Top Manchester Activities

Top Manchester Activities: October 2018 

Marvellous Manchester, a UK city which offers visitors, so much to see and do, but here are my top options, in no particular order, for those who want to have fun while in the city.

1.TeamSport Go Karting 

Located slap bang in Manchester City Centre, Grab the Girl & Guy squad and head down to TeamSport Go Karting Manchester for the race of a lifetime.

Hit the track, feel the speed, use your skill and aim for the chequered flag and prepare to clinch victory from your opponent by driving smart.  Let Meg, Clo, Hillary and the rest of the team look after your safety while providing a fun on track experience.  What will your best lap time be?

2. Lucardo University of Magic: The Entrance Exam

Fancy your hand at being a witch or wizard, well first you must graduate from the University of Magic.  Get your wand at the ready and prepare to cast your way to success.

Lucardo offer a truly unique, immersive and exciting spellbinding experience in Manchester City Centre.  Find your way into a secret room, cast a spell and make a potion.  With Professor Emma’s help we graduated, the question is – can you?

3. Popup Painting 

Prepare to Paint Popup style, with Popup Painting, originally a London launch with the aim of promoting creativity out of the classroom.  Now held at venues throughout the UK, Manchester being one of them, try your hand at paint brushing your way to creating your very own marvellous masterpiece.  Our afternoon was based on the interpretation of Hokusai’s Great Wave Painting.

We sploshed and splashed our way around the easel like seasoned pros with our friendly skilled artist’s step by step guide.  Fancy going off-piste, not a problem, as your artist promotes and supports your inner creative desires.  The event offered a relaxed atmosphere, with laughs and giggles galore and thanks to his lovely assistant paint was in plentiful supply along with all art supplies such as brushes and apron too – all included within the price.  Why not dip into the pot and get your spills…thrills with Popup Painting, you never know you may be the next artistic genius #popuppainting

4.Vertical Chill Indoor Ice Climbing  

Location Deansgate, is the place to be, for the ultimate unique activity. Feel the freeze and get into the cold zone.  Challenge yourself to climb new heights and hear the crunch of the ice, as you battle your way to the top of this vast glacial thrill.

Our expert guide Matt was informative, knowledgeable and gave us the confidence to reach the top.  With quality kit and a top motivational mentor can you also reach the top?

5.Escape Reality Manchester: Bank Job

Grab your elite squad of highly skilled bank robbers, as you are amongst the chosen few who have been challenged to infiltrate the security systems at the world’s most protected bank vaults.

Part of our team attempted the skilled system override on the previous night but failed.  They did manage to disable the security cameras and took the opportunity to leave us clues, so our team were now fully prepped to break into the vault and steal that dazzling diamond.

Escape with the diamond within 60 minutes or face life in prison! An exhilarating, exciting and entertaining experience, will your teams diamond bank balance go boom or bust!

6.East Lancashire Railway Dining with Distinction Lancastrian Lunch

At the East Lancashire Railway, in Bury greater Manchester, you can Dine with Distinction and sophistication, by opting for one of their on-board dining services such as the Red Rose Dinner or as we did the lovely Lancastrian Lunch.

Roll out the red carpet, step on board their traditional Orient Express Pullman style carriages, enjoy delicious dining, picturesque and lovely Lancashire countryside, the beautiful Irwell Valley, providing you with the ultimate first-class elegant experience and an exquisite journey back to the Golden Age of Steam.

7.Roxy Ball Room Manchester

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.

Make sure your ball control is on top form, don’t balls things up and pot, ping pong and putt your way to victory during games of pool, ping pong and crazy golf.

8.Breakout Manchester: Enchanted

Whirling and whizzing through the library Wizarding section, a mesmerising dusty book caught our eye, as we began to turn the pages, large yawns followed, and we found ourselves deep asleep and waking up in an enchanted forest.  Wandering and walking, throughout deep forest for hours, encountering creepy creatures, scary shadows, we spotted an exciting entrance to a delightful dazzling house made of gingerbread and sweets.

