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  • A Rugby Fan’s Guide to Cardiff

    Rugby Fans Cardiff

    February and March means one thing for Rugby Fans in the UK – the Six Nations Championship.

    Every year, Europe’s six most powerful Rugby playing Nations play each other to discover who is best over 80-minutes of big hits, pacy runs and thunderous scrums.

    Along the way, historical scores are settled and ancient rivalries reignited with national pride running at fever pitch.

    With hotels in Cardiff and Edinburgh, two host venue cities for the 2017 RBS Six Nations Championship, Sleeperz Hotels is an ideal choice for fans looking for convenient quality accommodation and a good night’s sleep.

    Here is our essential Rugby Fan’s Guide to Cardiff

    The Principality Stadium – formerly the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

    Wales, surely one of the proudest of Rugby nations, plays its matches at The Principality Stadium in the centre of Cardiff – less than five minutes’ walk from Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff.

    With seating for 74,500, The Principality Stadium is one of the world’s truly great Rugby venues. It is also the second largest football stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof.

    Principality Stadium Cardiff

    Photo – David Roberts

    Sleeperz Cardiff is one of the nearest hotels to the Principality Stadium.

    Wales used to play at the historic Cardiff Arms Park, which still stands next door and is home to The Cardiff Rugby Football Club.

    The stadium is on Westgate Street, situated near major Cardiff attractions such as Cardiff Castle and The Motorpoint Arena. The stadium overlooks the River Taff.

    River Taff and Principality Stadium Wales

    Photo – Ben Salter

    Getting to Cardiff


    Cardiff Central is the nearest rail station to the Stadium and operates mainline services from West Wales, the Midlands, the South Coast and London.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is the nearest hotel to Cardiff Station.

    Cardiff Central Station

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff in view left near Central Station

    Cardiff Queen Street Station is a 15 minute walk to the east of the Stadium and offers local rail services across Cardiff and from the South Wales Valleys.

    People usually have to queue at Cardiff Central Station after matches so please check the Arriva Trains website before travelling for further information.

    When arriving from Cardiff Central station passengers should bear left along Wood Street for Principality Stadium Gates 5, 6 and 7 or bear right along Wood Street to Westgate Street for Gates 4, 3, 2 continuing around to Gate 1 on Castle Street.


    You can travel to Cardiff by coach from most UK cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh. There are also with regular buses services between most town/cities in Wales if you staying outside of Cardiff.

    Cardiff Central Bus Station is a five minute walk from the stadium, passengers exit the bus station and bear left along Wood Street for Gates 5, 6 and 7 or bear right along Wood Street to Westgate Street for Gates 4, 3, 2 continuing around to Gate 1 on Castle Street.

    Coach parking on event days is usually located at Sophia Gardens which is just a five minute walk away, following the river.


    Principality Stadium is located within 30 minutes’ drive of Cardiff Airport and 45 minutes’ drive of Bristol Airport. An express bus service (T9) operates directly from the terminal to the City Centre.

    A short shuttle bus journey connects the Airport to the train station at Rhoose, which is a 30-minute rail journey to Cardiff Central Station.

    Best for Pre-Match Beers

    Nothing goes with Rugby quite like a pint, or several, of beer.

    These are our top Cardiff pubs for watching the Rugby or having pre-match beers before heading to the Stadium.

    The Old Arcade

    Locals call this Cardiff’s ultimate Rugby pub. On match day it’s heaving but what makes it so special is all the International and Club memorabilia that adorn its walls.

    It was all kindly donated by the Welsh Rugby Union and makes the pub feel like a holy place for Welsh Rugby lovers.

    The Old Arcade Pub Cardiff

    Image – We Are Cardiff

    There’s even a timeline of Welsh Rugby history from 1881 to the present day and press clippings galore.

    You can even get your picture up on its ‘Wall of Fame,’ by walking in with a Welsh jersey on and buying a pint.

    They’ll take your picture and put you on the wall, this has to be your first stop-off when coming to Cardiff for a rugby weekend.

    14 Church Street, Cardiff CF10 1BG, 029 2021 7999,

    The City Arms Cardiff

    One of Cardiff’s oldest and most celebrated pubs, The City Arms was built in the 1880’s, the same decade as the iconic Welsh Brewery Brains was founded.

    It’s a beer lover’s paradise where staff are trained in every aspect of sourcing, storing and serving delicious real ales and ciders. Voted Cardiff’s Pub of the Year in 2012 and Highly Commended in 2013 and 2014, it’s one of the best pubs close to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

    10-12 Quay St, Cardiff, CF10 1EA, Tel: 029 2064 1913,

    The Goat Major

    A classic small cask ale house located directly across from Cardiff Castle, The Goat Major is packed with character, history and quality ales.

    There has been a pub on this site since 1830 but it changed its name to The Goat Major in 1995 to celebrate its links to the Royal Regiment of Wales.

    The Goat Major Pub Cardiff

    Image – Creative Commons DncnH

    As well as being a short walk from Principality Stadium, it serves a menu consisting entirely of pies. What full-blooded Rugby fan wouldn’t like  pie and a pint before heading to the ground.

