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  • A Rugby Fan’s Guide to Cardiff

    Rugby Fans Cardiff

    February means one thing for Rugby Fans in the UK – the start of 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 2016 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

    Rail

    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.

    Coach

    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.

    Air

    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, www.sabrain.com/oldarcade

    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, www.thecityarmscardiff.com

    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, www.sabrain.com/goatmajor

    Street Food and Big Screens at The Depot

    If you’ve come to Cardiff for the weekend but couldn’t get a ticket for a 2016 Six Nations match, you’re in luck.

    The Depot Cardiff is a warehouse that is home to the Cardiff Street Food extravaganza and will be showing the 2016 Six Nations on 15 foot screens for up to 1,000 Rugby Fans, and best of it’s all it’s free entry.

    While you’re there you can enjoy scrumptious street food from pop-up traders making everything from burgers to pizza, falafel, burritos and fried chicken. There’s also great craft ales, German Steins, Margaritas and premium gin cocktails to choose from.

    Depot is a truly rocking place to watch Rugby.

    Depot Cardiff Street Food

    Construction House, Dumballs Road, Cardiff, CF10 5FE, Tel: 02920 34 11 99

    http://depotcardiff.com/

     

    Full fixture list for 2016 Six Nations Matches

    Saturday 6th February 2016

    France v Italy at Stade de France, Paris 2:25pm (GMT)

    Scotland v England at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 4:50pm

    Sunday 7th February 2016

    Ireland v Wales at Aviva Stadium, Dublin 3:00pm

    Saturday 13th February 2016

    France v Ireland at Stade de France, Paris 2:25pm (GMT)

    Wales v Scotland at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 4:50pm

    Sunday 14th February 2016

    Italy v England at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2:00pm (GMT)

    Friday 26th February 2016

    Wales v France at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 8:05pm

    Saturday 27th February 2016

    Italy v Scotland at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2:25pm (GMT)

    England v Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, London 4:50pm

    Saturday 12th March 2016

    Ireland v Italy at Aviva Stadium, Dublin 1:30pm

    England v Wales at Twickenham Stadium, London 4:00pm

    Sunday 13th March 2016

    Scotland v France at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 3:00pm

    Saturday 19th March 2016

    Wales v Italy at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 2:30pm

    Ireland v Scotland at Aviva Stadium, Dublin 5:00pm

    France v England at Stade de France, Paris 8:00pm (GMT)

     

    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 www.sleeperz.com and you’ll receive £5 to spend on food and drink in 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.

    Edinburgh Christmas Markets

    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.

    german sausages roasting on an open fire

    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 www.sleeperz.com or www.cityroomz.com 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.

    New lounge bar makeover at Sleeperz Newcastle

    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.

    sleeperz_newcastle_corner_lounge_2

    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: www.sleeperz.com

    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.

    Wales 19 - 9 England

    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.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    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: www.visitcardiff.com

  • 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.

    worlds biggest coffee morning

    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

     

  • Cardiff’s Summer of Festival Fun

    Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay

    Summer is Festival season in the UK.

    That doesn’t have to mean pitching a tent, filling your wellies with cider and joining 100,000 other revellers in a mud-bath waiting for a group of ageing rock gods to take to the stage.

    There is a whole other Festival universe waiting for you in the Welsh Capital of Cardiff as the city gets set for four months of events and fun that make up the Cardiff Festival.

    Tafwyl 2015

    From June through September, Cardiff transforms itself into one giant party celebrating the best in music, sports, arts, food and drink.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is situated right in the heart of the city’s shopping and cultural district and there is no better place to base yourself for events during Cardiff Festival.

    Cardiff has it all this Summer, from the opening test match in The 2015 Ashes to Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, bands battling it out in the Big Gig, extreme water sports at White Water Fest and the Welsh Proms 2015.

    Featured Events in Cardiff Festival

    Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, July 10-12

    If you have adventurous taste buds and want to explore the culinary globe, from frankfurters to frittatas, then this is the festival for you.

    Taking place in Mermaid Quay at Cardiff Bay, you’ll find a huge outdoor foodie fest – with a Farmer’s Market, Producer’s Fayre, pop-up-kitchens, street food, food theatre and thousands of salivating hungry folks.

    Cardiff Bay Beach
    Cardiff Bay is an amazing place to visit for eating out, shopping, people watching and the nearby Doctor Who Experience visitor attraction.

    Cardiff’s captivating waterfront is easily reached on foot, or by short bus ride, from Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff. In the summer time it’s home to a pop-up beach perfect for making sand castles or chilling out in a deck chair with a sea view.

