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Mercure Nottingham

The Mercure Nottingham City Centre is a boutique hotel that’s conveniently located in the heart of Nottingham’s vibrant city centre and situated within The Lace Market known as the creative sector of the city of Nottingham. Having undergone a major renovation project in 2011, the Mercure Nottingham was transformed into a stylish haven that offers a relaxing ambient atmosphere for all of its guests.

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The hotel boasts a 24-hour Fitness Suite which is fully equipped with the very latest equipment including a selection of cardiovascular and resistance machines as well as free weights to ensure that whatever your fitness level, your exercise routine does not have to suffer when you’re away from your home gym. Accommodation is provided to meet the needs and budget of every guest with an extensive variety of bedroom designs from the compact City Pad to the unique and curiously themed George Suite.

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The George Suite at Mercure Nottingham

All of the bedrooms have been uniquely designed to provide comfort with style making the Mercure Nottingham one of the most unique boutique hotels in the city. All 76 rooms are air conditioned and equipped with modern amenities to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible and of the highest standard, including 7 Sky Sports channels and Sky 1. We stayed in the George Suite which pays homage to traditional English style incorporating a separate living area, secret sleeping quarter and bathroom.

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The George Suite at Mercure Nottingham

To complete the space a few surprise design features feature in the lobby and fascinating trinkets along the library walls. Modern elements feature in the overall design of the suite with the flexible use of mood lighting and large windows offering excellent views of Nottingham city centre giving the suite abundant natural light. Modern hospitality services and amenities, such as complimentary 24-hour Wi-Fi connection and a Nespresso coffee machine are also provided. A disguised door in the giant bookcase leads you into the suite’s main bedroom.

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The George Suite at Mercure Nottingham

Music lovers can set the mood and play their favourite tunes with the integrated Zonal Bluetooth speaker system. The built in system streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. You can further live like a celebrity with the array of luxuries the suite offers. For example, the roll-top bathtub, complete with a stock of luxury toiletries allowed us to enjoy an optimum wellness experience.

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The Mercure Nottingham offers a range of bar & dining options from the hotel’s 1822 Bar and Brasserie Restaurant to the Curious Tavern Bar & Restaurant and Lost Property Late Bar. Situated in Nottingham’s oldest hotel, constructed in 1822 and formerly known as “The George”, The Curious Tavern is part of an establishment steeped in history so we made a bee line to this fine establishment as the bright lights of Leeds city centre twinkled alight.

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To end the week on a high, The Curious Tavern offers ‘Shuckling Heaven’ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The decor reflects a faded opulence of George IV’s renowned style and the design of the venue has been inspired both by the historic Georgian architecture of the building combined with 21st century chic. The curious decor of this fine establishment shuck out at us!

Shuckling Heaven includes Oysters and Champagne accompanied by cask ales from the medieval cellars below The George. To start we chose a selection of Colchester Rock Oysters from the Shuckling Heaven menu. The oysters were flavoursome and a must for any first timer to the Curious Tavern. We sampled the Frenchy – with shallot and red wine vinegar; the Jap – panko breaded oysters with katsu curry sauce; and the Spanish – with chorizo and bravas sauce.

The Curious Scotch Egg boasted a perfectly cooked yolk and was served alongside tangy piccalilli.

For the main event I chose the Cornish Crab Thermidor with brown bread and salad. The serving of crab was generous in both crab meat and grilled cheese topping combining with a healthy salad to balance the dish.

My dining companion chose the Tavern Scampi cooked in saffron and lemonade batter. The accompanying tartare sauce pairs well with the scampi to give the edge on this classic dish.

If you enjoy indulging in cocktails, you won’t be disappointed with a wide range inspired by famous guests who have stayed in the hotel over the years. We couldn’t help but try a couple of the curiously named cocktails…

With enough room for dessert we couldn’t help but order the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Banoffee Custard.

My dining companion chose the Warm Chocolate Brownie with Orange Marmalade and Vanilla Ice Cream.

This Nottingham hotel prides itself on its impeccable service, comfortable surroundings and guest satisfaction which is clearly at the forefront of both the management and staff’s minds as demonstrated during our recent stay making our time at Mercure Nottingham truly extraordinary.

Mercure Nottingham
2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 3BP
+44 (0)115 959 9777
www.mercurenottingham.com
@mercurenotts

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