Posted on Wednesday the 14th of November, 2012 by Victoria

Head To Blackpool With Cheap Hotels In Blackpool

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of northern England. The railway made it much easier and cheaper for visitors to reach Blackpool, triggering an influx of settlers and tourists alike. Blackpool remains the most popular seaside resort in the UK. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an extremely popular attraction and should be visited whilst staying at cheap hotels in Blackpool.

Experience More Amusements

Blackpool remains a large summer entertainment venue specialising in a variety of shows and attractions. As well as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Grand Theatre and Sandcastle Water Park are popular attractions for a variety of ages. Blackpool is also home to Blackpool Dance Festival which is a world famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance. Blackpool is the very heart of England’s fun-by-the-sea type resort. Whilst staying in cheap hotels in Blackpool you will find plenty to do. As the country’s second most visited town after London you can never be short of something to do. Whilst staying in Blackpool you will really be able to experience the traditional holiday-by-the-sea with twenty first century amusements that will thrill the whole family. Blackpool is most famous for its tower, its three piers, its Pleasure Beach and its Illuminations which can all be experienced whilst staying here.

Head To Festivals

If you head to Blackpool from early September to early November you will be able to catch the Illuminations where The Promenade is illuminated with thousands of electric and neon lights. As well as all of this, Blackpool is also home to many events and festivals. Blackpool Dance Festival is a world-famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance. With so much to do, enjoy this fantastic city with cheap hotels in Blackpool.

 
Posted on Tuesday the 20th of December, 2011 by kelly

Manchester: Something for Everyone

When you’re heading off on a mini-break, you want to find somewhere that has something that everyone can enjoy. So, if you’re looking for a city that is cultural, quiet, lively, modern and historical all at the same time, Manchester is the perfect place.

Manchester is a city with pretty much everything: a big sports scene, fantastic music venues and plenty of culture. For this reason, it’s ideal for big parties looking for somewhere to keep everyone happy, as well as families and couples looking for plenty of sights to see. Here are a selection of areas to focus on in the ‘London of the North’:

Culture

Manchester has always been a creative city, and there are a number of galleries that offer a glimpse into the city’s artistic background. The Manchester Art Gallery is certainly the biggest, but the smaller Whitworth is also worth a visit for its dedication to up-and-coming artists. For theatre and film, the Cornerhouse Theatre is a great place for catching rare and independent films and director Q&As.

Sport

Football. You can’t escape from this particular sport in Manchester, most particularly on derby days when the city’s two biggest football teams go head-to-head in one of the most competitive matches you’re ever likely to see. It may be a good idea to find a hotel near Old Trafford to be even closer to the action.

Nightlife

Thanks to its lively student population (85,000 at the last count), Manchester’s nightlife isn’t just restricted to the weekend, most clubs open every night of the week. Head to the swanky Deansgate Locks for the trendiest bars, or for something a little more down-to-earth, try the Printworks (an ex-printing factory) for more pubs and clubs than you could ever need in a single night.

Food

Manchester has a large range of restaurants to suit every budget. For a reasonably cheap feed hit the Curry Mile, a long stretch of road filled with predominately Indian restaurants that offer authentic Indian cooking for a very fair price (especially if you’re prepared to haggle!). For something more upmarket, San Carlos does the best pizza in the north, and if you keep your eyes peeled you may see one of those footballers the city’s so famous for.

Shopping

Try the Arndale or Trafford Centre for almost every high street store in Britain, or treat yourself to a window-shopping session in Selfridges or Harvey Nicks (conveniently stationed right next to each other). For individual, cool and creative style, Manchester doesn’t disappoint: head to Oldham Road, a street filled with vintage and one-off boutiques with a distinctly retro slant. Make sure to find accommodation in Manchester that’s easy to get to when you’re weighed down with shopping bags!

One of the best things about Manchester is that there’s always something going on to get involved in. One of the best ways of seeing what’s coming up in Manchester (or any city, for that matter) is to use a dedicated website or tool, such as the HotelClub map of Events 2012. This website will help you plan when’s best to visit your chosen city, and will give you the lowdown on what you can expect from the time you’ll be spending there. With a big city like Manchester organisation is key, so look now and get planning your visit – you certainly won’t regret it.

 
Posted on Wednesday the 7th of December, 2011 by kelly

Top 5 European Christmas Markets 2011

Tis the season for festive markets! We’ve looked at our top 5 Christmas markets in the UK but there’s nothing quite like an authentic Christmas market over in Europe. Some of the most famous European Christmas markets have been running since the Middle Ages and today they’re drawing in over two million visitors at a time! There’s something magical about these European cities at Christmastime – with historic squares full of fairy lights, quirky stalls and unique gifts, not to mention the aroma of roasted chestnuts, spicy gingerbread and mulled wine. Get in the festive spirit and book cheap hotels with Roomguide!

Here’s our top 5:

 1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into a winter wonderland from mid-November onwards. The city oozes nostalgia and romance and nativity displays, concerts and traditional Christmas markets make it one of the most visited markets in Europe. The ‘Christkindlmarkt’ in front of the magnificent Town Hall is Vienna’s classic Christmas market. Selling everything from hand carved toys and decorations to mulled wine and chocolate waffles, Vienna is a place of seasonal inspiration.

