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  • Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Guest Guide to The Open 2018

    Open CHampionship courtesy open golf twitter

    This week, the oldest and biggest championship in golf has come to Dundee and Angus.

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is packed with guests this week and most have come to watch the 147th Open at Carnoustie Golf Links.

    To make life easier for our hotel guests, we’ve invited golf blogger Matthew Moore of Global Golfer Magazine, to write a brief guide to help you make the most of watching the world’s best golfers in full swing – from travel advice to post-golf Dundee nightlife.

    Start the day the right way
    Days at The Open are long and tiring so starting your day with a big energy-boosting breakfast is a smart choice.

    At Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, you can set yourself up with a full cooked breakfast, bean-to-cup and barista coffee and a range of continental and cold options – from gluten free porridge – to cooked meats, cheeses, fruits and natural yoghurt.

    Kick off your Open with a great Sleeperz breakfast

    Kick off your Open with a great Sleeperz breakfast

    Hop on a Train
    The hotel is located above Dundee Railway Station and is closest to Scot Rail’s hourly train services to Carnoustie Golf Links.

    They are running an enhanced timetable between July 19-22nd and it’s a far easier way to travel to the venue than by car or on the bus.

    Click here for everything you need to know on Scot Rail’s Open Services.

    ScotRail advises you buy tickets in advance and collect them from ticketing machines on the day, to reduce time spent queueing to buy tickets.

    Image courtesy of ScotRail Twitter

    Image courtesy of ScotRail Twitter

    The train station at Carnoustie is only a five-minute walk from the course along the coast road with beautiful and stunning views of the North Sea.

    Another benefit to travelling by train is that you can enjoy a few drinks at the course and make the most of the famous Open atmosphere and hospitality.

    Remember the Essentials

    Here are some things you simply can’t do without at The Open, so remember to pack them before you go!

    • Tickets – obviously!
    • Sunscreen
    • Waterproofs or an umbrella – It’s The Open, expect changeable weather
    • Water/ drinks – long days on the links can cause dehydration
    • Headphones and a fully charged smartphone or pocket radio – make the most of the Open Golf radio service to keep up with tournament news
    • Sturdy sensible shoes
    • Binoculars are great for getting a close up – especially when sitting in the grandstands
    • Money – there are cash points at The Open – but carry enough cash in case you find yourself starving at the far reaches of the golf course

    Make a Plan

    There is so much to see and do at The Open and days fly by fast, so it helps to make a plan before you get there.

    Don’t miss the invaluable advice on the official Open Golf Website:

    Will you?

    • Follow your favourite players and try and see one group play the course in full – make sure you buy a draw-sheet and official programme so that you know exactly who is teeing off when

     

    • Choose a strategic vantage point out on the course where you can see lots of players play 2 or 3 different holes

     

    • Choose one of the biggest grandstands, like the 18th hole, and watch every group play through. If you decide on this, get there early to secure a great seat

     

    • Spend time at the practice range watching your favourite players warm up

     

    • See it all on the big screens at The Open Spectator Village with easy access to bars, food, The Open Shop and the HSBC Golf Zone

     

    • Be one of the lucky few who head for Corporate Hospitality

     

    There are lots of ways to enjoy The Open and so many fun things to do while you are there.

    You can buy official branded Open clothing from preferred brands like Hugo Boss, Ahead and ProQuip in the Open Shop, get free golf lessons from PGA Professionals or get items signed by your golfing heroes in The Autograph Zone.

    Grab an Open souvenir in The OPen Shop

    Grab an Open souvenir in The OPen Shop

    WiFi is available out on the golf course so if you have the SkyGO App on your phone you can watch a lot of the TV coverage on your phone during rest periods or downtimes.

    Watching The Open is an absolute joy but they are long days in the sunshine.

    If you want to steal a march on the crowds who will wait for the final putt to be holed, leave a little early and take the train back to Dundee.

