What a pleasant surprise this place is, and only 5 mins walk from Piccadilly train station. My room on the 4th floor was enormous - easily twice the size of some of the downtown rooms in plush pads, and nicely decorated with two full double windows. The kingsize bed was very comfortable and the bathroom (bath and large, separate walk-in shower) was equally vast.
I dined in the restaurant in the evening - very friendly staff and excellent food. The cooked breakfast was equally tasty - gorgeous sausages. I noticed it has a 5 star food standards rating which seems very well earned. The downstairs bar area is large and comfortably laid out. The bartenders also know exactly how to serve your desired tipple: it's a long time since I've had a brandy gently warming over a hot water tumbler with a napkin hat. Oh, and the public toilets were spotlessly clean.
The only minor quibbles would be, as some have mentioned, the lifts (elevators) - only two of them, very slow, almost impossible to use when the hotel is busy, always full to capacity. I think they need at least another two or three lifts. The stairs are fine if you are able to use them, but there's a lot of them and it's no good if you have large bags. Similarly, the queues to check out seemed to last all morning (I assume they do a DIY checkout but I was lucky - if you're in a rush, plan ahead!).
In summary: excellent accommodation and fine dining all attended by very friendly and knowledgeable staff. I'd definitely stay again and recommend it over the other chain hotels in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, set in the heart of Cottonopolis, is Manchester's largest four-star hotel. Perfectly located if travelling by rail, road or foot, our eyecatching expanse dominates the skyline all the way from Piccadilly Station to the Mancunian Way allowing quick and easy access to and from all the major motorways. The team at our hotel in Manchester is driven to deliver an outstanding guest experience and has a reputation for its service standards and food quality. As the 2013 winner of "The best sleep in the city" award (Manchester Evening News), it combines 338 beautiful bedrooms with state of the art conferencing, an indulgent urban spa and first class bar and live theatre restaurant experience in our Scottish Steak Club. ... more less
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