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  • Sleeperz wear Xmas woollies for Save The Children

    Sleeperz Hotels support Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day

    Today is Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and staff at all our hotels in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Newcastle are styling their festive knits and making the world a better place by wearing a woolly.

    Christmas Jumpers have made a comeback in recent years.

    Once unwanted gifts that an uncool Auntie might have sent from afar to a teenage nephew, they are now an essential retro fashion item for the festive season. Save The Children teamed up with supermarket giant ASDA to launch this national campaign and 6% from every sale of a Christmas Jumper in their stores is going to help their work with disadvantaged children and young people at risk.

    The campaign is a great idea and they want as many people as possible, from individuals to businesses and multi-national companies to get on-board and back it, by wearing a woolly or just donating online via its webpage

    Sleeperz Hotels backing #Christmas Jumper Day

    Our hotel staff are all wearing Christmas Jumpers today, check out our piccies here, from the biggest boss to our Operations whizz and marketing guru, they are all making the world better with a sweater.

    Penguins, elves, reindeers and Santa's - Sleeperz Hotels wear a woolly for Save The Children

    Penguins, elves, reindeers and Santa’s – Sleeperz Hotels wear a woolly for Save The Children

     

    Sleeperz Hotels Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day

    Cracking cause – Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

     

    Sleeperz is just one of many businesses to be on the Woolly Wonderboard – which makes it easy for your friends and followers to donate a quick £2 using their mobile phones.

    LOVING THE KNITS – DONATE TODAY!

    If you like what we are doing today supporting SAVE THE CHILDREN then you can text TEAMSLEEPERZ to 70050 to donate £2, less than the price of a cup of coffee in a high street chain.

    Go on wear woolly make the world better with a sweater!

  • Claim your free money today with Sleeperz Hotels

    Money and coins piled up

    More famous quotes have been written about money than almost any other topic in the history of mankind.

    From the Beatles to Nelson Mandela and George Bernard Shaw, anyone who has ever been anyone has had an opinion on money – from those who think it’s the root of all evil to those who say it makes the world go round.

    William Shakespeare offered sound financial advice in his play Hamlet published sometime between 1599 and 1602, when he wrote “neither a lender nor a borrower be” (Act 1 Scene III).

    Free Money at Sleeperz Hotels

    The good news for you is you don’t have to be either if you stay at Sleeperz Hotels, because from now until Christmas Day 2014, we are giving away free money, that’s right, you aren’t seeing things – free money – £5 to be precise.

    All you need to do to claim your free £5 is book your next stay at a Sleeperz Hotel in Cardiff or Newcastle direct at our website www.sleeperz.com

    In return, we’ll give you a voucher worth £5 that you can spend on food and drink or use as partial payment on larger purchases.

    Five Ideas for spending your Free Money

    To provide you with some inspiration we’ve come up with Five Fun ways to spend your free Fiver at our great value city centre hotels in Cardiff and Newcastle.

    1.     Pour a Peroni 

    Savour the cool crisp taste of Italy’s finest premium lager – Nastro Azzuro Peroni – available on draught (in Newcastle, and bottled in Cardiff) in our lounge style bars and the perfect way to start a relaxing weekend break or ease the stresses of a business trip (£4.25).

     2.     Dig into delicious dips

    Enjoy the perfect starter with tasty Houmous, Olives and Sun-dried tomatoes with pitta bread and mixed leaf salad (£4.95) or nibble on nachos with melted cheese, jalapeno peppers, guacamole, salsa and sour cream for one (£4.45) (£7.95 for two people sharing).

    Peroni Beer and light bites at Sleeperz Hotels

    Cool crisp peroni and a platter of houmous, olives and sundried tomatoes – just two great ways to spend your free £5

     3. Relax and unwind with a Merlot Reserva

    Our Veramonte Merlot Reserva from the Casablanca Valley, Chile is a rich, chocolaty and full bodied Merlot with cherry and plum aromas and a glass costs a perfect £5.

    A glass of wine in front of a roaring fire at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Our full bodied and flavoursome Merlot is best taken in front of a warming fire at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    4.     Dabble with dessert

    From cheese and biscuits to New York style cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake, all our desserts are priced at less than £5 – so go on – indulgence yourself on us.

     5.     Bank on having a great breakfast

    With the option to use your free £5 voucher as partial payment why not treat yourself to anything you’d like from our breakfast buffet priced £6.95. For only £1.95 extra you can start your day with a classic hot cooked breakfast or mix-and-match continental style with fruit and juices, pastries, cereals, muffins, a delicious deli board and a full selection of bean to cup coffee and wide selection of traditional and herbal teas.

