Considering this place was about half the price of nearby hotels, I wasn't expecting to be in the lap of luxury. Starting with the good, the location just walking distance from Piccadilly station is very convenient. The security on the building is a bit elaborate with door codes to get in the front door, codes to get from the lobby to the elevators and codes to get into the garage. The apartment itself is bigger than a standard hotel room with a separate bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining area plus a private bathroom.
The bad, it could have been a little cleaner. It wasn't filthy but it definitely didn't seem like it was that well maintained. The dishwasher in the kitchen didn't work, there were several light bulbs burned out throughout the apartment and every item in the kitchen was rigged up to a switch none of which were labeled so it was trial and error to figure out which one controlled the oven, which controlled the refrigerator, etc. Mismatched numbers of glasses, plates and tableware made for a funky experience dining in the room.
If you just need a place to crash, this isn't a horrible place and I've stayed in much worse but if you're looking for a full hotel experience, this isn't for you.
One final note, our room overlooked the canal which at odd hours of the night a lot of men seemed to be hanging around. A local friend who stopped by confirmed my suspicion, the walkway under the bridge over the canal is one of the oldest gay cruising areas in town. The men seem to keep their activities out of sight under the bridge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you need a serviced apartment in Manchester then this is the perfect location. NOW UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT, MAX Manchester Piccadilly on Dale Street is the latest location from Max Apartments. With a choice of either one, two or three bedroom apartments set over 9 floors in the heart of the Manchester, the apartments are only two minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Train Station.This superb location offers easy access to the main business, shopping, dining and entertainment districts and boasts fantastic city views. The apartments can provide a perfect home to best fit your business and leisure requirements.Each apartment offers free Wi-Fi, luxury bathrooms, LCD televisions with DVD player, fully fitted kitchens with integrated appliances with a mix of wood flooring and carpets to bedrooms. Most apartments have Juliet or walk around balconies and the two bedroom apartments all have en suite facilities complete with Hydro showers.Manchester’s Metrolink Tram system is on the doorstep for quick and easy access to the Airport, Media City and surrounding areas. Also close by are the beautiful Piccadilly Gardens or the famous Northern Quarter with its mix of bars and restaurants.On hand are Manchester’s fantastic range of shopping attractions such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, with plenty more on Kings Road and in the Arndale Centre – the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre. ... more less
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