Accessing the multi-storey car park on arrival requires a guest to nip into Reception and obtain a magnetic card, then drive round to the side of the building where a heavy steel grill rises to admit the car to a corkscrew-like entrance ramp; once inside the concrete car park is reasonably well lit. Parking costs £15 per day. Using the lift to go back to Reception (there are no alternative stairs) check in is usually swift and trouble free.
The rooms are well furnished and spacious; although travelling alone, I was allocated room 911, which had two large double beds, a seating area, and a spacious bathroom. The television is the typical hotel TV, with a complex and hard-to-operate remote control, and no Ceefax on BBC. There is an empty, but working refridgerator, for the use of guests.
Breakfast was served in Robbie's Restaurant, and was a typical hotel buffet. Although breakfast was acceptable, the fried eggs were certainly somewhat past their best at 0745hrs, when the restaurant had opened at 0700hrs on Saturday. The buffet lunches we enjoyed in the restaurant were of a good standard, although with limited choice.
The superb location of the Renaissance means that the Arndale Centre, and other facilities of the city centre, are just a few minutes away. Although I was on the 9th floor, on Friday night the sirens of police cars and ambulances along Deansgate in the early hours could prevent some guests from enjoying a good night's sleep.
The hotel has many smoke/fire detectors, but no fire sprinkler system in the public areas, conference suites or bedrooms. Although there are the regulation fire escape stairs on each floor, their entrance doors are alarmed. This means that they can be used only in an emergency, and not as a "fitness option" for guests. When the hotel is busy, waiting for one of the three lifts can be a lengthy process, and only one of the lifts has access to the car park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of the most exciting cities in the UK, the 4 star Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel is at the heart of Manchester's stylish quarter. We're on Deansgate within walking distance of Harvey Nichols, Arndale, Piccadilly and a short walk to Victoria Station. It's the perfect location for weddings, group or private dinners and large conferences. Our hotel offers a magnificent lobby, high speed internet access, modern amenities and signature service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Manchester
- Manchester Renaissance
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