    For more ideas about what to do with your free money, check out our menus at Sleeperz Newcastle and Sleeperz Cardiff.

    If that’s not enough to get you booking direct at our website today, here are two quotes from one of America’s greatest Presidents which just might persuade you to get a good night’s sleep with Sleeperz and save some money while you’re at it.

    Famous Money Quotes

    “Early to bed, early to rise, keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

     

    “A penny saved is a penny earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • Holiday on two Wheels – Cycling Holidays with Sleeperz Hotels

    Mountain Biking by Mark Turner

    Cycling has never been more popular in the UK.

    Everywhere you look people are taking to the road to enjoy life on two wheels, inspired by the achievements of GB Cycling and Team Sky, especially Britain’s Tour de France winners Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

    Whether you are a serious competitor or a weekend MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra) combining a city break with cycling is a great way to unwind and enjoy some relaxing time on the bike.

    cycling holidays family

    Cycling is great fun for the family and a healthy way to explore a new city!

    Sleeperz Hotels has smart and stylish budget hotels in two of Britain’s best cities, Cardiff and Newcastle, and there are no shortage of places to ride in both places.

    Watch for out for the new Sleeperz Hotel Dundee opening in 2016 – part of a £1bn waterfront development next to the first satellite of the V&A Museum outside London.

    Here’s our handy guide to cycling city breaks with Sleeperz Hotels!

    CYCLING IN CARDIFF

    Cardiff Bay Cycling Trail
    One of the best and safest places to cycle in Cardiff is the easy traffic-free circular trail that runs around Cardiff Bay and across to the seaside town of Penarth via Pont Y Werin.

    Its perfect for families and new or returning cyclists and is quite a gentle circuit at only 6.2 miles on tarmac trail.

    The trail is a great way to see everything on offer in Cardiff Bay. You can explore vibrant waterfronts cafes, bars, restaurants, famous visitor attractions like The Dr Who Experience or important cultural and heritage sites, such as the Norwegian Church where children’s author Roald Dahl was baptised and the Millennium Centre (national home of Welsh Arts and theatre – from opera to ballet and contemporary dance).

    Cycling Cardiff Bay Trail

    The Cardiff Bay Cycle Trail is a must when you are staying with us – photo Best of Wales

    Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay

    The Millennium Centre Cardiff Bay

    For the more energetic among you stop off at Cardiff Bay’s new International Sports Village, where you can try all sorts of things from whitewater rafting to kayaking and wind surfing.

    You may just want to relax and unwind as you cycle across the Barrage taking in the coastal views across the Bay and over to the delightful town of Penarth. If you have young children the playground half way across the barrage offers a great pit stop for a picnic or ice-cream.

    For maps and further route information click here

    Cycle the Taff Trail

    Another great option for cycling in Cardiff is the Taff Trail. This 55-mile (93km) trail connects Cardiff with the famous Brecon Beacons National Park – where the SAS (Special Air Service) hold their selection process for soldiers hoping to join Britain’s most decorated elite military force.

    Depending on your fitness you may wish to tackle the whole route or simply dip in and out of the 8-mile stretch through Cardiff that winds through beautiful green spaces, parks, alongside the River and passes by unmissable landmarks and visitor attractions.

    If you cycle the Taff Trail in Cardiff you’ll start at Cardiff Bay – Europe’s largest waterfront development  – and then cycle through the city centre to Tongwynlais.

    Many of Cardiff’s premier attractions including Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch, Llandaff Cathedral, the Millennium Stadium and the Millennium Centre are located in the Taff Corridor.

    Cardiff Castle

    Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ most important historical monuments

    CYCLE HIRE AND TOURS IN CARDIFF

    If you are travelling by air or rail to Cardiff and simply can’t bring your own bike then there are a great selection of places to hire bikes or book an organised cycle tour.

    Cardiff Pedal Power is a charity that encourages adults and childrens from all backgrounds to get cycling and it operates bike hire services suitable for all abilities and needs, including toddler trailers, tandems and novelty hires (go-karts and pedal cars).

    Hire prices start from £7 an hour to £20 a day for an adult mountain bike, prices vary for children and concessions, please check its website for full details.

