Gifted

The month of March means one thing Mother’s Day…and hopefully some better weather too!

Now, we have a chance to spoil our marvellous Mothers at the wonderful Wagamama Manchester St Peters Square, a vibrant and relaxed city centre hub.

Divine décor with an industrial look provides a cool, contemporary and chic environment.  Peter and his welcoming team make you feel right at home.

Wagamama do an excellent job with dietary needs, such as vegan and gluten free, by providing their allergen matrix on an I-pad which makes life sooo much easier.

Sit back in a booth, relax, refresh and enjoy a freshly squeezed, pulped, poured Fresh orange juice or the vegan positive juice with pineapple, lime, spinach, cucumber and apple.

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My Best Manchester Hotels #Review

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.

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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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