REDISCOVERING THE HILTON + £100 HILTON VOUCHER GIVEAWAY

Recently I was kindly offered a stay in the Hilton Doubletree in Manchester to review the hotel and what it has to offer, in a bid to ‘rediscover’ Hilton hotels, and the city they are in. With a couple of days booked off work with initial plans to visit the Manchester Christmas Markets, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to make the most of the trip, so on Monday, Dan and I hot footed it to the train station for a speedy trip to Manchester. We were pleasantly surprised at how close the hotel was to the station, with no more than a two minute walk to reach the hotel itself. We had arrived a couple hours earlier than the check in time of 3pm, after ringing the hotel the day before to see if we could leave our luggage with them whilst we ventured out. On arrival we were greeted by the lovely reception staff, and told that our room was not yet ready but they would check us in in advance so that the procedure would be quick and easy on return. They looked after our luggage as promised and off we went to hit the shops. 

We arrived back at the hotel to find our room was now ready for us, and were quickly handed our keys, luggage and two very welcoming, fresh from the oven, complimentary chocolate chip cookies. Being two people who love our food this was a lovely treat and set the stay off on a very good note indeed! 

Our room was on the eighth floor, a quick lift ride away. I had already had a nosey online at what the rooms would be like, but to see it in real life was even better! Sleek decor and furnishings, floor to ceiling windows, modern technology (Hi Apple iMac TV!) and a gorgeous bathroom.

 

The bathroom was fully stocked with lovely Crabtree & Evelyn products that I loved so much I now want to buy, and there were plenty of clean fluffy towels. It also had one of the best showers I have ever used which was much needed after a tiring day of shopping in the City Centre.

After unpacking, we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening out at the Christmas Markets. As well as rediscovering the Hilton, this trip was all about rediscovering the parts of Manchester that I love, and the Christmas Market is definitely one of those things. We had a lovely festive time strolling though the lit streets, eating lots of lovely food and drinking yummy hot chocolate, which you will see in a separate blog post tomorrow. I did plan on putting everything into one post but we took so many photos that one post would be miles too long! Another place I wanted to check out was the Northern Quarter, my favourite part of the city, full of Vintage shops, craft shops and lots of quirky independent retailers. Dan spoilt me to a few Vintage pieces which Im sure you’ll be seeing very soon!

After all the shopping (and food) we eventually got back to the hotel at 7.30, and decided we were too tired to go and have a proper sit down meal in the restaurant, so opted for room service. This was quick and speedy, and so delicious! I went for a steak ciabatta with all the trimmings, and Dan chose a 6oz steak, but as the restaurant had sold out he was offered 8oz instead at no extra cost! Bellies full and eyes batting, we got tucked up our comfy Queen sized bed, and had a great nights sleep.

The next morning we headed down for breakfast in the City Cafe, the hotel’s restaurant, and were spoilt for choice at the amount of food on offer at the buffet. We both decided on a cooked breakfast, which hit the spot and set us up for another busy day. The great thing about the hotel was that check out wasn’t until 12pm, so there wasn’t the usual rush to get your bags packed and get out on time. We had the whole morning to go back out and explore some more. 

When it was eventually time to check out, the receptionists were lovely and everything was sorted quickly and calmly. The staff in the hotel were extremely helpful, and nothing was too much trouble. We loved the whole stay so much that we are already planning when we can next visit. All in all I would highly recommend the Hilton Doubletree to anyone. It’s in a great location, close to all the shops and attractions in the city centre, and is honestly one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in so far.

Now, onto the giveaway! I have also very kindly been offered £100 of Hilton Vouchers to give away to one lucky Sitting Pretty follower! Now as this task was all about ‘rediscovering’, I’d like to hear where you would like to rediscover. Tell me in the comments below, whether it be your favourite part of your hometown, a place that you have fond memories of, or simply somewhere you love that you haven’t visited in a while. Please also leave a contact email so I can get in touch. You must be a follower of my blog – I will check!

The giveaway will last just over a week, closing Friday 21st December. Winner will be chosen at random. Please get permission if you are under 16 from an adult before entering. There will be no extra entries, just one per person, but feel free to tweet about or share the competition if you wish.

Good luck to everyone that enters, and a huge thank you to Best British Bloggers and the Hilton Doubletree Manchester for organising my stay.

**My stay at the Hilton for one night with dinner and breakfast was complimentary, but I was not compensated to write this post.**

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21 Comments

  1. December 13, 2012 / 10:32 pm

    HHheeeellllooo there!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    The place I would most like to 'rediscover' is Harrogate, North Yorkshire. As that is where my Dad was born and where his parents still live. It is such an amazing place to be but I never get the chance to go up there and wander around! 🙂 There are so many things I haven't got the chance to discover but would love to, as well as seeing my Grandparents of course! The best tour guides!! hehe! 🙂

    Email is: sunshine_sarah@yahoo.co.uk

  2. December 13, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    Rediscover… I would like to rediscover my favourite coffee shop and used book store in London. It was one of the few times in my life where I really enjoyed being by myself, and that things would be allright. 🙂

