We booked through hotwire for last weekend and only paid £60 for two adults for one night room only, but of course only found out we would be staying here after booking.
We were happy with this arrangement however as we knew we would be in an area not too far from where our friends were stopping.
The hotel receptionist even encouraged us to leave a review on Trip Advisor, so hear it is …
Arriving in a flap after foolishly misplacing the booking confirmation, we were welcomed by a friendly chap who checked us in very efficiently and had a good knowledge of the hotel and local area. He even took the trouble to use google to find us the answers to our questions and gave us a map of the area. He also later ordered us a taxi which arrived in no time at all.
We were also asked if we required a newspaper in the morning and/or a wake-up call which we politely declined as this was not required.
The hotel reception area also offers guests a free copy of the Manchester Evening News and has various magazines and information leaflets available. There is even a coffee shop in the hotel entrance.
A £25 pre-authorisation was taken from my credit card on arrival but as I managed not to incur any extra charges during my visit this was released when I checked out.
The hotel itself is located just a short 5 minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Railway Station (did not hear any train noises) or just off the A57(M) Mancunian Way if arriving by car. The hotel is also close to Canal Street and although I didn’t see a car park onsite there appears to be several reasonably priced car parks in the near vicinity. The hotel is located opposite the University of Manchester buildings.
Our room (531) on the 5th floor was easy enough to find using the two lifts located next to the restaurant. I read somewhere that the hotel used to be a halls of residence for students which the surrounding buildings also appeared to be.
I reckon this probably explains why the room and the bed was a bit on the snug side for two adults. However as we only were in the room for a few hours it wasn’t that much of a problem and there is probably not a lot they can do to alter the room sizes to be fair. The walls were also a little thin but didn’t stop us from sleeping.
The room was clean and the room attendants also seemed friendly.
The room itself was very well equipped with TV, plenty of tea and coffee, clean towels and bedding, free shower gel, free wifi, ironing facilities and an hairdryer.
The shower was good and powerful but did spill out onto the bathroom floor which we managed to mop up without any fuss. I don’t know why all hotels don’t design their showers better?
Our room overlooked the courtyard of the university grounds which was quiet on the Friday night / Saturday morning. Check-out time is 11am which also enabled us to get some much needed rest after a heavy night sampling the many delights of the city centre.
The security at the hotel also seems to be taken quite seriously as when we arrived back at 4am the doors were locked and we had to ring the bell. The same receptionist who had checked us in then promptly appeared to check the guest’s hotel passes before allowing us into the reception.
I can’t comment on the hotels food as we booked room only and were not hungry enough the following morning to indulge in breakfast; however plenty of people looked to be enjoying the restaurant.
We were also told that room service is available 24 hours a day.
There was also an impressive dangling ball in the hotel reception which is something to do with gravity if I remember correctly and has also attracted royal visitors.
There also looked to be numerous and impressive conference facilities at the hotel and in fact a conference was taking place just as we left which suggests that the hotel is probably a good option for this type of visit.
In conclusion, we paid a fair price, were happy overall and in our opinion we would return and recommend to others visiting Manchester City Centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pendulum Hotel Manchester City & Manchester Conference Centre is a fantastic 3*Hotel and Conference Centre, offering a perfect base for your city visit. The hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station for trains, trams and a free bus service across the city. The Hotel is also located 15 minutes' drive from Manchester International Airport. The hotel is conveniently located in one of the city's most fashionable areas for clubs and culture, within easy reach of the best bars, pubs, theatres, exhibitions and concerts, as well as Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs. The hotels facilities are impressive with The Conservatory Bar & Courtyard, The Hub Bistro and Coffee Bean Cafe serving meals and drinks throughout the day, alongside 24 Hour Room Service. The Pendulum Hotel is home to state-of-the-art business facilities courtesy of The Manchester Conference Centre... Making the Pendulum Hotel unique amongst other Manchester Hotels. This friendly and flexible 3* Hotel offers so much more, with drinks offers, meal deals and events taking place throughout year. There is never a dull moment, or you can find some peace in this busy city and relax overlooking our leafy courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Hotel Manchester
- Days Inn Manchester