What we were yet to realise is, that the witch had put us under a spell, a terrifying trap awaited and if we didn’t escape the witch would be returning to eat us.  Have your wits about you and keep chanting “run, run as fast as you can you can’t catch us we have a Gingerbread Breakout Plan!”

A spellbinding fascinating fairy tale, a charming and captivating game with a little bit of spookiness sprinkled in for good measure.  We escaped Enchanted, Breakout Manchester’s Magical escape room experience, question is can you?

9.Base Bar Mcr

Bring on your A game and prepare to bat the ball out the park, in the brilliant Base Bar Batting Cages.  Get kitted up and then the team will prep you for a super awesome session.  A plus is the balls are non-stinger, so in the unlikely event you get hit, it will be a soft blow.

So don’t be cagey, be full of confidence and you will be batting like a pro in no time.  Along with their range of amazing American snacks and drinks and some seriously awesome music beats, this is a super fun activity and well worth a whirl.

10.City Cruises Manchester Afternoon Tea

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 loyal sea skippers.

Enjoy the amazing Afternoon Tea on board, as you sail through the Bridgewater canal system, on to Manchester’s marvellous Media city. A yummy activity for family, friends and loved ones to enjoy.

11.Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester

Whether you go in solo or already have your squad worked out, The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester city centre, based on the 90s Iconic series, with the original legendary Maze Master Richard O’Brien and his ever loving marvellous mumsie, is where eight individuals become one team to conquer the crystal dome.

Bomber jackets, booth team time, then prepare for a journey through four zones, Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic.  The four game types include Mental, Mystery, physical and Skill, so play to your team strengths, so you can scoop as many crystals as you can to exchange for time in the Crystal Dome. And yes for the mega fans, you do get a go on the amazing Aztec super slide!

12. Junk Yard Golf

Rumours are flying around, that Crazy golf just got epic, and I can confirm it’s all true! Get your game face ready, as things are in full swing down at the super cool Junk Yard Golf site slap bang on first street Manchester.

Welcomed on course Gary, golf club in hand ready to swing into action and get on it like a car bonnet.  Yes, there is a slide, and yes you can actually slide down it too!  Party people, this is the place to be with UV Lights, loud music and flashing lights, while you get funky on the golf course and strut your stuff.

13.The Range Golf Simulator at the Range

Roll up to the Range for a High-quality Golf Simulator experience.  The lovely Charli looked after us, settled us down in our own private curtained booth, as she briefly explained the high spec Gc2s Launched monitor technology.

Try your hand at virtual play on golf courses throughout the world including Pebbles beech.  Along with the tech, added features include music, salt smells, blowing winds to give you an all-round realistic immersive simulator experience.  Hit the ball essentially against the visual facing “bed sheet” to bag yourself a hole in one.

14.Clue HQ: Cell Block C

Clue HQ, the live escape game, located under Manchester Piccadilly Train Station was where criminal Danny Badd framed myself and friends for a crime we did not commit, locked up in game Cell Block C crying out “We are innocent” but no one was listening!

With no chance of an acquittal and our appearance in court was just over 1 hour away, we were left with no option, but to try and break free before the cuffs are placed and that prison door slams for life.  We just missed out, the jury found us guilty, so we donned the orange jump suits and prepared to do the time.

15.Rock Over Climbing

Rock over Climbing Manchester, a brilliant bouldering centre, prepares you to soar new heights and prepares you to climb your way to the top.

Our lovely lady instructor, a real diamond, was fab and just what you want when you are a complete novice; practical, patient, friendly and gave you the confidence to tackle the climb. Want to get to the next grade, well I’m sure Rock over Climbing, will get you on peak form.

Now, the only challenge left is, that you just need to work your way through the full list, have fun!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Marks & Spencer Opticians Manchester Review

Marks & Spencer Opticians Manchester Review: September

Exciting times for retail giant Marks and Spencer, as in collaboration with Galaxy Optical, branded as M&S Opticians, they are currently trialling optical practices throughout five of its UK stores including Bolton, York, Derby, London and Manchester city centre.

