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Keep warm this January!

Weather can sure affect a holiday or work trip, especially in January when it gets colder. Here are some useful tips on keeping warm in this cold period.

Go to bed warm

Warmth originates from within, any insulations is merely concerned with keeping it there. So take a nice warm bath before snuggling under a duvet with a preferably higher tog count.

Layer like you mean it

This is a habit most people have already adopted but not everyone gets it right – you can be warm without looking like you gained 10 pounds in material. We wear Uniqlo’s Heattech under our jumpers, or grab some tights that are fleece-lined to wear under your jeans. These are life-savers without all the thickness (excellent as well when packing your suitcase for a winter holiday)

Hot Beverages (not booze!)

Hot soups, teas and coffees will help warm your body so get a thermos flask to carry around. Note that alcoholic beverages reduce your body temperature – not the best to keep warm.

Electric Hot Water bottles are mini life savers

If you’re travelling, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pack your favourite electric blanket. This is when your electric hot water bottle comes in handy, this handy thing charges in an instant and can warm up a whole bed. This is also a lot more convenient than filling up a regular hot water bottle!
What are your favourite tips? Share them with us in the comments.

Your New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year rolls around, and that means many people listing down their New Year’s resolutions. While fun to make, these aren’t always the easiest to maintain. Studies have shown that come around June time, less than half are still on target. Fret not, we’ve listed some resolutions that aren’t impossible to follow and are worthy of sticking to.

New Year, A Healthier You!

Don’t just say I want to lose 10 pounds this year, list out small good habits you want to adopt. Easy small ones we can all follow: get more sleep, cut your stress, aim to eat one green a day, take the stairs instead of elevators etc. Pledging and writing small goals help to achieve a bigger one without losing focus.

 

Be Nicer to People

Want a promotion in 2015? Simply try being more giving to your co-workers, studies have broken that being more generous at the workplaces leads to gaining more respect and cooperation from peers.

 

Recognise your bad habits and work to stop them

Everyone has different bad habits, take the time while making resolutions to list a few and choose which you would like to stop.

 

Switch Off & Focus on Yourself

These days when we’re ‘alone’, we never really have time for ourselves as we’re still online and connected in more ways than one. Schedule ‘me’ time by turning off your mobile phone, computer and other electronic devices. Focus on your spiritual well-being.

 

Learn someone else’s resolution

Everyone struggles to keep up with their new year’s resolution, having a buddy there helps. Learn a good friend’s resolution and help them achieve their goals, it’s likely they’ll do the same for you.

Keep it simple and keep your expectations realistic. While its great to have big goals, it can be difficult achieving those without planning small steps and celebrating the small wins. Be proud when you stick to your resolutions – it’s not always an easy feat! 

Start the New Year in Style!

30% off bookings for 5th Jan – 31st Jan

Book one of our luxury Sheffield serviced apartments for dates between 5th January and 31st January and receive a huge 30% off! Call us on 0114 267 2311 to check availability today.

In addition to some amazing special offers for 2015, we will be launching our new loyalty scheme with even better discounts and complimentary items.

 

Christmas Song Playlist

We’ve put up the Christmas trees at our office and got our Christmas jumpers on to stay warm – the only thing missing is some good Christmas music! Here are some of the staff’s favourites that we’ll be playing this month.

 

What are your favourite christmas songs? Comment down below and share them with us.

4 reasons to visit Sheffield

1. Shopping

Sheffield has an eclectic mix of fashionable high street names as well as quirky independent boutiques. In the heart of the city centre, Fargate offers high street chains like Topshop, John Lewis, Marks & Spencers and more. Located directly west of the city centre is Devonshire Quarter, home to a vibrant mix of electric boutiques, cafes and design shops. Abit further off (but never too far away) is Ecclesall Road, hailed as the bohemian part of town with more local delights.

2. The Food

To put it simply, there is every type of cuisine you could imagine and different price points to suit all wallets. From fine dining to local markets, indian curry to delicious dim sum. And of course, the magnificent Yorkshire pudding. Sheffield is a culinary heaven!

We’ve got a post-up on some of our favourites, check it out here

3. The people

It’s not so grim up north! There’s a reason why Yorkshire is the happiest place in the UK. People here are happy and oh so friendly, and you meet people from different cultures and walks of life that makes it all the more interesting.

4. Beautiful Parks

We’re certainly blessed with some of the most breath-taking natural scenery in the world. We’ve got public gardens (Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens, and Sheffield Winter Gardens) as well as Peak District National Park. And that’s just the big ones, there are many parks and woods throughout the city and beyond. Come visit Sheffield to discover these for yourself.

Just a few reasons to love Sheffield and book a quick weekend stay to discover these for yourself! Of course, Sheffield has more to offer – but we’ll save that for another time.

Christmas Meals in Sheffield

Sheffield has some amazing dining options and they are taking part in the Christmas cheer with Christmas menus for their customers to feast on. We’ve got some awesome options to visit for a Christmas meal. Best of all – these are all within walking distance to our Serviced Apartments.

