This hotel probably has one of the best locations in Manchester being right in Picadilly Gardens and the view from the bar/restaurant is especially good. Being in the heart of the city it does take a bit of finding if you are driving and take note, the hotel car park is up the slope not down it as this takes you into the more expensive NCP car park!
The hotel itself is a legacy Ramada hotel and still retains some of the features of that chain such as signage and the 'Arts Bar & Brasserie' (including the dinner menu!). My bedroom was on the 10th floor and unfortunately didn't have much of a view due to heavy condensation on the secondary glazing and also suffered from a surprising amount of traffic noise from outside. The room itself was a a good size, very clean with a comfortable bed but the wardrobe/hanging space was limited and reception on TV was quite poor. The air conditioning didn't seem to work terribly well so it was difficult to get the room to a comfortable temperature.
The bathroom had obviously had some refurbishment but still looked a little tired and there was a lack of space to put a washbag. It also suffered from the usual problem encountered in hotels of this age - the ceilings are too low so the showerhead is not high enough!!
I ate dinner in the hotel and the quality of the food was good and staff were pleasant and very efficient. Breakfast the next morning was also good with plenty of choice of both cold and hot food, although slightly tasteless sausages. It is certainly nice to have toast made for you rather than having to do it yourself as in most hotels these days!
Overall this hotel offers reasonable value for money, the room rate I paid was certainly on a par with other city centre hotels I considered and it is in a great location. With a bit more modernisation it could be fantastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME. The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is situated right in the heart of the city centre, easily accessible from the M6 and the M60 motorways. Making it the perfect location to discover one of the livliest cities of the North. This vibrant city has a fantastic array of shops, theatres, clubs, bars and restaurants, guaranteed to meet all customers' needs. RELAX IN ONE OF OUR STYLISH ROOMS: Each of the 280 bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom, flat screen LCD TV featuring in room entertainment and high speed internet access, hairdryer, trouser press/iron, climate control as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms are also available on request. The hotel offers a range of facilities for guests including accessible rooms. THE PLACE TO UNWIND: Enjoy a visit to ARTS Brasserie, serving modern food in stylish surroundings with a friendly atmosphere. Situated on the 3rd floor, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens, The Brasserie Restaurant is the perfect location to unwind at the end of the day. For a lighter meal choice, room service is available 24 hours a day. THE PLACE TO MEET: The Conference Centre comprises 10 flexible conference rooms all with complimentary wi-fi access, suitable for hosting discreet boardroom meetings or conferences up to 700 delegates. With the added benefit of natural daylight, soundproofing and climate control.Of course, its not just conferences that we're renowned for. Whether you're booking a wedding, gala dinner, private party or a company award ceremony, the International Suite is the perfect choice. Complete with its own private reception area, bar and stage. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE: Old Trafford - Manchester United's Stadium Manchester Central, The Palace and Opera House Theatres, Manchester City Etihad Stadium/Sportscity, Imperial War Museum, Trafford Shopping Centre, Manchester Art Gallery. By rail: Manchester Piccadilly Station 1/2 mile. By Air: Manchester Airport 10 miles. Parking: Chargeable parking. Limited spaces - subject to availability. Dry gym: Free use to residential guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Manchester
- Manchester Ramada