The Best Hotel In Manchester?! | King Street Townhouse Hotel Review


A couple of weekends ago, my lovely fiancé and I had a cute date night in Manchester followed by a stay at one of my all time favourite hotels - King Street Townhouse. I first stayed at this hotel last year and completely fell in love with it so when the opportunity arose to stay there again, I couldn't have been more excited. Despite living only 30 minutes away from Manchester city centre and spending a good majority of our time there, it's one of those cities that you can always find an excuse to book a hotel for and have a full weekend stay. There's always new restaurants and bars opening and something new to see or do. Not to mention the Christmas markets at this time of year which are literally round the corner from this hotel. Yay!

We were booked into one of the suites which was such a treat as last time I visited, I stayed in one of the standard double rooms. Don't get me wrong, the standard rooms are amazing too but to have a whole suite was just total luxury and in my opinion, if you're going to stay here, worth the extra cost. As you can see from the photos, the suite has an open plan style complete with its own living area and bedroom as well as a spacious bathroom fully equipped with wet room style shower and double sinks. My first thought when entering the room was 'oh my gosh, that view' as this particular room we stayed in has the most spectacular views across Manchester. We arrived for check in at 4 so the sun was just setting as the god into the room and pink skies and Manchester sky line was such a stunning view. I must have sat on the bed for a good hour just watching the sun go down which was so lovely and peaceful.


Another initial thought was 'bath tub goals!' - I mean, look at it! f you follow me on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture - if you don't, come say hey!) I'm sure you'll know that I appreciate a good bath (well, who doesn't?!) so to see this insane freestanding tub sat at the end of our bed with views right across Manchester was amazing! The first thing I did after taking these photos was run the bath so I could have a relaxing pamper before dinner. I also ordered a G&T from room service which came so well presented and very quickly after ordering by a lovely suited and booted gentleman. Now that's what I call good service! They'd also left us some gingerbread men, macaroons and a lovely welcome note - too cute!


As well as the amazing bath, the decor in the rest of the room is just as beautiful. You can tell that everything has been really well thought out and it has a lovely cosy feel to it. I particularly loved the tiles around the bath, the cool lampshade in the living area and the little mirrors above the bed. Interior done right. Talking of the bed - I just have to mention how comfortable it is because oh my goodness, it's one of those beds that you just sink right into. Seriously, I put my head down on the pillow and practically disappeared it was so squishy. I basically need to find out which pillows they have and buy them for every bedroom in my house as the comfort was seriously real!


After a few more G&T room service deliveries and a soak in the bath, we got ready for dinner and headed out to a new Indian place that's recently opened. The meal was okay but we weren't overly impressed so I won't go into too much detail about that, haha. After dinner we headed for some drinks and I posed in front of every Christmas tree I came across (typical blogger hehe) before heading back to King Street Townhouse for some Netflix in bed (is this a sign we're getting old?!) and the best nights sleep in that divine bed.

(you can get my blazer here and use code KAYLEIGH30 for discount)

The following morning we got up early and headed to the hotels rooftop infinity pool / hot tub. This is another of the hotels biggest selling points for me as it's such a cool feature and not something you often find in UK hotels. When you think of an infinity pool you often think of exotic locations so for a Manchester based hotel to bring a bit of that holiday excitement to the UK is fabulous. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good image of the pool to share as it was a super misty morning but if you want to have a look, a quick google will bring up loads of images. However, we did have a chill on their lounge beds in the little relaxation area just next to the pool as this also has insane views of Manchester - a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.

After our trip to the pool, it was time to order breakfast. Breakfast is one of my favourite parts of staying at a hotel as it's such a treat to get breakfast delivered to bed and I always end up ordering a couple of different things so I can have a real feast. I couldn't decide between eggs & avo or pancakes as they're both my ultimate fave breakfasts so I decided to order both alongside orange juice and a latte - perfect. They didn't disappoint either and were scoffed within 10 minutes of them being delivered to the room. Haha!


