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 Friday the 21st of October, 2011 by kelly

See Blackpool Illuminations this Autumn

Autumn just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Blackpool’s world-famous northern lights – the Blackpool Illuminations! Other holiday spots have gone into hibernation, but not Blackpool! The multi award winning Blackpool Illuminations light up the skies of the seaside town entertaining millions of visitors every year. Never seen them before? At Roomguide, we have plenty of cheap hotels in Blackpool so get yourself along and see what all the fuss is about! With over 180 hotels in Blackpool to choose from, you’ll be sure to find somewhere close to the event.

The Blackpool Illuminations run for 66 days from the end of August to November each year. This year they began on the 2nd September and will shine nightly until 6th November. Over the course of the festival, one million lamps of different shapes and sizes play their part in the six mile long promenade illuminative display. Tourists have been coming to see the magical display since 1879, when only arc lamps lit up the Promenade in what was described as “artificial sunshine”. Blackpool was the first town to “go electric” in Victorian times and today, in 2011, its love affair with light still remains. Blackpool Illuminations only use green electricity from renewable resources comprising wind, small-scale hydro, landfill and Bio-Gas. The introduction of green electricity has reduced the annual Illuminations carbon dioxide emissions to zero, saving 420 tonnes per year in the atmosphere.

You can experience the magic of the Illuminations by hopping on an illuminated tram or an open top bus which will guide you through the six mile spectacular. With so much going on including circus shows, comedy events and theatre performances, it’s a great time to visit Blackpool with your loved one or as a family. Book cheap hotels in Blackpool today with Roomguide!

Posted on Monday the 17th of October, 2011 by kelly

Chester Halloween Ghost Tours

Steeped in 2000 years of history and with hundreds of ghost sightings, Chester is one of the most haunted cities in England. This Halloween, why not book a night-time ghost hunt in Chester and take a night-time journey around the haunts of the city. With your very own Ghosthunter Guide you will hear spine-chilling tales of ghosts and ghouls and revisit scenes of supernatural happenings from Chester’s mysterious and murky past.

Just in time for Halloween, Roomguide have jaw dropping deals on cheap hotels in Chester so you have somewhere safe to hide at the end of your tour! The tours will be running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday leading up to Halloween with extra tours departing on Sunday 30th October and Monday 31st October. Tours depart from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre at 7.30pm and tickets should be purchased in advance where possible as they are extremely popular!

Ghost Tour Ticket Prices:

Adult: £6.00

Child/Student/Senior: £5.00

Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 concessions): £17.00

You can book your tickets here.

Take a look at all of our cheap hotels in Chester and plan your Halloween now!

Posted on Wednesday the 12th of October, 2011 by kelly

Roomguide’s Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Belfast

The Northern Ireland capital of Belfast has undergone a major transformation in recent years. With millions of pounds investment into visitor attractions, bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels, the once battle-scarred city is now a vibrant city break destination for many. From Belfast Castle and Zoo to the Botanic Gardens and Titanic Dock, there is so much to discover. This week you can save on luxury and cheap hotels in Belfast so we thought we’d put together our top 5 picks especially for you.  

The Merchant Hotel

This five star luxury hotel is situated in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and offers elegant rooms complete with flat screen TV’s and spacious en suite marble bathrooms. Dating back to 1860, this Grade I listed building has a huge domed restaurant offering a delicious a la carte menu. The Merchant hotel has spa facilities include a hydrotherapy area, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and 5 treatment rooms. There is also a choice of bars and an onsite nightclub for guests to enjoy.

Malmaison Belfast

This beautifully converted Victorian warehouse is situated in the heart of Belfast. The stylish 4-star Malmaison Belfast is one of the city’s top boutique hotels and with carved stone gargoyles and original iron pillars, it offers luxurious rooms and suits decorated in a rich, opulent style. The Brasserie in the hotel offers classic dishes from its a la carte menu and the chic bar is the perfect place to wind down with a glass of wine.

Ten Square

Located just minutes away from the City Hall, Victoria Square and the business district, this boutique style hotel is Belfast’s most innovative hotel development of the decade. The 23 bedrooms each boast contemporary furniture, chic wallpaper and low slung beds as well as free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV’s. Ten Square also has its own restaurant – The Grill Room Restaurant and Bar serving everything from steaks and seafood to nachos and mojitos.

Europa Hotel

Situated on Belfast’s ‘Golden Mile’ the Europa hotel is next to Great Victoria Street Railway Station. Offering luxurious rooms with modern bathrooms, guests can enjoy designer fabrics from Ralph Lauren and flat screen TV’s. The Piano Bar Restaurant provides gourmet cuisine, a range of cocktails and an impressive view over Great Victoria Street below. Live music is played in the bar by the hotels resident pianist from Thursday to Sunday.

Benedicts Hotel

This boutique style hotel is also on Belfast’s lively ‘Golden Mile’ and is within easy walk of the main shopping area, Queens University and the Botanical Gardens. The guest rooms are individually styled by Eamon Carberry, one of the country’s top interior designers and boast feather topped mattresses, widescreen digital TV’s and Italian marble bathrooms. The bar in the Benedicts hotel is a hotspot, being the only bar offering live entertainment throughout the week and guests can enjoy a mix of Asian and European cuisine within the hotel’s restaurant.

Take a look at all our other cheap hotels in Belfast.

Posted on Thursday the 6th of October, 2011 by kelly

Top 5 Things to Do in Venice

Located in northern Italy, Venice really is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. It’s also one of a few cities in the world that can be described as truly unique, where main streets are the canals, the cars are gondolas and the mixture of Renaissance, Byzantine and Gothic architecture leaves you wondering if this magical city is actually real at all. At Roomguide, we have over 350 luxury and cheap hotels in Venice so you can experience the mystical canals, old bridges and architectural buildings that make this ancient city so memorable.

Here are our top things to do in Venice:

1. See St Mark’s Square

Piazza San Marco known as St Mark’s Square is a beautiful square, one of the best in the world in fact. Napoleon once referred to it as the ‘drawing room of Europe’.  Standing in the centre of the square is an experience in itself but if whilst you’re there be sure to visit St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio – three of the city’s most famous buildings.

2. Grab a gondola

A ride through one of the city’s picturesque canals is a must for anyone coming to Venice. The authentic Venetian Gondola ride will allow you to take in the iconic sights of the city from its famous waterways and as you float along your gondolier will serenade you with songs of love!

3. Lose yourself

If you’d rather not pay the costly prices of a gondola, lose the guidebook, pack up your map and explore! Walk around the quaint cobbled streets and discover the sights for yourself. Come across the Rialto Bridge,  one of the first bridges to be built across the Grand Canal and find the Bridge of Sighs, famously known as the last bridge prisoners crossed before their execution.

4. Head to the beach

That’s right, Venice has a sandy stretch all of its own! Take a Vaporetto from St Mark’s Square to the Venice Lido where you’ll find a completely different atmosphere. The Lido’s laid back character makes a change from the crowded city. Grab a sunbed and bask in the beautiful Italian sunshine!

5. Get a birds eye view of the city

At almost 99m (325ft), the Campanile is the city’s tallest building, originally built between 888 and 912.  The Campanile served both as a watchtower and a bell tower and today visitors can look out at the stunning cityscape of Venice.

Take a look at all of our luxury and cheap hotels in Venice.