I live in a perfectly nice house; indeed, I would go so far as to say that I'm not far off being one of those Ikea catalogue-toting fanatics who spend hours cooing over assorted throws, candles and paint finishes at any given opportunity. I have a whole variety of rooms that I may enter at any time, a bathroom filled with quality products in actual useful-sized bottles, and an entire fridge full of wine that I may drink from whenever I please.
So why am I slightly obsessed with hotels? Essentially these are places that charge you for a smaller version of the facilities you have at home anyway, except with slightly fluffier towels and a trouser press that your husband will insist on attempting to use after he's been rooting in the minibar. And yet, no matter where we stay, I practically SPRINT down the lushly carpeted corridors to check out my new temporary home, running from bedroom to bathroom and opening every cupboard and door to see what excitement may be lurking behind each one. What's more, I am fairly sure I am not alone in this.
So it is with much interest that I note Hilton Worldwide Hotels are running a Winter Sale at the moment, offering 50% off weekend breaks throughout 2011 as long as you book before 31st January. I have had some most enjoyable Hilton Worldwide breaks in the past; indeed, when my husband worked away in London for two years, although I obviously went through much pain, anguish, heartbreak etc etc, the blow was softened considerably by the fact that I could go and visit him (soothe pain and loneliness) AND bag a weekend stay at the Paddington Hilton (drink cocktails, eat amazing breakfasts) at the same time. We have also stayed at the Hilton in Glasgow, about which my husband makes the following claims:
1. There was a bottle of whisky next to the porridge that guests could pour freely over their breakfasts should they wish (scary, but true), and
2. He met Billy Connolly there (not true - I met his hairiness there, in the bar - Mr Liz was in the toilet and missed the whole thing.)
To celebrate the half price offer, Hilton Worldwide have very kindly offered two lucky readers the chance to share £400 worth of hotel vouchers, meaning two first prizes of £200 to spend at any Hilton Worldwide Hotel in the UK. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email me the name of the famously tall building in which the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel is located - have a look at their website on the link below if you're not sure, and once you've found the answer go there immediately and drink Manchester-themed cocktails in the amazing bar. Winners will be picked at random from all correct answers received by midnight on Monday 31st January; much to my disgust I must confirm that none of my relatives - or indeed me - is eligible to win.
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org to be in with a chance of winning, but if, like me, you are perennially unlucky with competitions, investigate their amazing sale anyway - full details below. Good luck, and don't forget you can share your vouchers with me as a mark of gratitude if you'd like to...
To celebrate the last week of the Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale from the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, we are offering two lucky readers the chance to win £200 worth of Hilton Worldwide UK Gift Vouchers to spend at any Hilton Worldwide UK hotel.
The sale offers you the chance to save up to 50% on weekends in 2011, so if you aren't lucky enough to win this time, why not take the family to Dublin, or enjoy a romantic weekend for two in London? You can save up to 50% at more than 3,600 hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio for any weekend stay in 2011 if you book before 31 January 2011.
If that wasn’t enough, rates include breakfast and late checkout until 6pm (subject to availability) plus kids under 18 stay for free and kids under 10 eat for free at many of the properties when sharing with an adult. Book now on www.hilton.co.uk/wintersale and make the most of this massive sale before it’s too late.
For voucher Terms and Conditions please visit http://www.hilton.co.uk/giftvouchers.