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Forget Ascot, Let’s Go To Chester For Racing and a City Break!

One of the great summer events in the British calendar is horse racing at Ascot, but while Ladies Day has its merits, it’s Chester Racecourse that really knows how to have fun in style…

The oldest racecourse in Britain, perfect for a city break, you haven’t seen creative millinery until you have come here. The colours, the characters and the general hum of entertainment and excitement begin in May and run throughout the summer months, in addition to a healthy spectrum of polo events.

City Break at BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester - Lobby
BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester – Lobby

On a race day the whole town plays out like a pantomime, bringing to life a sense of tradition that belies its Roman origins and Tudor architecture. The pubs brim over with brightly coloured dresses and teetering heels, happy faces and a sense of anticipation. For the sake of reverie we will imagine that on these days the sun always shines (it certainly does in our experience).

After the races, when the party vibe has reached fever pitch, the jovial atmosphere continues as crowds make their way back into the centre of Chester itself. They totter along the cobbled roads and past the designer boutiques to dine out on the day’s triumphs and tribulations, surrounded by historic sites and ancient city walls.

City break at BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester Bar

There’s a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafes available during your city break in which to find your preferred tipple (the people of Chester certainly know how to have a good time) but when the day is royally spent and you’re ready to lay your head down, go to the BW Premier Queen Hotel at the heart of the city.

Sitting next to Chester Railway Station (travel does not get more convenient than that), it’s welcomed the likes of Charles Dickens and businessman and politician Cecil Rhodes over the years, sating a breadth of taste and preferences amongst its patrons and, who knows, perhaps providing literary or entrepreneurial inspiration at the same time.

City Break at BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester - Bedroom
BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester – Bedroom

The hotel which is ideal for your city break, has many an asset to its name but key amongst them is the food. Referencing its past as well as its location, there are three options for eating and drinking in various degrees of formality. The Waiting Room Bar and Lounge is the place to go for homely food and locally sourced drinks and cask ales, while the Albert Lounge is famous for afternoon teas by the fire, so much so that they have been serving them for more than 150 years. It is the Kings’ Quarters Grill and Cocktail Lounge however that’s a personal favourite, and no doubt the name gives a bit of a hint as to why.

Not only do they serve a mean cocktail, but they specialise in a range of regional dishes combined with a relaxing atmosphere, which particularly after all that excitement on the racecourse provides some welcome respite at the end of the day. If the sun is shining (as we are assured it will), then you can also sit outside and enjoy a drink in the afternoon sun on one of two Italian terraces surrounded by landscaped gardens – a welcome surprise in the heart of a city.

City Break at BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester - Bedroom

Beyond the dining, the hotel is a feast of little surprises fusing contemporary design with a strong sense of history; it’s not afraid of bold colours and whimsical features such as elaborately illustrated feature walls. It also has a ‘Secret Sanctuary’ for beauty treatments and easily transitions from being an ideal location for meetings and conferences to weddings and special occasions, or simply the setting for that long awaited glass of red whilst pondering the day’s events. No wonder it’s been such a longstanding favourite amongst the good and the great for a relaxing city break.

So follow a different crowd this summer and head to Chester. You never know, today could be your lucky day…

Bespoke Hotels version of the Valentine’s Day History

Bespoke-Hotels-Valentine's-Day-OffersPeople often ask about the history of Valentine’s day – that time of year when people open their hearts and spoil the special person in their lives.  Well here at Bespoke Hotels we’ve researched the matter extensively. And that’s just as well, seeing as all our properties are very much involved in this wonderful occasion.

Roman Roots

We’ve learned that the history of Valentine’s Day is obscure and rather clouded by various whimsical legends. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. This was subsequently recast by Pope Gelasius I around 496 as a Christian feast day, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.

Which St: Valentine, Bespoke Hotels would like to know?

Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honour remains a mystery: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of the third almost nothing is known except that he met his end somewhere in Africa! Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine we celebrate was a priest who attracted the disapproval of Roman emperor Claudius II. However, after this initial point of agreement, the factual ends and myths have a tendency to intertwine. According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies and was eventually apprehended and put to death. Bespoke Hotels has discovered another legend that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.” However, the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one centred on religious love, rather than passion, in which the unlucky Val was martyred for refusing to renounce his beliefs.

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.

Chaucer’s Love Birds

Valentine's-day-offersBespoke Hotels’ investigations now move to the 14th century when this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. According to the scholars, it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.

In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honour of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked:

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,  When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

Hardly the most romantic of images!

Tradition of Valentine’s Cards

Over the centuries, the holiday has evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards of lace and ribbons, featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, an American national, began mass-producing them. Today, of course, the day has become a booming commercial success with around 25% of all cards sent each year being associated with Valentine’s Day.

