We arrived at 3pm on a Friday and were swiftly checked in by smiling faces. For the first time ever we were asked if we would like a room key each (which we normally have to ask for ourselves). We asked for a room on the upper floors and were rewarded with the best view available of the city.
The abiding memory of this hotel is how really sparkling clean everything was. It was like new!
We couldnt fault it, nether could our friends who also had a room on the 7th floor.
Great accessibility for the MEN but it was pouring down and so we called a taxi - which took 20 minutes to travel as far as we could have walked in 10 minutes!
The cost at £6.50 was worth it so as to avoid the drenching we would have had. Luckily we allowed an hour before the show began (and we needed all of that). The hotel is hard to find and walking back was a nightmare;12,000 people made the taxi queue hours terribly long. If lost look for the much larger Crown Plaza hotel - (the Holiday Inn Express is behind it up an unadopted road). On return at 11.15pm we found the bar inundated with customers -another queue! We waited for 20 minutes to be served. The bar staff are not able to serve quickly enough to satisfy demand. Hidden away in all the paperwork was the fact that takeaway meals can be ordered and delivered to the reception for guests to collect. We ordered an indian curry and enjoyed it. After a really good nights sleep (must mention the showers which are quality ones) the breakfast was very acceptable (although served in a very tight galley servery - why couldnt the tea and coffee be placed somewhere else more accessible?)
Overall we really rated this place - mainly for the sparkling cleanliness.We will return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern and contemporary Holiday Inn Express Hotel Manchester City Centre Arena is situated right in the heart of Manchester. The Manchester Arena, Printworks, Arndale Centre, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols & Football Museum are just a few minutes walk from the Manchester Hotel. Located in the vibrant Northern Quarter with its cosmopolitan mix of boutique shops, captivating nightlife, fashion designers, creative agencies, art galleries, home to the iconic Afflecks Palace, popular cafes, bars and restaurants, the northern quarter is the cultural heart of Manchester. The Manchester Central convention complex, Man Utd and Man City Football Stadiums are all within easy reach. Ideally located for the business and leisure traveller the Manchester hotel provides you with the gateway to what the city has to offer. Please note you can use Printworks NCP parking and it costs £15 per 24hrs. ... more less
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