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Monday, 29 March 2010

The fat free chocolate treat for Chester's body conscious

DITCH the usual Easter egg scoffing scenario for the ultimate indulgent body treatment, a chocolate body wrap at The Club & Spa at Hoole Hall.

The expert spa team are promoting the delicious treatment this month to show that Easter indulgence can have a positive rather than negative effect on your body.

Exclusively available for a limited time, The Club & Spa at Hoole Hall Chester is the only spa in the north of England to offer this signature experience. Only two other spas in the south of the country have access to the delicious treatment.

The nutrient rich, ultra-hydrating properties of pure cocoa butter and cocoa beans provides natural conditioning, leaving skin super smooth and smelling good enough to eat.

Spa Manager Stephanie McDonnell says:

"There's no reason to not indulge at Easter but eating a lot of sugary chocolate can be bad for your skin. However, chocolate applied directly onto the skin can work wonders as the coca bean has some very powerful properties.

"Known as a powerful antioxidant, coco beans have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes - and as well as healing skin also act as an excellent moisturiser providing deep skin hydration.

"We think that treating your skin to a delicious chocolate treatment is the perfect alternative to stuffing yourself with Easter eggs - and you'll leave feeling fabulous!"

Starting with a full body salt exfoliation, specialist warm body chocolate is then smothered from head to toe followed by a tension relief back massage guaranteed to evoke the ultimate state of heavenly relax. The treatment concludes with a luxurious hot towel cleanse.

Both The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall and the Doubletree by Hilton Chester are operated by Sanguine Hospitality Ltd and are located on Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD, seconds away from junction 12 of the M53.

For more details call 01244 408840 email info@theclubandspa.co.uk or click on www.theclubandspachester.co.uk.

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Local club & spa go the distance for sport relief

A CHESTER spa and gym team cycled the equivalent of Brighton to Inverness in a day to raise more than £400 for Sport Relief.

Team members at The Club & Spa at Hoole Hall got involved with Sport Relief and raised an impressive 415 GBP with an exhausting Spinning Bikathon fundraiser.

Headed by Club and Spa manager Paul Kelsall, the team set-up three spinning bikes outside the entrance of Doubletree by Hilton Chester and received generous donations from hotel guests and members of staff.

The accumulated distance for the three bikes was 500 miles covering the distance from Brighton to Inverness - the bottom of England right through to the highlands of Scotland!

Staff from the Club & Spa at Hoole Hall manned the hi-tech bikes throughout the day and even got some help from hotel staff as energy levels started to strain. As the evening drew near Tony Wright Doubletree by Hilton Chester manager donned his tracksuit to pitch-in for the good cause.

Paul Kelsall says:

"The Spinning Bikathon for Sport Relief event was a great success. It was fantastic to see everyone get together and cycle to raise money for such a great cause. Visitors, club members and staff were extremely generous with their time and money!

"It's still not too late to donate to Sport Relief if you go online to www.sportrelief.com. It's an amazing cause which supports people living horribly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries."

Both The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall and the Doubletree by Hilton Chester are operated by Sanguine Hospitality Ltd and are located on Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD, seconds away from junction 12 of the M53.

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Mark Scoops Top Award

Mark Veale, the head chef at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol South (formerly Cadbury House) has won a prestigious award at the Bristol Hospitality Awards.

Mark was presented with the Outstanding Personality in the Hospitality Industry award by actress Pauline Quirke at a glittering ceremony in Bristol.

Organised by the Bristol Hospitality Forum and sponsors Destination Bristol and Sounds Commercial the awards also raised thousands of pounds for St Peter's Hospice.

A protege of Gordon Ramsay, Mark has raised the standard of what people now expect when they go out to eat across Greater Bristol, with many restaurants in the area now trying to emulate the food served at his two-rosette restaurant in Congresbury, Bristol.

Mark's emphasis is to use local seasonal produce, with fresh fish from Brixham each morning and hand reared Pork, Beef and Lamb from neighbouring villages. The organic fruit and veg is supplied from just six miles away, and as much produce is grown within Cadbury House grounds and is why Mark actively encourages his Chefs to pick herbs, fruit, hazelnuts and wild garlic from just outside his kitchen.

With a love of using fresh local ingredients Mark also has two chickens onsite - Benedict and Florentine which lay a couple of eggs a day.

Unlike many chefs who do not venture far from the kitchen and hot plate, Mark positively thrives on speaking to his customers who dine in the restaurant and is more than happy to explain where the food comes from and the cooking process it goes through.

He is also very passionate about teaching young children the basics of cooking and healthy eating and is why he regularly visits local schools to carry out demonstrations and getting the children to make their own pasta. He's even helped cook school dinners and served the children!

