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The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is trying to spice up the life of business travelers with a new program called the Ultimate Cycling Experience that lets them get behind the bars at the Manchester Velodrome, an Olympic-sized cycling fast track.
The package is meant as a team-building exercise for companies and groups to treat their employees/members during a business trip. The Lowry Hotel has partnered with the National Cycling Center to offer a one-hour training session with a professional biking coach to help riders learn how to tackle the banked track. Participants are then allowed to race against each other in a one-lap time trial. After, the group gets an "awards ceremony" back at the Lowry in the form of a three-course dinner.
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British Airways announced today its "Big British Invite," a promotion that offers two nights free accommodation in select UK hotels when you purchase a roundtrip ticket between the US and the UK.
You can book this deal through March 31, 2013, and the free hotel stay is valid for travel from January 9 through May 31, 2013. In other words, you must book the airline tickets by March 31st for travel between now and the end of May.
There are participating hotels in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, and Edinburgh, and while there are an abundance of Holiday Inns on the list, you'd be silly to pass up the extra nights. Hotels in London include the Royal National, President, Aloft London ExCel and Rembrandt.
We have a few questions for you. 1: Do you like Downton Abbey? 2: Have you seen all the episodes? 3: Are you looking for another similar show to replace it or even supplement it?
If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, then fire up the Netflix because Instant Streaming has the entire two seasons of a British period drama set just after World War I which have all the upstairs-downstairs drama of Downton and more. It's called The Grand, it came out in 1997-1998, and it all takes place in a hotel. SCORE.
Here's how imdb begins to explain the plot:
A derelict police station doesn't strike us as the most mood setting or lavish of atmospheres, but a Bristol, England-based hospitality group is hoping lend an upmarket touch to one such building in Wigan, located in Greater Manchester.
A local paper reports that the concrete complex, built in the 1970s and abandoned for about a decade, will soon be turned into a 60-bed hotel with the help of Sanguine Hospitality. Just how dire is the property? So frightful a sight that locals have nicknamed it the "Stazi" after the former East German state security headquarters.
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There’s nothing like a lazy weekend away but it’s something of a downer when you finish breakfast and realize that check out was half an hour ago. UK chain Thistle Hotels feel your pain, though – they’ve just launched a Lazy Sundays package which lets you stay through till 6pm Sunday. [Insert your favorite line from Lazy Sunday here. Chronic-what-cles of Narnia!]
You’ll also get breakfast in bed until midday (another annoyance – wanting a lie in, and realizing breakfast ends at 10am) and a newspaper so you have something other than the obvious to occupy your time. Even better, you can swap breakfast for a full on Sunday lunch if you feel like leaving the boudoir.
And if you get too comfy in the room, you can even sleep over on the Sunday night for a reduced price, starting at £23.50.
The package starts at £70 per person (that’s for the Thistle Heathrow, although to be honest, you might not want to hang around there) and is valid throughout and next year - until 31 December 2011.
Yes, we have a hard time believing the New Kids on the Block who, were they real kids on real blocks would be neither new nor kids nor living on any blocks of ours are still getting mobbed outside of their hotels these days. But apparently the boys are still being greeted with screaming fans wherever they go and to be fair, they warned us about all of this many years ago in their song "Hangin' Tough": "and if you try to keep us down were gonna come right back." Yes, they came right back.