    Refresh and recharge the Sleeperz Way

    Refresh and recharge with a hot shower at Sleeperz Dundee. You even have a choice of a Monsoon shower or a pivoting wand head.

    Too tired to go out? Then stay and enjoy the new Sleeperz lounge bar and restaurant, with views over Dundee Waterfront, The VandA Museum of Design Dundee and Slessor Gardens.

    The hotel serves an all-day menu of classics from burgers, steaks, Indian and Thai curry to wood-fired pizzas and healthy salads. Check out the menu here

    Enjoy a dram at the 19th Hole

    Sleeperz lounge bar is also a great place to enjoy some post golf drinks, especially as there is a selection of 60 outstanding Scottish single malt whiskies – from Island to Highland and lowland distilleries.

    A choice of 60 fine single malt Scottish Whiskies at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    A choice of 60 fine single malt Scottish Whiskies at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    You can also enjoy a refreshing Dundee Gin with Fever Tree tonics or a range of wines from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Italy.

    If you’ve still got the energy and want to head out, then here are six suggestions from the guys and girls at the Dundee Evening Telegraph on how to get a party started in Dundee.

    Tagging on some Tee-Times?

    If you’re aiming to tag on some golf of your own to your Open trip, then you’re staying in just the right place.

    As well as the many great courses in Dundee and Angus, you are only 15 mins by train from St Andrews, ‘The Home of Golf,’ and the seven courses operated by The St Andrews Links Trust. Within an hours’ drive is Gleneagles, considered one of the finest golf resorts in the world and venue of The 2014 Ryder Cup.

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee has storage space and a drying room for golf clubs, trolleys and battery charging, so you’ve got that taken care of.

    If you’re staying with Sleeperz Hotels in Dundee for The 147th Open, have a great time and we hope you found this short guide useful.

    Remember to join Sleeperz Select loyalty program in order to receive 10% off any future bookings at Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle, Dundee and Edinburgh.

     

  • Revealed: Opening date for Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    L to R Manny Baber GM Sleeperz Dundee Steve Allan Operations Director Sleeperz Hotels

    It’s almost time. The wait is over.

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee officially opens on July 9.

    That’s one week before the biggest tournament in golf gets going on the links at Carnoustie, just up the coast.

    There you have it, we’ll be ‘Open in time for The Open.”

    L to R Manny Baber GM Sleeperz Dundee Steve Allan Operations Director

    L to R Manny Baber GM Sleeperz Dundee Steve Allen Operations Director

    It’s been a whirlwind few months.

    We’ve assembled a fantastic new team of 40 staff, including our new general manager Manny Baber – who has worked at hotels during the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup golf – so serving golf fans at The Open is the perfect way to tee off our fourth UK hotel.

    Manny says: “Open for The Open is a great thing to be able to tell Dundee and Scotland. We’re taking bookings now and rooms are selling fast.

    The finishing touches are all progressing well and it’s the start of an exciting new journey for Sleeperz Hotels in Scotland.”

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee has an amazing location at the gateway to Dundee.

    Our new bar and lounge have panoramic views over the River Tay, neighbouring V&A Museum of Design Dundee – opening September 15 – and the RSS Discovery, one of Dundee’s most popular tourist attractions.

    It’s going to be a special place to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

    lounge and lobby at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    Sleeperz Dundee lounge bar with views of the River Tay and V&A Dundee

    Reception at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    Comfort and style that won’t break the bank

    A stay at a Sleeperz Hotel is all about comfort and style with an affordable price tag.

    At Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, we’ve invested heavily in interior design and premium fixtures and fittings, including bespoke handmade Sleepeezee mattresses, Grohe shower fittings and bathroom fittings by Villeroy and Boch.

    High speed Wi-Fi is free throughout and rooms feature laptop safes, innovative space saving furniture and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

    We’ve gone the extra mile to make these rooms exceptional.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, says:

    “When you consider that our rates start from £59 per room per night, this level of comfort and quality of environment is difficult to match in other budget conscious hotels.”