Commenting on his award Mark said:

"It's great to receive recognition for your work and I was delighted to accept the award. I hope that my passion for food and great cooking will rub off on future generations of chefs. Also I hope it will help educate people that cooking and eating fresh food that's produced locally is not only great fun and easy to do but very healthy."

Mark Hands, general group manager at DoubleTree by Hilton added:

"Mark is a great Chef, a great character and a great personality and he strives for perfection in all that he does. I've no doubt the restaurant and Mark's own reputation will go from strength to strength."

For further information please visit www.cadburyhouse.com or call 01934 834343

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Press Updates

For the latest press updates on Hotel Indigo Liverpool visit: Delicious/paversmith/hotel_indigo

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Chester dares to dine with Marco

FIERY television chef Marco Pierre White blazed a trail to his Chester Steakhouse, Bar & Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester for an exclusive luncheon and spectacular evening soiree on Thursday March 11.

John Barnes and his wife were amongst guests who attended the evening event with the hottest tickets in town. Guests were treated to a red carpet welcome, bellini cocktails and canapes followed by a three-course menu that featured the chef's outstanding steak of choice, a fillet of Ridings Reserve beef.

Marco Pierre White socialised with his guests and was on hand to sign copies of his book, Great British Feast, to the delight of diners. Marco Pierre White said:
"I'm really thrilled with my MPW Steakhouse, Bar & Grill and I'm thoroughly enjoying my visit to Chester. It's so important to meet and chat with local diners. They're the people that really matter and their opinion is very important to me.

"I have endeavoured to create a romantic setting that is perfect for friends and family to enjoy. It's all about the experience and I feel that my affordable glamour vision has been achieved through the decor and unpretentious menu.

"The reason I chose the North West for my latest ventures is not only because the region has some exceptionally talented chefs, although that is part of it, but also on the recommendation of my close friend Francis Carroll. Francis is based in Cheshire and I am confident that he will make sure that my high standards are maintained."

Francis Carroll, brand and development manager for MPW North West, says:

"The launch of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill has been a fantastic success. The team are doing a great job and the guests have thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere, which is what it's all about.

"Marco is a good friend and inspirational person. He has an unfaltering respect for produce and he makes sure that his chefs and staff treat the food with the same standard of reverence."

The event marked Marco's first official visit to his completed Chester restaurant, The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill just weeks after it opened last month. 

Busy filming his new series Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Burnout, the famous chef took time out to ensure that his own restaurant and kitchen is up to scratch.

The MPW Steakhouse, Bar & Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester is located on Warrington Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3PD.

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Thursday, 18 March 2010

New Hotel Aims to Find Shades of INDIGO in City Market

Work is now underway on a new £15m boutique hotel in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district.

The 151-bed, four-star Hotel Indigo is set to open in Chapel Street, near to the historic St Nicholas' Church, creating more than 50 full and part time jobs.  

A £10m funding package for the project was provided by The Co-operative Bank'’s Liverpool Corporate Banking Centre (CBC).

The hotel, owned and operated by north west development group, Sanguine Hospitality, is set to open in Spring 2011 and will become only the third Hotel Indigo in the UK.

The Co-operative Bank and Intercontinental Hotels, which owns the Hotel Indigo brand, visited the site last week to officially mark the onset of work by contractor Denizen.

Nick Taplin, managing director at Sanguine Hospitality, said:

"Merseyside's tourism economy is worth over £1.4billion and rising. In spite of one of the worst recessions in recent times, the city region continues to grow as a destination of choice for domestic and international visitors.

"Our level of investment in Hotel Indigo reflects our level of faith in the city and the direction it is taking. We intend to bring something new and creative to Liverpool’s hotel market, giving visitors a real alternative and further strengthening the city’s appeal.

"The commercial district offers an excellent location, with a real sense of place in the heart of the city and situated perfectly to welcome both business and leisure guests."

Dave Matthews, Senior Business Development Manager at The Co-operative Bank's Liverpool Corporate Banking Centre, said: 

"We are delighted at being involved in bringing this exciting new hotel brand to Liverpool.   At a time when some banks are still not able to provide significant funding like this, we were able to work closely with what is a very experienced and capable management team to deliver a financial package that exactly meets their requirements."

Andrew Gill, vice president, development, Europe for IHG, said:

"As a branded boutique hotel, all Hotel Indigo properties are unique and designed specifically to reflect their location, which gives Sanguine Hospitality the freedom to put their own mark on the hotel.

"Liverpool is a vibrant city with a thriving business and tourist economy which makes it a great match for the Hotel Indigo brand. We look forward to working closely with Sanguine Hospitality to roll-out the concept to other UK cities."

