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AC Hotel, Manchester

Hotel Review: AC Hotel, Manchester City Centre

December 15, 2018 Comments Off on Hotel Review: AC Hotel, Manchester City Centre

The hotel market in central Manchester is hugely competitive with both 3-star and 5-star offerings pretty much closed shops.

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Assembly

Travel – Hotel Review: Assembly London

November 23, 2018 Comments Off on Travel – Hotel Review: Assembly London

Finding a hotel in the capital that strikes the right balance between comfort, location and price isn’t always easy.

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Review: Afternoon Tea, The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

September 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea, The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky received the Nobel prize for economics for showing that people did not necessarily make rational decisions.

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Relaxation room, The Spa, The Midland Hotel

Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

I absolutely adore a massage. Lying comatose on a heated bed with a shed load of essential oils being kneaded into my face and body is my idea of heaven.

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Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel

Food Review: Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel, Salford

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel, Salford

Afternoon tea is the new lunch, at least it is at The Lowry Hotel. In what could be a Brexit-inspired assertion of National Standards, they’ve abolished that continental invention, the two-hour lunch – except on Sundays, of course – and brought back Afternoon Tea.

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Review: The Lowry Hotel Spa, Salford

March 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Lowry Hotel Spa, Salford

It’s been more than a decade since I first visited The Lowry Hotel Spa.

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Restaurant review: The Lowry Hotel, Salford

March 24, 2018 Comments Off on Restaurant review: The Lowry Hotel, Salford

Say the words ‘hotel food’ and what springs to mind?

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Hilton Deansgate - Cloud 23 afternoon tea

Review: Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23, Manchester Hilton

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23, Manchester Hilton

Rejoice! There’s an afternoon tea offering in Manchester that eschews crustless cucumber sandwiches and dry scones. It’s the autumnal-themed tea at Hilton Deansgate.

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The Forest Side Hotel

Review: The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere

Aptly named, this four-star hotel and acclaimed restaurant in the Lake District sits in the lee of a steep slope of trees.

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The Spanking Roger, Store Street Manchester

Bar brawls and fighting dogs: Northern Soul samples the cocktail menu at Manchester’s Store Street

October 21, 2017 Comments Off on Bar brawls and fighting dogs: Northern Soul samples the cocktail menu at Manchester’s Store Street

When you check into a hotel in Manchester and they tell you their bar is themed around local history, you can imagine the usual suspects: cotton, trains, bees, football, the Haçienda.

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