    Bedroom at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    Sleeperz new Dundee rooms also feature:

    • 40 inch wall mounted flat screen smart TV
    • open wardrobes with in-built safe and drawers
    • Full length mirrors
    • mood lighting
    • reading lamps, super-fast fibre optic broadband, USB ports as standard

    We’re also very proud of the buildings we create and the impact we have on the environment and places where we open.

    Our Dundee hotel looks stunning, sitting above the new Dundee Railway Station and we hope we can repeat our success in winning two RIBA awards for architectural excellence from The Royal Institute of British Architects, for Cardiff (2010) and Newcastle (2012).

    The 147th Open Golf Championship is being played at Carnoustie Golf Links from 15th to 22nd July and golf fans from across the world will be travelling to Tayside and Angus to watch the action.

    You can book a room online now for July 9th onwards by clicking here www.sleeperz.com/dundee

    Thanks for stopping by our blog and we hope you can come and see us in Scotland very soon.

     

     

  • Sleeperz Hotel Dundee now taking bookings

    Architect's impression of Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    The weeks running up to opening a new hotel are thrilling.

    Eventually, you swap hi-vis vests, scaffolding and hard hats for guests, luggage and smiling faces.

    There’s no better feeling than opening the doors and welcoming your first guests.

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee – our fourth UK hotel – opens soon and everyone, from the chief executive to brand new members of the Dundee team, is feeling excited.

    Guess what? We are NOW taking bookings!

    As of today, you can book to stay at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee from August 1st onwards.

    Why Dundee?

    You may not know this, but something big is happening in Dundee.

    The city of “jute, jam and journalism,” is staging one of the most ambitious urban regeneration projects anywhere in the UK; a £1bn regeneration of the city’s former industrial waterfront.

    Working hand in hand with Dundee City Council, Sleeperz agreed to open its fourth hotel on top of the city’s redeveloped rail station.

    Sleeperz has reinvented the modern railway hotel and you’ll find our hotels within short walking distances of mainline rail stations in Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

    In Dundee, where once there was heavy industry and a thriving port for the import of Jute – a coarse vegetable fibre brought from the Indian Subcontinent – now there are 240 hectares/8km of waterfront transformed into five districts and home to businesses, museums, hotels, a concert venue and a modern commercial port.

    Dundee is going places.

    The new Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is situated in the Central Waterfront District.

    Our new Dundee website, www.sleeperz.com/dundee, is now live along with our booking engine.

    Click here to visit our website and see what’s available in our new 120-bed modern, stylish hotel.

    Dedicated to Design

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is lucky to be located at the gateway to Dundee. If you’re arriving by train, ours will be the first hotel you’ll see.

    You’ll find us directly opposite the new £80m V&A Museum of Design Dundee – which opens on September 15 this year.

    This incredible building is the only Victoria & Albert Museum outside London and is dedicated to telling the story of design, technology and innovation.

    Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design and it was this passion for design which attracted Sleeperz to the city.

    We build design-led hotels that are affordable and stylish to stay in.

    We’ve won awards from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for the excellence of our buildings and we put the same energy into the interiors as we do our physical buildings.

    For Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, we worked with Space Solutions, an interior design firm from Edinburgh, on our reception, restaurant and lounge bar areas and believe that together we’ve created a welcoming place to arrive and relax in that reflects the modern design of the hotel.

    Here’s a sneak peak.

    Reception at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    lounge and lobby at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    Book a stay at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and you’ll fall asleep on a bespoke handmade Sleepeeze mattress and down-effect pillows, sit in pear drop chairs inspired by Denmark’s Arne Jacobsen and enjoy using our super-fast free WiFi or watching our new 40 inch smart TV’s.

    Our beautiful en-suite bathrooms are exceptional too, featuring Villeroy and Boch ceramics, Grohe shower fittings with both a rain dance shower and a pivoting precision wand, a heated mirror & bright LED lighting.

