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“Good But Not Great” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Abode Manchester

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Abode Manchester
Ranked #23 of 115 Hotels in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
West Yorkshire
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good But Not Great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at ‘Abode’ 04/11/2008 for one night on a bed and breakfast basis. We got a really good deal direct with hotel at a cost of £89.

On arrival in the boutique style reception area the staff were friendly and efficient. We shared the lift to our room on the 3rd floor with a large banquet table (just sat there on its own!)

We stayed in a ‘comfortable’ rated room (cheapest) which wasn’t huge but was clean, had a king size bed, flat screen TV, DVD player, open hanging space, desk/dressing table with tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was a good size with bath (shower over).

Now for the negatives, as minor points as they may be they were noted by us!

1) The overall decoration and ‘finishing off’ seemed like it was a good DIY job and not that of a nice hotel....bathroom taps were fitted the wrong way, sections of the parquet flooring were loose etc
2) The room was directly under the illuminated hotel sign and the blackout blinds didn’t do their job.
3) The toiletries provided in the bathroom were cheap and nasty (shower gel and shampoo in one)...glad I took my own.
4) No parking (NCP is opposite, £15.50 for 24 hours)

We stayed at the hotel as we were eating at the Michael Caines restaurant (in the basement of the hotel) which was fabulous! .......as was the breakfast the following morning.

Overall we would recommend this hotel but wouldn’t pay any more than we did.

  • Liked — Breakfast and Location
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Gav_Kate
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2008

We trained to Manchester from London to see a performance and had researched hotels near the train station. Abode was two blocks from Piccadilly Station! It is in a gorgeous refurbished (opened May 2008) cotton warehouse. Amazing staircases and tile work. The front desk was helpful, the rooms comfortable and large. The renovation of the building is very "new millenium." As the hotel is on a main street, we asked for a side or back room and had no problem with street noise. If you want to stay in a historic buidling but have all the updated comforts, this is a great place!

  • Liked — wonderful renovation
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Smokey55
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United Kingdom
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77 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2008

We were looking for a hotel near Piccadilly station and the Abode certainly delivered on that aspect, as well as being good value for central Manchester. The front desk staff were friendly and extremely helpful in dealing with a public transport query. The cafe bar was very quiet in the early evening and we enjoyed a light snack before going to the theatre. Breakfast was similarly good. The decor in the public areas is different and interesting, reflecting the hotel building's industrial heritage with a modern twist. However, the wooden floors in the corridors did magnify the sound of people passing by, housekeeping activities, doors closing etc. Our room (just the basic level) was surprisingly large, as was the bathroom. It was nicely equiped - I had no problem with the open storage, although the shelf I put my clothes on was a little dusty. The bed was very comfortable.
My only reservation was that although the hotel is in an interesting victorian building, the room was disappointingly sterile in character. Normally I have no problem with modern style in an older building but I just don't think they've got it right here. The exposed metal beams, columns and walls were all painted in cream which did make it seem like a room in some sort of institution! However, it was a good stay and I'd probably return.

  • Stayed October 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SLG29
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Watford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2008

From the courteous reception to the surprise at the spacious and different room decor, you know you are not staying at a "run of the mill" city hotel. Original tiled stairwells, parquet floor and designer rugs in the bedrooms - extremely comfortable beds and classy bathrooms. Ate superb fare at Michael Caines, went through the wine list after a busy working day - relaxed and refreshed.

Abode is a gem - and a very reasonable one at that!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Malcatola
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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297 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2008

We stayed at this hotel for just one night as part of a trip to Manchester which we make annually for pleasure/family purposes. With only one night in town, we wanted to dine at Michael Caines' restaurant and thought that staying at this hotel would make sense.
The first problem comes when you try to get to the hotel by car. It is a difficult and time consuming route even if traffic is light.There is nowhere to pull up to offload (you can pull into the side street next door if you don't mind going around the block twice). Your car problems don't end there. There's no valet parking and you have to get your car into the NCP car park opposite yourself after a long drive.
Inside, the rooms are modern, pleasant and comfortable. The TV channels on offer are a little limited and there was no shower cap (a problem of some magnitude according to my wife) but for me, the decor and ambience inside was fine.
Breakfast was good quality (not extensive) served in the bar/cafe and ,of course, the main restaurant was excellent - although staff were more enthusiasm than experience. The restaurant manager was not helpful when we asked to put our reservation back 30 minutes - even though there was obviously no reason not to accomodate the request.
At night, rooms to the front of the hotel were noisy (with a bar next door). The atmosphere in the hotel bar itself was fairly quiet.
This hotel is very convenient if you arrive by train. It is modern, clean and a decent standard. It is,however, at the more downmarket end of Manchester's shopping area and you need to be aware of that. The Malmaison is immediately opposite so it is up and coming - but it's not there yet.
Worth a try (especially if you can get a £99 B&B deal as we did)but be aware of the downsides.

  • Liked — Good, comfortable room
  • Disliked — Noisy, poor location
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Rambler
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Essex
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2008

I stay here when working in Manchester and can't really fault it. Staff are good, rooms are always clean and have good facilities and the beds are incredibly comfy - I always get a good nights sleep here. Food in the bar is also really good and location is ideal near the station and city centre.

  • Liked — The bed
  • Disliked — No iron in the room
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DAC1973
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Additional Information about Abode Manchester

Property: Abode Manchester
Address: 107 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2DB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Manchester
#17 Business Hotel in Manchester
#28 Romantic Hotel in Manchester
#35 Family Hotel in Manchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Abode Manchester 4*
Number of rooms: 61
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