On a road just off the approach to Piccadilly train station and just a few minutes’ walk to Piccadilly bus station, the aparthotel is conveniently located for transport links. Manchester’s central shops and restaurants are within walking distance too.
All bedrooms have a well-equipped kitchen and a lounge as standard as well as stunning original features – high exposed brick ceilings, deep recessed windows and supporting iron beams. As the rooms go up in standard, they also go up in size and, if you are planning on spending a lot of time in your room, I would recommend upgrading to a deluxe apartment as they have a large open plan living area. If you choose a deluxe or two bed apartment, ask if you can have one on the sixth floor with a glass ceiling. For a treat, the - currently being refurbished - duplex penthouses are also impressive and have roof terraces. I hope that this refurbishment extends across the whole hotel as some of the bathrooms and bits of paintwork are starting to look a little tired.
The large sleek reception area with lime green and red seats, and the central glass atrium with palm trees are impressive spaces.
Eating and drinking
The vast banqueting suite is where guests eat breakfast but for the rest of the day it is geared up for functions and events so I would cook in your room or venture into the centre of Manchester. The VIP bar next to the central atrium is a good spot for a quick drink but with so many restaurants and bars nearby, I wouldn’t stay for more than one.
Friendly and efficient.
Who stays there
Groups enjoy sharing apartments and splitting the cost as well as the hotel’s central location. During the week, 10-20% of the apartments are rented to guests staying for business on long-term letting deals
Breakfast is charged at £5 per person extra if you pre-book it, £12 if you pay for it on the day - I would buy provisions in to eat in the room. The hotel offers 60 parking spaces which cost £9 for 24 hours.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Lovely original Victorian features
- The flexibility of having a kitchen and living area
- Some rooms are looking tired