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Our Pick of the Pre-Christmas Crackers

Hotels experience a real slowdown in bookings in the run-up to Christmas. To get more heads on pillows, hotels across the UK are offering some great deals for stays during the festive season. Whether you’re looking for a pre-Christmas shopping break or just a bit of down-time before the party season, you’ll be spoilt for choice with hotel deals over the next month.

To begin with, we have a deal for the 5-star Blue Rainbow Aparthotels in the centre of Manchester, with prices now down to £65 per night. This deal is half the usual rate and the apartments are in the heart of the city, near the Christmas market. It’s one of the biggest markets in the UK, with traders from as far afield as Lapland and Transylvania running more than 300 stalls. Gifts, gluhwein, food and beer will be on offer.

If a countryside retreat is more your cup of tea, De Vere has chipped a massive 52% off the price of 3-night stays in a selection of country lodges. For as little as £50 per person, up to six people can stay in a kitted-out lodge in rural locations including Lincolnshire, Northumbria and Scotland. You’ll even receive a complimentary bottle of malt whiskey to warm up those dark winter nights!

Back to the city now with a stay in London for £79 per night -- including breakfast and wine. The Britannia International Hotel in Canary Wharf is ideal for exploring the nearby shopping hotspots of London, including Westfield Stratford. We rarely see hotel deals for under £100 in the capital, which is why this one made our ears prick up. Admire the thousands of twinkling Christmas lights across the city and if you’re feeling adventurous, take to the ice at the nearby Canary Wharf Ice Rink.

Alternatively, wind down in a 17th-century mansion in the Warwickshire countryside for £59 while you save almost 50%. The deal includes a 3-course dinner, a bottle of wine and unlimited access to the Spindles Health Club. Take a dip in the pool, walk through the 11 acres of landscaped gardens or get festive at the SnowDome -- an indoor ski and snowboard centre 30 minutes from the hotel by car.

To see more pre-Christmas crackers, click here.

Assistant Producer Luke Doyle contributed to this post.

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Rory

Deal Expert, London
Friday, 23 November 2012
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