Leeds Visit // Hilton Hotel

Friday, 7 June 2013

If you've been reading my blog then you'll know I mentioned that I was going to Leeds for a few days on Tuesday. I went to visit my boyfriend Ciaran because it was his 22nd birthday on Monday, and our three year anniversary on Tuesday. So, after three weeks apart I was more than excited to hop on my usual National Express coach and make my way to Leeds. The sun was shining so that made my mood even better. I told Ciaran a few weeks back that I had a surprise planned but I didn't let him in on it. On Tuesday morning I told him to pack an overnight bag and meet me at the train station. Little did he know I'd planned a night's stay at the Hilton, combined with a breakfast and dinner package. We both like hotels and a little bit of luxury, so as a combined birthday and anniversary present I took the plunge and booked it in mid April. I am absolutely rubbish when it comes to surprises and always end up accidentally telling him what I've got him, so I was really pleased that I'd actually managed to stay quiet this time. Needless to say he was really happy with the surprise and we both couldn't wait to get there. After a short walk we arrived at the Hilton and checked in. The staff were really welcoming and the room was just amazing.

The room was extremely cosy with a combination of pure whites, warm dark wood and different tones of browns and oranges to tie it all together. The bed had six pillows, yes... six, and was one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in. Our heads literally melted into the pillows and it was very hard to part from it the next morning. We were provided with our own tea and coffee making facilities as well as an iron and ironing board. They actually came in very handy as I carried out the ultimate girlfriend duty of ironing Ciaran's very creased shirt for him. We also had a lovely big TV directly opposite the bed, but one thing that did baffle me was that there was no E4 or BBC3, but there was a channel called Russia Today. I'm sure you can tell which channel had my vote, but I guess you can't have it all. The bathroom was simplistic yet classic with a rectangle marble sink and charcoal slate tiles which we both loved. There were mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap and a shower cap which I helped myself to. I'd be a bad beauty blogger if I didn't!

After settling in we popped into town to enjoy the weather and grab a few bits before getting ready to go down for dinner. I wore a light cotton white summer dress from H&M with lacing detail at the top. The dress is really lovely as it has a very flattering cinched waist and then floats down to about halfway between the hip and knee. I paired the simple dress with my trusty tan wedges from Next, which aren't actually in any of the pictures (I do apologise), and my silver pandora bracelet. Hair and make-up wise I popped my extensions in and used my Babyliss curling wand to curl my hair. I went for a classic bronze eye and nude lip using my Maybeline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in on and on bronze and my Rimmel Kate Moss nude lipstick in the shade 03. The rest of my face was made up of my Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder, Bourjois Cream Blush in 02, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer, Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara, Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 004 and Benefit Black Waterproof BAD Gal Liner. Ciaran wore black skinny jeans and a racerback beige vest with a light denim shirt over the top. All dolled up, we made our way downstairs for food.

We went to the City 3 restaurant downstairs in the Hilton and although it was fairly small, it was a lovely intimate atmosphere. The table was set out nicely with a flower and candles, topped off with a large glass of Rosé - perfect. The dinner package included a three course meal so we got to choose our courses from a set menu with a range of dishes. To start, Ciaran went for the crab and avocado salad while I opted for the mozzarella risotto balls which sat on top of a mild salsa which added a slight kick. Despite the risotto balls being far too big for me to finish, they were delicious. Although I didn't try Ciaran's salad, he said it was tasty, yet could have done with a little more crab. For our main course, Ciaran chose the gammon steak which came with chunky cut chips, apple chutney and coleslaw. I played it safe and went for steak and that came with coleslaw, a mushroom, a tomato and chunky cut chips. There were only six chips but they were arranged in a jenga kind of style which looked really cool. My steak was slightly overcooked as I asked for medium rare but it still tasted amazing. For dessert, Ciaran had the black forest gateau bread and butter pudding while I had sticky toffee pudding. My dessert came with sliced strawberries, honeycomb ice cream and toffee sauce which was to die for. I have such a sweet tooth so it really hit the spot. Nursing ultimate food babies, and just about capable of walking, we retired to our room and collapsed on our bed for the night.

After an extremely hot but comfortable sleep (we couldn't quite work out how to open the window), we rose early at around 9am and headed down for breakfast. We were presented with a range of hot cooked food and continental options including toast, croissants, jam and marmalade. There was also a selection of cereals as well as tea, coffee and orange juice. We both had a cooked breakfast and I went for a sausage, hash brown, beans and a slice of white toast. I rarely eat fry ups because I can never be bothered to cook them and they're ridiculously unhealthy, but it was nice to have a little treat. Breakfast set us up nicely for the day before we returned upstairs to pack and say goodbye to our lovely room.

I wasn't due to go home until the next day, so we got the train back to Ciaran's house where I was surprised with champagne and flowers which was so lovely! Champagne is a rare treat, especially as students, so it was nice to indulge. He had even gone to the effort of buying champagne flutes which was super cute. We had to put my flowers in a make-shift vase, which was actually a glass, but I managed to bring them back with me to Nottingham where they are now sitting nicely on my desk. After that lovely surprise we enjoyed a nice walk to the cinema to watch The Hangover Part 3 while munching on popcorn (as if we hadn't had enough naughty food!). The film was very funny and although some have said it's not as funny as the first two, I think it's definitely on par and chuckled all the way through. If you haven't seen it already then you must - Alan is just hilarious. When we got home we chilled for a bit before making fajtas. Fajitas are my speciality dish and I made them for Ciaran soon after we met. Ever since, they've been an 'us' dish and it's very rare that we don't have fajitas when we're together. It's such an easy, quick and healthy meal. Plus, my fajitas are amazing!!! Bellies full... again, we settled down and watched The Apprentice over a tub of Ben and Jerry's Baked Alaska. One tub, two spoons, that's just how it works. After a little rest from all the food we'd consumed over the past 24 hours, we managed to make room for a glass of champagne and a few chocolate biscuits in bed while watching even more TV - well, it would be rude not to!

I'm actually really sad to be back in Nottingham now because I had such a nice few days with my lovely boyfriend. We got to spend time together celebrating his birthday, three years together and just enjoy each other's company as always. It's nice to indulge in a little bit of luxury now and again and we did exactly that. Although long distance isn't ideal, it's definitely worth it. Now it's back to reality while I spend the next few days revising before my last exam on Tuesday. Oh, what I'd do to be back at the Hilton oblivious to everything else going on around me!


  1. Looks like such a gorgeous mini break! I'm going away with my boyfriend today and this has made me even more excited...particularly for a good hotel breakfast! xoxo

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    1. It was!!! Aw that's lovely where are you off to? You can't beat a hotel breakfast!Xxx

  2. Sounds like you had a fabulous time.....I love all the little bathroom goodies you get when staying in nice hotels! Love you to check out my blog xx

    1. It was lovely! I know I snapped them up in a flash haha! Of course I'll check it out :) x