    Bedroom at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    We’ve gone the extra mile to make these rooms exceptional.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, says:

    “When you consider that our rates start from £59 per room per night, this level of comfort and quality of environment is difficult to match in other budget conscious hotels.”

    Sleeperz new Dundee rooms also feature:

    • 40 inch wall mounted flat screen smart TV
    • open wardrobes with in-built safe and drawers
    • Full length mirrors
    • mood lighting
    • reading lamps, super-fast fibre optic broadband, USB ports as standard

    Keep your eyes peeled for lots more news and blogs about Sleeperz Hotel Dundee in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you can come and see us in Scotland very soon.

  • The night Charlotte Church beamed a live brain onto a Sleeperz hotel

    Charlotte Church beams a live brain onto Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Welsh singer Charlotte Church is no wallflower.

    She’s done some incredible things in her 30 something years on the planet.

    We’re thinking: exploding to fame as a child opera singer, morphing into a ‘Crazy Chick’ pop siren, marrying a Welsh rugby pin-up, outsmarting politicians on Twitter and raising children Ruby and Dexter.

    So, with a life story like that, you’d think it couldn’t get any more surreal and interesting?

    Except, it can, and did.

    One cold November night last year, Charlotte and a TV crew turned up at our Cardiff hotel and beamed a world first image of a live brain onto the side of the building.

    The giant bristly pink shape looked more like something David Attenborough would find in a coral reef than a human thought box.

    Charlotte Church beams a brain onto Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    What is that? It’s a world-first image of a real live brain, and , yes that’s Charlotte Church too…

    For several hours, the brain flickered and shimmered across our bedroom windows, causing gasps and inciting wonder among the passers-by traipsing to the rail station or heading into Cardiff.

    It was all part of a BBC TV documentary on mental health presented by Charlotte and exploring depression, mental illness and research into new cures.

    Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain

    Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain, aired on January 25th, 2018, on BBC One in Wales and followed her as she chatted to a host of amazing people, from neuro-scientists to military veterans afflicted by virtually incurable PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

    Sleeperz Cardiff Brain Image courtesy BBC Wales

    The programme also included a revealing and heartfelt exchange with Charlotte’s mum Maria, who has bi-polar disorder and has suffered with mental health issues for over 30 years.

    During filming, Charlotte popped in for a cup of tea in the hotel and filmed some scenes in our dining room. She was an absolute pleasure to serve and be around and her programme is a thought-provoking and worthwhile look at issues that affect so many people in today’s world.

    Charlotte Church at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Charlotte Church filming at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff, our award-winning design-led hotel, appears eight minutes into the programme with a stunning image of the world-first brain scan – referred to as a ‘road map’ – that shows the complex wiring and pathways of a living brain.

    The image was taken by Dr Chantal Tax from Cardiff University’s Brain Research Imaging Centre, using one of only three rare MRI scanners in the world.

    Sleeperz Hotel transformed into a giant brain

    Laura Peeroo, general manager at Sleeperz Cardiff, said: “We were thrilled to be asked to take part in ‘Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain.’

    We are located in one of the busiest footfall areas in Cardiff, on route to the rail station, and the living brain image really turned heads and got people talking; which is exactly what this important programme hopes to achieve.”

    Javeed Anwar, Head of Sales and Marketing for Sleeperz Hotels, said: “It’s normal to receive unusual requests in the hospitality industry, but, in over three decades working in hotels this is easily the most unusual thing I’ve ever been asked to do.

    We loved it and our guests were both intrigued and understanding about the bright lights, cameras and sight of Charlotte Church enjoying a cup of tea in the lounge bar.”

    Sleeperz Cardiff opened in 2008, opposite the then Millennium Stadium and under two minutes’ walk from Cardiff Rail Station.

    Its modern, minimalist look earned it a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award for architectural excellence in 2010.

    In 2017, Sleeperz gained planning consent to build an additional 21 rooms.

    Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain is available to watch on BBC I Player in the UK, click here to watch.

