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Okay so I just changed our hotel from Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

Water Street

Manchester, M3 4JQ

to the Travel Inn on Portland Street as was previously recommended.

however, I just saw a post that said to avoid Portland Street ... any thoughts for me out there ?? I leave tomorrow !! Yikes !! the first night it will be 2 thirty year old ladies, getting to Picadilly station just after 10 pm on a thursday (Picadilly is the closest, right?)

the second night, it will one one thirty year old lady by herself who was concerned if there are any safety issues she should be worried about.

thanks.

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I would have stuck with the Victoria & Albert personally. I have'nt stayed there but it gets good reviews and host several prestegious functions. Get a black cab from Picadilly station to your hotel some of the other cabs are'nt licenced and could be uninsured. Portland Street is'nt the best end of Manchester but if you take the normal precautions that you would at home you should be OK.

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The V&A is definitely posher/businessy than the Travel Inn but a bit further away from the nightlife.

The Travel Inn and Portland Street are absolutely fine.

The best train station is actually Oxford Road (the last train from the airport is at 10.49pm). The train will stop at Piccadilly first, you just stay on and it gets to Oxford Road in another two or three minutes. It'll probably be going on to Leeds or somewhere.

To get to your hotel, you leave the station by the main entrance, go down the little hill and you come out at the Cornerhouse cinema/bar and opposite the Palace Theatre. Turn left and then at the first main junction, you'll be looking at the Travel Inn - the entrance is just to the right of Boots and the casino (the casino is really good, by the way, and you only need a passport to get in. They often have great Chinese food on). No more than a five minute walk. No point getting a taxi.

If you go to Piccadilly Station (there are more trains from the airport that go to Piccadilly and stop there than carry on to Oxford Road) you're not much further away but you might want to get a taxi if you have bags. Loads of black 'London' cabs there and it will cost you about £5.00. Follow the signs for taxis and there's a rank just by one of the main doors.

If you want to walk, follow the signs for busses or city centre, and use the main pedestrian exit (people know it as the 'old' entrance), walk down the hill, cross the road with Malmaison hotel on your left and Rosetti hotel on your right. At the frst main junction, turn left onto Portland Street and walk all the way down and the Travel Inn is on your right. Perhaps ten to fifteen minute walk. This top end of Portland Street, Piccadilly Gardens, is probably the least nice part of Manchester but it's certainly not 'bad'.

Portland Street, particularly the bottom end where you are, is fine. Loads of great pubs and restaurants. You have to follow the usual rules of city centre life but you'll be fine. I've given a pub crawl idea on a post below (single woman, any tips???) which is just as easy to follow from your hotel as you're next door to the Ibis.

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you will be fine

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