Falconer Chester Hall Architects and its associate company, FCH Interiors, were appointed to design the build and interior design of the new hotel. Director Mark Doohan said they took their inspiration from the historic context of the area, adding:

"Chapel Street was one of the five key streets of the city, at the centre of the city’s mercantile activity and cotton trade especially, with a concentration of cotton trading and storage houses.

"We wanted to reflect upon this context to fix the scheme in its locality and to tell the story of the city’s growth around the Chapel Street area, driven by the historic links with America and the cotton trade.

"So the facade and, of course, the interior draw their inspiration from cotton’s textures, weaves and colours, echoing a key strand of the hotel’s brand DNA, which is about being refreshingly local and telling intriguing stories.

"Indigo is going to be a landmark development for the city’s historic centre, drawing on its waterfront and maritime heritage in a contemporary but respectful way. We’re delighted to be involved."
The Hotel Indigo brand began its global roll-out in 2009 with London Paddington and Glasgow.
Sanguine Hospitality is committed to expanding the Hotel Indigo brand across the UK and Hotel Indigo Newcastle will follow Liverpool's opening in Spring 2011.

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Monday, 8 March 2010

New Holiday Inn Opens in Winchester

The UK's first 'new generation' Holiday Inn was has been officially opened by Andrew Cosslett, CEO of the IHG group.

Creating 90 new, full and part-time jobs, the new four-star hotel cost 16.5 million. Comprising 141 bedrooms it is the first of the internationally renowned brand to benefit from the new style.

Located in Winchester on the western edge of the new South Downs National Park, the hotel will provide the perfect gateway to this hugely important area of natural beauty. The hotel will also prove a big draw to guests from London with easy access to the M3 and the south coast.

The hotel is fronted by a double-height glass reception and the hi-tech, chic theme carries on throughout the hotel where guests will be able to relax in the modern, contemporary setting.

With a dedicated business suite, conference facilities for up to 200 delegates and seven fully functional boardrooms the new hotel is also expected to prove popular with business people from across the globe. The hotel is also equipped with all the latest technical equipment and is fully wi-fi enabled.

A lot of care was also taken to reduce the hotel's impact on the environment. This included all debris from the site being completely recycled with nothing going to landfill, the installation of long lasting light bulbs that boast a life of 12,000 hours as well as absence detection light systems in public areas.

The hotel also has its own recycling plant which creates clear clean water that's then released back to the land and care was taken to preserve local wildlife habitats for slow worms, toads and an assortment of reptiles.

Siobhan Thomasson general manager said:

"We're delighted to have opened the doors to the first 'new generation' Holiday Inn. I'd like to thank all those involved in the project and look forward to welcoming guests from across the world.

"It is also fantastic news for Winchester as we'll be encouraging all our guests to visit the town and surrounding countryside.

"Since this project began we always wanted to include the people of Winchester and make it 'their hotel'. The majority of people who will work here come from the local area and we've constantly liaised with local groups to get their input on the development.

"The staff we have acquired have extensive knowledge of the local area and a real love for Hampshire which will make a guest's stay all the more special. The time and effort they have put into the hotel in the lead up to the opening has been phenomenal, leaving me in no doubt they will continue to give their all after the opening.

"We expect to draw visitors from around the world due to our close proximity to London and several major motorways as well as our ample free and secure car parking. Winchester is also such a beautiful place to visit and being in the centre of this stunning city puts us in the ideal location."

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New Hotel Turns Newcastle Black, White and Indigo

Plans have been unveiled for a new 20m boutique hotel in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

The 148-bed, four-star Hotel Indigo is set to open in Fenkle Street, near to The Assembly Rooms, creating more than 80 full and part time jobs.

The hotel, developed by Sanguine Hospitality, will open in February 2011 subject to approval by the city's planners. Hotel Indigo Newcastle will be the developer's first venture into the North East and only the fourth Hotel Indigo in the UK.

Last year, Newcastle and Gateshead attracted 18.77 million visitors, maintaining hotel occupancy levels of 77% despite the recession.

Paul Bolton, director at Sanguine Hospitality said:
"Tourism is worth over 1 billion to Newcastle Gateshead and, despite one of the worst recessions in recent times, the city region attracted more than 18 million visitors last year, making it a very attractive place to be.

"The regeneration of The Greenmarket and Eldon Square shows the level of ambition in the city and the direction it is taking. We intend to bring something new and creative to Newcastle's hotel market, further strengthening the city's appeal to visitors.

"Alive with students, football fans and businesses, this is a great tourist destination and we're confident Hotel Indigo Newcastle will be a big success."

The Hotel Indigo brand began its global roll-out in early 2006 with London Paddington and Glasgow. Hotel Indigo Liverpool is due to open in early 2011 and will also be operated by Sanguine Hospitality.

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