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“Great beds for a good night's sleep!”

Did you know that March is National Bed Month? Here at The Gresham Aparthotel we love a great bed and our guests do too so we thought we’d do a round up of some of our favourite bed-related review comments plus our top tips for a great night of quality zzzz’s.

First up, why is good sleep so important? We all know the answers to this - so that we can function, so we can get through days of endless questions, decisions and annoyances without completely losing our %&£@!

Also, because we all know what it feels like after a night of rubbish sleep and none of us want to be in that place! Here are some of the other ways that great sleep can benefit you:

  • People who sleep well generally get sick less often

  • Good sleep can lower your risk of some serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease

  • Reduce stress and improve your mood (we can all relate to this one)

  • Reduce the risk of accidents

  • Allow you to think more clearly

So there are the incentives for putting changes in place to improve your sleep and here are a few top tips to help you get there:

  • The first one is obvious - make sure you’re in a comfortable bed. In 1988, a groundbreaking study found that by switching an uncomfortable old bed to a new one meant an extra 42 minutes sleep. The Gresham is packed full of comfortable beds so we’ve got you covered for that one! At the bottom of this article you can see what some of our guests have said about our beds.

  • Keep a regular sleep schedule - our bodies love consistency.

  • Get out in natural light as soon as possible in the morning. It’s good for the body clock.

  • Exercise - it promotes the quantity and quality of your sleep. Not too close to bedtime though - try to leave a window of at least 2 hours before getting your head down. The Gresham has a complimentary fitness suite available for all guests to use so be sure to check it out during your stay.

  • Try to avoid caffeine for 8 hours before bedtime.

  • Don’t go to bed hungry or thirsty but try to avoid eating or drinking too much too close to bedtime as this increases the chances of us having to get up through the night.

  • Avoid using electronic devices before bedtime

  • Avoid too much alcohol (Hopefully, once the reduced stress levels kick in you won’t need it anyway)

  • Avoid nicotine before bed.

  • Ensure your room is cool, dark and quiet.

  • Invest in a great pillow (our guests love our pillows as you’ll see from the reviews below)

  • Keep your bedroom tidy! Research has shown that a messy, cluttered bedroom can lead to a poor night’s sleep and increased anxiety.

  • Create a sanctuary. When you enter your bedroom do you have good thoughts. Does it make you want to crawl into bed? The rooms at The Gresham certainly do. They’ve been designed with sleep in mind. The Gresham’s stylish interiors have a high quality, boutique and upmarket feel making it the perfect place to rest your head for a great night’s sleep.

We hope this helps. Enjoy the zzzz’s!

Here’s what our guests had to say:

“The bed is so comfy - I could have slept there for days.”

“The bed and bedding was some of the best I have slept in.”

“Comfortable bed, duvet and plump pillows.”

“The bed is the comfiest I’ve ever stayed in during a hotel stay (hence why I keep coming back).”

“I had a rejuvenative sleep and felt refreshed in the morning”

“The bed is very comfortable with very fluffy pillows”

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With not long to go until the Easter holidays, we’ve rounded up some of the great things to do with the kids that are within walking distance of The Gresham Aparthotel.

Leicester is the ideal location for a family city break. Located in the centre of the UK, it’s not too far from most major cities and the transport links are excellent. We’re just a 10 minute walk from the train station so why not leave the car at home and have a completely car free break?

The aparthotel is well equipped for family breaks. Our two-bed apartments offer an ideal flexible space when traveling with children. All of our apartments include their own kitchenette facilities giving you the flexibility to save money by eating in when you choose. If you decide on a meal out, our on site restaurant, Black Iron Social offers a delicious selection of meals to choose from and, being city centre based, you’ll also be spoilt for choice with a range of other independent and chain restaurants on your doorstep.

When bedtime comes, you can tuck the children in, close the door, pour a glass of wine from the fridge and sit back in your own separate living space. Bliss!