    If you’d prefer to join a cycle tour and freewheel along with an expert guide, then Cardiff Cycle Tours operates 3-hour guided tours around Cardiff Bay and the Taff Corridor for £20 per person, check website for times and details.

    CYCLING IN NEWCASTLE

    While Newcastle is well known for its nightlife and the effervescent Geordies, known for being among the friendliest people in Britain, a quick explore reveals a thriving cycling scene and a host of fun routes to discover unlikely and interesting places.

    We’ve teamed up with Cycle Hub, a brilliant social enterprise and Newcastle’s #1 cycling café, to bring you the lowdown on how to get the most from a two-wheeled break on the Tyne.

    Cycle Hub – the best two-wheeled hangout in town

     

    Look out at the end of this blog-post for a chance to win a 2-night Cycling City Break in Newcastle with some great goodies and bike hire from the folks at Cycle Hub.

    Not too long ago, Newcastle’s Quayside was a place of industrial endeavour, grease and grime, where the iconic Swan Hunter shipyard was the main cog in the city’s economy.

    Now, a cultural renaissance and dedicated regeneration has transformed the banks of the Tyne into a perfect place to cycle and explore one of the finest cityscapes in Britain.

    Sights like the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, a restored flour mill turned Turner Prize host art gallery, the “winking eye” Millennium Bridge and Sage Gateshead – the futuristic silver music concert hall – make NewcastleGateshead a vibrant and inspiring place to ride.

    Tyne Bridge Newcastle

    Tyne Bridge Newcastle

    Cycle Hub has mapped out a series of brilliant routes for every ability level, from the 16 mile Tyne Bridges Trail, gentle Parks and Posh Shops tootle, to the gruelling Hell of the North East 62-mile road trail.

    The famous C2C (Coast to Coast) cycle route dissects Newcastle and there is an excellent section where you can ride from the city centre to the gorgeous seaside town of Tynemouth, with its trendy bars, arty café’s, local chocolatier and yummy bakeries.

    If you do bring your own bike with you to Newcastle, Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle has safe and secure cycle storage and bicycle parking facilities.

    Win a Cycling Break for Two with Sleeperz Hotels and Cycle Hub

    Sleeperz Hotels and Cycle Hub have teamed up to offer two lucky winners a two-night city break in Newcastle (B&B), cycle hire for two days and lunch at the Cycle Hub Café on one of the days.

    All you have to do to win this prize is log onto our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sleeperzhotels, like our page, share our competition post and then write a cool caption for our cycling picture.

    The best caption for the picture will be chosen as the winner!

    The winner of the competition will be selected at random by Sleeperz Hotels Newcastle. No employee, or relative of any Sleeperz Hotels employee, is permitted to enter this contest.

    The closing date of the competition is September 15th 2014.

    The competition prize is valid for one year until September 15, 2015 and can be redeemed, subject to availability, at a time of your choosing via arrangement direct with the hotel.

    By entering this comeptition you agree to allow Sleeperz Hotels Ltd to contact you for future marketing purposes with e-mail communications. Your data will not be shared with any other third party and will only be used by Sleeperz Hotels Ltd to notify you of upcoming news and special offers.

     

  • Infographic: A year in the life of Cityroomz Edinburgh

    Infographic Cityroomz Edinburgh

    This month Cityroomz Edinburgh celebrated its first birthday and we decided to reveal some of the more unusual facts about life in the hotel in this brilliant infographic.

    In only 12 months Cityroomz has become a go-to destination for travelers seeking stylish but affordable accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh.

    Just recently we welcomed The Budget Traveller, Kash Bhattachyra to stay with us and he had some great things to say about the hotel, look out for news of his review here at the blog and if you like this please SHARE it with your friends!

     

    Infographic Cityroomz Edinburgh

    Cityroomz Edinburgh – One Year in numbers and pictures

     

     

  • Win a City Break with Cityroomz Edinburgh

    bedroom at cityroomz edinburgh

    Win a city break at Cityroomz Edinburgh

    Cityroomz Edinburgh celebrates its first birthday this month and is giving two lucky people the chance to win a two night city break in Scotland’s Capital.

    Opened in May 2013, Cityroomz Edinburgh is a rooms-based premium budget hotel close to world famous Prince’s Street and a short walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.

    Cityroomz Edinburgh is the first of a new breed of budget hotel created by parent company Sleeperz Hotels – the founders of compact budget lifestyle hotels in the UK – and delivers convenience and comfort at great value prices in the heart of Edinburgh.

