Quick Summary :
Staff are incredibly helpful, the customer was always right in this case.
Bar area and Restaurant are of the highest quality, food presentation is second to none.
Live music all night.
Get ready to do some serious cocktail drinking!
Room was clean, tidy, very comfortable.
Don't worry about soaking it all up, the breakfast is amazing!
Great location for walking to places.
Check Hotel website for package deals!
Full Review below.....
Well, what can I say ?
My lovely wife managed to get 2 tickets to see Man U v Aston Villa on Sunday 7th Jan as my Christmas pressie, so after visiting TripAdvisor as normal to check on the hotels available and their ratings, we were pleasantly surprised to see this Hotel at No. 1 and the rates that were being offered were incredibly good value.
We booked about 3 weeks in advance, through the Hotel's own website. We were taken aback, we managed to get an Executive King Size Bed room, for £99, and that was INCLUDING a 2 course meal AND Full English Breakfast the next day.
Too good to be true we thought, so we rung up the Hotel directly, and were told that if the rate/package was on the website, then that's what was being offered. This was strange as just below, the room-only rate, was £30 more, and DIDN'T include any dinner ?!
When we arrived we were pleased to see that the Hotel was only a short ride from Manchester Picadilly train station, cost about £4 by taxi. It's location was very good, right next to ChinaTown, with the Manchester Library 2 mins up the road, which we used to get our MetroLink tram up to Old Trafford.
After some initial confusion as to what room we had, which I can say was sorted out very promptly by the receptionist, we made our way to a lovely room, with great decor, some nice leather seats, some nice artwork and a HUGE super-king bed.
The room was spotless, the only thing we could fault was that the mini-bar was not stocked, but I can only imagine this was due to the initial confusion over the room. This was no biggie to us as we planned, and I say PLANNED, so go out into town later in the evening.
Dinner time came and we weren't expecting all that much. Most of the hotels we've been to have been the standard fare, a room which is usually used for conferencing or meetings, converted with a few tables and chairs into an eating area. Well this was NOTHING like that!
We made our way downstairs and were confronted by a beautifully lit, beautifully long cocktail bar. It had some great ambient lighting, and had some great music being pumped out by the live DJ who was already into his set for the night. Well that was our first surprise!
We sat down at the lovely bar area and were greeted by some incredibly friendly bar staff, who after we requested a bog-standard cocktail, suggested we went through their menu! We did this and ordered a couple from the menu and had the pleasure of watching them being expertly made up in front of us. These guys were real pros, Tom Cruise out of Cocktail eat your heart out! No need for gimmicky bottle-throwing here, besides, it was probably a bit dark for that!
I found a waiter and explained we were having a drink at the bar, and if we could go to our table in a little while, and he was more than happy to call us over in a bit.
After a while we got the call that our table was ready and were escorted to a lovely table in a booth-area, with high-leather-backed chairs in a romantic corner of the room, very nice. Our drinks were brought over for us to finish at our leisure and our waiter introduced himself as a qualified Sommelier!
Now we were expecting some sort of Express menu with a limited choice to be presented to us as the dinner was inclusive in the room rate, but oh no. We were presented with the full a la carte menu, which had a huge variety of choices in it. We ordered our food and enjoyed an exquisite crab salad, dark and rich duck pate, followed by sumptuous chicken breast and a gorgeously-cooked steak. Topped off with an incredible chocolate tart and a lovely apple pie with custard. The food tasted awesome, and the presentation was of the HIGHEST standard.
We finished our meal, charged it to our room then headed back to the bar before we had a few more cocktails and retired for the evening.
In the morning we headed down to breakfast, and wanting to stock up on something substantial due to a day in the terraces looming we were not disappointed. Loads of good food on offer, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, beans, pastries, all manner of healthier options, toast, cereals, dried fruits, fresh fruits, coffee, orange juice, apple juice, grapefruit juice. So many options and it all looked good, the cooked meats were not dripping in the usual pools of fat that you get at most other hotel breakfasts!
Then came checkout time and we just knew there was going to be some sort of issue, mainly due to the fact we were given the wrong room to start with. Well we got the bill, and they had indeed charged us for breakfast and dinner, so we pointed out that they were both meant to be included in the meal. The woman disappeared for a moment, to check our initial booking, and then reappeared confirming we were correct and proceeded to remove the WHOLE dinner and breakfast cost from the bill. So all in all, our night in a plush room, an amazing dinner and evening of drinks in a lovely vibrant bar (which people obviously go to as a night out in itself as there were LOTS of people there), live music, a good nights sleep, and a great breakfast, came to a grand total of £130. This was made even more astonishing when we looked to the right of the reception area, and glanced at their 2006 room rates, and ours was listed as £205 per night!!!
So this was indeed a terrific bargain, and we would not hesitate in going back there, if it was just for an evening even, the bar is that good!
Thanks Arora, you made our weekend a fantastic one with your level of service, and it was made all the more incredible by the fact we beat Villa 2-1 in the final minutes to go through to the 4th round!
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- Also Known As:
- Arora International Hotel Manchester
- Manchester Arora International Hotel
- Arora Hotel