     High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1PU, Tel: 029 20337161,

    Stay at Sleeperz Cardiff for Rugby Weekends

    To make the most of your Rugby weekend in Cardiff, it’s best to stay overnight and spend as much time as possible in the city centre soaking up the atmosphere.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is a funky budget hotel less than a minutes’ walk from Cardiff Rail Station and only five minutes from the Principality Stadium.

    There are 74 stylish rooms featuring en-suite bathroom pods, bespoke beds and mattresses, fast free wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    With a choice of cooked or continental breakfast, there are few cooler and better value places to stay in Cardiff.

    Even better, book direct at and you’ll receive £5 to spend on food and drink in the hotel.

  • 3 Cool Christmas City Breaks on a budget

    Christmas in Cardiff by Jon Candy - creative commons

    It’s almost here again, the most “Wonderful time of the Year” – the festive season, Christmas and New Year.

    As well as a chill, there’s usually magic in the air, and there’s no better time to take a city break in the UK.

    A long weekend is the perfect time to do your Christmas shopping, visit traditional Christmas Markets and soak up the spirit of the season.

    Here are our three of the coolest Christmas City Breaks you can take in the UK this year and all without breaking the bank.

    3 Cool Christmas City Breaks


    The Welsh Capital has excellent transport links by rail, road and air and is a brilliant blend of cosmopolitan culture, history, sport, shopping and unforgettable architecture.

    Where to Shop

    Cardiff has been voted the UK’s 6th best shopping destination and blends historic Edwardian and Victorian arcades with super-shiny and new St David’s Dewi Sant shopping mall.

    There are 88 stores in Cardiff’s newest shopping mall and its glass-roofed Grand Arcade is the length of 24 double-decker buses. You’ll find chic designer brands and high street labels under its roof.

    Wander further afield into one of Cardiff’s many shopping arcades and you’ll find distinctive and independent retailers, charming café’s and the world’s oldest existing record store – Spiller’s Records – in the Morgan Arcade.

    Photo Royal Arcade - creative commons Ben Salter

    Photo Royal Arcade Cardiff – creative commons Ben Salter

    What to See

    Cardiff Christmas Market

    Where: St John Street, Working Street, Hills Street, the Hayes and Trinity Street

    When: Thursday 10 November to Friday 23 December, (10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sundays), open every day.

    What:  Cardiff’s pedestrianised zones are turned into a stunning Christmas Market with over 80 stalls where talented artists and crafts-people sell everything from local cheeses, pottery, handmade jewellery, artwork and micro-brewed ales to hand poured candles.

    Christmas in Cardiff by Jon Candy - creative commons

    Christmas in Cardiff by Jon Candy – creative commons

    Hotdogs roasting on an open fire - creative commons Jeremy Segrott

    Hotdogs roasting on an open fire – creative commons Jeremy Segrott

    Find out more about Cardiff’s Christmas Market at Visit Cardiff:

    Must-visit Event

    Carols for Christmas at St David’s Hall is an unmissable performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

    18th December, 15:00 to 17:00pm, Tickets: £5

    Where to Stay

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is less than 400m from Cardiff Rail Station in the heart of the city. Rooms in our design-led budget hotel start from £49pp pn including breakfast. Visit

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff exterior shot Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff


    Step off the train at Waverly Station in November or December and you simply can’t miss the fact that Scotland’s Capital loves to go Christmas and Hogmanay (Scots for New Year) crazy.

    The giant Ferris Wheel of the Christmas Market creates a stunning silhouette against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

    Edinburgh Castle and Princes Gardens at Christmas

    Edinburgh’s Christmas – creative commons Fearful Stills

    Edinburgh’s festivities all fall under the handy banner of Edinburgh’s Christmas and there’s all the usual favourites – pop-up ice rinks, European Christmas Markets, rides, attractions, theatre, song, dance, food, drink and lots of revelry.

    At the same time, you can enjoy the world class shopping on Princes Street or the more traditional Scottish wares available on the Royal Mile and in the Grass Market.

    What: Edinburgh’s Christmas is an organised annual collection of festive events and experiences

    When: 18 November 2016 – 7 January 2017

    Must-Visit Events:

    Street of Light returns to a new location on the west end of George Street.

    Opening on 20 November as part of Light Night, Street of Light runs until 24 December with performances at 6pm & 8pm.

    It will illuminate the West end of George Street in a canopy of light, synchronised to music from local choirs and bands including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, fiddle music from the Highlands with Blazin’ Fiddles and Scotland’s very own bhangra group, Tigerstyle.

    The European Christmas Market in East Princes St Gardens, opens 19 November – 7 January, and the Scottish Market at George Street opens from 26 November – 24 December.

    Where to Stay:

    Cityroomz Edinburgh is a 72-bed budget hotel on Shandwick Place, just off Prince’s Street only a few minutes’ walk from Waverly Station. With free Wi-fi and comfortable stylish bedrooms, it’s ideal for your low-cost Edinburgh city break.

    Book far enough in advance and you could save 10% off standard room rates.