    Cityroomz Edinburgh bedroom

    The newest budget hotel in Edinburgh – Cityroomz Edinburgh

    The lucky winners will enjoy a bright, stylish and contemporary urban hotel stay in one of the UK’s most popular cities, close to world famous tourist attractions, cultural venues, designer shopping and vibrant bars and restaurants.

    Cityroomz Hotel Edinburgh has 72 rooms and offers a fresh continental breakfast (£4.95).

    Rates starting at £49 per night, including free and fast wi-fi, flat screen TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities and custom made bespoke mattresses, microfiber pillows and premium quality duvets.

    Sleeperz Hotels specialises in building design-led premium budget hotels in city centres close to mainline rail stations. It currently also operates successful hotels in Cardiff and Newcastle. It is set to open its third Sleeperz Hotel in Dundee in 2016.

    For more about Sleeperz Hotels and its sister brand Cityroomz, visit: www.cityroomz.com and Sleeperz Hotels: www.sleeperz.com

    How to Win the hotel stay

    All you have to do to win this great city break is log onto our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/cityroomz  then like it, SHARE IT onto your timeline and write a creative caption for the COMPETITION PHOTOGRAPH. You can’t miss the competition it will be pinned to the top of our Facebook page.

    The best caption will win a 2-night break with breakfast for two people.

     The competition closes at Midnight on May 31, 2014, and the winner will be chosen by Cityroomz General Manager. The winning entrant will be contacted directly through Facebook with news that they’ve won and instructions on how to claim their prize. Terms and Conditions apply r.e availability for claiming the prize (the break is available Sun-Thursday until May 31st 2015).

     

  • New Sleeperz Hotel to open in Dundee

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee architect's plan

    What a week!

    On Monday, we announced that Sleeperz is opening its fourth UK hotel in Dundee, as part of a £1b regeneration of the city’s waterfront on the banks of the River Tay.

    The city council in Dundee has committed to a 30-year plan to transform 8kms of waterfront and at the heart of it will be the first regional branch of the V&A Museum of art and design outside London.

    The museum is expected to become a major attraction and deliver tourists and culture vultures to a proud Scottish city that has already made a big cultural contribution to Britain.

    Dundee publishing house DC Thomson gave us the Beano and Dandy comic books while the RRS Discovery – the last three masted wooden ship ever built in Britain – carried Captain Scott on his Antarctic adventures. It now sits proudly on Dundee’s waterfront, where it was built, and from where it first set sail.

    Alongside the museum there has been lots of investment from leisure companies, with restaurants, hotels and bars looking to be part of the new Dundee.

    Right next to the new V&A Museum will be Dundee Railway Station and that’s where Sleeperz Hotels comes in.

    Dundee City Council has been looking for a hotel operator to work with on a £22m transformation of the railway station that will see a 120-bed hotel built in a glass concourse above the station and provide a landmark entrance to the city.

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee architect's plan

    A “landmark entrance” to the city of Dundee – Sleeperz Hotels to operate 120 bed hotel above Dundee rail station

    Sleeperz is a natural fit. We’ve been building stylish and beautiful hotels near mainline rail stations ever since we opened our first hotel in Cardiff in 2008. You could say we are leading a modern revival of the classic British Railway Hotel.

    The architects have already drawn up plans and we are able to share them with you here on the Sleeperz blog.

    Aerial view Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    Aerial view of the new £22m Dundee Railway Station and Sleeperz Hotel

    If you are visiting the city as a tourist you can see from the plans that staying at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee means you can walk to the V&A Museum and RSS Discovery in under two minutes.

    rear view Sleeperz Hotels Dundee

    Sweeping glass concourse – another beautiful building operated by Sleeperz Hotels

    Location is a major reason people love our hotels, we make things easy, on arrival – just off the train – and for sightseeing, because we know it’s important to be in the heart of cities where we open.

    Our partners at Dundee City Council have welcomed Sleeperz and our model of building “design-led” premium budget hotels with contemporary rooms, affordable prices and unrivalled locations.

    Mike Galloway, director of city development at Dundee City Council, said: “We are delighted to have attracted Sleeperz to our waterfront redevelopment in Dundee.  This new hotel will provide further high quality accommodation for the many hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to the V&A Museum and it will create a powerful new landmark entrance into our city.”

    Work is already getting started on the railway development and we are aiming to open by Autumn 2016.