Manchester city centres 700 sq ft practice offers a fresh and fabulous approach to eye health and your optical requirements.  Manager Paul along with his dedicated team clearly have a customer focused strategy, providing a relaxed environment balanced with warm, welcoming and knowledgeable service, aiming to make you see the best Marks & Spencer Opticians has to offer.

After checking in with the team at the front desk manager Paul whisked me off to the pre-screening room for three core tests.  The machines test for fluid pressure, photo screen the back of eye to look for burst blood vessels, retina damage etc and also measure the curve of the eye cornea which is relevant if a prescription is required.  Also, a super cool moment was seeing the image of my own eye on screen – fascinating!

After which the results are forwarded to your Optometrist for review, prior to you entering the consultation room. Optometrist Monica provided a prompt and professional service and please even though the equipment can look a bit intimidating there is nothing to worry about, as at the other side of the machine you are simply resting your chin on a ledge to conduct further non-intrusive tests.

Not failed a test before, but they say that there is a first time for everything and a prescription was indeed required.  Manager Paul, talked through a range of considerations before choosing the correct prescriptive glasses such as colours, shapes, styles, tips such as the frame following the eyebrow line and metal vs plastic frames; a particularly important point for those with allergies.  Marks and Spencer offer a range of their own branded frames or designer offerings such as the Marc Jacobs glasses, I opted for.

After reflection, through this process, it made me realise it is not just a question of if you need glasses or not, but how much we underestimate our eye health in general.  Not having an eye test can severely impact on our day to day life’s, such as the ability to safety do your job, avoiding day to day eye strain, if prescriptive glasses are required and safety whilst out on the road.

Importantly, a new scheme is being piloted, throughout selected areas in the UK, whereby three police forces in England are planning to test every motorist they stop and if drivers fail to read a number plate from the mandatory DVLA standard of 20m away the driver’s licence will be instantly revoked.  Therefore, not having a simple eye exam can be a costly and stressful experience.

Making an appointment online is easy, followed up with a confirmation email and a reminder text when your appointment is due.  Also, life after your appointment is catered for with an after-care call from the team at Marks & Spencer Opticians, to make sure all is going good.

As a Lake District lover and all-round fan of the great outdoors, after yoga and during hiking, it was nice to pop on the specs and see the stunning scenery in all its detail and breath-taking magnificence.  Life’s too short to be blurred and reading between the lines, so get crystal clear vision with Marks & Spencer Opticians.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


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


The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester Review

The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester review: September 2018

Whether you go in solo or already have your squad worked out, The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester, located smack bang in Manchester city centre, right next to the Museum of Science and Industry, is where eight individuals become one team to conquer the crystal dome.

Based on the 90s Iconic series, with the original legendary Maze Master Richard O’Brien and his ever loving marvellous mumsie, The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester, offers participants a unique opportunity to grab their very own slice of this nostalgic era.

Warmly welcomed with energy and enthusiasm, by the Crystal Maze team, we were geared up and all ready to go, go, go!  We have been lucky enough to attend on several invites, with the first visit being thrown in with a group of strangers and our most recent experience a private session for two.

After the health and safety stuff has had the big thumbs up, you will be all pumped up and ready for a crazy crystal collection mission, you and your star team, get to pop on the brilliant bomber jackets, to take those ‘must have’ insta pics.

Then, prepare to hit the team booths to talk team captains, names, tactics and strategy.  Don’t under estimate booth team time, if you want your crystal count to soar, listen to all your team members.  The four game types include Mental, Mystery, physical and Skill, so play to your team strengths, so you can scoop as many crystals as you can.

Being team captain in a private session was easy, as I knew our strengths and played to our advantage, but our first mixed session made up of several guys and gals, they key is to listen, learn and become one.

