I chose this hotel because four of us were going to see the Rocky Horror Show at the Opera House and, given the cold weather and the scanty costumes two of us (the blokes!) were wearing, it was ideally located a five minute walk away from the venue. Secure on-site parking and the option to cancel up to the day of arrival were also considerations, the latter being even more important given the snow chaos the previous weekend. The hotel is located on the canal-side and is right across the road from the Museum of Science and Industry, with Deansgate just along the road and the Arndale Centre about a ten minute walk away. The rooms are pretty basic and could do with redecoration but are a decent size, clean and comfortable. My only real issue was the shower which took me a while to work out because the writing on the fitting had disappeared. I initially assumed that you had to divert water from the bath taps to the shower with the central knob but ended up with a red-hot shower and a bath that was rapidly filling up with cold water. My brother-in-law had the same problem in his room but we managed to figure it out eventually. We ate in the bar area before going to the show and found the food pretty decent although we chose it for convenience and ate elsewhere the rest of the weekend. We hadn't bought breakfast in the room rate and were very pleasantly surprised at the quality and variety provided, buffet-style, for just under £8. The only let-down was the weak and watery coffee that was so insipid that I couldn't drink it. Having said that, I'm a bit of a coffee snob and most hotel breakfast coffee just doesn't do it for me. The bar prices are reasonable for a city centre hotel and it's a nice enough place to sit and while away time in between trips to the shops and other attractions. There's a big window onto the sports hall attached to the hotel and another bank of windows overlooking the canal that are ideal for people-watching and the atmosphere is very laid-back. To summarise, an excellent hotel if you intend to spend most of your time out and about and just need a comfy place to rest your head but probably not somewhere I'd book for a 'special' trip away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 3 Star Manchester city centre hotel is proud to offer a warm Northern welcome to all guests, providing a relaxing haven away from the hustle and bustle of City life. We are opposite the Museum of Science and Industry and located in a beautiful and historic corner of the city centre, within easy reach of the shopping centres, theatres and attractions that Manchester has to offer. The Castlefield Hotel has a valued waterside setting adjacent to the Castlefield canal basin & Arena, and we are proud to be welcoming back happy guests for over 26 years. FREE WIFI and FREE use of our ON SITE GYM with 18m SWIMMING POOL comes as an added bonus for all. Book direct to receive fabulous deals on Hotel city breaks in Manchester. So whether you are visiting Manchester for business or pleasure, for a short break or a longer holiday, we are sure we can make your stay a relaxing and enjoyable one. ... more less
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- Castlefield Hotel Manchester