Blackfriars Street, Manchester, England, M3 2EQ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Nightlife, Shopping
Expert review of Renaissance Manchester
This is the ideal location for lovers of Manchester’s stylish designer shops as the hotel is just a stone’s throw from Exchange Square - home to Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. I love the local touches throughout such as the black and white Manchester cityscape hanging over the reception desk and the abstract painting of two local football players next to the entrance.
Shoppers won’t have to lug their bags far to this hotel just off Deansgate. The superb location is also extremely close to the MEN, The Printworks and the Northern Quarter.
The Renaissance offers some of the largest standard rooms in the city centre (its rival is the Macdonald Manchester Hotel) and the rooms have great views of the city. If you want to look out over the River Irwell, ask for an odd-numbered room on check in; for a city view of Exchange Square and the Wheel of Manchester, ask for an even-numbered room.
The rooms are done out traditionally with dark green carpeted floors, cream walls and checked furniture. The peach bathrooms, all with showers over the bath, seem rather dated but are clean and functional.
The hotel’s lobby is modern and welcoming with lime green seats for guests to sit in. If there is a conference or event on in the hotel, this area can get busy.
Robbies, a busy restaurant and residents’ bar, is down some steps next to the reception area. Breakfast is served in the restaurant. If you haven’t got breakfast included in your room price, it is worth leaving the hotel and walking to Deansgate or Exchange Square as there are plenty of alternative eating options.
There are no leisure facilities in the hotel but guests are given complimentary passes to the nearby LA Fitness.
The staff are friendly and helpful if sometimes rather confused.
The central location and large bedrooms attract business travellers during the week. This is also a popular choice with airlines’ cabin crew. At the weekend leisure guests like walking out of the hotel straight into the centre of Manchester’s action.
Look out for deals late summer here when rates for a standard double drop. Parking is extra and costs £15 for 24 hours at the NCP car park next door.
More information on Renaissance Manchester:
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- Blackfriars Street, Manchester, England, M3 2EQ
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service