The Crowne Plaza Is one of the most extraordinary hotels I have ever stayed in. The ground floor has a good, bright bar (great service in here!) but the upstairs decor is how I imagine a New York bachelor pan looked circa 1987. Long, black/grey corridors lit only by red and green spotlights lead to smallish rooms in which smoked glass plays a prominent role. Just as you think that you are in a timewarp or bad detective drama, check out the bathroom which is white, glistening and modern. Truly a Franken hotel...
Manchester in a City in transition and the hotel is excellently located for the cafes, renovated warehouses and vintage shops of the Northern Quarter. The concierges are bright and knowledgeable. Strangely, there seems to be a disconnect between shifts as requests made with day staff (e.g. "please can you send this bag to my room?) are not carried out and evening staff claim no knowledge of them. I know that I was not alone in experiencing this as the hotel only has Wifi on the ground floor and I was obliged to spend a happy hour checking e-mails and listening to complaints from other guests.
So what makes this hotel worthwhile? The beds.... The beds.... The beds.... Marshmallow like pillows and mattresses which support yet cocoon. Heaven. You can almost forgive the hideous and fluffy dark grey carpet and forget the fact that you can barely see when you wake up from a perfect night's sleep. For a business hotel, isn't this one of the most important criteria?
So, I can't decide... Zero service, yes... Weird decor, yes... Poor IT infrastructure, yes... But, oh, the beds!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is the hottest new hotel to land on the city in 2008. It is perfectly situated in the heart of Manchester in the trendy Northern Quarter, Victoria and Piccadilly Stations and Shudehill Tram and Bus Interchange are all within a short walking distance of this stunning new city centre hotel. The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is ideally located within easy access to the MEN Arena, Manchester Central, the Printworks, Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre, Urbis, Manchester City and Manchester United football grounds. The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre has 228 luxurious bedrooms with one or two queen or king sized beds including Club Rooms, Junior and Presidential Suites, and a club floor with enhanced views and exclusive access to the top floor club lounge. The stylish rooms have superb contemporary bathrooms boasting separate bath and shower, LCD televisions and complimentary internet access. All guests have complimentary access to the gym which has a range of cardio-vascular equipment open 24 hours a day. The Glasshouse Bar and Restaurant is an ideal place to relax and unwind with a specialty cocktail or have dinner with colleagues or friends. The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre also offers nine modern and state-of-the art meeting rooms with a maximum capacity for up to 200 delegates with complimentary wireless internet access. Located right in the heart of Manchester on the edge of the captivating nightlife and excellent entertainment area including the trendy Northern Quarter, the hotel provides you with the gateway to what the city has to offer. With state of the art conference facilities and 228 individual bedroom experiences, every care has been taken to combine the edgy modern design of the building with contemporary luxury facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Manchester
- Manchester Crowne Plaza