    Cardiff Bay Beach is in Roald Dahl Plass and runs from 27th July to September 6th, 2015.

    The Beach Event

    Cardiff Carnival, August 8th

    Wales’ biggest and brightest carnival is now in its 26th year and transforms the capital city into a riot of sound, colour and flamboyance.

    Carnival runs from 10:30am to 5:30pm and is completely free. Check out the carnival website here

    White Water Fest

    White Water Fest on September 5 will give people the chance to try out a range of water-sports for the first time, including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

    Other highlights over the summer include The Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival which runs from June 25 – August 1 in Sophia Gardens.

    Alongside these great events, visitors to Cardiff can also enjoy a host of world class sport from speedway to international Rugby and Cricket, and some of the biggest acts in music performing at The Motorpoint Arena.

    Don’t pitch your tent and grimace at pongy porta-loos, grab yourself a festival experience you can actually remember in Cardiff.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is one of a select group of budget hotels in Cardiff city centre, near the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and St David’s Place shopping centre.

    For the best prices at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff, book online at www.sleeperz.com

  • Revealed: The true cost of UK City Breaks

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Finding the right hotel stay is no different from buying a new phone, the pair of shoes you have to have – or rail tickets to see your friends or watch your favourite football team.

    We all want to find the thing we need at the right time for the right price.

    When we opened hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh, Sleeperz created a new concept in hotel stays – chic & cheap – a budget stay with oodles of style and a flair for design.

    Seven years on from opening our first hotel we still pride ourselves on offering value for money.

    Our friends at Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters recently got in touch to ask if we would share some great information they’d pulled together about the true cost of UK City breaks.

    Check out this great infographic for a city-by-city breakdown of everything from taxi fares to how much a cappuccino will set you back.

    What you will notice is that some of the best-value city breaks are to be had in Sleeperz cities, with rooms in Newcastle and Cardiff available on average for under £100 and a standard three course meal costing under £40 in both cities.

    So what are you waiting for?

    Grab a deal and spend your weekend in a Sleeperz city.

    Book direct at www.sleeperz.com for the best rates.

  • 15 of the Best British Events in 2015

    Light Night Edinburghs Christmas

    With the New Year still young, we decided to serve up our guide to 15 of the best British events in 2015.

    With hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh, Sleeperz Hotels has some of Britain’s best cities well and truly covered – and without any exaggeration – this year is going to be seriously eventful, so let’s get cracking.

    1. The Rugby World Cup

    With Rugby’s greatest tournament hosted by England in 2015, there’s no better time to marvel at six weeks of thunderous tackles and super-human scrummaging by the planet’s ultimate Rugby warriors.

     

    All Blacks

    Fixtures are taking place in two Sleeperz cities, with matches at St James’ Park Newcastle and The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – so take your pick.

    For more: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

    1. Lumiere, Durham – 12-15 November, 2015

    According to the United Nations, 2015 is the World’s Year of Light because it commemorates 100-years since Einstein discovered his Theory of General Relativity proving that light is deflected by gravity.

    What better way to celebrate than to go to Lumiere, Britain’s biggest outdoor festival of light-based art, in historic Durham City – only 12 minutes on the train from our Newcastle Hotel.

    1. Edinburgh Fringe – 7th – 31st August 2015

    The largest arts festival in the world had to be right up there in our 15 of the best British events for 2015. The Fringe takes over Scotland’s capital for three weeks and becomes the nation’s cultural heartbeat and engine room, whether you are into stand-up comedy, street performance or theatre – there is something to suit all tastes, ages and audiences. https://www.edfringe.com/

    Street performers at Edinburgh Festival

    Edinburgh Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world

    4-7. TERRIFICLY TASTY Food and Drink Festivals

    Now, 2015 is also Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink so we have picked some scrummy foodie events for you at number 4 through 7 in our 15 best British events.

    1. EAT! IN Festival

    NewcastleGateshead’s impressive EAT festival is back again with a winter warming indoor version, EAT! IN, this February celebrating fine food, pristine produce and the comfort a great meal can bring to everyone’s world.

    1. Cake Fest Edinburgh

    Edinburgh has so many amazing spaces, places and buildings. This wonderfully wacky event brings together foodies who want to make their favourite Edinburgh buildings and locations out of CAKE. It is happening in the splendid Royal Botanic Gardens.

