The location is extremely central – a stone’s throw from Piccadilly train and bus stations, and five minutes’ walk to the shops on Market Street – but, like most station approaches, isn’t the most inspiring.
Guests can choose between four room types – Comfortable, Desirable, Enviable and Fabulous on Fifth. All rooms have stripped floors with stripy rugs, incredibly comfortable beds, a tuck box full of local goodies, a bath and a shower, and branded toiletries that have all been named to incorporate ABode’s AB branding – In ABit of a lather soap, Smooth as A bABy’s... moisturiser, A dAB hand hand cream and ABad hair day shampoo shower gel. I would pay the extra to upgrade to a Desirable room or above every time as the Comfortable rooms are compact and minimalist (however, they are currently being refurbished so I expect a big improvement). For a real treat, I would upgrade to one of the Fabulous on Fifth suites with bags of space, quirky coloured glass lights, skylights and bathrooms with enormous tubs.
The last time I visited I stayed at the side of the hotel on the fifth floor and noise wasn’t a problem. However, if you are a light sleeper, I would advise asking to stay at the back on the hotel on the second floor or above to avoid any disturbance from the Piccadilly approach.
There is a lift but my favourite parts of this hotel are the stairs and corridors with the original cotton warehouse tile work (green on the managers’ floor, brown on the others), metal pillars and poster prints from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Eating and drinking
The Michael Caines restaurant in the basement is the real draw for diners - both hotel guests and Manchester residents – and serves modern British food with a twist. If you stay at the hotel and fancy a special meal, I would recommend trying it. The MC Cafe Bar and Grill on the first floor is more affordable and is where breakfast is served.
None, but as part of the hotel’s refurbishment in 2011 Wii Fits will be in some of the rooms and will be available to borrow from reception.
Professional and unflappable staff make you feel welcome.
Who stays there
The central location and proximity to transport links makes the hotel popular with business guests during the week. At the weekend, leisure guests enjoy being able to stroll to the shops, bars and attractions in the city centre.
If not included in the room rate, breakfast costs £10.50 for a Continental and £13.50 for a Full English. There is no car park but guests receive a 20 per cent discount at The Grand NCP car park opposite (£17 for 24 hours before the discount).
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Centrally located
- Efficient and professional staff
- Lovely period features
- Great restaurant
- Small standard rooms
- Some wear and tear
- Not the most inspiring location