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

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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.

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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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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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Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury #Review

Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury Review: December 2019

The Christmas season is now in full flow, so now is the time to treat yourself to a Christmas stay away.

The Village Hotel Bury in greater Manchester is the perfect place for fabulous festive times and the welcome at reception is warm and wonderful.

They have gone all out on the festive décor including this cute Christmas scene.

Make your stay even more super by opting for one of the classy Club rooms.

Our contemporary club room bed was super snug and cosy with these funky cushions.

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The Relax and Rejuvenate Spa Day Package at the Midland Hotel Manchester #Review

The Relax and Rejuvenate Spa Day Package at the Midland Hotel Manchester – Review: October 2019

Indulge in a lovely luxurious Spa package at the iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester city centre.  Recently winning Best Luxury Urban Escape for Northern Europe at the prestigious 2019 World Luxury Spa Awards.

The Relax and Rejuvenate Spa Day Package includes a 55 minute Relax and Rejuvenate Treatment and half day use of their award-winning spa facilities (9am – 1pm or 2pm – 6pm).

Also included, subject to availability, was an excellent ESPA gift and a super yummy two course lunch in Mr Coopers.

Make some much needed and well deserved you time, escape the hustle and bustle, kick back and relax, as you let the Spa at the Midland team help you melt into a relaxed bubble.

The prestigious Spa at the Midland has a full thermal suite including pool, Jacuzzi and water jet fountain.

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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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Malmaison Manchester Hotel #Review

Malmaison Manchester Hotel Review: July 2019

Located just minutes away from Piccadilly train station, in a bustling and vibrant hub, this boutique Manchester city centre hotel is a must stay while in the city.

Transformed from an elegant 19th century warehouse, the Malmaison hotel is chic, contemporary and characterful.

On arrival, through the revolving doorway you re met with this super cool and quirky bit of tech, an amazing digital display with moving goldfish!

Executive Rooms

Executive rooms are super stylish, with muted colours and Manchester themed artwork to provide an ideal space for a business trip or city leisure break away.

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A Date Night stay in Manchester with Buyagift #Review

A Date Night stay in Manchester with Buyagift – Review: May 2019

Date night inspiration required, well look no further, as Buyagift have everything you need to super spoil your loved one and make their date night extra special.

We opted for the Buyagift package which included a one night stay with breakfast at the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester.

The Radisson is located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and is the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, which is steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.

Make your way through the airy, impressive and exquisite lobby, which hosts a mix of eclectic contemporary décor including these super stunning lighting features.

The bedroom was a chic and contemporary space with a super double bed, both cosy and snug, providing a plentiful space to get lot’s of the Zzz’s in before a busy day the following morning.

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