    You can see Sleeperz Cardiff eight minutes and 51 seconds into the show. Better still, you can stay with us in Cardiff whenever you fancy, just log onto www.sleeperz.com and book direct for the best rates.

    Sleeperz Select, our loyalty program, can earn you 10% off your stay when you join.

     

  • Rough Guides say Newcastle is the world’s #1 place to visit in 2018

    NewcastleGateshead

    Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading publishers of travel guidebooks, has revealed their annual list of the world’s best places to visit in 2018.

    Here at Sleeperz Hotels, we weren’t as surprised as some to read that Newcastle, England, beat off stiff competition from destinations such as Cuba, Malta and Malawi – to be named Rough Guides’ #1 place to visit in 2018.

    We’ve been blogging, tweeting and posting about Newcastle’s best-bits and city break credentials ever since we opened our 98-bedroom design-led hotel on Newcastle’s Westgate Road, back in 2012.

    Rough Guides says that 2018 is time for the Geordie Capital to take centre stage.

    The travel publisher told The Daily Express newspaper that:

     “Next summer the city – along with neighbouring Gateshead – will host the Great Exhibition of the North, a two-month jamboree that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in. 

    “Expect live music, performance art and insightful exhibitions at some wonderful venues.”

    Newcastle also got the vote because of its famously friendly people and the fact that a visit to the city is easy on the wallet.

    TOP-TIME FOR A NEWCASTLE CITY BREAK

    A stay at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle starts from as little as £69.99, including a cooked breakfast, in the heart of the city – close to the nightlife – and cultural attractions including Newcastle Castle, Cathedral and The Stephenson Quarter – where ‘Rocket’ – a pioneering steam-powered locomotive was engineered by George Stephenson.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

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

    The Great Exhibition of the North is undoubtedly one of the major reasons why Newcastle has picked up this honour.

    The exhibition promises to be a fascinating two-month journey through the culture, heritage and art of the former industrial powerhouse of the United Kingdom.

    Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative which is leading work to deliver Great Exhibition of the North 2018, said: “We’re delighted to feature at the top of such a prestigious list. Next year we’ll play host to England’s biggest event which will attract and engage audiences from across the UK and beyond, telling the story of Northern England through cutting-edge art and culture, design and innovation.

    “The Rough Guide also comments on the famous Geordie welcome, lively nightlife, burgeoning restaurant scene and wider cultural attractions and museums – all of which ensure that visitors for next year’s Exhibition, and indeed all year-round, will enjoy a fantastic experience in NewcastleGateshead.”

    Newcastle wasn’t the only spot in the UK to make the top 10, with Wales also coming in at number 5 for its UNESCO World Heritage sites and great outdoors.

    WALES MAKES THE TOP-10

    For visitors to Wales, you can’t beat basing yourself in Cardiff, the capital city. Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is only 500m from Cardiff Rail Station opposite the Principality Stadium – home of Wales Rugby.

    Other highly recommended places in the Rough Guides list included the Civil Rights Trail in the US, visiting sites such as Martin Luther King’s birthplace and Woolworth’s store in North Carolina where four black students sat in the “whites-only” seating area in the 60’s.

    ROUGH GUIDES 2018 – TOP-10 PLACES TO VISIT

    1. Newcastle

    2. Civil Rights Trail, USA

    3. Malawi

    4. Valletta, Malta

    5. Wales

    6. Cuba

    7. Russia

    8. New Orleans, USA

    9. Chile

    10. Sierra Leone

    You’ll find lots of great ideas for things to see and do in Newcastle in the pages of our blog, along with recommendations for family-friendly breaks, a guide to watching football in the Toon and some of the best day trips you can have for under £30 when you stay at our great value Newcastle hotel.