We had some chill time after breakfast so I had another bath (got to make the most of that tub!) and then we spent some time getting ready before check out at 12pm. After we checked out and left our bags with reception, we headed into the tavern bar and restaurant for a festive afternoon tea. I personally love afternoon teas as I'm the kind of person that likes to have lots of different things to try and pick at. A buffet is my dream so an afternoon tea isn't too far off, haha! The festive afternoon tea came with all the usual sandwiches, cakes and scones with small Christmassy twists such as Turkey & Stuffing as one of the sandwich fillers - delicious! They offer afternoon tea in the Tavern throughout the whole year and is something you can do without being a guest at the hotel so this is something I'd highly recommend checking out next time you're in Manchester. It's super cosy and cute in there and would make the perfect pit stop mid shopping spree!


Overall we had the most lovely stay at King Street Townhouse and I'd love to go back again in the future. It's just an all round great hotel with everything you could need for a comfortable and fun stay.  You can check out their website here for more info on prices and how to book.

I hope you enjoyed this post guys. Do let me know if you'd like more hotel or spa break reviews in the future as it's something I really enjoy doing! I have one coming up very soon about my trip to a fabulous spa in The Lake District so keep your eyes peeled for that.

This stay was complimentary however all opinions are my own.

New Tiffany & Co Eau De Parfum | The Perfect Christmas Gift?!


I don't know about you but when I think of luxury brands - the kind of luxury fairytales are made of, one of the first that pops to mind would be Tiffany & Co. I mean it's featured in some of the most  iconic hollywood films (Sweet Home Alabama, I'm looking at you), associated with romantic proposals whereby unsuspecting ladies are presented with that famous blue box and of course, it's known as being one of the best gifts a girl can receive. I mean, who doesn't want to wake up on Christmas morning to find a little blue box sitting under their tree?! 

Well, much like accessorising with your favourite Tiffany jewels, you can now accessorise in a slightly more affordable but equally as luxurious way with their brand new Eau De Parfum. Let's face it, a spritz of a beautiful scent is the best way to finish off any outfit so what better way to do it than with Tiffany? The fact we can now get a piece of the magic for a fraction of the cost of their diamonds makes me a very happy lady. Who doesn't want one of those blue boxes sitting proudly on their dressing table?! There's just something so special about it, isn't there?


In true Tiffany tradition and style, the bottle has been designed to resemble a diamond and of course, features the iconic blue branding around the neck. It also comes housed in one of famous blue boxes, meaning you get all the same luxurious presentation that you get with their jewellery. You could say it's like having your very own super sized Tiffany diamond filled with a divine smelling scent. To summaries, the packaging is bloomin' beautiful - it just screams luxury and class! Everything you'd expect from Tiffany of course.

Now if the packaging hasn't already sold you, it's time to talk about the scent itself. created by world-renowned master perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givaudan, it's a vibrant and fresh scent for the modern female and encaptures the magic of New York - the home of Tiffany & Co. Vibrant top notes of vert de mandarin and the signature ingredient precious iris flower make for a truly feminine and sophisticated fragrance. It's the kind you can wear both day or night - a real staple in any fragrance collection. It's also pretty long lasting too and once settled on the skin it has warm nuances of patchouli and gentle musky notes. 


It's available to buy online here from Debenhams and is also available in all Debenhams stores nationwide! With a starting price of only £52 for 30ml it's much cheaper than diamonds but certainly no less luxurious! The perfect gift for a special lady in your life this Christmas or as a luxurious treat to yourself because let's face it, we all deserve a treat now and then.

Do you like the look of Tiffany's new creation? Would love to hear your thoughts below.

Sponsored post. However, all views are my own.