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2. Copenhagen, Denmark

The annual Christmas Market in Copenhagen takes place at Tivoli Gardens, Europe’s oldest amusement park. Twinkling lights, exciting rides, an outdoor ice rink and charming market stalls make this the perfect setting to get into the ‘Christmas spirit’. It’s also the ideal place from which to take home those stocking fillers and special Christmas gifts. Specialties at the market include Aebleskiver, traditional Danish apple slices usually dusted with powdered sugar and served with Glogg, a combination of hot red wine, aquavit, cinnamon and almonds.

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3. Berlin, Germany

There are over 50 Christmas markets in Berlin making it a festive favourite in Germany and the rest of Europe. The most popular market in the German capital is the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market situated in one of the most beautiful squares in the city. Jugglers, acrobats, artists and choirs entertain the crowds whilst over 100 rustic wooden huts offer yuletide decorations, pretty ornaments, handmade jewellery and delicious Bratwurst.

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4. Prague, Czech Republic

The Czechs certainly know how to celebrate Christmas if the Prague festive markets are anything to go by. The Old Town Square is transformed into a vibrant wonderland with a giant Christmas tree surrounded by red-roofed wooden huts selling everything from traditional Czech handicrafts to hot food specialties and refreshing Czech beers. There’s plenty more festive activity to soak up around Wenceslas Square, Havelska Trziste, Namesti Miru and Namesti Republiky.

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5. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Vörösmarty square dresses up in its finest Christmas décor from mid-November until the end of December. More than 100 wooden pavilions offer a unique selection of goods from folk artisans and craftsmen as well as a wide choice of traditional Hungarian foods like kürtoskalács (sweet Hungarian pastry), kenyérlángos (baked flat bread) and goulash soup.

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Posted on Thursday the 3rd of November, 2011 by kelly

Roomguide’s Romantic Guide to Cheap Hotels in Rome

The Eternal City of Rome is the ideal place to take a romantic winter city break and this November we have some great deals on both luxury and cheap hotels in Rome. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or simply need a few days away to rekindle the romance, there’s no better place to do so than the enchanting city of Rome.

We’ve picked out our top 5 romantic hot spots offering ultimate luxury and romance!

1. Hotel Romance

This hotel is sure to give you and your loved one a memorable stay in Rome if its name is anything to go by! It has elegant accommodation in the form of baroque style furnishings and a great location being just minutes away from the Colosseum.

2. Hotel Camp De’ Fiori

Boasting stunning views of the historic centre of Rome, this romantic boutique hotel is located in one of the city’s most popular squares. Covered in lush ivy on the outside and filled with antique furnishings inside, the hotel also has a multi-level terrace giving guests a panoramic view across the Italian capital.

 3. The Duke Hotel

The Duke is the perfect grown up retreat located in Rome’s exclusive Villa Borghese area. With beautifully decorated rooms and an onsite Italian restaurant, you won’t want to leave the hotel! The nearby Villa Borghese Park is also the ideal place for romantic evening strolls.

4. Hotel De Russie

This five star luxury hotel is a favourite with couples as well as famous names like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt! The bedrooms have a mix of classic and contemporary styles with city or garden views. The gourmet restaurant offers traditional Roman fused cuisine with international flavours and the bar was recently presented with the Prix Villegiature ‘Best Bar in Europe’. Couples can relax in the sauna and Turkish bath or revitalise with a massage.

5. Atlante Star Hotel

The highlight of this luxurious hotel is the rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy magnificent views of St Peters Basilica while you eat. Set in the heart of Rome’s historic centre, the Atlante Star offers smart and stylish rooms with vintage floral wallpaper and extravagant furniture as well as marble bathrooms.

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Posted on Monday the 24th of October, 2011 by kelly

Christmas Shopping in Birmingham

 

Whether you like it or not, the Christmas countdown has begun and if you haven’t already you will start to see shop window displays filled with snowflakes, lights, tinsel and all things festive! Roomguide currently have some great deals on cheap hotels in Birmingham so you can start your Christmas shopping in one of the UK’s top shopping cities. To help you get the best out of your Birmingham shopping experience, we’ve narrowed down the best places to fill your stockings this year!

Bullring

One of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Bullring is right in the heart of the city with over 160 stores.  The centre can be spotted a mile off thanks to the iconic architecture of the Selfridges building, inspired by a Paco Rabanne sequinned dress. Since opening in 2003, the Bullring has transformed the cityscape of Birmingham and brought with it an eclectic mix of high street brands and designer names. With stores like Debenhams, Hollister, French Connection, Apple and Next, the Bullring has everything you’d want from a shopping centre, and more.

The Pallasades

The Pallasades is the place to go for great bargains and value for money this Christmas. Situated above Birmingham New Street Station, the centre has a mix of fashion, sports, beauty and electrical. Stores include Peacocks, Clintons, The Perfume Shop and Poundland.  

The Mailbox

The Mailbox is Birmingham’s premier shopping destination, with an extensive range of top stores, restaurants, café bars, salons and spas. It is known for its stylish shopping for men and women with stores like Harvey Nichols, Jaeger, Hugo Boss and All Saints and exclusive eateries including Strada, The Oriental, Zizzi and Cote Brasserie. The Mailbox is also home to two world-class hotels – the exclusive Malmaison Hotel and the popular Ramada Hotel.

Jewellery Quarter

40 % of all UK jewellery is made in Birmingham’s unique Jewellery Quarter. Home to more diamond rings and tokens of  love than anywhere else, it is the perfect place to grab a special present for a loved one this Christmas. Many shops have their own craftsmen and women, so if you are not tempted by the wide variety on offer you can commission something to your own design.

Start planning your Christmas shopping trip and book one of our cheap hotels in Birmingham.