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 14th of September, 2011 by kelly

Manchester Weekender 2011

Manchester Weekender is set to be one of the best events to hit the North this year! 48 hours of constant cultural celebrations in the form of art, culture, music, film, food, literature, politics, photography, walks, poetry, theatre and spectacle. With six of the city’s festivals happening, the opening of high-profile art exhibitions and the start of the city’s music and theatre seasons, Manchester in October has always been an exciting time. From the 14th to 16th October, the city will boast a programme of 70 events ranging from exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, boat trips and screenings. Using the city’s museums and galleries, the weekend will present outstanding work by world-renowned artists and performers, bringing together unusual collaborations and introducing visitors to artistic experiences in a fun way.  If you want to be a part of all the fun, let Roomguide help you book cheap hotels in Manchester so you can be at the centre of it all!

Upcoming Festivals in Manchester

While the Weekender sees the best of Manchester over three days, it wouldn’t exist without the four amazing annual festivals that arrive alongside it each October. Whether you want a good read, a good meal or a good laugh, you are certain to find it in Manchester. Manchester Food and Drink Festival from the 7th - 17th October is first up, offering a number of gastronomic delights through the city’s streets and squares. Then it’s the Manchester Literature Festival, running from the 10th - 23rd October which will see authors from around the world share their inspirational work and ideas. Next up is this year’s Manchester Comedy Festival, held from the 17th – 30th October which is promising to be the biggest and best yet with comedians Rob Brydon, Paddy McGuiness, Andy Parsons and Steve Shanyaski. Last but not least, the Manchester Science Festival from the 22nd – 30th October which is a firm family favourite. The 9 day programme will see cutting edge research, scientific discovery shows and creative events.

Whether it’s The Weekender or the Food and Drink Festival, we have plenty of cheap hotels in Manchester so you can enjoy some of the UK’s best events this October.

 
Posted on Monday the 12th of September, 2011 by kelly

Cheap Hotels in Manchester and Shopping

The majority of people love to shop and with that in mind we have chosen to tell you all about the shopping experience on offer in Manchester. This week at Roomguide, our best hotel deals belong to the uncrowned Northern capital that is Manchester. The lively city offers world class shopping in the form of two large shopping centres. With over 100 luxury and cheap hotels in Manchester shopaholics can enjoy a couple of days indulging in retail therapy in some of the UK’s largest shopping centres.

Shopping Locations in Manchester

Manchester Arndale

Your shopping experience starts at the Arndale – the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre. Located in the heart of Manchester City Cenre, shoppers can spend a whole day looking in 240 shops and major department stores. From the leading high street names to small stylish boutiques, one things for sure, you won’t come away empty handed! There are also many restaurants and food outlets for when you fancy a bite to eat. The Arndale is easily reachable by car and offers 1450 car parking spaces so you shouldn’t have any problems with finding a space! There are also regular bus and metro link services to the city.

Trafford Centre

Next stop – the Trafford Centre! Situated on the outskirts of the city, this is the second largest shopping centre in the UK by retail size. With over 280 stores, there is something for all tastes whether it is women’s fashion, children’s toys, or home furnishings. Shopping in the Trafford centre is a unique experience thanks to the stunning architecture and design. With impressive columns, beautiful fountains and illuminated glass domes as well as shades of pink and gold with ivory and caramel coloured marble throughout. The Orient is a 1,600 seat food court and is themed on a ship. Incorporating designs from around the world including Italy, China and Morocco, the food court is Europe’s largest comprising dozens of big name restaurants and bars.

Why not look for cheap hotels in Manchester for the weekend so you can visit The Arndale one day and The Trafford Centre the next? As well as both of the shopping centres, many of Manchester’s best shopping can be done in the Deansgate area. Deansgate is one of the popular shopping streets in the city and boasts everything from designer shops to independent stores. Large department stores including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges can be found here too.

There are many hotels in Manchester that offer guests 4- star luxury accommodation and these include the Macdonald Manchester Hotel and the Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel.

If you are travelling on a budget the best cheap hotels in Manchester include The Merchants Hotel and Etap Manchester Salford Quays.

