Pretty new HI next-door to the new(ish) BBC broadcasting complex in Manchester (sorry, Salford).
The actual hotel is brand new, nice-furnished rooms, decent-speed wifi (2Mb synchronous speed for free, but cr*p access system which means you can't use it on your phone etc and laptop at the same time).. Shower/bath seems to be running a decent volume and temperature of hot water.
Negatives are the auto-charging-in-room bar which "proudly" boasts "We charge you automatically if you even think about looking at anything" - well not quite but you get the drift. The big multi-story car-park next door is okay, but is a £6.50 supplement on top of your room charge (or £15 if you don't know to ask for the discount rate and get you card validated in advance). Lifts are also very slow: they take longer to more between 3 or 4 floors than lifts in Dubai/HongKong/Rio take to move between 30/40 floors: so inevitably they can't cope with the morning rush. My bed was also somewhat soggy: Premier Inn do far better. The in-room AC (I think) controls are analogue, so very hard to work out what you have set, and even on the coldest setting insist on blowing hot air much of the time.
I was booked in on a room-only rate, and was a little surprised on check-in not to be offered breakfast. Until I found out what they wanted to charge.... the receptionists are clearly embarrassed about it. That was until I saw the restaurant menu prices.. Fortunately there are plenty of more reasonably-priced alternatives within walking distance for those whose companies don't have the BBC's budget or (heaven forbids!) have to pay for it themselves.
I conclude that this is a hotel which relies from staff visiting the publicly-funded BBC next door. For the sake of the taxpayer (you and me!) I I hope they get a better deal that I did...
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