    Cityroomz Edinburgh bedroom

    Great value stays in the heart of Edinburgh –


    With world famous nightlife, iconic bridges, chic shops, epic city streets and Georgian architecture, Newcastle is another cool Christmas city break destination.

    The Geordie capital is easily reached on the East Coast mainline route from London to Edinburgh and boasts some amazing Christmas shopping venues including INTU MetroCentre in Gateshead – Europe’s biggest shopping mall – measuring 2,093,000sq feet and home to over 340 stores.

    Closer to the heart of the ‘Toon’ is Newcastle’s Eldon Square and Northumberland Street, where you’ll find high street stalwarts like John Lewis, M&S and the iconic Fenwick’s Window – a stunning Newcastle tradition – which draws huge crowds to see an animated Christmas story brought to life through toys and moving figures.

    The Reindeer Express 2012 - Fenwick's Christmas Window courtesy Fenwicks

    The Reindeer Express 2012 – Fenwick’s Christmas Window courtesy Fenwicks

    Must-Visit Event

    NewcastleGateshead runs its own Winter Festival each year and curates an outstanding series of events including the illuminatingly brilliant Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park, Gateshead, an expansive outdoor ice rink at The Centre for Life and The Living North Christmas Fair at Newcastle Racecourse.

    Our top pick is the Christmas Market at Monument, right at the top of Grey Street – often voted the most beautiful street in Britain – and which houses around 50 chalets selling Geordie gifts from local ales and handmade jewellery to pottery, prints and landscape photography.

    Runs 12th to 18th December 2016.

    Newcastle Christmas Market Monument  creative commons by Brett Jones

    Newcastle Christmas Market Monument creative commons by Brett Jones

    Seasonal treats at Newcastle Christmas Market creative commons by Long-Ing

    Seasonal treats at Newcastle Christmas Market creative commons by Long-Ing

    Where to Stay:

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is a 98-bedroom design-led budget hotel right in the heart of the city, only two minutes’ walk from Newcastle Central Station. Rooms are sophisticated and stylish, with bathroom pods, wet rooms and luxury beds. New in 2016, Sleeperz Newcastle beds each have a handmade Sleepeezee mattress with over 800 individual pocket springs.

    There’s no more convenient and wallet friendly place to stay in Newcastle than Sleeperz Hotel. Rooms start from £59 pp pn, book direct and receive £5 to spend on food and drink in the hotel.

    There you have it, three cool Christmas City Breaks on a budget to get you in the mood for the 2016 festive season.

    For more about Sleeperz Hotels and its design-led budget hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh, visit: and

    Stay in style for less!



  • 7 Super Cool Gin Joints near Sleeperz Hotels

    Gin and Tonics by Randy Connolly

    Gin is experiencing a revival. This strong pure spirit, distilled from grain and malt and flavoured with Juniper, is today’s trendy tipple.

    Bars dedicated to Gin are popping up in major cities all over the UK and people are flocking to try brands like Hendrick’s, Sipsmith, Bombay Sapphire and Plymouth mixed with artisan tonics and exotic botanicals from the far corners of the world.

    Gin was created in London in 1689 and people love it because it’s low in calories, high in taste and ‘insta-cool’ (looks sweet on your Instagram) – especially when served in big goblets with ice, lime and juniper berries.

    Here are seven super-cool gin joints that you can try when staying with Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

    Sleeperz Hotels are design-led budget hotels with rooms designed to be minimalist and functional without sacrificing style, comfort and convenience.

    One of the advantages of staying in a Sleeperz budget hotel is that once you check in you’ve got plenty of cash left over to style it out with a few G&T’s!

    7-Super Cool Gin Joints near Sleeperz Hotels



    A chic and compact eatery and bar on Newcastle’s famous Grey Street, Dacantus boasts its own Gin Lab serving more than 40 speciality G&T’s from around the world. To guarantee a seat, it’s best to book a table and eat there too before setting off on your Gin journey.

    30 – 32 Grey Street
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    United Kingdom
    NE1 6AE

     0191 261 8111

    Bealim House

    In the 18th century, one in every four London homes had a gin still. The owners of funky bar and eatery Bealim House were obviously inspired by this British tradition and created their own gin distillery producing exclusive blend called Newcastle Gin.

    Newc gin

    Bealam House NewcastleThe still is an 8ft tall, 400 litre receptacle, hand-beaten in Portugal – and is on view to customers in the bar and restaurant. Newcastle Gin has ‘hibiscus tones’ and is made in collaboration with the makers of Durham Gin.

    Bealim House,
    17-25 Gallowgate,
    Newcastle upon Tyne,
    NE1 4SG

    0191 221 2266

    Pleased to Meet You

    PTMY on Newcastle’s High Bridge claim’s to be the city’s original gin bar. Known for cool cocktails and sharing plates, this is a great option if you would like to do Gin on a shoestring.

    Its Highbridge Gin Club invites you to sample cocktails at a special rate of two for £10 between 4pm and 7pm, Sunday to Thursday.

    For groups, hens and stags – they even run a 90-minute Gin Making Masterclass with tasting and nibbles for £30 per head.

