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

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Eat New York Bagel Shop Manchester Northern Quarter

Eat New York Bagel Shop Manchester Northern Quarter Review: February 2018

The Eat New York brand is based around the street food scene and with over 10 years’ experience, these guys have a lot to bring to the table.

The Bagel shop is a slice of the big apple minus the airfare and brings the New York vibe right in the heart of Manchester’s eclectic Northern Quarter.  With arty boards, tiling, neon lighting which gives the overall place an industrial identity.

#Mouthwatering mains included the vegetarian lovely Little Italy Bagel Breaded mozzarella, with Cal’s tomato sauce, red onion, fresh tomato, rocket, fresh pesto, garlic butter and lashings of gorgonzola mayo.

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Breakout Manchester High Street Most Wanted

Breakout Manchester High Street Most Wanted: January 2018

Located in the cool, quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub is the brilliant Breakout Manchester.  Prepare to motivate your mind to find clues and solve a serious of puzzles, to unlock padlocks.  Do you accept the challenge, can you Breakout, can you escape?

Howdy partners, us cowboys rode up to the wild west aka Manchester Breakout for a show down like no other.  We entered the Saloon bar, not to wet our whistle or hoe down to the sound of the piano keys, but in search of the loot – Yee-ha!  However, we got to get a skedaddle on, things just got wild, as there is a new sheriff in town who recognised my partner and I from our wanted posters.

A shoot out signalled that the 60-minute countdown had begun in this duel room game with twists and turns around every corner.  Milly our third partner in crime and our brilliant Breakout game master guided us bounty hunters through the wild west to try and aid our escape, so she too could take her cut of the riches.

Take a gamble and collect as many poker chips, as possible for a chance to gain a place on the coveted “Most Wanted” leader board, but be warned this is a secondary task, so don’t let this distract you from getting that darn loot and escaping.

Our horses were watered and waiting, ready to giddy up and ride off into the sunset, but alas the jig was up and our game had been sussed, so ya’ll better go before the Sheriff throws you in this cell with us, as Breakout Manchester’s Most Wanted!

Ride on up to play Breakout Manchester’s Most Wanted game to see if you can conquer the Wild West, take home the loot and gain a prized place on the coveted “Most Wanted” leader board.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://breakoutmanchester.com/rooms

Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review

Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The Japanese inspired Cottonopolis restaurant is located in a gorgeous grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester’s Northern quarter.  Boasting Manchester’s iconic symbolic Bee, as their logo, which is proudly etched on the buildings windows.

The name Cottonopolis, that means a metropolis focused on cotton trading that serviced the cotton mills, has been inspired by Manchester’s historical past, as the international centre of the cotton trade during the 19th century.  This too is reflected in the choice of bespoke décor which combines traditional with the contemporary while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features.

Exposed brick work, industrial chain features, cast iron columns, plush tan leather seating & booths, original floorboards, cool copper light fittings which add warmth along with the natural light.  A cool, chic and classy grown up hub to hang out in and the open kitchen created a calm yet buzzing hive of activity.  Owner and architect Nick Muir really has done an outstanding job.

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The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester Northern Quarter Review

The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The three brains behind the Bay Horse Tavern, Jobe Ferguson, Ross Mackenzie and Lyndon Higginson have brought this brilliant British boozer into the 21st century.  There was an eclectic mix of clientele, as you would expect in the NQ, who visit for a pub experience with a grown up sophisticated edge.

Now all spruced up, but still retaining its original charm, the decor theme is a mix of navy, subdue lighting, Victorian style tiles, parquet flooring, brass, copper and marble fixtures and fittings. The tanker display, featured the likes of the legendary fab four Beatles. The fire place provides a cosy spot to catch up over a cask ale or two or perhaps spend some time simply reading the day’s news.

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Nibble Northern Quarter Manchester Review

Nibble Northern Quarter Review Manchester: October 2017

Nestled on Oldham street in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the friendly and unpretentious Nibble.  A cute café with a chilled vibe where the focus is about personalised customer service and staff engaging in genuine conversation.  The décor is relaxed with cosy cushions, quirky light fittings, retro outdoor tables and chairs, planters and various greenery which gave the place a secret garden feel.  A lovely local little hub to catch up with friends, family or simply relax and watch the world go by.

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The English Lounge Manchester Review

The English Lounge Manchester Review: June 2017

Smack bang in the heart of Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter, the English Lounge, offers a selection of wines, spirits, cocktails, cask ales, gin’s and foodie delights, clearly this is a pub that pulls everything excellent together.  We rocked up to an inviting entrance with some rather cute hanging baskets, nice lantern light features and the English Lounge branded swinging sign. Once upstairs a warm welcome awaited us from the lovely Phil, who was fab, personable, professional and looked after us fantastically the whole evening. Also, another lovely server Emma did a cracking job at making sure we were having a fab time.

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