    Email: emelina@gmail.com

  3. December 13, 2012 / 10:41 pm

    Hello lovely! The place I'd like to 'rediscover' is Bath. I visited a few years ago with my Dad, and my parents went on their first away weekend there when they started dating 32 years ago! Looking forward to seeing your Manchester pictures! xxx natalietodd89@googlemail.com

  4. December 13, 2012 / 10:47 pm

    I would albsolutely love to rediscover Crewkerne on Somerset, it's the first place my boyfriend and I went on holiday and I have such fond memories! My email is nikkisunshineblog@gmail.com

  5. December 13, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    that hotel room looks amazing!!

    I'd like to rediscover my old secondary school, sounds a bit sad but it's had a massive refurb since I left and i'd love to see what it looks like inside and to see if any of my old teachers are still there!

    email: j.hewitt4468@gmail.com

  6. December 13, 2012 / 11:50 pm

    Oh ma gawwd that food looks SO GOOD, I've not long eaten and it's making me hungry. What a lovely giveaway too, I'd love to rediscover Glasgow, I used to live there and always love going back. I'd take my Mum down with me, it'd be nice to rediscover time with her too as we've both been so busy with uni 🙂 xx

  7. December 14, 2012 / 8:45 am

    I would love to rediscover Liverpool as I was born there and lived there until I was 9 so I would love to go back and see what it's like now.
    Meganwilliams97@hotmail.co.uk

  8. December 14, 2012 / 9:53 am

    Such a lovely post!
    AMAZING giveaway! I'd love to rediscover Edinburgh, I went there for my 21st Birthday and has kept such a special place in my heart. Turning 25 soon and I love to go back and visit the places that make my heart giddy about the memories I have.
    Steph0188@googlemail.com
    xxx

  9. December 14, 2012 / 10:16 am

    Ahh the toiletries look lush!

    I'd love to rediscover York, as I've only been there once but it was raining and gloomy. Although my fiancee did propose there so it wasn't all bad! I'd love to take us back when the sunshine is out!

    myneonlights@hotmail.com

  10. December 14, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    The food looks so good and the hotel looks so amazing.

    I'd love to rediscover Cambridge I've been there only once before with my husband but would love to go again and spend more time there exploring.
    joannabayford@gmail.com

  11. December 14, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    I would love to rediscover the lake district, I loved it when I went a few years ago!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    pnehannah@hotmail.co.uk

    Hannah x

  12. December 14, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    I really like to rediscover a coffee shop of my town, where I met my ex-boyfriend! I know it's sad, but I haven't forget him already..
    email: volley_91_@hotmail.it

  13. December 14, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    I'd like to rediscover Japan. I went when I was 18 and was made redundant from Mothercare (haha, that paid for my flight) and stayed with my uncles house. It was so, so beautiful and was home to some of the best views I've ever seen, to this day. I'd love to go back with my DSLR rather than the crappy disposable camera. The world needs to see the awesomeness that is Lake Nikko!

    fridayisforever@gmail.com
    Sarah xx

  14. December 14, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    The place I'd like to rediscover is Castlefield in Manchester. It's my favourite place in Manchester and I love to go and take in the historical atmosphere but I've not been in such a long time!

    curlywurlykindagirly@hotmail.co.uk

  15. December 14, 2012 / 10:59 pm

    I want to rediscover Crete! I've been many times before but not for the last 2 years, i'm saving up to go again Ilove the place somuch last year I took classes to learn Greek.

    Ps. I've love to enter this comp becasue I've stayed at This hotel before andit wasutterly amazing i'd love to go again.

    daniellerose-smith@hotmail.co.uk

  16. December 15, 2012 / 9:37 am

    I recently rediscovered the duck pond in my grandparents village – my nan used to take me there when I was little to feed them. This year I took my baby cousins there to see the ducks and it brought back so many fond memories as well as making new ones for them 🙂

    Your stay looks lovely ! Emma2louise@hotmail.co.uk xx

  17. December 15, 2012 / 9:40 am

    I want to rediscover Peru! I went when I was 17 and it was so amazing – I especially would love to go back to Cuzco and admire the architecture. I wouldn't mind eating alpaca again either – though I can leave the guinea pig, it wasn't worth it first time round! 🙂

  18. December 15, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    i love the London hilton hotels when ive stayed, so would like to discover more of the less commercial parts of London 🙂 Cute little side streets etc. Charli. charlotte.miller8@btinternet.com.

  19. December 16, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Oh gosh, reading this post made me desperately need to get some Manchester action!
    I haven't been in SO long, I can't actually remember when it was!
    I loooove manchester so that is definitely the place I would love to rediscover… or maybe london as I haven't been there in a few years! I'm just a city gal and love wandering around with all the hustle and bustle, amazing restaurants and all the great shops we don't have in Preston! 🙂
    xo
    My email is fragmentedsplendour@gmail.com

  20. December 18, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    I know this might seem really weird but I would love to rediscover my secondary school, Hylands.
    I always couldnt wait to be "free" and didnt appreciate all the good memorys with my friends and the security I had there. Ive seen the school from a distance a couple of times I have never been in, its changed so much already!

    sophiegrayling@hotmail.co.uk

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