The hotel from the outside and reception looks not bad, although after checking into the bedrooms they were found to be small, cramped shoe boxes that were dirty, disgusting and hot. (The hotel is advertised as having air conditioning, although conveniently, it doesn’t work)
The bathrooms were in drastic need of renovation, the 80’s style mismatching suite was dirty and mouldy. The hot tap in the bath fell off in my hand and the bath was stained.
The restaurant food was ok. I know it is not a fast food restaurant but you would expect to be served a three course meal in less than 3 hours.
I was embarrassed to admit ever staying in this hotel; I’ve stayed in cleaner and more attractive youth hostels. (At least you get your moneys worth at a youth hostel.) Needless to say the business trip was cut short, and the contract with the Thistle hotel ended. We have since been much happier spending our time spent on business staying at Malmaison or The Palace, where the staff are extremely pleasant in beautiful surroundings.
- 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