I stayed in three different studio rooms during October. All were on the first floor, overlooking a fairly busy (and very "urban") bus route. No lift access to these rooms - they share the first floor with the gym and spa. The connecting corridor has a couple of fire doors - which bang loudly - it would be such a simple job to adjust the self-closers, but alas, this standard of maintenance was echoed in all three rooms I stayed. Two out of the three had broken washing machines (I fixed one myself). One had a missing iron and ironing board. One had no internet access. Two had bathroom problems. All had the bare minimum for an apartment (two knives, two teaspoons, two forks). No privacy from the road (a roller blind at night for the large windows).
Poor sound insulation and lots of hard surfaces is not a good combination, so expect sound from both inside and outside. Each apartment seems to have its own independent water heating system - noisy even with the cupboard door shut, and poor extraction from the steamy bathrooms.
I found the lighting difficult too - One room had two floor lamps, one had a loose electrical socket, so I thought best not to turn on the light.
Rooms were all clean, and a couple of nice touches (tea/coffee/sugar), but I'm afraid I don't see this accommodation as boutique or five star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Light ApartHotel is the first true ApartHotel in Manchester, occupying a prime city centre location on the fringe of the Trendy Northern Quarter. Our guests enjoy the flexibility of serviced apartment living with hotel-style accommodation, appealing to both the business and leisure traveller, The Light ApartHotel consists of 60 fully equipped and beautifully furnished studios, one and two bedroom apartments and a range of penthouse suites. The Light ApartHotel is a true alternative to top-end hotels and gives flexibility for families whose kids aren't quite independent, but too old to share a room. Once you've tried it, we know you'll come back for more." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Light Boutique Apart Hotel Manchester