I stayed here when visiting in a friend in Manchester before flying from Manchester Airport early the next day so I didn't spend much time in my room. I booked quite last minute so I got a good deal. The hotel was in a good location and easy to find. The room was clean but very small, fine for just me but for more than one night with someone else I would have gotten annoyed.
The staff member that checked me in was fine but didn't tell me how to get to my room so I had to guess where the lifts were; she also insisted on reeling off all the sales pitch about the spa/fitness/breakfast/restaurant etc. (which I didn't want and I'd already told her I would be leaving for the airport at 7am (breakfast is from 7am, and that I was going out to see friends that evening and it was already 5.30pm). I also found her accent wasn't very clear and I had to ask her to repeat a couple of things (not normally an issue, but with the English of the staff at my stay in Stockholm the next day being better it seemed worth mentioning!).
On the plus side they were happy to order me a taxi for the next morning (which was early and they called up to my room to tell me); they also offered a wake-up call which was on time and they come to your door which was a bit of a surprise as I'd previously just had a phone call at other hotels. And check-out staff were very friendly, chatty and efficient.
Overall I was happy with my stay here and might stay here again under the same circumstances.
- Also Known As:
- The Portland By Thistle, Manchester Hotel Manchester
- The Portland By Thistle, Manchester Hotel
- Manchester Thistle Hotel
- 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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