Archive for July, 2013

  • 5 Top Tips for booking a hotel on a Budget

    Sleeperz Hotels in The Guardian

    Everybody wants value for money these days and quite a lot of people are living on a tight budget, whether that’s for the weekly supermarket shop, buying a new dishwasher or booking a hotel.

    In fact, booking a hotel has to be one of the hardest things to do on a budget.

    There are so many websites promising last minute hotel deals, vouchers for cheap holidays, buy two nights and get a third free, and many other forms of cheap hotel breaks and discounts on hotel stays.

    Here at Sleeperz Hotels, we are passionate about providing a contemporary urban living experience in a city centre environment at affordable rates – without sacrificing the style.

    We have hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh and travel on a budget is something we know a lot about.

    Here are our tips for choosing the best hotel for your budget

    1. Hotels are easy to research
    If the deal looks too good to be true then turn to people who are the most likely to give you an independent and objective review of the hotel – the travel media – and hotel guests themselves.

    Use Google or another search engine to find out if the hotel has been reviewed by any quality media, by that we mean a national newspaper or prominent regional newspaper. Have they been included in any impressive round ups, write-ups or won any significant awards from publications.

    Our Edinburgh Hotel, Cityroomz Edinburgh, was included in the Top-20 UK Hotels under £100 by Sally Shalam, hotel reviewer for The Guardian – and Sally knows more than a thing or two about hotels.

    Read articles like this to see what the experts say about a hotel. Here’s a link to Sally’s article featuring Cityroomz Edinburgh.

    Sleeperz Hotels in The Guardian

    Cityroomz Edinburgh was featured in The Guardian’s Top-20 UK Hotels under £100

    2. Turn to TripAdvisor for hotel reviews
    TripAdvisor is the world’s biggest and most popular website for the public to review hotels, restaurants, holidays and accommodation of any sort. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s good and with an open mind you can rely on the ratings and reviews to give you a great indication of what to expect in a hotel.

    Any good hotel will enable you to find reviews about it on TripAdvisor by hosting a widget or link to the site on its own webpages. Sleeperz has the TripAdvisor logo and a link to reviews on our homepage, www.sleeperz.com

    TripAdvisor website

    You have to be subjective and account for the fact that everyone has different tastes, but look out for things like TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence – which means a hotel is in the top 10% of all hotels reviewed on the site for favourable and positive guest reviews.

    Both Sleeperz Cardiff and Sleeperz Newcastle have TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

    3. Look for several awards from recognised industry brands

    If a hotel has won a series of awards from several different bodies, media or industry panels then you can be fairly sure you can expect a high quality stay. Sleeperz Newcastle has won awards from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), www.laterooms.com, www.tripadvisor.co.uk and welcomed over 34,000 guests in its first 12 months.

    If a hotel is constantly advertising cut price rates – you have to ask why – it’s probably never full, and for good reason, and that’s why it’s trying to attract customers on a cheap high volume basis. It’s not likely they’ll ever stay again though.

    4. Stable prices are a good sign

    Instead look for properties that have fairly stable rates and good reviews – but which still represent great value for money. If the price is holding up well then the hotel is in demand and that’s a good sign.

    5.Take advantage of seasonality & added value offers

    UK cities demand varies dramatically over the summer months, many cities show a reduction in business travel which frees up rooms for leisure travellers.  This gives hoteliers the opportunity to offer added value features such as free breakfast (which can save you pretty penny) meaning you can splash out on a posh dinner instead.  Check out our free breakfast offer on www.sleeperz.com

    So, to find the best hotel for your budget, use the internet to do your research, weigh up the reviews from media and the public and look for stable pricing and value for money.

    Good luck and happy hotel hunting!!

  • Thrifty Travel Guide: How to travel in style on a budget

    How to travel in style on a budget

    At Sleeperz Hotels we are all about helping people travel and stay in style for less.

    A weekend away with friends or a romantic city break with your other half doesn’t have to cost the earth.

    Nor does it mean you have to give up the little luxuries or treats that make you happy.

    We’ve compiled a handy Thrifty Traveller’s guide to help you make your money go further without sacrificing the big ‘S’ – style.

    How to travel in style on a budget

    Save the pennies and the pounds add up

    Cool UK city breaks for less

    Our hotels in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle are all design-led premium budget hotels with contemporary stylish rooms smack bang in these happening city centres.

    Our rooms start from £49 a night and come with lots of great extras you don’t expect in a cheap hotel – flat screen tv’s, free and fast wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, wet rooms in Newcastle and laptop safes.

    Cityroomz Edinburgh bedroom

    The newest budget hotel in Edinburgh – Cityroomz Edinburgh

    Here are our top tips for traveling in style on a budget

    Hurray for Happy Hour
    These days nearly all but the most exclusive or expensive of restaurants run Happy Hour promotions during the week, offering discounts on selected dishes from their menus between say 5pm and 7pm. Why pay £10 for a pizza at 7.30pm when you can enjoy it for £4.50 only an hour earlier.

    Viva la Vouchers
    The rise of online voucher deals provides lots of opportunity to search for deals on eating out, entry to visitor attractions and even spa treatments. Try joining the likes of Groupon, Living Social and Wowcher before you travel and see if you can get savings of more than 50% on dinner at a restaurant or tickets to a comedy club.

    Think ahead for top tickets
    The best way to find cheap travel to cities like Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh is by looking for advance ticket purchase deals on trains.

    Tickets are almost always cheapest when they are first released, and if you book up months in advance you are bound to make great savings, sometimes as much as 50%.

    Train companies also run special offers, and so it’s worth checking on websites like www.eastcoast.co.uk or Transpennine Trains from time to time.

    You can make your trip stylish by taking a posh picnic on the train with champagne or wine and fine food to help you enjoy the journey.

    Let the deal come to you
    Sometimes you don’t even have to look for a good deal, you can let them come to you. If you sign up for Sleeperz Hotels mailing list you’ll receive a handful of emails a year with great offers, like the Summer City Breaks for £55 in Cardiff and Newcastle, which we are currently running.

    Best things in life are free
    It’s a well worn phrase but it’s true. Every major city throws big events and festivals that are often free to enter, a good example is Cardiff Festival which is full of free events like Cardiff Multi-cultural Mela and its International Food and Drink Festival in Cardiff Bay, not far from Sleeperz Hotels Cardiff.

    Street performers at Edinburgh Festival

    There are always free events to attend in major cities

    There are so many free things to do in Newcastle we created a guide to the free and family friendly attractions in the city, check it out here.

    Get wise with local transport
    Taking a taxi can be pricey but using public transport can be cheap and easy, especially in compact cities like Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle where Sleeperz operates budget hotels. In Newcastle you can zip around on the Tyne and Wear Metro and be in stylish places like coastal Tynemouth or Jesmond within minutes, and Edinburgh is soon to finish a new tram system that will be a cool way of getting about.

    Loyalty equals £££££
    There are bags of ways to save money by being loyal to a certain brand or bank. For example, Tesco credit card holders earn Clubcard points which they can then spend in store or on partner products, including rail tickets and short breaks. If you buy everything in advance and pay the card off every month your loyalty will earn you extra money and treats just for being savvy.

    Enjoy your travelling, be stylish, be thrifty!!