Christmas Gift Guide For The Last Minute Shopper


If you're anything like me, you won't be anywhere near finished with your Christmas shopping. Heck, you might not have even begun. I've bought a couple of bits here and there over the past few weeks but I never buy the bulk of my presents until a couple of weeks before the big day (around now basically). I know this gives some people anxiety but for me personally, I enjoy the excitement of leaving it all until the last minute and finding some bargains that are often on sale throughout December. I also have a huge family so would rather not have my house filled with presents and nowhere to store them for months before Christmas. Instead, I like to sit down a couple of weeks before, trawl through all the online shopping websites, and order lots of goodies for my nearest and dearest. In fact, as soon as I've finished writing this post, that's exactly what I intend to do. 


If you're still in need of some gift ideas for the lady in your life and she loves all things beauty, then you're in the right place. As a blogger I'm very lucky to be sent lots of beauty products throughout the year and also Christmas gifts from some of my favourite brands so I thought it was only right I popped them all together and shared them with you guys as I know I'd personally love to receive any of these things as a gift. I'll actually be dishing out the majority of them to my family as extra treats on top of the gifts I buy them, as theres only so many products one girl needs (and can physically store in a house haha) so fingers crossed none of them are reading this right now. If you are (I'm looking at you Nanna), please click the X now - hehe!

I'm not going to talk through every single product in this gift guide as lets face it - I'll be here all day. However, I am going to split them into categories and add the link to each item (I'll make sure I find the cheapest deals to include) so you guys can go directly to buy the item if anything catches your eye! All I will say is that every single brand included in this post is a brand I genuinely love and have used personally - brands like Elemis, Bare Minerals, Jo Malone and Urban Decay make it into my gift guide every single year and it's because I genuinely love their products so much and would recommend them as gifts for anyone! So without me rambling any more, here's the products featured and where you can find them ...


Makeup / Beauty Products


Skincare & Home Scents


Fragrance 


Miscellaneous 

I hope you like all the products I chose to include guys! I've also included some links below to none-beauty gift ideas that I'd personally love to receive on Christmas Day. I hope it helps and you get some inspirations for the lady in your life. Let me know if you buy any of my recommendations - I'd love to know what you got!

A Girly Trip To London | glh's 'London Uncovered' Interactive Map Launch


If like me you love spending time with your girls but need a bit of help deciding what to do and where to go, then keep reading as I have found the solution. glh Hotels have launched an interactive map called ‘London Covered’ which is basically the best idea ever as it helps you create the ultimate trip around London, or follow pre-made trips that include some amazing locations On a recent visit, I followed ‘London’s Lushest Luxuries’.     

Now if you love London and visiting as much as I do, you’ll know that it’s an amazing city full of fun and exciting things to do whilst there. However, with so many different areas and things to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming. Also, if you’re not based in London and need a hotel for the night, that can also be a challenge as there’s so many to choose from and knowing which is going to be in the most convenient area for the things you’re planning to do can be tricky. The last thing you want to do is get a tube halfway across London at the end of a night out so the fact the London Covered map can help you ensure everywhere you visit is within close proximity of your accommodation is really handy. The map allows you to pick a glh hotel (and they have many lovely ones to choose from around London) and it then shows all the things available to do nearby. The best nightlife, places to eat, shopping and even salons so you can go and have a pre night out pamper. 

glh Hotels asked me if I’d like to try the map for myself and have the ultimate girls night out in London and obviously, I jumped at the chance. London is one of my fave cities to visit so getting the chance to explore new places is always welcome. I got in touch with my friend Emily who recently moved to Bristol and asked if she’d like to join me as it seemed the perfect chance to catch up.


I was booked into every hotel Piccadilly which is right near Piccadilly Circus tube station and possibly one of the best central locations you could find. When I say everything is on your doorstep, I mean everything. I hate having to get the tube everywhere when I’m in London as it adds unnecessary stress to my visit so being able to plan a route for our night and the following day with places that were all within walking distance from the hotel was amazing. The map allows you to add things to your ‘trip’ from various categories depending on what you want to do and then it will tell you exactly how long the route will take, the distance between each location and a little bit about each place too so you know want to expect before you arrive. Genius.

