Booked some months in advance, we stayed for one night only as to save us driving home after attending an event at the MEN. Because of this, we didn't really use the hotel's facilities to the full and can only review based on our short period of time in the hotel.
Booking in was straightforward. My wife did this while I drove to the Print Works multi-story parking garage where the car would be left overnight for a total charge of £15. Reasonable enough for city centre parking I thought.
Our room was on the third floor. Small, but not too small, with two double beds. The 'city view' was sufficient for us to keep the blinds closed! But we weren't bothered about that. The room was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was pristine with the usual accessories one would expect in a Crowne. The a/c worked fine, as did all the other electrical bits in the room.
The foyer and lobby were also very pleasant. However, as soon as one exited the hotel, there were a number of individuals in the vicinity - even on the actual steps of the hotel - who were clearly 'non-residents', clearly in need of a good wash and brush up, and taking full advantage of the local off-license takeout service! This was even more prolific on our return to the hotel after our evening out at a show at the MEN arena. I'm not overly bothered with this myself, but others may well be. I did not feel unsafe in the area at any time.
Arriving back at the hotel, we retired to our room around 11pm. The hotel was nice and quiet, a subtle hum from the bar area was very low key and in no way objectionable. Back in our room, lights out by midnight, we had an exceptionally comfortable, quiet and undisturbed night's sleep.
Breakfast the next morning was very good. Buffet-style with all the usual full-English, through to lightweight fare for those who couldn't manage a proper breakfast(!). My only gripe he was the absence of staff once we were seated who would replenish our tea and coffee - had to do this myself (the coffee and tea jugs were right next to me, so not a big deal really).
Checkout was very straightforward and hassle-free. Notably, we were asked if we need a hand with our bags. I declined - but it was nice to be asked.
Overall - a very pleasant stay, as one would expect of this hotel chain. I use them regularly (worldwide, business and leisure) and have little to complain about - ever. I'll continue to use them (already booked in at London City) Crowne Plaza on June 14th. Be interesting to compare the standards of a hotel in the 'smoke' with this one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is the hottest new hotel to land on the city in 2008. It is perfectly situated in the heart of Manchester in the trendy Northern Quarter, Victoria and Piccadilly Stations and Shudehill Tram and Bus Interchange are all within a short walking distance of this stunning new city centre hotel. The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is ideally located within easy access to the MEN Arena, Manchester Central, the Printworks, Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre, Urbis, Manchester City and Manchester United football grounds. The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre has 228 luxurious bedrooms with one or two queen or king sized beds including Club Rooms, Junior and Presidential Suites, and a club floor with enhanced views and exclusive access to the top floor club lounge. The stylish rooms have superb contemporary bathrooms boasting separate bath and shower, LCD televisions and complimentary internet access. All guests have complimentary access to the gym which has a range of cardio-vascular equipment open 24 hours a day. The Glasshouse Bar and Restaurant is an ideal place to relax and unwind with a specialty cocktail or have dinner with colleagues or friends. The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre also offers nine modern and state-of-the art meeting rooms with a maximum capacity for up to 200 delegates with complimentary wireless internet access. Located right in the heart of Manchester on the edge of the captivating nightlife and excellent entertainment area including the trendy Northern Quarter, the hotel provides you with the gateway to what the city has to offer. With state of the art conference facilities and 228 individual bedroom experiences, every care has been taken to combine the edgy modern design of the building with contemporary luxury facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Manchester
- Manchester Crowne Plaza