My partner and I stayed here for a show at the MEN Arena, the locations perfect as it's only a ten minute walk away from the arena and there's loads of great bars just around the corner if you fancy something to eat and drink outside of the hotel. The hotels central location means it's only a 15 minute walk from the train station and its's just up the road from the Arndale centre if you want to do a bit of shopping.
First impressions of the hotel were excellent, check in was quick and the staff behind reception very friendly, the rooms were just as good, clean and very modern with excellent attention to detail. I especially liked the addition of the aromatherapy pillow spray to help you relax and sleep in bed, definitely a nice touch and as the beds are the comfiest I've been in yet you're gauranteed to enjoy your nights sleep.
The hotel bar was a bit of a let down however, although clean and well presented the staff need to know how to make cocktails properly, especially since they're offered on the menu and at £8 a drink I'd expect it to be spot on. Daiquiris are definitely not meant to be topped up with lemonade. If you fancy a drink in the evening, I'd probably avoid the hotel bar and instead check the local bars in the northern quarter, Bluu, Keko Moku and Walrus were the ones we went too, all of which were good and served excellent drinks at a very reasonable price.
Breakfast in the morning was excellent the staff were quick to seat my partner and I down and explain the layout of the buffet to us. It pretty much had everything you could ask for at breakfast with hot and cold food options available you're pretty spoilt for choice, staff were also very attentive to guests needs, ensuring that missing items were quickly refilled and dirty plates were not left on the tables.
Overall our impression of the hotel was a positive one, friendly staff, comfy beds and a great location, we'll probably choose to stay again sometime but as I said before, if you like a drink in the evening I'd skip the hotel bar and explore the northern quarter for better value for money.
- 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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