    Pleased to Meet You

    41-45 High Bridge

    Newcastle Upon Tyne

    NE1 1EW

    0191 340 5137


    The Potted Pig

    Located in an old bank vault beneath the city, The Potted Pig is a place for people who love eating, drinking and Gin. Serving only the finest Welsh produce to your plate, kick back after dinner with one of 30 premium gins on its hand-picked drinks menu.

    The house may be a classic Tanqueray but you can also choose from specially selected London Dry’s, Floral gins, Oriental and Spiced gins and Fruity gins.

     Potted Pig cardiff Gin Bar

    Potted Pig

    27 High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1PU

    Tel: (029) 2022 4817

    Lab 22 Cardiff

    Lab 22 is not exactly a Gin Bar, more a mixologist’s mash up and a Cathedral of Cocktails. Whatever your fancy, they’ll make it and shake it, but they do a rather special line in Hendrick’s Gin cocktails which will tempt any lover of the Juniper.

    From Gindian Summer to Ginny Hendricks, these drinks alone are worth the visit, see the full bartender’s Hendrick’s selection here

    Lab 22

    22 Caroline Street
    CF10 1FG
    Tel: 02920 399997


    If you’re heading to the Scottish capital for a city break you’ll find a slightly different version of Sleeperz Hotels. Our sister brand of budget hotels is called Cityroomz and you’ll find our flagship property just off Prince’s Street, in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End.

    Even though Gin was invented in London, today 70% of the UK’s Gin is produced in Scotland – including Hendrick’s and Tanqueray.

    Where better to enjoy a G&T than Scotland’s best-loved city.


    The name says it all and the gin cocktails are great too. Best of all, it’s not far from Cityroomz Edinburgh and if you manage to get one of the most coveted window seats – you’ll have stunning views of Princes Street and the Gardens.

    Juniper’s cocktails are blended by top mixologists and for the more adventurous among you can try a selection of tasting menus. If you like to drink Gin in peace and quiet head to the Library section with its comfy wingback chairs.

    Juniper is at 20 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN.

    Jolly Botanist

    One of the newest gin bars in Edinburgh, the Jolly Botanist is in the West End near Haymarket. The bar has an old school Victorian decor with old taps, top hats and pressure gauges tucked around every corner.

    As well as a choice of 72 great gins, check out the full list here, Jolly Botanist is also a first rate dining room serving tasty treats from Haggis Scotch Egg to baked in a bag salmon.

    The Jolly Botanist is located at 256–260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT.

    Credit - Jolly Botanist Instagram

    Credit – Jolly Botanist Instagram

    Those are our seven super-cool gin joints near Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

    One of the benefits of choosing a design-led budget hotel brand like Sleeperz, is that you get to stay in style for less – leaving you plenty of spare cash to visit great bars and experience the finer things in life.

    When you finally make it home from these Gin joints don’t forget to check out the lounge bars in our Sleeperz hotels which stock a premium range of wines, spirits, imported European lagers and craft beers.

    For the best rates book direct at


  • Three North East Day Trips for under £30


    A couple of years ago, Guardian readers voted Newcastle Britain’s best-city.

    The fun-loving and friendly Toon is always high on the list of cities where people can enjoy a big party, lashings of culture, hearty food and plenty of craic with the locals.

    Staying at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle puts you in the heart of the action, two minutes’ walk from Central Station, a tiny pub crawl from the booming bars of the Bigg Market and close to gig venues and St James’ Park – the Cathedral of football in the North East.

    What you maybe haven’t considered when you’re planning your next North East escape is some of the brilliant cheap-as-chips days out you can have, using Newcastle as your base.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is a design-led budget hotel less than 800m from the nearest Tyne and Wear Metro station and Central Station, giving brilliant access to some neighbouring cities, coast and culture for less than the price of a Mojito on the Toon’s diamond strip.

    • Tynemouth – Surf Shacks and a beach that lives up to its LONG name
    • South Shields – mega award winning Fish & Chips and a park dedicated to pleasure
    • Durham – delicious cafe’s, cobbled streets, world class culture and history – and the best new burger joint in the North East

    Here are THREE North East days out for under £30


    Tynemouth is a trendy town, you guessed it, at the mouth of the River Tyne. It started life as an Iron Age settlement but is now the place to see and be seen on the North East Coast.

    You can get there and back from Newcastle using a Nexus Metro Day Saver ticket, price £4.90, and have plenty left to enjoy the independent retailers, artisan shops, market stalls and café’s in what locals call ‘The Village.’

    If you’re visiting on a weekend, your first stop should be Tynemouth Market, open 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. This stunning station dates back to 1882 and is a Grade II listed building.

    The market houses eclectic stalls, street food pop ups and traders selling everything from rare books to homemade cupcakes. Close by is Green Ginger Arcade, a series of quirky shops and businesses in a converted Church.

    The real jewel of Tynemouth is its beach.

    Called Longsands, it’s just that, long, sandy and a great place to enjoy stunning views of Tynemouth Castle and Priory (English Heritage, adult admission £5.80) and the local surf community braving the chill North Sea in search of waves.