    Sign up today for our Sleeperz Select loyalty program at www.sleeperz.com and receive 10% off your booking to stay at the Rough Guides #1

     

  • The best British cities for a New Year’s Eve Party

    Newcastle on New Year's Eve

    When the last cracker is pulled, left-over Turkey turned to soup and the wrapping and boxes consigned to the bin bag, the thoughts of many turn to a New Year and how to celebrate it.

    We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t share a round-up of some of the best events, gigs, parties and experiences that you can enjoy on NYE in three of Britain’s best party cities, Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

    EDINBURGH

    Some parties become so big they take on a life of their own. Think Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

    Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is now one of those must-visit events and is now billed as ‘Scotland’s New Year Festival’ – three days of events and bands, with audiences from every corner of the globe.

    Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014 by Michael Curi creative commons

    Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014 by Michael Curi creative commons

    Our sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh is in the heart of Edinburgh’s trendy West End, near Waverley Station and Prince’s Street, and is a perfect base for your Hogmanay knees up.

    Edinburgh’s Hogmanany features the traditional Street Party and fireworks on December 31, but there’s always a host of other great stuff going on, including torch-lit processions, live music in Prince’s Street Gardens, street parties, ceilidhs and candlelit music recitals.

    For the truly hardy, you can finish off your New Year’s Eve Party by taking part in the Loony Dook, a fancy dress themed dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry at 11am on New Year’s Day.

    Most of the events are individually ticketed but some event packages are available for the entire festival.

    To check ticket availability visit the festival website and to check availability at Cityroomz, visit: www.cityroomz.com

    NEWCASTLE

    A little further South of Edinburgh is Newcastle, the Geordie Capital, and recently voted the #1 place to visit in the world in 2018 by travel guide publisher Rough Guides.

    Newcastle’s New Year fireworks are often compared to those in London and Edinburgh, as the sight of colours bursting over the iconic Tyne Bridge and Quayside attracts huge crowds year on year.

    Newcastle on New Year's Eve

    So special is New Year in The Toon that the city has created its own mystical Winter Festival.

    There are huge numbers of events going on in the city and further afield in the North East and the best place to find out more is from NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the destination marketing agency for the city. Click here for a list of all the NYE events in the Newcastle Winter Festival.

    winter festival newcastle

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is less than two minutes’ walk from Grey Street right in the heart of the city and perfectly located for The Diamond Strip, Bigg Market and Quayside night spots.

    CARDIFF

    The Welsh Capital is another super-cool place to say farewell to one year and welcome in another.

    For something a little different, head to the Civic Centre for an evening ice skating at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland before catching the Midnight Fireworks extravanganza. The Winter Wonderland is open from 10am on NYE, so it’s possible to make a real day of it if you’ve got the stamina.

    Christmas in Cardiff by Jon Candy - creative commons

    Winter Wonderland Cardiff by Jon Candy – creative commons

    Cardiff has a major music scene and most of the cities bars and clubs will be hosting themed NYE events. Missoula is hosting a Ministry of Sound NYE Takeover from 10:00pm to 06:00am – a party that will need some serious stamina. Tiger Tiger’s Champagne and Ciroc takeover is another all-ticketed event perfect for serious party goers.

    If you prefer a few gags to see in the New Year, then check out The Glee comedy night in Cardiff.

    Whether it’s glamour or guffaws you go for, New Year’s Eve in Cardiff is a night to remember.

    Our 74-bed Sleeperz Cardiff Hotel is less than 500m from Cardiff Rail Station and close to all major shopping, night spots and cultural attractions.

    Britain’s best New Year’s Eve Breaks

    So, there you have it, three of Britain’s best New Year’s Eve party cities that you can enjoy while staying at Sleeperz Hotels.

    Book direct through www.sleeperz.com and receive 10% off your stay with the Sleeperz Select Loyalty program.

    Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

     

     

     

  • Telegraph Travel praises Sleeperz Hotels for style on a budget

    Exterior shot Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle night

    A top travel expert from The Telegraph has heaped praise on Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle in a recent review of the ‘Best Budget Hotels in Newcastle Upon Tyne.’