    1. Edinburgh International Science Festival, Gastrofest

    Now, this might sound like a Science seminar but trust us it isn’t. Part of this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival is GastroFest, a daring look at how science and gastronomy simmer together to create spectacular food and drink. More Heston Blumenthal than Albert Einstein. http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/

    1. Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

    It goes without saying that Cardiff is in Wales not Scotland, but, just in-case you can’t make it that far North we didn’t want the foodies among you to be left out – so here is Cardiff’s annual food extravaganza taking place at the height of Summer, YUM!

    Spectacular Sports

    Numbers 8 through 10 are all about spectacular sport. The Rugby World Cup is undoubtedly the highlight of 2015 but for cricket, cycling and speedway fans there is something special being served up in Sleeperz cities.

    1. Tour of Britain Cycling, Edinburgh, September 6-13, 2015

    Although it won’t be confirmed until Spring, Edinburgh is hotly tipped to host a stage in this year’s Tour of Britain cycling race – so if you would like to see streamlined physiques and flashing wheels along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, keep an eye out for race details here.

    Tour of Britain

    1. England vs Australia The Ashes 2015 – Cardiff, 8-12th July 2015

    After England were whitewashed 5-0 in the last series ‘Down Under,’ Alistair Cook’s men will be seeking revenge on home soil this Summer. You can get your tickets here and of course stay with us just a slogged boundary away at Sleeperz Hotels. Tickets are moving fast so book up quick.

    Australia v England (2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, 2013/14)

    1. Speedway World Championships, Cardiff, Millennium Stadium, 4th July 2015

    The 4th July might be Independence Day in the United States but the Mother Country is proudly hosting the FIM British Speedway Grand Prix at nearby Millennium Stadium. If you love high octane motorsports it doesn’t get better than this.

    Wonderful Winter Events

    As we start to reach the end of our 15 of the best British events in 2015, naturally our attention turns to some of the great festivals and experiences you can have in Winter time.

    1. Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Gateshead

    Part of NewcastleGateshead’s Winter Festival, Enchanted Parks is an after-dark adventure of light-based art, interactive entertainment and storytelling. Saltwell Park is transformed into a captivating nocturnal landscape which fills audiences, young and old, with amazement and awe.

    Enchanted Parks usually runs from late November into December, so look out here for details of the 2015 event being revealed. http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival/enchanted-parks

    Enchanted Parks 2010

    1. Sparks in the Park, Cardiff, November 5th 2015 (TBC)

    One of the 10 biggest fireworks displays in the UK, Sparks in the Park is Cardiff’s annual fireworks display and takes place in the city’s Cooper’s Field in front of around 15,000 people on Bonfire Night. Sparks in the Park has been run by Cardiff Round Table since 1981 and raises huge sums of money for worthwhile charities as well as being a superb spectacle.

    1. NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival 2015

    The capital of the ‘Geordie Nation’ is a great place to take a Winter city break and Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is a two minute walk from the Central Station right in the heart of ‘The Toon.’

    NewcastleGateshead’s Winter Festival ensures there is always something special to see and experience in November and December – from Christmas Markets, outdoor ice rinks, Pantomime at Theatre Royal, Enchanted Parks and the rocking New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival.

    Keep an eye on: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival

    Newcastle Winter Festival

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

    1. Cardiff Winter Wonderland 2015 (dates TBC)

    The Welsh Capital is host to seven weeks of family fun each Winter, with attractions including outdoor ice skating, fun fairs, an Alpine Village with a traditional German Bierkeller, street performances, pop-up food stalls and lots of great music.

    All the fun of the fair

    You couldn’t be closer to the action if you are staying at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff.

    1. Hogmanay, Edinburgh, December 30th to January 1, 2016

    There are certain iconic cities in the world where New Year’s Eve celebrations go into the stratosphere and Hogmanay in Edinburgh is one of those select destinations. The city’s thriving Prince’s Street becomes a throng of merry making revellers all there for the explosive fireworks display illuminating the skyline above Edinburgh Castle.

    Best to book early to get both a room and tickets to access Prince’s Street. At the same time you’ll find a city that knows how to enjoy a proper rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

    Fireworks over Edinburgh

    Well, there you have it – 15 of the Best British events in 2015.

    If that tickles your fancy and you want to book early, you’ll get the best deals booking direct at www.sleeperz.com, including our special offers and promotions – like our #freefiver campaign.

    Book direct with us and we’ll give you £5 back to spend in the hotel on food and drink.

  • Sleeperz wear Xmas woollies for Save The Children

    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