    Tynemouth Longsands Arseni Mourzenko

    Image courtesy of Arseni Mourzenko (Creative Commons)

    There’s a nice little café on the beach called Crusoe’s, but expect to queue for a table, and it’s a prime spot for watching beach football, lifeguard training or groups of hardy young folks learning to surf at Longsands Surf School.

    For a real treat, visit Gareth James Chocolatier at 12 Front Street. This bespoke chocolate maker has deservedly earned a reputation for melt-in-the-mouth delicacies. You can also grab a barista made coffee here while you browse the sweet treats.

    If you still have some money left to spend, then you can try mini-golf, visit The Blue Reef Aquarium or splurge in one of the many great restaurants and bars that make ‘The Village’ so popular.

    South Shields

    Next on our list of North East day trips under £30 is South Shields, home-town of Little Mix stars Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, and let’s not forget X-Factor winner Joe McElderry.

    It’s not all falsetto’s and talent shows, more like classic seaside fun with a beach, amusements, arcades, world class fish and chips, a stunning Park and ferry rides.

    You can travel there on the Tyne and Wear Metro using a £4.90 day saver pass from Newcastle or combine your day out to Tynemouth with a short visit to South Shields by catching the Shields Ferry (also included in your day saver pass) from North Shields.

    South Shields is the home of ‘sand dancers,’ and so the beach is your first stop for low-cost fun. More Blackpool than Bali, you’ll find amusements, candy floss and the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park – a waterfront fun fair with more than 40 rides.


    Image courtesy of Newcastle University

    After the adrenaline has eased, head to North and South Marine Park for a lovely stroll and a choice of boating on the lake, mini-golf or a ride on the Lakeland miniature railway. Entry is free but there is a small charge for activities such as hiring a pedallo.

    Finally, no day out in South Shields is complete without a visit to Ocean Road – the long straight street leading down to the seafront. Its home to lots of great curry houses but one very special fish and chip shop.

    Colman’s, 186 Ocean Road, South Shields, has been family owned and operated since 1926 and is regularly voted among Britain’s best chippies. Esquire Magazine even voted it #1 and it’s even been in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and Hardens.

    Colman's Fish and ChipsColman's Fish and Chip shop south shields

    Lather on the salt and vinegar and head for one of the many lovely benches in North Marine Park to hoover up your haddock, before jumping on the Metro and heading home to Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle.


    Hop aboard the East Coast mainline at Newcastle, on most trains heading South, and 12 minutes later you’ll arrive in Durham (any-time day return costs £8.80).

    Called a ‘perfect little city’ with ‘the best cathedral on Planet Earth,’ by travel writer Bill Bryson, Durham is a compact historic city with cobbled streets, world famous buildings, river walks and cool café’s hiding in unlikely nooks and crannies.

    No visit to Durham is complete without a visit to UNESCO World Heritage site Durham Cathedral and Castle, one of Britain’s best-loved buildings and the best example of what clever folk the Normans were for building it in 1093. Admission is free but visitors are asked to make a donation to help with the considerable upkeep of the Cathedral.

    DurhamCathedral David Ireland

    Image courtesy of David Ireland (Creative Commons)

    Durham Castle is a working student hall of residence so you can only visit it outside term-time and on arranged guided tours. It’s a stunning building, perched high above the looping River Wear with views down onto Framwellgate Bridge – one of seven in the city – and West to Durham viaduct and rail station.

    A fun way to spend an afternoon is to hire a wooden rowing boat from Brown’s Boats and float your way along the River Wear, which loops around the peninsula where Durham Cathedral and Castle stand sentry and enjoy peace, quiet and stunning views.

    Rowing Boats Durham Darren Price

    Rowing boats courtesy of Darren Price (Creative Commons)

    If you’d rather not row then take a trip on The Prince Bishops River Boat Cruiser which includes a brief history of Durham.

    If you need to stop and refuel, Flat White Kitchen (Saddler Street) is a heavenly place to enjoy Barista coffee and superb food. New in town is The Fat Hippo, a burger lover’s bonanza, and the place to enjoy a juicy hulking meat patty in a brioche bun.

    To spend your spare change, check out Durham Indoor Market (just off Durham Market Place) for odds and sods, rare comics, fresh fish, olives and local North East cheeses.

    There are few better places to wile away a day and just 15 minutes door to door from Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle, Durham is a brilliant and affordable North East day out.

    So there you have it – three North East days out for under £30 when staying at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle.

    One of the benefits of choosing a design-led budget hotel brand like Sleeperz, is that you get to stay in style for less – leaving you plenty of spare cash for great days out like these.

    Our rooms are designed to be minimalist and functional without sacrificing style, comfort and convenience. You can stay with Sleeperz in Cardiff and Newcastle and at our sister brand Cityroomz in Edinburgh. For the best rates book direct at



  • Sleeperz to expand Edinburgh Hotel with Princes Street Wing

    Cityroomz Edinburgh bedroom

    Sleeperz Hotels, the innovative UK budget hotel operator, is expanding its sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh with a new Princes Street wing made up of 43 rooms and suites.

    Sleeperz Hotels has been granted planning permission to develop Princes House, a listed building and three storey office block, next door to its current 72-bed Cityroomz hotel on Shandwick Place near Princes Street in Edinburgh’s West End.

