Our reviewer found this hotel warm and welcoming
Product: Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, himanchestercity.com Price: £79.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
If you enjoy taking city breaks then a trip to Manchester has to be a must. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay centrally then look no further than the recently opened Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre.
Getting there couldn’t be easier. The four-star hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the city’s Piccadilly railway station and by car* it’s only 10 minutes from the A57 motorway.
The hotel is ideally located close to some major shops and just a few minutes walk from theatres including The Royal Exchange and The Palace Theatre.
If you want to travel a bit further afield, for example to the Trafford Centre or the Lowry museum in Salford Quays– home to a large collection of the artist’s work – then buses, taxis and trams are easily accessible.
And although situated in the heart of the city there’s very little noise from outside.
Along with the standard double and twin rooms there are a variety of suite options – I stayed with a friend in a junior suite – that can work out at good value for money, particularly if you’re taking the grandchildren with you for an adventure.
The rooms are all well equipped. All have a 40-inch LCD Smart HD televisions, free high-speed Wi-Fi, hairdryers, iron and ironing board and built-in USB ports located on the wall sockets at both desk level and by the beds.
And although the hotel is part of the Holiday Inn franchise it has many unique features that celebrate Manchester, from suites named after football legends George Best and Colin Bell, to full size city maps.
The hotel’s eating and drinking options are primarily centred around Holiday Inn’s signature ‘Open Lobby’, which is designed to allow guests to eat “what they like, where they like, when they like”. But just in case that doesn’t give you enough options, there is also 24-hour room service.
We ate at the Restaurant in the open lobby which offers an all-day dining menu. Staff couldn’t have been friendlier.
Service was excellent, prices reasonable and the two steaks ordered – one rare, one well done – cooked to perfection.
It was also interesting that staff were trained to man different parts of the hotel so if there were people waiting to check in they could nip over to the reception and then return to serving drinks.
Food-wise there’s plenty to tempt the tastebuds including a celebration of Manchester heritage with local dishes such as Lancashire Hot Pot along with Manchester Tart and Eccles Cakes.
The Bar is in the open lobby and open all day – and for coffee lovers there’s an extra treat with Starbucks available too.
Breakfast is served in the lobby area, with a variety of choices from Full English to Continental.
And if you need to burn off some pounds there’s also a fitness centre to help you stay energised!
- Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre is at 25 Aytoun Street, M1 3AE. Prices start from £79 a room but this can be subject to change depending on latest offers. For further details, or to make a booking call 0161 242 5444 or click here.
- * NCP car parks are available very close to the hotel for parking but this can be pricey, even though there is a discount available for hotel guests.