    To keep up with developments around Sleeperz Dundee and news of other Sleeperz openings, just read our blog, like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

     

  • Sleeperz Newcastle – Derelict Warehouse to Shining Success

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Two years ago this month, Sleeperz opened its second UK hotel in Newcastle – transforming a dilapidated warehouse into a modern, sleek glass fronted city centre hotel.

    The site once housed a parcel works, where mail was sorted before being sent via trains on the East Coast mainline, which runs behind the hotel and connects the capital cities of London and Edinburgh.

    The derelict site on which Sleeperz Newcastle is built

    Before Clash Architects and Metnor Construction went to work on Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    The area is a heritage conservation site and we worked closely with English Heritage and others to develop sensitively alongside places of special historic interest.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle: Innovation and Excellence

    Today, the hotel is a triumph of innovation and excellence in architecture – a sweeping curved structure that straddles two original historic railway arches and fits the snaking shape of Newcastle’s Westgate Road, close to St Nicholas’s Church and the castle keep from which Newcastle takes its name.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Award winning architecture and unrivalled location have made Sleeperz Newcastle a success

    It’s a great time to talk about the hotel because Sleeperz Newcastle has become one of the company’s greatest success stories in the short time it’s been open to the public.

    The Royal Institute of British Architects judged the hotel to be one of the best new buildings in Northern England and granted it a Hadrian Award for ‘architectural excellence’ in 2012.

    Travel website Laterooms.com users voted it one of the best family friendly hotels in the UK for its Simply the Guest Awards.

    Every year the hotel has been trading it has earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, making it among the top 10% of hotels worldwide as reviewed by members of the travel review site.

    Standard double room Sleeperz Newcastle

    A double room with floor to ceiling windows in Sleeperz Newcastle

    Our guests also agree that our Newcastle hotel is one of the best places to take a city break in Newcastle or Gateshead, and the stats back up what we say.

    39,500 guests stayed with us in 2013 and enjoyed the culture, shopping, nightlife, history and heritage of Newcastle.

     

    Fun Facts about Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle:

    83 – the number of different nationalities have stayed in the hotel

    416 – The number of champagne corks popped by guests

    3652 – number of  free apples given out to guests

    29,481 – slices of bread toasted on the breakfast bar

    73,715 – number of pillow cases changed

    Reasons to visit Newcastle in 2014

    We hope that talking about our award winning hotel has inspired you to visit Newcastle for a short break, but, if you need more persuasion – here is our pick of top cultural events and festivals in 2014.

    Newcastle Restaurant Week – January 27th to February 2nd

    Try top class food in great restaurants with two courses from £10 at participating venues

    Chinese New Year – February 9 from 10am

    Not many people know that Newcastle has its own incredible Chinatown and Chinese community. Join the celebrations, from dragon processions to delicious dining on famous Stowell Street.

    AV Festival – International Festival of Art, Music and Film March 1-31

    Some of the best new and emerging artists gather to inspire audiences and interpret the theme of ‘Extraction’ and the raw materials which shape and create our world, from mining and global exploitation of workers to the battle for supremacy in the oil, gas and fossil fuel markets.

    Gateshead International Jazz Festival – April 4-6

    If you love Jazz, you’ll love the 10th anniversary of this popular festival celebrating an iconic musical genre at the inspirational acoustic music venue Sage Gateshead.

    EAT NewcastleGateshead  – 8-17 August

    A renowned festival celebrating adventures in food. Not your average food festival, previous years have seen diners eat in a suspended restaurant hanging from the Tyne Bridge, cakes sculpted in the form of the entire city of Newcastle and the chance to sample dishes from the length and breadth of the planet.

    BUPA Great North Run – September 7

    Quite simply, the world’s biggest half marathon and an incredible event for spectators and competitors alike.

    The Great North Run start line

    The biggest half marathon in the World – The Great North Run

    NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival – Throughout December

    A firm favourite and fixture in the city’s annual calendar of events, the festival includes the sensational ‘Enchanted Parks’ at Gateshead’s Saltwell Park and traditional Christmas Markets. Not to be missed!

    Newcastle Winter Festival

    Norse themed Winter Festival in Newcastle – credit www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com

    You can find out more about special offers at Sleeperz Newcastle or read other posts including our Geordie Glossary and 10 Things you must know about Newcastle at www.sleeperz.com

  • Five Festive Breaks with Sleeperz Hotels

    Newcastle Winter Festival

    From night skies ablaze with fireworks to the scent of roasted chestnuts and laughter filling theatre stalls, Christmas and New Year is a time to escape and leave everyday worries behind.

