First off, I had a great stay, and a great sleep.
The hotel is bang in the gay area, and a big festival was in full swing, so I got the room at what I expect is the area's noisiest. The noise deadening of the secondary glazing was very good. Not total, but quieter than the AC. But how often do you need AC in Manchester. The beds were super comfy, and I slept like a log. I'd also note that because it is in a pedestrian area, on weekdays, the hotel seems super quiet and cosy. That cosy atmosphere was evident in the old-fashioned bookshelf, with books and board games.
The room was very clean, and the kettle, glasses etc spotless. The mini-bar was well stocked, and the coffee, tea, and fresh milk refreshed daily. A picnic hamper for a snack bar, bath robes in both wardrobe and bathroom ... and a rubber duck on the bath towels. Cute.
To nit-pick, the room was a bit dimly lit. Mostly for effect, but girls need full-spectrum lighting ... just to check. I did not use the adjoining restaurant, except for breakfast. The continental breakfast was disappointing. Full english was good, but the service was a little slow. The bar was OK, but too noisy for me. I did mention there was a huge festival going on, didn't I? I expect that at other times the ambience would be lovely. Certainly, the bar was lovely and comfortable.
Finding it, for someone who does not know Manchester, was not entirely easy. You can park at the rear entrance on Richmond St to offload baggage, and there are plenty of other car parks around.
I was really happy with the price I got, and I would certainly go back, at that price, but I'm reviewing this against the full price. I guess I'm not a boutique girl, because I would expect more facilities. The hotel did partner with fitness clubs etc, but not on-site. If you like the boutique and bijou ambience, this is a lovely hotel, in a fantastic location.
Finally, and it does bear mention (and possibly just one more star) what set this hotel apart was the lovely service. Slow breakfast apart, the staff could not have been more helpful, or more pleasant. There are many other reasons to stay here, but that is certainly the main reason I'd go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The chic Velvet Hotel on Canal Street opened in April 2009. It has 19 air-conditioned, decadent boudoirs with free Wi-Fi access and distinctive, modern designs. Velvet Manchester is well connected to Canal Street's Cafe Society. It is a premiere venue in which to eat and drink, relax or party, and has friendly, discreet service.The individual, stylish rooms have digital TV, an iPod docking station, Burt’s Bees toiletries and an in-room 'cocktail and canapé' packages, and more.Continental and full English breakfasts feature locally sourced ingredients and are served in the basement-level Velvet Restaurant (at an additional cost). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Velvet Hotel Manchester