    The development is being carried out in partnership with Town Centre Securities PLC, a leading UK property and investment company.

    Opening – June 2017

    The new rooms should be open by June 2017 and will increase occupancy to 115 rooms including new double, twin and family rooms as well as ten suites with kitchenettes and living space.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Sleeperz Hotels is delighted to be expanding its market leading Cityroomz operation.

    Our brand of low cost high quality hotel stays has proven a winning formula nationally and we are confident that demand for stylish but affordable rooms in Edinburgh will keep growing.”

    bedroom at cityroomz edinburgh

    Colin Steele, associate director at Caledonia Management Ltd, acting for Town Centre Securities, said: ‘This development is great news for Princes House and the West End of Edinburgh. The area is the cultural heart of Edinburgh, with its World Heritage Site, theatres, arts venues and stunning architecture.

    Cityroomz increased bed-stock is a welcome boost and provides affordable accommodation for tourists staying in this vibrant area.”

    Ideally placed between Waverley and Haymarket stations and close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Sleeperz is confident the changes will attract business guests wanting longer stays in a suite environment and increase bookings from families and groups.

    There will be ten new Cityroomz suitez featuring kitchenettes, en-suite bathrooms, dining space, living area, sofas, Freeview flat screen TV’s, bespoke custom made mattresses, laptop safes and tea and coffee facilities.

    Glasgow architects Maith Design have been engaged to transform the space and deliver the ambitious expansion plans.

    Cityroomz Expansion – Facts

    • 23 double rooms
    • 6 Family rooms
    • 10 suites (including kitchen, dining area, sofas and living space)
    • 2 Cabin (Bunk) Twin rooms
    • 1 accessible family room
    • 2 accessible double rooms

    Cityroomz Edinburgh opened in May 2013 with 72 rooms and a rooms-based limited service philosophy. Its location, next to Princes Street and within easy walking distance of The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, has made it a popular choice for city breakers and travellers on a budget.

    Guests enjoy stylish interior design, custom made pocket sprung beds, free and fast Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast is available daily.

    Occupancy at Cityroomz Edinburgh has consistently been above 85% with market leading RevPar performance (source STR).

    Cityroomz Edinburgh breakfast bar IMG_0482_LOW_RES

    This investment in the Scottish capital follows an agreement for Sleeperz Hotels to open a new 120-bed hotel above Dundee Railway Station in 2017. Construction work started earlier this year.

    The deal is part of Dundee Council’s £1bn redevelopment of the city’s former industrial waterfront, which includes opening a £45m V&A Museum – the first of its kind outside London.

    Sleeperz are currently in discussions about further hotels in Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow.

    For more about Cityroomz, visit:

  • Sleeperz Hotels invests in ‘best-ever’ beds

    Stunning hotel room at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Everyone loves the feeling of collapsing into a super comfy bed with a soft duvet and plump pillows and drifting off to sleep.

    The only thing that’s better?

    Maybe a lie-in the next day, or sneaking an afternoon nap when your tanks are empty after a big night on the town.

    Jumping into bed has just become an even nicer experience when you stay with Sleeperz Hotels, the UK’s leading design-led budget hotel brand.

    Sleeperz Hotels reveals its best-ever beds

    We’ve teamed up with one of the UK’s oldest and most respected bed manufacturers to create a combination we believe is our ‘best-ever’ bed.

    Our friends at Sleepeezee have helped us create our own custom made mattress with 800 individual pocket springs to deliver superior comfort and enhanced sleep quality for our guests.

    The first bespoke mattresses have arrived at our Newcastle city centre hotel and we will soon be rolling them out at other Sleeperz UK properties within 12 months and at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee when it opens in 2017.


    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Sleeperz Hotels has always invested in high quality products, fixtures and fittings in our rooms and public spaces.

    Sleepeezee mattresses are excellent, the epitome of traditional British craftsmanship, and you cannot underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep to a hotel guest.

    When you combine our bespoke bed frames and new Sleepeezee mattresses, you have our ‘best-ever’ beds and that’s something we think guests are going to love.”

    The new handmade mattresses feature 800 individual pocket springs with a medium to firm feel and reflex foam for enhanced comfort.

    They are covered in a super soft viscose and cotton blend and feature attached pillow tops.

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    Sleepeezee mattresses are the epitome of quality British craftsmanship

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    We have also invested in new luxury down feel pillows, bed throws and cushions to provide an even better customer experience while maintaining our brilliant budget prices.


    Sleeperz may be a budget hotel but there’s nothing cheap about the quality of our rooms and the fittings and furnishings that we use.

    When we opened the UK’s first design-led budget hotel in Cardiff in November 2008, we built bathroom pods with Villeroy and Boch ceramics, Grohe showers and space saving innovations like beds with laptop safes, floating shelves and fold-away luggage racks.

    If our word wasn’t enough then maybe you’ll listen to Prince Charles about the quality of our new mattresses.

    Sleepeezee is the holder of a Royal Warrant from The Prince of Wales’ household and has been hand-making mattresses and beds at its Kent factory since the early 1900’s.

