A superb hotel in Central Manchester – probably the best hotel I have ever stayed at in Britain (and I have stayed in one, or two, or three).
When and why we stayed:
We stayed here for 2 nights in June 2007 for a Week-end Break.
We paid £150 per night for the room including breakfast and dinner (both nights). We booked via the hotel’s website.
We stayed in Room 1409 on the 14th Floor (excellent views through the floor-to-ceiling windows). The room was ultra-modern with a wall-mounted Plasma TV (channels available include Sky Sports); king-sized comfortable bed; Ikea-like Furniture; a spacious wardrobe; and modern art on the walls. The bathroom / toilet was slightly cramped but clean and modern - complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn products were provided. The room also had a hairdryer; Internet connection (not free); safe; and an Ironing.
Avoid the ridiculously-priced mini-bar - a can of coke cost £3:50 and a 250ml bottle of Nottage Hill cost £9:95. There is both a Sainsbury’s Local and Tesco Express 5 minutes walk from the hotel (leave the hotel, turn right, and head up Deansgate).
Our room rate included breakfast and dinner at the hotel’s Podium restaurant. The breakfast buffet is superb: wonderful fresh fruit selection; cereals and nuts; full English selection ; breads and pastries. For dinner, our offer gave us £25 each to order from the A La Carte dinner menu. This was enough for three courses. My wife thought the food excellent. I thought the food quality good but the portion sizes were too small for my appetite – they matched the minimalist style of the restaurant’s décor. Service on both nights was chaotic and disorganised.
The hotel contains a free to use Livingwell gym and pool.
The hotel’s highlight is its cocktail bar called Cloud 23, which is on the … hotel’s 23rd floor. The bar is extremely popular – not just with hotel guests, there is always a long line for the lift that whisks you to the bar in seconds. Hilton guests receive priority access for the lift – show your room key to the steward. The bar may be posey, pricey and pretentious - a daiquiri and a mojito cost £15 - but it is worth a visit! The views from this vantage point are outstanding – the railway below looked like a train set. We could even make out the Rovers Return in the nearby Granada studios (unfortunately you can no longer tour the studios). TIP: for the best views turn right when you leave the lift.
The hotel does not have an on-site car park. Guests receive a 40% discount at the NCP opposite.
The hotel is in Manchester city Centre, on Deansgate in the shopping district. There is a 16-screens AMC cinema next door. The combined Deansgate railway / GMex Metrolink tram stop is nearby (leave the hotel, turn left and go down Deansgate).
In my opinion, Manchester is now England’s second city despite being home to United. My lovely wife, Angela says Manchester is great for shopping. We visited the Peoples Museum in nearby, Bridge Street. This free-entry museum is excellent. The highlights of the visit were the magnificent hand-painted vintage trade union banners and the collection of football memorabilia loaned by the Professional Footballers’ Association. We also visited The Lowry – in nearby Salford Quays, a short tram ride away from the hotel – get off at Harbour City. The Lowry is a fantastic modernist building and is home to a theatre and art gallery, whose displays include the work of legendary Salford-based artist, L.S.Lowry. Next to The Lowry is an outlet mall. Whilst my wife shopped, I visited the nearby Imperial War Museum North. We both enjoyed our stay in Manchester, our only regret was that our stay wasn’t longer.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel Manchester
- Manchester Hilton
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