I booked this hotel for a Friday night stay, and considering the price I paid and the package, which included "free" breakfast, it was genuinely good value for money.
Unfortunately, the package also included a free Pimms on arrival; this was never offered or mentioned - I did not mind, and did not particularly want the free Pimms, but this was just one of many little things that were wrong. The hotel, previously a Ramada, seems to have been updated very little - my room and bathroom looked really rather old, and I seemed not to have been updated in any way by Mercure. There was no soap left in the bathroom, either. The queue for seating at the restaurant for breakfast was slow as the member of staff assigned to this kept disappearing, the exit car park barrier was supposed to operate on number plate recognition to allow you to leave but it didn't work - there is a buzzer for the hotel to raise the barrier, but I had to press this several times before I was able to leave. Another little thing was that the reserved parking signs still said Ramada on them - this was not an issue at all, but just highlighted the lack of apparent effort made to renovate/update the hotel. There was always some background noise from generators or some other kind of hotel equipment - it was not enough to keep me awake but might be an annoyance to some people.
That said, my room was very comfortable, there were adequate lifts to service the hotel, there was ample parking, nothing in my room was faulty and all of the staff were very friendly.
I would stay here again; £15 for overnight parking is reasonable compared to NCP or other car parks, the room price for the location and general quality of the hotel is fair, and my stay was enjoyable. Compared to other Mercure's I have stayed in, it just doesn't quite measure up, but it may be that this hotel is still very much in a transitional process. If "all the little things", such as those I have stated in this review would ruin your stay, though, then look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME. The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is situated right in the heart of the city centre, easily accessible from the M6 and the M60 motorways. Making it the perfect location to discover one of the livliest cities of the North. This vibrant city has a fantastic array of shops, theatres, clubs, bars and restaurants, guaranteed to meet all customers' needs. RELAX IN ONE OF OUR STYLISH ROOMS: Each of the 280 bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom, flat screen LCD TV featuring in room entertainment and high speed internet access, hairdryer, trouser press/iron, climate control as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms are also available on request. The hotel offers a range of facilities for guests including accessible rooms. THE PLACE TO UNWIND: Enjoy a visit to ARTS Brasserie, serving modern food in stylish surroundings with a friendly atmosphere. Situated on the 3rd floor, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens, The Brasserie Restaurant is the perfect location to unwind at the end of the day. For a lighter meal choice, room service is available 24 hours a day. THE PLACE TO MEET: The Conference Centre comprises 10 flexible conference rooms all with complimentary wi-fi access, suitable for hosting discreet boardroom meetings or conferences up to 700 delegates. With the added benefit of natural daylight, soundproofing and climate control.Of course, its not just conferences that we're renowned for. Whether you're booking a wedding, gala dinner, private party or a company award ceremony, the International Suite is the perfect choice. Complete with its own private reception area, bar and stage. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE: Old Trafford - Manchester United's Stadium Manchester Central, The Palace and Opera House Theatres, Manchester City Etihad Stadium/Sportscity, Imperial War Museum, Trafford Shopping Centre, Manchester Art Gallery. By rail: Manchester Piccadilly Station 1/2 mile. By Air: Manchester Airport 10 miles. Parking: Chargeable parking. Limited spaces - subject to availability. Dry gym: Free use to residential guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Manchester
- Manchester Ramada