In stayed in The Ibis Charles Street in Manchester for three nights from June 12 until June 15. It is a very basic place to stay with a small bedroom and a small bathroom. However the double bed was comfortable and the room and bathroom were very clean. When I checked in, they gave me a room on the third floor. But immediately after entering the room, I noticed that one of the curtains wasn't attached to the ceiling, but was lying on the floor. A bit odd since housekeeping had just finished in the room and I would have thought that they would have reported the problem and dealt with it. After I phoned reception a member of staff told me that there was no mantainance personal because it was Saturday. That is a bit strange in a big hotel. With the right tools, even I would have solved the little problem within minutes. The man at the desk then asked me if sleeping without a curtain would be a problem. Well, in the middle of June when the sun rises very early, daylight in my eyes before 5 am will be a bit of a problem when trying to sleep, so I told him that the missing curtain was a problem. I was then moved to a new room (208) that was alright. Housekeeping wasn't always very smart. I had to put the tray on my bed, so that they would notice that they had to add new tea bags and after the first night they took away the half used soap bar from the bathroom (a bit of a waste), but didn't replace it with a new bar. The hotel is less then a 15 minute walk from the shopping centre and there are nice pubs nearby. Getting around in Manchester is easy. The prices the Ibis Hotel in Charles Street charges (from GBP58 to GBP69 for a small room a night excluding breakfast) are high for a two star basic hotel. I didn't bother to pay an extra GBP 6.95 for breakfast in the hotel, since there was a Wetherspoon close by in Princes Street that has an excellent breakfast menu for far less. I doubted whether to give this hotel a two of a three star review because the price is to high for the services offered, but because the room was clean and the bed very comfortable and this is important to me, I will be generous and make it three.
- 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