Five words not contained in the Thistle official website for this hotel (which for some strange reason doesn't have a "Rooms" tab...probably because there are no positive words to describe the rooms):
Booked in on business for two nights; unfortunately Man U were at home, so all the other hotels were booked up, otherwise I'd have turned straight round and gone elsewhere.
Issues encountered in 2-day stay:
- only two lifts, one of which was out of commission for both days. A sign recommended use of the service lift, which was utterly filthy
- general dirt in corridors, especially round the aircon units, where the surrounding ceiling was black
- small, tired, grimy room, with peeling wallpaper and a bottom sheet that didn't even fit the mattress
- small, tired, grimy bathroom, with stained bath with side panel rotten and bowed
- shower curtain so dirty I'd rather mop up a flooded floor than use it
- rubbish on bath surround left by previous guest and not cleaned away by housekeeping
- newspaper delivered one day out of two
I still can't believe that the list price for a room in this hotel is £160-£180 per night. You get a better, bigger, cleaner room at any of the Premier Travel Inns locally, let alone the Ibis or Novotel.
Unless it's the only place within 50 miles with an available room, and you really, REALLY have to be in Manchester, avoid this hotel at all costs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Piccadilly Gardens in the heart of the city, we’re just five minutes’ walk form Picadilly Railway Station close to some great attractions, the Arndale Centre, China Town the Arena and Manchester central are all a short walk away. The Portland was one of Manchester's first hotels and has a modern feel. Just Gym with a plunge pool and Jacuzzi is available in the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Portland By Thistle, Manchester Hotel Manchester
- Manchester Thistle Hotel