“ Portland Street, Manchester. „
I stayed at the Princess at Portland in Manchester during the first two weeks of November 2009 for a conference. The room was booked and paid for through my work qualifying for a discount, therefore I cannot comment on the price.
The hotel is within easy reach of the main shopping & eating areas of the city. The hotel is on the edge of Chinatown - with some great restaurants within easy reach & Canal street. There are a lot of clubs and bars in very close proximity.
Upon arrival in the hotel I was initially given a twin bed executive room on the 3rd floor. I took the small lift up and upon exiting the lift I struggled to open the first fire door to get at the rooms because the cleaner had piled up 5 bags of rubbish in front of it. Luckily there wasn't a fire as we wouldn't have gotten out to the stairs that easily.
My room was quite large and on the corner of the building, however it was dated and extremely noisy. It felt like the traffic and constant sirens from the street were in the room with me. The bathroom was in serious need of updating and had a significant amount of mould growing around the bath.
I contacted the reception and asked to be placed into another room that was quieter. I was advised that all the rooms faced busy roads and there was a lack of double glazing in the building meant that the rooms were very noisy. However the staff were pleasant and I was provided with a room on the 5th floor (top).
The new room was again on the corner and was still really noisy. Each night I was woken at around 2am with revellers leaving the clubs / bars & sirens. There were many fights in the area which again caused a lot of noise. Obviously this is not the fault of the hotel, however the lack of double glazing doesn't help to reduce the noise.
Reading reviews on the internet it would appear that the hotel has been saying it is due a renovation for at least the last 18 months. It would appear that the 5th floor has been renovated recently - the bathroom was much nicer, however it is already starting to look shabby. In many places the carpet is tearing up and the bathrooms are starting to get mouldy.
Breakfast was included in the price and a wide variety was offered each morning and was very nice. Lunch was included in the conference facilities, on many occasions the lunch combinations were strange, however it was ok. The dinner menu was very limited and I didn't find anything there that was appealing, as I said before there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity.
The conference facilities are in the basement and has plenty of space. They are equipped with large TV screens and projectors. Free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and flapjacks.
Overall the hotel is ok, it is in a convenient location if you want to experience the city of Manchester.
I stayed here in July 2008 on a business training course. First thoughts- its about a 15 minute walk from Manchester Piccadily station. The interior of the lobby is modern and trendy. There is a small bar area as well with a LCD TV screen. My room was a double en suite- the decor was a little outdated but this wasn`t an issue. The room was big, had tea & coffee making facilities, TV, telephone, desk, big cupboard etc. The bathroom was a good size.
I stayed on a half board basis. The breakfast is lovely- cooked options include sausages, bacon, black pudding, hash browns, etc. There are a wide range of cereals, toast and breads, pastries, jams and cold meats and cheese.
The dinner was lovely, though portions tend to be a bit on the small side. My favourite was the Goats Cheese Tartlet. Drinks were reasonably priced- i paid £1.60 for a medium glass of orange juice.
Staff were friendly and made my stay a pleasant one. However the only problem i encountered was that the hotel seemed to have no sound proofing. Some nights you could everything going on outside which isn`t ideal if you want a good nights sleep. But i understand they are about to undergo a major refurbishment so hopefully the noise probelm will be addressed.