I stayed here on business for two nights midweek, attending a conference at the University of Manchester. In terms of access to Oxford Road, the location is good, and it's easy to reach the local universities. As other reviewers have commented, the area directly surrounding the hotel isn't great, but I didn't experience any problems.
Having stayed here once before (sadly, I don't often get to choose which hotels I stay at on business), I was pleased to be given a room that faced Princess Street rather than facing the main road and train line, which I found to be rather noisy previously.
However, I then found I'd been placed in an accessible room (not requested) and this meant a large wet-room style bathroom where the shower flooded the rest of the bathroom floor. The room was in need of some serious redecoration - carpets, painting and fixtures on the walls were all substandard. There were a few plug sockets including two at the desk - though these were so low it was impossible to fit my laptop plug in - not a great design. The free wi-fi on offer in the rooms is pitifully slow, no doubt in order to persuade you to upgrade to the faster service.
Breakfast, which I went to on both days at around 8am, was rather chaotic - there weren't enough chairs and tables for the number of guests, the orange juice had run out on both days, and the single, painfully slow tea & coffee machine meant long queues and more crowding. The food was OK but no more - I would have expected more variety and higher quality for £8 per day - compared to a similar deal at most Premier Inns it was well off the mark.
Service at the front desk was friendly and generally smooth when checking in and out. If you want to leave bags after checking out, the hotel charge £2 per bag - this seems a little bit exploitative so I declined the offer.
On a brighter note, if you're looking for somewhere good to eat in the evening, you can't go wrong with the Indian restaurant next door - East Z East. It has won a number of awards and it's easy to see why.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ibis Manchester Centre Princess Street Hotel is located on the corner of Princess St and Charles St, 5 minute walk from the heart of Manchester City Centre. Located next to the Manchester Conference Centre, the BBC & the Universities, the hotel is an excellent base whether visiting Manchester on business or for leisure. The Nightpsots of Canal St and bustling China Town are close by. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Hotel Manchester
- Hotel Ibis Manchester
- Ibis Manchester
- Manchester Ibis