    Watch this video to see just how much care and attention goes into creating a Sleepeezee mattress.

    If you’re looking for a budget hotel where you can get a brilliant night’s sleep, bed-Tyne in Newcastle just got a whole lot better.

    Book your room direct with us at and receive £5 to spend on food and drink at the hotel.

  • Sleeperz Guide to Britain’s best Christmas Experiences

    Edinburgh Christmas Markets

    The Christmas holiday season is in full flow as the big day draws nearer.

    In between juggling your Christmas food shop with buying presents, writing cards, the office Christmas Party and watching the finals of Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor – remember to fit in a trip to see some of Britain’s best Christmas experiences.

    With hotels in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Cardiff, we’ve chosen a handful of unmissable Christmas experiences to recommend to our guests staying in these three great cities.

    Timeless Tradition – Fenwick’s Window, Newcastle

    Fenwick’s Window is an annual animated Christmas window display showcased in the Northumberland Street frontage of Fenwick Newcastle, one of the city’s biggest and oldest department stores.

    The iconic Newcastle store was opened by John James Fenwick in 1882 and was the first of 11 stores in the much-loved independent chain.

    Each Christmas Fenwick’s Window has a different theme and it is revealed to the public early in November and stays in place until the January sales.

    This year’s theme is called ‘Once Upon a Christmas,’ and tells the story of how Santa’s sleigh crashed into Fenwick’s Newcastle store and how his helpers – trusty elves and reindeers – manage to save the day and deliver all the presents on time; thanks mainly to a magical carpet.

    Catch a glimpse of the window here:


    Expect queues and lots of oohs and aah’s as the display is often interactive and heart warmingly beautiful.

    You can walk to Fenwick’s Window easily from Sleeperz Newcastle, one of the closest and best budget hotels near Newcastle Central Station.

    Edinburgh’s Christmas – 6 weeks of Festive Fun

    Edinburgh’s Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city.

    Taking place in St Andrew Square, East Princes St Gardens and the Royal Mile, the festival features a host of shows in the beautiful Spiegeltent, as well as ice skating, markets and rides, including the Big Wheel and the 60-metre Star Flyer, with breathtaking views over the city.

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    Edinburgh’s Christmas Market in Prince’s Street Gardens by Alasdair (creative commons)

    Plus, brand new for 2015 is the stunning Street of Light on the Royal Mile.

    Over 3.6 million people visited Edinburgh’s Christmas in 2014 and it looks set to be even bigger and better in 2015.

    Cityroomz Edinburgh is our sister brand of budget hotel and is situated perfectly within five minutes’ walk of Princes Street and The Royal Mile.

    Rooms start from £49 pp pn at Cityroomz.

    Marvel at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

    Cardiff’s biggest and best Christmas spectacle is its Winter Wonderland, complete with an alpine village, ice rink, funfair and attractions.

    The Winter Wonderland is set up outside Cardiff’s iconic City Hall building and runs Monday to Sunday 12am to 9pm until December 21st.

    From the 21st it’s open from 10am to 9pm but is closed Christmas Day, reopening on Boxing Day.

    Winter Wonderland at Cardiff City Hall

    Cardiff Winter Wonderland by Ben Salter (creative commons)

    There’s no better way to have fun with the family than skating on an ice rink and experiencing the rides and stalls of an old fashioned funfair.

    If you want to enjoy a little ‘apres skate,’ then adults can savour a hot Gluhwein or large stein in the Bierkeller Bar, feast on German sausages or freshly made Crepes in the authentic Alpine village chalet.

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    German sausages being cooked in the Alpine Village by Jeremy Segrott

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is positioned perfectly in the centre of Wales’ capital, only 300m from the train station and close to the Millennium Stadium. There’s no better place to stay if you are planning to stay overnight in Cardiff this Christmas and New Year.

    So there you have it, three of Britain’s best Christmas experiences and all within easy reach of a Sleeperz Hotel.

    Even better, if you book direct at or we’ll give you £5 to spend on food and drink at our hotels during your stay.

  • Live it up in Newcastle’s new Lounge Bar and Lobby

    New lounge bar and lobby at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Stay the night in a Sleeperz Hotels and our hope is that you feel you’ve had a stylish hotel stay for a lot less than you pay in mainstream full service big brand hotels.

    You can choose from three great cities: Cardiff, Newcastle or Edinburgh and pay budget prices, but scratch the surface of Sleeperz Hotels and you’ll find those cool little extras you just don’t get in ‘inns’ and ‘lodges’ that all the look the same.

    One of the things that excites our team is the constant quest to do things that bit better than before, which is why we’ve given a makeover to the lobby, lounge bar and restaurant at our popular Newcastle hotel.

    The lobby and lounge bar was an airy, open plan space – great for a breakfast to kick start a busy day – or for catching up with emails in a private booth, but, not quite right for sinking into a comfy chair with a coffee or laughing late into the small hours with friends.

    5 ways we transformed our Newcastle Lounge Bar and Lobby

    Raising the Bar

    Quite literally, we raised the bar. New stylish shelving and mirrors were set higher to showcase the premium drinks range on offer including Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray Gin, Tattinger Champagne, Jack Daniels and Craft Ales like BrewDog and MeanTime.

