They say that time really does fly and writing this blog post is a reminder of that. It had been a decade since I first stood on the cold, rural platform of Langley Mill, as I waiting for the train to Manchester - to start my life as a student and embark on a whirlwind of friendship, love and happiness.
Our halls of residence we're located in the popular student area of Manchester named Oxford Road. And so it only felt right that we revisit our old ground and stay in one of the most beautiful and oldest hotels in Manchester, The Palace Hotel.
Whenever you arrive into the city, you can't miss the bright red lights on top of the tower of The Palace Hotel and it's a clear indicator that you're in Manchester.
Walking into the grand reception, you're not disappointed by the internal decor and beauty if the building. Looking up to an intricate dome ceiling with roman patterns and lettering around the top of the walls.
Fresh flowers and a giant metal horse sculpture, guide you to the reception staff where you can help yourself to cold lemon water or homemade cookies in a jar - a very nice touch.
We stayed in the lower ground, in what smelt like newly refurbished rooms - fresh paint and fluff carpets - the decor is like someone out of a Ralph Lauren showroom. Greys, whites and tan leathers. You'll find a soft and bouncy double bed, plasma TV and complementary water and hot drinks.
The bathroom followed more of a classic Victorian style, with white tiles, vintage silver taps and a range of Neil's Yard toiletries - made it the perfect place to refresh up and relax.
Staying at the Palace Hotel in a double room cost £192 per room, per night (obviously this price is dependant on the time of year you stay). But you will not be disappointed by the hotels attention to detail in historic decor. Nor will the staff let you down with their warm and friendly customer service.