    The newspaper sent a destination expert to the city to stay at and review the best affordable city centre hotels.

    They chose Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle as one of them and had lots of good things to say about their stay.

    Journalist Helen Pickles gave us a glowing 8/10 rating based on style, location, service, value for money, food and drink.

    Helen picked out lots of the things that make Sleeperz Hotels fun to stay in – from our colourful, vibrant rooms to our space saving furniture and funky extras like laptop safes in beds and open wardrobes.

    Stunning hotel room at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Colourful, vibrant, funky rooms with smart, space-saving design at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Our staff were delighted to have been given a special mention because we try hard to ensure that everyone is passionate about where they work and the cities our guests come to explore and enjoy.

    You can read her review of Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle here and ‘Best Budget Hotels in Newcastle Upon Tyne,’ feature here

    To get the best rates on a stay at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle, book direct at: www.sleeperz.com

    Sign up free for Sleeperz Select, our guest loyalty program, and save 10% on bookings at Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

  • Sleeperz’ colour rush for Children’s Cancer Research

    Sleeperz Newcastle team at Color Rush Newcastle

    THREE managers from Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle completed the ‘world’s happiest 5k run’ last month to raise funds for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

    General manager Mark Armstrong, sales manager Deborah Parkinson and financial controller Carol Campbell all took on the quirky challenge of the Colour Obstacle Rush at Newcastle Racecourse to raise funds for NECCR.

    The trio ran 5km while being showered with coloured powder, navigated 20 different obstacles – most of them bouncy and inflatable – and partied in the event’s music zones.

    Mark, said: “I’ve run a lot of half and full marathons, but this was something else. It was a crazy, wacky, weird run but we loved it and are delighted to have raised funds for a brilliant regional charity.

    It did take days for all of the coloured powder to leave my beard, so goodness knows what our hotel guests made of me for days afterwards.”

    Mark, Deborah and Carol raised over £511.20 for NECCR, which has been matched by Sleeperz Hotels Ltd, giving Mark, Carol and Deborah a grand total of £1022.40.

    A Just Giving page is still open here if anyone reading this would like to donate.

    30 Million Reasons why NECCR deserves our help

    The North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund is a North East children’s charity formed in 1979 by a small group of parents whose lives had been changed forever by childhood cancer.

    Some parents had lost children, while others were grateful that their children had overcome disease.

    In the past 30 years, NECCR has raised over £30m to fund and support research into the prevention and cure of childhood cancer.

    That’s a truly remarkable achievement and inspired the team at Sleeperz Newcastle to do something to help this great organisation.

    You can find out more about its work here: https://www.neccr.org.uk

    Here’s a cool gallery of pics from Mark, Carol and Deborah’s colour obstacle rush!

    Well done to all of you.

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  • Meet the Little Guide to Cardiff 2017

    River Taff and Principality Stadium Wales

    Cardiff is the Welsh capital and home to the first-ever Sleeperz Hotel, a design-led budget hotel offering city centre rooms less than 500m from Cardiff Rail Station.

    So, you’re visiting Cardiff, maybe for a major sporting event – like the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final – or possibly International Rugby or an adrenaline-packed Speedway Grand Prix. Perhaps it’s for arts, culture, shopping or just entertainment, pure and simple.

    There’s no better guide to the city than the people who live here, so we’re grateful to the folks at We are Cardiff, a brilliant website compiled entirely by locals who write about all the best places to live, visit, eat and explore.

    WAC have kindly produced their Little Guide to Cardiff 2017, especially for visitors, taking you on a brilliant tour of this fascinating city, from Castles to Edwardian arcades and white water kayaking.

    Check out the Little Guide to Cardiff here:

    The inside track from Cardiff's best local writers and bloggers

    The inside track from Cardiff’s best local writers and bloggers

    Tempted to jump on a train to Cardiff for a fun-filled city break, check out the best deals on staying with Sleeperz Hotels by booking direct at: www.sleeperz.com

  • 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

    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

    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.