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The Lowry spa

Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

The last time I was offered a full body massage, I was staying on Gili Trawangan, an island just off the coast of Bali. It was so brutal that I felt like I’d accidently entered a wrestling competition – and lost.

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Science Afternoon Tea

Review: Hilton Manchester’s Science Lab Afternoon Tea

June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Hilton Manchester’s Science Lab Afternoon Tea

Technology – apparently it’s all in the cloud these days. Never was this more the case than up on Cloud 23 in the Hilton on Manchester’s Deansgate.

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The Lowry Hotel

Review: The River Restaurant, Lowry Hotel, Salford

December 22, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The River Restaurant, Lowry Hotel, Salford

The Lowry Hotel is posh. As in porter-opening-your-taxi-door kind of posh. It’s probably the poshest posh in Manchester City Centre. And the food is posh too.

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St Mary's Inn

Review: St Mary’s Inn, Northumberland

October 16, 2015 Comments Off on Review: St Mary’s Inn, Northumberland

One day last month I woke up in an asylum.

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Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Review: Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

August 8, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Driving through the deserted dockyards of Liverpool you could be forgiven for thinking that the taxi driver was taking the long route.

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Hotel Gotham

Na na na na na na na na…we stay at Hotel Gotham (in Manchester)

July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Na na na na na na na na…we stay at Hotel Gotham (in Manchester)

Although I always approach reviews with an open mind and an open heart I must confess that I was a big fan of Hotel Gotham before I came to stay.

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Park Inn

Manchester’s Park Inn: a four star experience?

July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester’s Park Inn: a four star experience?

To say that Park Inn’s location is a double-edged sword is something of an understatement.

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Hotel Football

Hotel Football: all to play for?

May 29, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel Football: all to play for?

Walking into Hotel Football, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped onto Wonder Woman’s island.

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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

April 27, 2015 Comments Off on Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, one of my favourite things was meeting my Gran in Jesmond Dene.

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Radisson Blu Manchester Spa Treatment Room

Heaven is a place on Peter Street: a treat for Mother’s Day

February 27, 2015 Comments Off on Heaven is a place on Peter Street: a treat for Mother’s Day

Some years ago, after a particularly enjoyable spa experience at London’s swanky Sanderson Hotel, I knocked over a megastar’s daughter.

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