A pleasant enough hotel with friendly helpful staff. Easy to walk to from Manchester Piccadilly rail station. Easy walking distance to shopping area/Arndale centre/library and with excellent public transport links - trams, buses, taxis. A bit tatty in some areas and a bit too warm for my liking but clean & comfortable room, plenty of clean towels, good breakfast (pay extra for that though). Lift only from first floor which was a struggle for me with heavy suitcase. No dinner facilities so had to go out. Plenty of nice restaurants within walking distance. The area is a little 'rough' with people drinking and sleeping in doorways but as a 62 year old lone female on this occasion I never felt unsafe. Local services staff all friendly and helpful.
Apartment is very conveniently located to shops and tourist attractions but difficult to get to by car. Very spacious but bathroom not as clean as it could be and the hallways smelled like the frying oil from the chicken shop downstairs. There was also a bright orange light coming through bedroom windows all night. Just needs decent drapes. All in all, fine for the price.
Nice place, convenient to transport and city centre. The staff were pleasant and helpful and the bed was comfortable. As an Australian I am used to a refrigerator in the room (who needs a refrigerator in England!) but a bucket of ice was available. I wonder if that disembodied woman in the lift gets fed up with saying "Doors opening/closing; going up/down; floor number..." all day every day!
I'd read the reviews of the friendly staff and they are absolutely true. The hotel was fun to stay at. My room was very modern with a touch of hip in the decor. It was also an easy 10 minute walk to the Piccadily train station. There is a lively pub/ restaurant down below. This does make some noise upstairs, so if you are very sensitive that might be an issue. But things quieted down by bedtime and it wasn't a problem for me.
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