On the edge of Chinatown and just a hop, skip and a jump to Piccadilly train station, Roomzzz Manchester is ideally located for shopping, partying and visiting the city’s theatres and art galleries.
The downside of this central location is the apartments’ position on the corner of two main roads – Portland Street and Princess Street. Although there are plans to double glaze the whole building over the next few months, ask for a room at the back if you are a light sleeper. Five different types of apartment are on offer: Smart Studios, Grande Studios, Liberty Suites, Maxima Suites and the Emperor Suite. All rooms are spacious, stylishly decorated and have a modern kitchen area – with a hob, dishwasher and microwave - as standard. As the apartments have not been purpose built, each room is slightly different so if you want a split-level suite, a double rainwater shower or a four poster bed, ask on check in. The Smart Studios don’t have baths so if this is important, upgrade to a Grande. The Maxima and Emperor Suites offer great value for money for families or small groups as they have sofabeds for extra guests.
With sofas, TVs and computers in each room, you are unlikely to spend much time in the communal areas. However, there is a seating area with hot pink and white chairs next to the “grab and go” breakfast point and free tea and coffee throughout the day.
Eating and drinking
I am not a fan of big breakfasts so the free “grab and go” area with croissants, pastries, fruit, orange juice and coffee, tea or hot chocolate was perfect for me. If you want a Full English, and don’t want to cook it in your room, there are plenty of cafes nearby. There is a “pantry” next to reception selling ready meals, snacks and drinks for those who want to make use of the kitchen area in their room.
The staff are friendly and efficient. Breakfast tables are cleared and cleaned as soon as guests have left.
Who stays there
Business people making the most of having their own space mix with international travellers during the week and couples and groups enjoy the luxury at the weekend.
On quiet Sundays it is possible to get an apartment for as little as half of the advertised rates. Guests can park in the Q car park on the same street at the discounted rate of £12.50 for 24 hours.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Great-value luxury accommodation
- Central location
- All of the mod cons
- Certain rooms have the potential to be noisy as the aparthotel is on the corner of two main roads
- Unless you are happy to make it in your room, there is no option of a cooked breakfast