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Anchorage is the east-coast kitchen sister of Wick at Both Ends, a place we’ve recommended before. We love this place for dinners and equally excited for their Christmas Menu.Available throughout December, 3 course meal for 24.95 per person. Another great place for big parties as Anchorage caters for parties up to 80 people and loads of craft beers on tap – if that’s your fancy! View the Christmas menu: here

Address: Unit 3, West One, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, S1 4JB / Telephone: 01143277143

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Antibo serves up modern Italian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant can cater up to 200 people, making it a wonderful option if you have a big family or looking for a place to host a party. They have a wide-range of dishes to choose from, including gluten and dairy free options. This spectacular menu will be available from December 1st 2014 to December 30th (except December 25th and 26th) and must be pre-ordered. View their Christmas Menu: here

Address: Unit 10 The Plaza, West One, Fitzwilliam Street,Sheffield, S1 4JB / Telephone: 0114 272 7222

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For something more alternative to the traditional Christmas meal, Cubana serves up unique Spanish/South American cuisine. The latino atmosphere is welcoming and infectious and makes for a memorable Christmas party. The menu is available from 1 December to 30 December, at £14.50 daytime and £23.50 for evening. The tapas menu is extensive, view the Christmas menu: here

Address: Unit 4 Leopold Square | Sheffield S1 2JG, Sheffield, England / Telephone: 114 276 0475

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Eten is an independent café/bistro that’s committed to providing delicious food at great value (they have the eatSheffield restaurant of the year 2011 to prove it). Ingredients are from the best of what local suppliers have on offer, and the best bit? They have gluten free and vegetarian options available – catering to the different dietary needs we may have. Christmas Menu is priced at a value price of 2 courses for £12.95 and 3 courses for £15.95 – Bargain! View their Christmas Menu: here

Address: 2-4 York Street, Sheffield S1 2ER / Telephone: 01142730658

Get into the festive spirit with Sheffield Christmas Markets

Two awesome Christmas markets not to be missed this end of year holiday period in Sheffield!

 

22nd Victorian Christmas Market – Kelham Island Museum

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29 November – 30 November

Hop on over to the Kelham Island Museum as a warm Dickensian welcome awaits at their biggest event of the year. There’ll be over 120 stalls, traditional crafts and skills, fairground, Santa’s Grotto and more. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield will be present to officially open the market, and Sheffield City Giants will also partake in welcoming visitors. Don’t miss out on this fantastic two day event chockfull of activities for the whole family!

More details on the event can be found here:

 

Sheffield Christmas Market – Fargate

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14 November – 24 December

A truly magical experience awaits for you on Fargate! Expect traditional wooden cabins with beautiful seasonal goodies that will make the perfect gift as well as Christmas treats for the family. This year also sees the introduction of the new Moroccan market, adding more spice and culture to the festivities. And what’s a Christmas market without a Santa Claus? Nestled in the middle will be Santa and his own Lapland Cabin. The markets run 10am-6pm every day, and until 8pm on Wednesdays.

Tips on planning a weekend getaway

Whether you love short breaks, city breaks or weekend breaks in England – here are some useful money-saving tips for you when you’re planning your trip.

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1. Booking an accommodation with a central location is key. Since you’re only in a city for a short time, it’s best to pick a place that is close-by to amenities and activities which you have planned. This cuts travelling time and also costs if you’re mostly able to walk or take convenient public transport links.

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2. If you’re on a budget, look to start your weekend on Thursday instead of Friday as you’ll get cheaper prices on plane tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars. Also, try and avoid holiday weekends where prices tend to be much more expensive.

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3. More important over what day of the week you book is how much in advance you make your booking. Sign up to airline newsletters who will send you emails about the best deals or search on skyscanner.net and get notified of price fluctuations.

4. Clearing your web browser’s cache when making a booking can make a difference in ticket prices. Many airline and travel websites track how many times you’ve visited their website and provide different deals and prices to different users – they usually show the lowest price if you’re ‘new’ to the website. So clear your web browser’s cookies and cache before booking to get the best price.

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5. Travelling during downtimes and avoiding peak travelling periods offer much lower prices. Don’t immediately dismiss going to a ski resort in the Summer – once the snow is gone, the prices for many of these resorts are low. There are still plenty of outdoor activities to do so it’s a great opportunity to visit.

Spend Christmas with City Crash Pad!

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Ho ho ho! December is right around the corner and you know what that means – the happy festive season. Sheffield is bustling with festive spirit this time of the year and makes the perfect place to spend your Christmas month. For December only, we’ve got a hot deal that you can’t miss that will make your Christmas month filled with holiday cheer.

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We’re offering a whooping 20% off discount when you book a 10 night stay from 22/12 – 2/1 with us. That’s a huge discount which means more bang for your buck, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Hurry! Our rooms are limited so it’s on a first come first serve basis. Book your stay via our website or give us a call if you prefer to speak to one of our friend staff (10am-6pm from Monday to Friday).