Feel those motivation moments and get the cheesy slogans at the ready “one team one dream”, “there’s no I in the word team” and prepare to meet your marvellous maze master, who on all my visits have been top notch, as they fabulously and flawlessly present with natural flare and finesse, resulting in non-robotic maze masters, and not losing their personality within the process.

You and your squad need to be prepared for a journey through four zones, Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic, and yes for the mega super fans you do get to slide your way down the iconic slide in Aztec – one of my personal fav zones…apart from the Dome!

Maze Master pictured was a lovely cheery chap, and there is also a lovely mystical lady who was fabulous and Hanzza not pictured, was our gorgeous genuine Geordie, who during our private session, had us screaming out “Why Aye” at the top of our lungs, that kept us on our toes for sure, and motivated us to go crackers for crystals.  Rightfully so, as each crystal collected gives you 5 lovely seconds in the crystal dome.

The Crystal Dome, a moment of 90s nostalgia, take a breath and get the team in the iconic bomber jackets, smile for a quick piccy, before you take on the Dome – “Will you start the fans please”.  A slight twist with tickets, no gold or silver, just shiny foiled metallic tickets of loveliness, grab as many as you can, get them in the box and make each shiny token count.

Crystal Maze scores

Don’t play as an individual, and do like one group did, collect tokens, but never actually putting them in the collection box doh – listen to your Maze Master, think team, because team is how you will all conqueror the dome.

Mixed Team of eight: “4 Guys and 4 Gals” 10 crystals, 50 seconds in the Dome, 146 tokens: Playing in the mixed team of strangers, you get around 2 games per person, and the guys and girls we met on the first game were brilliant, a top bunch of team players who worked as one and when it came to the Dome it was all hands-on deck.  For a team of eight our crystal count was good, tokens slightly low, but the daft group fun we had was priceless.

Team of two: “There’s no place like Dome” 9 crystals, 45 seconds in the Dome, 98 tokens: Private sessions offer a unique personalised experience, playing more games each, but be prepared to work up a sweat throughout the four zones and when it comes to the Dome get grabbing those shiny tokens of joy, like your life depends on it.  For a team of two we did a cracking job and with a score of 98 tokens, left with big grins galore.

High octane, adrenaline pumping, immersive, entertaining and energetic experience, with plenty of Oooos, Ahhhs and lots of laugh out loud moments, but the question is can you crack the crystal dome and feel the foil fabulous rustle from the tokens of shiny success?  The formula is simple: More Crystals = More Dome Time = Shiny Tokens, now all that’s missing is you!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Escape Reality Manchester: Legend of the Mummy Review

Escape Reality Manchester: Legend of the Mummy Review: September 2018

Positioned within the Printworks, just opposite the Manchester Arndale and the Corn Exchange in Manchester city centre, this interactive live exciting, engaging and entertaining escape room experience, is in the heart of all the action.

On arrival, Nichol our games master, an all-round lovely lass prepped our team of two for play.  The core objective, 60 minutes to escape, by cracking a range of challenging puzzles using our mega brains, with the help of our games master and a nifty iPad which enables your team to unlock clues every 10 minutes throughout your challenge, but be warned you can only use this 5 times so use wisely.

Far back in time, scripted scrolls documented the alleged Legend of The Mummy, that deep within the Ancient Pyramids lies a treasure which if unlocked provides the founder with access to unworldly secrets.

Renowned Archaeological The Professor, began his dangerous journey, into a mysterious land, where the all great and powerful Pharaohs ruled with an iron fist, to retrieve the coveted treasure, but there have been no updates from the Professor and since setting out silence.  Presuming the worst, my squad was selected to complete this crazy cursed mission.

As the sands of time started to tick away, my crack team of amazing academic Archaeologists, grabbed their shovel, trowel and mattock tools, and prepared for an exciting Egyptian expedition.  Beginning, in the Archaeologists office and artefacts catalogue room, unearthing clues to lead us to steal the treasure from the ancient Legends.