    If you are looking for ideas for Festive Escapes or a Christmas Holiday break, then read on for the best of the festive fun in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh – three cities where you can stay in style for less with Sleeperz Hotels.

    Five Festive Breaks

    1. Cracking Christmas Markets

    Food , drink and gift giving is such a special part of Christmas and there’s no better place to find ideas for presents – and fill your tum with the yummiest festive foods – than at a traditional Christmas Market.

    Made famous in Germany, Christmas Markets are growing in popularity in Britain.

    Christmas Market Cardiff

    Cardiff’s Christmas Market – image credit www.visitcardiff.com

    You can try tempting treats like Stollen Cake, Mulled Wine, roasted chestnuts, handmade chocolate and scrummy mince pies. Newcastle’s Christmas Market is part of its Winter Festival located around the iconic Grey’s Monument in the heart of the city.

    St John’s Church and the Hayes is the backdrop for Cardiff’s stunning Christmas Market which is a favourite of the finest crafters and artists in Wales. You can buy Welsh slate carvings, traditional leather goods, precious stone jewellery and carved Welsh lovespoons.

    In Edinburgh, there are three Christmas Markets running from November 22- January 5, including the long established German Christmas Market which sprawls over the Mound area from the National Gallery to Princes Street Gardens.

    There is also a Children’s Christmas Market and a Scottish themed Market, selling the finest food, drinks and crafts from Scottish producers

    2.     Edinburgh’s Christmas

    Edinburgh is the city of festivals, with its Fringe, Military Tattoo and month long Edinburgh Festival among the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

    At Christmas, the Scottish capital transforms again into a winter wonderland and its award winning Christmas Festival brings joy and wonder to people of all ages. From Light Night, its illuminating Christmas opening ceremony to the Christmas Tree Maze in the East Gardens of Prince’s Street and Santa’s Grotto, ice rink and big wheel ride, there is endless fun to be had in Edinburgh.

    Light Night Edinburghs Christmas

    Light Night at Edinburgh’s Christmas – credit www.edinburghschristmas.com

    Our sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh is located just off Prince’s Street in Shandwick Place – and perfectly positioned for the festive fun, rides, shops, attractions and bars.

    3.     Family Fun in Santa’s Grotto

    Taking the family away or just young at heart? You can’t beat a visit to Santa Claus to ignite the true spirit of Christmas. Why not combine a trip to see St Nick with a day at a world class museum or tourist attraction. Santa will be at Beamish Museum, County Durham (near our Newcastle Hotel) right up to and including Christmas Eve and he’s also made home in Cardiff Castle, where the National Theatre of Wales is putting on a Christmas play called the ‘Silly Kings’ and in Edinburgh too, as part of its cracking Christmas festival

    Santa's Grotto in Newcastle

    Santa’s Grotto is always a great treat for families on a festive break – image credit NewcastleGateshead Initiative

    4.     Seasonal Sporting Action

    If you love the spills and thrills of live sports then there are few better places to watch sport than Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle this Christmas and New Year.

    There are two Premier League football teams in action – Cardiff are at home to Southampton on Boxing Day and Sunderland on December 28th, click here to buy tickets, and Newcastle at home to Stoke City on Boxing Day and Arsenal on December 29th.

    You’ll find top class rugby teams in all three cities and in Edinburgh, Hearts and Hibernian battle for local bragging rights in the Scottish Premier League. Basketball lovers will enjoy the multi-championship and cup winning Newcastle Eagles taking to the court.

    5.     Big Night out for New Year

    It’s the party season and there is no bigger night to look forward to than New Year’s Eve. Sleeperz Hotels are handily located in three of the most exciting cities in the UK when it comes to nightlife and big NYE celebrations.

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh is possibly the most famous NYE party in the UK outside London and this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever because it welcomes in a special Homecoming Year in 2014, when Scotland hosts The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and The Ryder Cup golf match at Gleneagles in September.

    This year, visitors to Edinburgh can enjoy 3 days of celebrations including a concert in the Prince’s Street Gardens, a torchlit procession, giant Ceilidh, candlelit concert, appearances by some of the biggest bands in the world and the customary monumental fireworks display. Cityroomz Edinburgh is right in the heart of the city and provides a brilliant cheap hotel stay, with convenience and comfort at low prices.