Bespoke Hotels‘ Dinner and Overnight Stay Offers

Now this is a more modern tradition that has its roots in the 20th century. Restaurants and hotels use the evening and night to encourage love! Bespoke Hotels is no different, and all our hotels offer special Valentine’s menus and special room rates that have added features like Champagne, roses and chocolates for that special someone.  Check out your local hotel here to book dinner, or here for a great break.  But hurry it’s barely a week away!

How Bespoke Family Hotels Bring Convenience to Families between Christmas and New Year

Bespoke-family-hotels-christmas-2013Parents will admit that finding accommodation that provides for all of your needs at a great price can be extremely difficult, especially when your children are going to be staying with you. Bespoke family hotels understand the specific needs of the adults and children during their stay and can cater well for everyone’s needs and ensure that no one is neglected at great prices between Christmas and New Year.

Services and Facilities from Bespoke Family Hotels

For everyone to be accommodated at great prices sufficiently and effectively during a stay at a hotel between Christmas  and New Year there must be a wide range of services and facilities to make certain that people of all ages are well provided for.

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Bespoke Family Hotels

This doesn’t just mean that Bespoke family hotels’ rooms uses a mini-bar, but more that it caters for the specific needs of every age. There will be a good-sized television and perhaps a DVD player to cater for children’s needs, with some hotels even providing games machines in some hotel rooms. Also a lot of Bespoke family hotels have special events during the period between Christmas  and New Year.

During the recession some families have found it difficult to be able to eat in hotels for every meal everyday which is why good quality Bespoke family hotels offer great value children’s menus as well as offers for adults so that the family can enjoy all the facilities of Bespoke family hotels between Christmas and New Year without leaving the accommodation to seek meals elsewhere.

Security is Important

Where a family is travelling away from their home, they are outside of their comfort zone because they do not understand the area where they are living, temporarily. Bespoke family hotels provide 24/7 service and security tol help keep a family reassured that they are safe and secure while they are in the confines of the hotel grounds.

The guests will expect that the majority of travellers in Bespoke family hotels to be similar to themselves so all Bespoke family hotels are friendly for families as between Christmas and New Year they are not targeted directly at business people with no allowance for the young or the elderly.

Bespoke family hotels think carefully about the security of young children to be attractive for families on their travels as they understand that the room, general areas as well as swimming pools and child friendly areas will be safe for their use.

Meals in Bespoke Family Hotels Restaurants

Bespoke-Family-Hotel-RestaurantsAs previously stated, one of the essential aspects of Bespoke family hotels is in the quality of the menu in restaurants and snack bars. Children do not usually wish to eat the same food as their parents or guardians, but that doesn’t mean that they need to live on burgers and hot dogs while they are staying in the hotel. Bespoke family hotels provide a range of tasty alternatives on their menus so that everyone can be satisfied.

So wherever you wish to stay Bespoke family hotels have great offers between Christmas and New Year but you’d better hurry to book as rooms are going quickly.  Choose your hotel here and then book here .

Bespoke Hotels wish you and all your family season’s greetings and look forward to seeing you very soon.

A Great Christmas Gift from Bespoke Hotels – Betoken

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Betoken

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start warming those credit cards and preparing to do some serious shopping! Picking out the perfect gift is a challenge at the best of times, let alone when fighting your way through the swarms of fellow shoppers seeking to tie up the latest gadget for their loved ones.

If you’re seeking gift ideas for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, mother, father, sister or brother why not give them something they can use with anyone, at any time – a Bespoke Hotels Christmas Gift Voucher or, as we like to say, a Betoken.

 

All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other at Christmas. Most children around the world believe in a magical Christmas gift bringer, most often St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas. However, there are numerous incarnations, such the Christkind in Germany, the Wise Men in Spain, and even Befana, the benevolent old lady, in Italy.

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Christmas Stocking

In most of Europe, the presents delivered by these kindly souls are left in shoes or boots put out by the children of the house. In Italy, the UK and the USA presents are left in stockings often hung beside the fire place. In many countries, however, presents for friends and family may be left under the Christmas Tree. In Britain, they are usually opened on Christmas morning with the whole family gathered together. In this context, a Bespoke Hotel Gift Voucher is easy to hide in the stocking and provide the perfect solution for the family member who wants to unwind and enjoy some R&R following the busy festive season.

What, Where and When?

So what exactly can a Bespoke Hotels Betoken be exchanged for?  The answers simple… Pretty much anything on offer at Bespoke Hotels!  It could be afternoon tea, Sunday lunch, a meal out together, or even a romantic weekend away. And that’s not forgetting Spa treatments  or Rounds of Golf at Bespoke Hotels that have such facilities.

Bespoke Hotels Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, so you’ll have all of next year to cash in your present and treat yourself to a slice of Bespoke luxury.

Bespoke Hotels Gift Vouchers: the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones in 2013. Find out more about Betokens here.