 
Posted on Sunday the 20th of March, 2011 by Suzie

Manchester hotels and green spaces
A stay in any of the wonderful Manchester hotels available in the city is a great opportunity to get to know some of the more surprising aspects of this jewel in the North West’s crown. Manchester is a huge and bustling metropolis today but it is not so long ago that green fields and woods covered this land. Manchester Grew at an extraordinary rate from it’s origins as a small but thriving market town to a huge world city in less than one hundred years. In terms of the average time it takes for a city to grow and develop, this is extremely fast. Manchester was central to the industrial revolution and it was during this period that huge expansion took place; as the mills and factories were built, so more housing was needed in response to this. Where there are people there is a need for shops and hotels; and so the city grew at an alarming rate. Luckily for us, some farsighted individuals cared enough to ensure the preservation of some green spaces within the city. City workers, residents of the Manchester hotels and visitors to the city can still enjoy the pleasure and relaxation of a walk amid trees, greenery and flowers.

Manchester hotels close to Ardwick Green
Ardwick Green is one of Manchester’s oldest public parks and was one of the first pubic recreation spaces in the city, boasting a fishing lake and a promenade during its Victorian heyday. It remained popular until the turn of the century but was by 1890 almost derelict as the public became reluctant to pay the subscription fees which were necessary to enter the park. Things changed in 1900 when the park was refurbished to a high standard and included two ornamental pools and many well kept flower beds. Later, a memorial to the fallen of Gallipoli was added and today the park remains a popular and very pleasant haven in an otherwise bustling city. Manchester hotels in the area are often of high quality and a stroll through Ardwick Green can only be a good thing when you need a brief rest from all that this exciting city has to offer! Popular with families and young professionals alike, there is a wonderfully calm atmosphere here and it is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Alexandra Park and Manchester hotels
When Alexandra Park was designed in 1869, it was groundbreaking for the era. Never before had a city park incorporated sports facilities with public gardens; the layout was also thought unusual as it was very much more organically designed with softer edges than the usually strictly and straight edged designs favoured by landscapers of the period. This is still an important park today, Manchester hotels in the area tend to be of good quality and a walk in Alexandra Park is a rare treat in such a busy city and if you are lucky enough to book a good deal at one of the high quality Manchester hotels close to the park, you should certainly take advantage of it; this park is a rare oasis in an otherwise busy and metropolitan place.

 
Posted on Thursday the 20th of January, 2011 by Alison

Central Manchester hotels and shopping

Manchester was once a city more synonymous with cotton mills and Morrissey than with shopping: it will hopefully always be associated with great industry and with great musicians…it has produced too many of both to ever really move away from its illustrious past. However what has also happened to Manchester in more recent years is that tourism to the city has increased and as a result so have top-end retailers attracted by the great central Manchester hotels and the young, hip crowds who populate the city. From Deansgate to Canal Street, Affleck’s Palace to Harvey Nichols there is a wide choice of shops on offer with something to suit every taste. No matter which district you choose for a stay in this city, you can be sure that Manchester hotels and shops are among the most diverse.

Manchester hotels: retail therapy at your fingertips

Central Manchester hotels are a great choice for those who just love a day spent browsing shops. Retail therapy is seldom easier to indulge in than it is in this city! The city is compact and easy to get around, hop on a bus or a train if you’re looking to really cover some shopping miles! A good place to begin is the Arndale Centre which is one of the largest shopping malls in the whole of Europe. Many top high street retailers under one roof make for a simple and fun shopping experience. In the Deansgate district you will find the beautifully refurbished Barton Arcade, a Victorian shopping mall which is now full of designer stores; even if you’re not in the market for the most expensive shops, a walk around here is still a treat at the shop front are stunning to look at. If you are lucky enough to book a break at one of the lovely Manchester hotels in this area you will find that a simple stroll could well become a long wander as you take in the delightful shops and architecture…not to mention the wonderful cafes and bars!

Affleck’s Palace and Quirky Manchester

Manchester has always been at the heart of any underground scene in the UK and one of the best places for unusual clothing and accessories has to be the famous Affleck’s Palace. This Mecca for underground fashion and emerging designers has been around since the early 80s when a need arose for a platform to showcase the huge amount of design talent in Manchester. Affleck’s Palace is based in Church Street; with over 50 stalls and shops ranging across five floors and housed in an attractive period building, this Aladdin’s cave of wares is a real hit with anyone who visits. For retro, vintage and alternative clothing and accessories this is one of the most unusual and fun shopping experiences in the UK. If you are taking a short break in one of the fabulous Manchester hotels in the area, this is a must-see place. Like Manchester in general, it’s quirky, original and full of surprises; give it a try and you can be certain it won’t be your last visit!