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Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena
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Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel Saturday just gone and the location was perfect for us, even more so than the Oxford Rd site, being close to the printworks, shops and the northern quarter.

Parking: There isn't any belonging to the hotel. There is a car park close by on the corner of Swan St (I think) that was £10 for 24 hours.

Room: All the rooms in Holiday Inns are decent and this was no different. We were on the 7th floor but unfortunately on the wrong side so we didn't have the nicer views. Shame really.

Bar: A nice relaxing place to share a few drinks and wind down. The staff were lovely and I think the prices were reasonable for town. The bar also stays open until at least 1am for residents.

Breakfast: Awful. The times were 730 to 1030, which seemed a little short to me but I managed to get down in time. The coffee and orange juice seemed fine but the hot breakfast was atrocious. I always find it hard to believe that the same parent company that does amazing breakfasts in the Crowne Plazas, Liverpool Indigo etc do them so terribly in the Holiday Inns. Sausages which are more bangers than gourmet; scrambled egg from a packet and beans which I didn't want to try! No bacon, black pudding etc, that's it.

I appreciate it is complimentary but please consider charging a fiver and improving the fayre - I cannot see anybody objecting!
Overall I think this is a really good Holiday Inn to stay in and the location is spot on. The breakfast was standard for all of the Holiday Inn wing of IHG so don't let that aspect put you off - Manchester is not short of great eateries.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

I have to say this hotel was a gem of a find. The rooms are very modern and spacious with mood lighting, a comfy bed and a large powerful shower. They have free wifi and the option to upgrade to faster wifi for a small charge. The television had a long list of digital stations and there were plenty of available plug points to charge the myriad of devices I seem to travel with these days.

The breakfast was of a decent quality for this standard of hotel particularly the quality yoghurts with fruit, cereals, pastries and a hot breakfast all available as self service. There was also a very helpful wide breakfast time window which should suit whatever type of traveller you are. The only minor gripes were that the coffee from the machine was pretty rank but they had a nice range of teas.

The hotel is located in a funky part of town with lots of quirky restaurants and one off shops including thrift shops but still only a few minutes walk to the large arndale centre and about 12 minutes walk to Picadilly station.

But I am leaving the best to last - every single member of staff I met here appeared happy and were always willing to help or offer appropriate suggestions and they seemed genuinely interested in ensuring that their guests had as good an experience both in the hotel and in the city as possible.

Finally while you are in Manchester, Lowry's work is well worth checking out.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank TheIrishFella
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Amazing hotel from start to finish. Check in staff were very helpful.

Rooms were amazing we stayed in a twin bedded room. With the option of firm or soft pillows which was a nice touch. The shower was perfection the best I've ever experienced.

The breakfast is free and lovely scrambled eggs sausages and fruit, toast,yogurts lovely breakfast.

Perfect location for MEN Arena.

Already booked to come back in November :)

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank travels26
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Stayed over for a great weekend in Manchester.

Paid £25 per night including breakfast as part of a special promotion from IHG. Easy to find and a short walk from Piccadilly station.

Rooms were massive with a double bed and a sofa bed.

Breakfast was a good spread with 3 hot items - sausages, baked beans and scrambled eggs. Loads of croissants and other pastries and liars of bread for the toasters!

I would recommend to anyone looking for a cheap hotel in Manchester. Certainly ticks all the boxes!

Free wifi was a bonus, albeit not very fast. You can pay for faster wifi though.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

Overall the hotel and room very clean, the room was a good size, with a big bathroom and shower, the only issue with the bathroom, not much light!
No wonder breakfast was free - lets just say the less I say the better! But if you not bothered about the breakfast nice place to stay with short walking distance to the city centre. Stay all seemed friendly and always smiling.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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AlicjaTaranowicz, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2014

Thank you Benjamin for your recent stay and feedback. I am happy to read that you found most aspects of your stay enjoyable. I am sorry that you feel that the free breakfast did not meet your expectations. It is an area we are continually working on and hope that it would not stop you from returning to us in the future. Best Regards.

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