Emily wasn’t arriving until 9:30pm as she’d been at work all day so we decided the best bet would be to head to a local bar when she arrived for a few well needed end of the week drinks. We decided on Foundation Bar which was a short walk from the hotel. Yep, the walk was do-able, even in heels. I don’t go out in London all that often so didn’t know what to expect but the bar was super cool and quirky and the music was right up our street. We caught up over a couple of drinks, had a bit of a dance and then headed back to every hotel to get a good nights sleep before a day of fun we’d planned via the London Covered map the following day. The hotel was a total dream and the huge king size bed in our suite was divine. The room was so spacious with a large living area, flat screen tv on the wall and a huge bathroom so it felt like a real treat and of course meant there was enough space for all of our clothes and beauty products. I’m sure you can all appreciate the mess made getting ready for a night out, or is that just me?! There was also a mini bar on offer with complimentary drinks which we took full advantage of whilst getting ready to head out.


The following morning we ordered breakfast to eat in our room (I had pancakes, yum) using every hotel’s order and collect service before heading to Salon 64 for a blow dry. Again, I’d not heard of this place before but we couldn’t wait to pay them a visit after reading the description on the London Covered map. It’s basically a coffee shop as well as a hair salon and each station has space to use your laptop and USB ports to charge your phone. A bloggers dream?! They also serve all kinds of lovely coffee so if you need somewhere to work remotely throughout the day or want to get some last minute bits done before heading out with the girls, you can do so in total comfort whilst also getting pampered. However, if you don’t fancy a treatment, there’s no pressure to do so - you can also go in purely to work, drink coffee and socialise. It had a great laid back vibe which we loved and we left with bellies full of cappuccino and super bouncy hair. Ideal.


After our fabulous blow dries we headed to Topshop on Oxford Street for a personal shopping session which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Again, it was only a 10 minute walk from the salon which was handy, especially as it started chucking it down and we didn’t want to ruin our freshly blow dried hair. When we arrived, we were shown to the personal shopping area where we were greeted with prosecco and taken into the cutest little room which was just interior design goals - think pastels, flowers & rose gold accessories. The lovely stylists then picked a selection of outfits for me based on the things I’d told them before my appointment. I said I wanted to try some Christmas party wear pieces as sassy outfits are obviously required at this time of year! I loved everything they chose for me - especially the mesh long sleeve top and leather dress combo. I felt like such a rock chick! 


After lots of shopping fun and taking snaps of the beautiful Christmas lights on Oxford Street, it was time for food! We used the map to get us to Shackfuyu, a beautiful little Japanese place. We ordered a selection of dishes to share which is always my favourite thing to do as it means you get to try lots of things and as Emily is pescatarian, we ordered lots of fish and veggie dishes including the best spicy edamame EVER. It was all absolutely delicious and so well cooked. It’s safe to say there wasn’t a thing left on our plates and I’d definitely recommend paying them a visit if you like Japanese food. After we’d finished at Shackfuyu, our London Covered ‘London’s Lushest Luxuries’ route was complete! Much to our disappointment might I add.


I hope you enjoyed reading all about my girly trip and of course the fabulous map. It really is such a good idea and makes planning a trip in London so much easier. I discovered some fabulous places I’d have never known about if it wasn’t for the app introducing me to them and I’m already looking forward to exploring more new places. I’ll definitely be using it every time I visit the capital from here on in. Also, if you like the sound of what I got up to, you can actually follow my exact route for yourself by using this link here: http://londoncovered.glhhotels.com/trip/londons-lushest-luxuries

Are you a fan of visiting London? Do you like the idea of using the London Covered map to help you plan your next stay? I’d love to hear how you use it and the places you visit!

*paid collaboration with glh. However, all opinions are my own.
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