Ibis in general is no-frills and very cheap but if you only need a bed and a shower then you really can't do any better. This was situated about 10mins from the city centre (tram or bus access, very regular services and close by the hotel) and is quite close to Media City, the main motorway on the outskirts of the city centre and Old Trafford. Lots of places to eat (Nandos, Frankie & Benny's, Subway for a snack etc) and a major supermarket just a minute along the road.
They throw in free wifi as standard (which is also very good by the way, quite fast) but don't expect the whole coffee/tea set-up for one thing, or more than one towel. You can ask for extra things like a towel, pillow or quilt but in general the room is very, very basic. The bed isn't always that comfortable either but then you could say that about most hotels regardless of the price you're paying and you might even like a harder bed than I do; it's all relative.
The room is clean but perhaps a little outdated, again not such an issue when you will be out all day/night anyway.
The biggest downside for me was the plug sockets or lack thereof and the fact that they are situated far away from the main mirror so if you want to use your hairdryer (which presumably you have brought with you) or hair straighteners, you're a little stuck if you need to see what you are doing. You also can't plug in more than one or two items at a time. Perhaps another outlet nearer the mirror might be useful!
Also if you are heading to a concert, make sure you are also aware of transport options back to the hotel late at night as it's not an easy or short walk from the centre of town and the trams are more unpredictable. Taxis are perhaps your best option after 11pm and they might be expensive depending on traffic (not so bad if you're sharing a taxi).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ibis budget Manchester Salford Quays is situated in close proximity to central Manchester by either car or public transport. The hotel is 100% non-smoking and all 210 bedrooms are en-suite with central air-control system and a flat screen TV. Enjoy the large selection of drinks and snacks available 24/7 from our grab & go section, displayed in our modern and welcoming public areas. Free WIFI throughout. A great continental buffet breakfast is served daily. IMPORTANT: Extremely limited amount of outdoor parking is available and chargeable at £7 per night - Please contact the hotel directly for additional information on car parking. ... more less
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