    Lounge bar at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Perfect and private

    Our old lounge bar was open plan, chic and cool, but the high ceiling and feature well space meant sound echoed and noise carried.

    We’ve installed stunning silver voiles around our feature booths to stop sound travelling, and create a warm, intimate atmosphere best enjoyed by groups of friends and couples.

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    Silver voiles make our booths an intimate and relaxing place to eat and drink

    Sleeperz Newcastle Lounge Bar and Lobby

    Stylish Seating

    We’ve really gone to town with new Suri Yanang style Japanese butterfly seats and cool chess pawn shaped stools.

    At night with dimmed lighting and chilled music, the space takes on a decadent vibe.

    More for mornings

    When the sun comes up breakfast is served in the lounge bar and we’ve expanded it to make it even easier to enjoy a hot cooked breakfast or continental style croissants, sliced cold meats, fresh fruit, berries and granola.

    Breakfast bar at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    A lobby to kick back in

    The team at Hampton Design sold us on the idea of a cool and cosy space where you can sink into your seat and surf on your smartphone, or in rare cases read something printed on paper instead of an Amoled screen.

    In came an abstract feature wall, with striking bookcase wallpaper, a free standing cube-like magazine stand for media like Conde Nast Traveller and Wired Magazine and the daily newspapers.


    Add to that our free & fast wi-fi and we feel we’ve got the ideal place to kick back, relax and plan your day in Newcastle – or just recover from the night before.

    Next time you stay with us at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle, let us know what you think of its new lounge bar and lobby?

    We value what our customers say and it’s often the difference between a hotel stay that’s just okay or one that’s great. We hope you like what we’ve done with the place?

    Book direct for the best rates at Sleeperz Hotels at:

    Plus, don’t forget that guests booking direct receive £5 to spend on food and drink during their stay.


  • Top Tips for watching the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff

    Cardiff Millennium Stadium

    With only two days to go to the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup excitement is building to a fever pitch.

    Cardiff, Wales’ Capital City, is hosting eight matches and you can’t get much closer to the action that staying at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff, right opposite the Millennium – soon to be renamed Principality – Stadium.

    Given that we are less than a meaty drop goal or well struck conversion from one of the official venues, we’ve decided to publish a few top tips to help you enjoy the rugger.

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    No Ticket – but still want to enjoy the Rugby World Cup Party?

    There are 15 official fan zones spread across the 11 host cities of England and Wales where people can go and watch the matches for free and enjoy a big party.

    Cardiff’s fan-zone is one of the largest and is located at the Cardiff Arms Park on Westgate Street, right next to the Millennium Stadium.

    It can take up to 10,000 people, you don’t need a ticket and you can watch the matches on a giant video screen.

    As well as the rugby there’ll be stacks of family friendly entertainment including: street theatre performers, DJs and music, S4C Regional Choirs, Haka Day Out and Fijian Fire Eating.

    Food and drink stalls will also be on site as well as rugby activities such as a Kicking Cage, 3d Scrum, Batak Response Test and Speed Pass.

    Cardiff Arms Park Rugby ground

    Cardiff Arms Park minus 10,000 passionate rugby fans

    Which matches will be shown in the Fan-Zone?

    For a full rundown of the 2015 RWC fixtures click here

    For matches shown in Cardiff fan-zone click here

    Getting to Cardiff

    Transport links to and from Cardiff are good and Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is the closest hotel to Cardiff Rail Station. There are also regular buses into the city from Cardiff Airport.

    For all your transport needs, check out this handy guide to travelling to Cardiff.

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    Sleeperz Hotel cardiff – a jinky little run from the rail station for RWC 2015 fans

    Where to go for a pre-match drink in Cardiff?

    Who better than iconic Welsh brewer Brains to tell us where you should head for a pre-match pint.

    Check out Brains’ guide to the best match day watering holes here

    When is the opening ceremony?

    The opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is taking place on Friday September 18 before the first fixture played between England and Fiji at Twickenham.

    It will start at 6.45pm and finish at 7.25pm and will be aired on ITV with commentary from John Inverdale and Rugby greats like Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Clive Woodward.

    For more helpful information about getting around Cardiff try:

  • Grab a brew on Sleeperz at our Macmillan #coffeemorning

    This month Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is joining Macmillan’s campaign to hold the World’s biggest coffee morning and raise vital funds for the fight against cancer.

    MacMillan is an amazing charity that provides a range of services to cancer sufferers, including funding specialist cancer care nurses, and it’s teamed up with retail giant Marks & Spencer for its 2015 coffee morning campaign.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is holding a free coffee morning on Wednesday September 23rd from 09:30 to 11:30, with free cake, hot and cold drinks and a chance to meet lots of lovely people.

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    Join us for a brew and raise money for Macmillan

    Come along and join us for a brew?

    If you’re a local business in Newcastle or simply hanging out in the city that day, we’d love to have a coffee and a natter and do some good for Macmillan along the way.

    You can register for our free coffee morning by clicking this link

    Here’s a great video all about Macmillan’s brilliant campaign