Want to hear more about our adventure…shush I have told you way too much already, as the game is as top secret as the hidden treasure, but I can tell you our Egyptian escape expedition offered a realistic, high quality and immersive game play.

The professor payed with his life, so make sure you steal the treasure from the Ancient Legends or prepare to be imprisoned and trapped within the Pyramids for all eternity.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


East Lancashire Railway: Lancastrian Lunch Review

East Lancashire Railway: Lancastrian Lunch Review: September 2018

East Lancashire Railway has a rich historic industrial past, with story’s telling of the heart-warming heroic struggles, both past and present, to keep a dying part of Britain’s railway heritage alive.

Due to innovations and advancements in technology, this has resulted in a drastic decline of the traditional railways, and why the East Lancashire Railway along with their budding team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, strive to keep Britain’s Railway legacy living on for future generations to experience.

Step on the platform and enter a bygone era of transportation and travel, feel like you have stepped back in time, to experience Britain’s booming rail era empire.

Dine with distinction and sophistication, by opting for one of their on board dining services such as the Red Rose Dinner or as we did the lovely Lancastrian Lunch.

Roll out the red carpet, step on board their traditional Orient Express Pullman style carriages, as the team prepare for your arrival, with the dining manager and your personal waiter making their introductions, to provide you with the ultimate first-class elegant experience.

Feel the 1920s glamour and grandeur, within vintage dining trains, with opulent upholstery, fully complete with the bells and whistles, including clean and crisp fresh white table linen along with the best in bespoke dinnerware’s.

Prepare for departure, waive bye to the people on the platform, as the staff salute, and the steam engine begins motions to get you away on your exciting and exquisite journey back to the Golden Age of Steam.

Beginnings start with a classy champagne toast or for the non-drinkers amongst us, a fabulous flute of fresh orange juice.  Steam engines all go, soak up the sounds, atmosphere and enjoy the picturesque and lovely Lancashire countryside and beautiful Irwell Valley.

Silver service, four course gorgeous gastronomic dining with their sensational signature service, style and flare, the lovely Lancastrian lunch was a lovely way to spend a few hours of our day.

Food is seasonal, quality and where possible locally sourced.  Sensational starters included the Smoked Salmon Beetroot Gradvadlax Terrine with a crisp summer salad and the vegetarian offering of the tasty Three Bean Salad with Seeds and a Balsamic Glaze.

Sit back and enjoy the fantastic food, as you look on at what railway life has to offer, see signals and many a happy worker waiving, as you head off on your journey.

Mouth-watering marvellous mains included the Honey Roasted Duck Breast with sauce l’orange and the Vegetarian choice a brilliant Beetroot, Butternut Squash and Brie Pativier on a Bed of Rocket with Spiced Beetroot Puree all served with fresh vegetables and potatoes.

Steam through stations, and you will witness many rail enthusiasts, taking their moment to snap a pic or two of the sensational steam giants.

The beautiful Baked Wild Blueberry Cheesecake desert with fresh cream was just stunning and how the team manage to produce this first-class high-quality nosh on board a moving train is beyond me.  It’s no wonder why they have received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for outstanding customer reviews and the prestigious Taste Lancashire award.

All washed down with complimentary tea, coffee and a delicious dining with distinction chocolate.

Rawtenstall was the end of the line, so the super steam train makes that all important pitstop and provides passengers on board the chance to stretch their legs and also watch the exciting and entertaining action, as the train prepares to be pulled onward back to Bury.

The noise and sounds of the railway are all part of the trains movements and safety, but for me are an immersive, unique moment to saviour and a special part of being aboard such a magnificent train.

Arrival back at Bury, the train slowing down to a stop, allows a moment to reflect on an outstanding, opulent, elegant and sophisticated dining experience.

Prior to departure, the train showcases one last all mighty puff of super steam and one thing that you can guarantee is that taking part in this experience your money has not gone up in smoke, as the experience provides memories that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


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