M3 5LH Travel Guide
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.
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.
It's not even Christmas yet, let alone New Year's, but we're already looking forward to a post-holiday nap. If you're planning any winter getaways, consider Manchester's Lowry Hotel.
Described by Frommers as "sinuous and sexy," the five-star Lowry's most intriguing draw is an in-house "Sleep Doctor" -- not a sandman or a physician as the name would lead you to believe, but a special menu of treatments and products including a wide range of pillows, massages and spa treatments, sleep masks and ear plugs, giant beds (created by none other than the suppliers of Britain's royal household) and even a "Bath Butler" who will (for a fee) run your bath to the perfect temperature and supply you with everything from bath salts and oils to champagne and strawberries. Sounds positively snooze-inducing.
FYI, Riverside rooms are available at lower promotional rates via the Lowry's website -- prices vary, but are often significantly lower than regular room rates. Score!