    Fireworks Edinburgh Hogmanay

    Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay Fireworks – credit Edinburgh’s Christmas

    Newcastle’s iconic Quayside is a great place to spend New Year watching its famous Midnight Fireworks display over the River Tyne and its magical Millennium and Tyne bridges. The fun really starts at 5pm with the NewcastleGateshead Winter Carnival processing through the Georgian streets of the city. This year’s Carnival has a Norse folklore theme and you’ll see giant serpents, illuminated Viking long ships and fearsome warriors.

    Newcastle Winter Festival

    Norse themed Winter Festival in Newcastle – credit www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com

    In Cardiff, you can see in 2014 on skates by taking a midnight spin around the ice rink in the Flybe Winter Wonderland. New Year’s Eve is called Callenig in Wales and there are celebrations running all day, including a family funfair and live DJ’s playing music outside the civic centre from 9.30pm. There’s even a free NYE bus service to get you back to your hotel safe and sound.

    Wherever you decide to spend Christmas and New Year, from everyone at Sleeperz Hotels, we’d like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    If you liked our suggestions for Festive Escapes and Christmas Breaks, why not share them on Facebook and Twitter or email this blogpost to your friends.

     

  • How Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff started a budget hotel revolution

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff set a new trend in UK hotels

    It’s a big bold claim to say that your hotel started a revolution among UK budget hotels, but, that’s exactly what we did five years ago today.

    We opened the doors to Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff – Britain’s original budget lifestyle hotel – and it’s proved to be one of the most influential, trend setting innovations in the recent history of UK hotels.

    Boom in UK Budget Hotels

    To say that there’s been a boom in budget hotels since Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff opened is an understatement.

    The branded budget hotel sector has exploded and is now the fastest growing in the UK hotel industry.

    Here’s some facts from some extremely clever accountants to back this up:

    According to global accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC), another 200 hotels and 20,000 rooms will open in the UK in 2013 to 2014 – and more than half of these will be in the budget hotel sector – and the majority will be branded.

    In today’s hotel market, limited service offerings and technology friendly budget boutique hotels are giving consumers everything they need for far less than they’d pay in a traditional full service mid-market four star hotel.

    How did we do it?

    We’ve created a fun and funky infographic to show how we started the budget lifestyle revolution – and saw the future well before some of the biggest hotel brands in the country.

    We hope you enjoy it – and some lovely pictures of our team at Sleeperz Cardiff enjoying their 5th birthday celebrations!

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff - Britain's original budget lifestyle hotel

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff – Britain’s original budget lifestyle hotel

    Cardiff General Manager Laura Peeroo can bake a mean cup cake!

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is five years old

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff general manager Laura Peeroo baked cupcakes to celebrate five years since the opening of the hotel

     

  • 10 of the best pubs in NewcastleGateshead

    Crown Posada Pub Newcastle

    If there’s one great British institution that has stood the test of time, it’s the Pub!

    Through the ages names may have changed from Inn to Tavern to Public House, but what has never changed is the popularity of a great place where people sit, talk and enjoy a drink.

    Just recently the creative imaginative folks over at NewcastleGateshead Initiative took to Twitter to ask their social friends what they thought were the 10 best pubs in Newcastle and Gateshead.

    Best Pubs in Newcastle – where do you start?

    Let’s be honest, it’s a tough ask and you are spoilt for choice.

    Making time for a drink is part of life in The Toon and the city is world famous for its nightlife and party scene.

    To get a Top-10 you’d have to visit the most celebrated watering holes of the city taking you through the Bigg Market, Quayside, Central Station area, Ouseburn, Byker, into Jesmond, the Haymarket and finally Gateshead itself.

    Tweeting the top tipple in the Toon

    While we won’t venture to tell you what the best pubs and bars in Newcastle are, we’ll let the good folks at NGI share their list compiled from tweets and facebook posts, all you have to do is click here to enjoy it!

    You’ll find some crackers, from traditional real ale pub like the Crown Posada to the alternative pub scene in Ouseburn with its Free Trade Inn and Cumberland Arms.

    Crown Posada Pub Newcastle

    Real Ale Heaven – Crown Posada Newcastle – courtesy NGI

    If you are visiting Newcastle anytime soon and take a trip around the bars and pubs, let us know what your favourite Top-10 are.

    One thing’s for sure if you stay at Sleeperz Newcastle you’ll never be far away from pretty much all the best bars and restaurants in the city.