The Days Hotel is not far from Manchester city centre on foot, tucked away just off the University campus (or UMIST, as was). It was initially difficult to locate the hotel, as it looked like student accommodation (I think there are some student blocks adjacent to the hotel). Once inside, I found myself in a modern reception area where I was efficiently checked in.
My first impression of the room was, again, student accommodation! It was pretty small - probably the smallest double hotelroom I have ever stayed in - and the furniture was basic, much in the style of Ibis/Travelodge/Premier Inn. However, the bed was nicely made up and the room provided everything you really need for a short stay. There was even a generous allocation of biscuits, including jammy dodgers!
The bathroom was also small, but was very contemporary and had a good-sized shower. Unfortunately, as soon as I got hot water in the shower, it went cold, even though I could get plenty of hot water in the washbasin. There was wall-mounted liquid soap (with which getting a lather was a major effort) but I didn't see any shampoos. The bathroom was immaculately clean, as was the bedroom.
The double bed was very comfortable and I would have had a good night's sleep had I not been woken up several times throughout the night by people talking loudly, shouting and arguing - I could hear this noise from the corridor, other rooms and from outside the hotel.
I paid £60 for a Friday night at the Days Hotel. My feeling is that this hotel is a touch over-priced for what I got, but is still cheap enough to attract the Friday-night revellers. So, while it is difficult to seriously criticise this very functional accommodation, I have to mark it down on price and clientele.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pendulum Hotel Manchester City & Manchester Conference Centre is a fantastic 3*Hotel and Conference Centre, offering a perfect base for your city visit. The hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station for trains, trams and a free bus service across the city. The Hotel is also located 15 minutes' drive from Manchester International Airport. The hotel is conveniently located in one of the city's most fashionable areas for clubs and culture, within easy reach of the best bars, pubs, theatres, exhibitions and concerts, as well as Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs. The hotels facilities are impressive with The Conservatory Bar & Courtyard, The Hub Bistro and Coffee Bean Cafe serving meals and drinks throughout the day, alongside 24 Hour Room Service. The Pendulum Hotel is home to state-of-the-art business facilities courtesy of The Manchester Conference Centre... Making the Pendulum Hotel unique amongst other Manchester Hotels. This friendly and flexible 3* Hotel offers so much more, with drinks offers, meal deals and events taking place throughout year. There is never a dull moment, or you can find some peace in this busy city and relax overlooking our leafy courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Hotel Manchester
- Days Inn Manchester