All of the activities below are within walking distance but you’ll also find a whole host of additional fun family activities at attractions across the wider Leicestershire area:

Saturday 1st April: Railway Day with Slot Cars (Abbey Pumping Station)

Sunday 2nd April: Bunny Fun Day (Leicester Guildhall)

Sunday 2nd & Thursday 6th April: Screening of NT Live: The Life of Pi (Phoenix Cinema)

Wednesday 5th April: Hoppy Easter (Belgrave Hall)

Thursday 6th April: Puppets Playtime (Newarke Houses)

Tuesday 11th April: Holiday Railway Day (Abbey Pumping Station)

Wednesday 12th April: Ministry of Science (De Montfort Hall)

Wednesday 12th April: Bugs and Butterflies (Belgrave Hall)

Wednesday 12th April: Screening of The Royal Ballet’s Cinderella (Phoenix Cinema)

Thursday 13th April: Knights & Fairies Puppet Making Workshop (Leicester Guildhall)

Friday 14th - Saturday 15th April: Hey Duggee - The Live Theatre Show (Curve Theatre)

City attractions offering family friendly activities throughout the Easter period include:

The National Space Centre (Visit Mission Moon between 1st - 16th April)

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Ninja Warrior UK

Lane 7 - Enjoy mini golf, bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis and more (adults only after 7pm)

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Chocolate workshops at Cocoa Amore (suitable for ages 10+)

Social Climbing

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We know Mums are amazing and they are truly unique - some Mums are aunts, best friends, carers, step mums, neighbours, sisters (the list goes on) ...

There is no one size fits all and that is what makes Mums so special.

With less than one week to go until Mother's Day, many of us are left trying to answer that annual question: what would she love the most?

Time, luxury, and good company.

Here is where The Gresham steps in.

The Gresham is a boutique aparthotel nestled at the very heart of Leicester with each room elegantly designed and infused with individual charm. Making it a luxurious stay to suit everyone and the perfect place to experience the variety of Leicester as a base from.

Nothing beats the flexibility and freedom of having your own kitchen facility (a fridge to chill a nice bottle of fizz in), living space (to put your feet up after a day of perusing), and home from home comforts.

Located conveniently in the heart of Leicester, which means you literally walk out of the front doors and step into the city streets to find independent cafes, popular high street stores, local attractions, restaurants, and beauticians close by.

There is a limited number of apartments available over Mother's Day weekend as well as gift vouchers to use at any time to suit.

When staying at The Gresham there is always something happening nearby in Leicester, here is some of the highlights including over Mother’s Day weekend and beyond:

Theatre lovers


Curve Mother Goose (13 - 19 Mar)

Musical Bones - Soulful Magic (19 Mar)

Steel Magnolias (4 - 8 April)

The Bodyguard (17 - 22 April)

Jersey Boys (26 Apr - 6 May)

De Monfort Hall

Seven Drunken Nights (The Dubliners) (Sat 18 March)

Russell Howard (Sun 19 March)

La Boheme (Fri 24 March)

Madama Butterfly (Sat 25 March)

Bardi Symphony Orchestra: Rodgers & Hammerstein on the Silver Screen (Sun 26 March)

Strictly's Nadyia & Kai - Once Upon A Time (Sat 1 Apr)

Whitney Queen of the Night (Sat 8 Apr)

The ELO Show (Sat 15 Apr)

Thank you for the Music (Sat 13 May)

Cinema lovers

The Phoenix

Anything Goes, The Musical screening (Sun 19 March, 3pm)

Pricilla Queen of the Dessert (Sun 19 March, 2pm )

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (Sun 19 March, 4.45pm)


Vincent Van Gogh experience

King Richard III visitor centre

Workshops & experiences

Cocoa Amore Chocolate Workshop

Gin Tasting

Food lovers

Black Iron Social


Sports fans

Leicester Tigers

Leicester City Football Club

Leicester Riders

Cool as Leicester has also featured a range of activities and things to do in Mother’s Day activities to enjoy in their latest blog.

To book a stay at The Gresham visit the website, for gift vouchers enquiries please email

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