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Fantastic Hotel at Manchester Airport
Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport (Manchester)
Member Name: emmakate06
Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport (Manchester)
Advantages: Great Location, Low Prices, Great Service
I am very fortunate to have travelled to many places, and with Manchester Airport being my nearest airport, I get the majority of my flights from here. When I first started travelling, I hated the whole rush about in the morning, get half way down the road, realise you've forgotten something, turn around, drive back home, then worry all the way to the airport that you might miss your flight and your entire holiday will be ruined. My husband and I therefore decided that to eradicate this problem and to enable us to relax even sooner before our vacations, that we would start staying in a hotel the night before, that way there was no rush, we would get to the hotel when we were ready and we could then relax knowing our suitcases were ready and packed for the morning and enjoy a relaxing meal and a few drinks in the evening.
I originally came across this hotel whilst staying at the Manchester Airport Hilton hotel which is located behind this one. I had paid £130 for one night at the Hilton and to be honest it was nothing special and whilst walking over to terminal one in the morning, I noticed a big banner hung outside this hotel advertising all rooms as being £59. The hotel looked really clean and tidy on the outside so I made a note of the hotel name and decided I would have a good look at it on our return home for possible future stays. I had never heard of the Bewleys brand before so wasnt sure what to expect, so I was pleasantly suprised when I returned home and read some glowing reviews, viewed some lovely pictures and confirmed the low nightly rate. I decided that the next time we travelled, that we would definitely stay here. That was 5 years ago, and in that time I have now stayed at this hotel approximately ten times and have not been disappointed once.
They have a huge carpark at the front of the hotel which is accessed using a ticketing system at the secure barrier. There is a daily charge for parking of £6 per night for hotel guests, which needs to be paid before leaving, however if you are just being dropped off, I believe there is a 15 minute grace time period on the ticket so that the driver can drive straight back out. I personally have always took advantage of the deals that they have combining the accomodation with parking and on average it has cost me around £99 for 1 nights accomodation and 15 days parking which is great value for money. I have also previously paid £79 for 8 days parking and a room which again is great value. In addition if you are short stay parking for example 7 nights or under, you can keep your car in the secure car park at the hotel. For stays over this then you need to take your car to the off site car park and catch the shuttle back to the hotel.
The reception area is very large and often has around 4 members of staff on reception. They are always very welcoming and friendly and they are more than happy to take the time to answer any questions or queries you may have. You can also make a reservation for the restaurant whilst checking it and they also confirm your preference for a wake up call and a morning newspaper. If you are parking your car at the hotel, they will also provide you with a cardboard tag or hanger which needs to be displayed in your car and the reference from the tag is written on your booking form and you are required to leave your car registration number. In addition, if you are requiring a shuttle transfer in the morning then you need to purchase your tokens for this from reception, so it makes sense to do this when checking in, to save you having to go back and queue again later in the day. The last time I stayed this was £3 return per person. I have only used this service occasionally though, as terminal one and three are located literally just over the road so when I only have one suitcase, I am quite happy to walk. I do use the shuttle however to get to terminal 2. This service is relatively quiet in the early hours, however mid morning, buses do leave full and you may find yourself waiting for 2 or 3 buses to pass before you find one that you can squeeze onto.
The rooms themselves are clean and large and the majority feature 2 double beds. There is wifi offered throughout the hotel at no additional charge and there are the usual hotel room amenities such as tea and coffee, telephone, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, trouser press, and Sky television. The decor is modern and fresh and the rooms we have stayed in have always been clean and in excellent condition. The ensuite bathrooms feature a nice sized bath, not too small, a nice powerful shower and heated towel rails, however I personally always switch these off when travelling with my children as they get way to hot for my liking. A number of towels are provided and should you require any more then a simple call to reception is all that is required and a hotel maid will bring further supplies to your room. Room service is also available and at reasonable rates too. It is very similar to the bar menu which items such as a Club Sandwich and Chunky Chips, which I have tried and it is absolutely delicious and at £6.95 I cannot fault it. With having young children aged 2 & 1, I often prefer to get room service as opposed to sitting in a busy restaurant as I find it much easier with the kids. If my partner and I are travelling as a couple though without the children then we do take advantage of the excellent restaurant facilities.
I always reserve a table when dining in the restaurant as it can get very busy. The seating is comfortable, it is a relaxed atmosphere and the lighting makes it a really nice setting for an evening meal. For a hotel restaurant, I find there prices fantastic given the high quality of food and it is in fact one of my favourite restaurants. It is called the Brasserie and we have gone as far to travel to this restaurant on Valentines Day for a romantic meal even if we are not staying in the hotel. My husbands favourite is the Steak with a Peppercorn Sauce and every time we have eaten here there has never been anything left on the plate. The service is quick, but not too quick, in the sense that they give you some time between courses. I have found in other restaurants that as soon as you finish your starter, you main is with you in seconds. Whilst this may suit some, I personaly prefer to have approximately 10 - 15 minutes between courses to have a chat and enjoy a glass of wine, without feeling rushed. The staff are always very friendly and polite and they are also very knowledgable about the food. Another thing I particular like is that there menu clearly explains what is in the individual meals include such as nuts, or raw egg. I found this particularly helpful when I was pregnant and needing to avoid raw egg. I had been to other restaurants which when I asked staff whether a food had raw egg in it, I was just looked at blankly, so I found this to be of particular benefit to myself by having it clearly stated in the menu. The staff were also able to recommend wine suited to what you were eating. I generally tend to stick to what I know when it comes to wine, but if you are more adventurous and willing to try different types of wine, then again this is a great plus.
Overall, I cannot fault this place, I love everything about it and I shall be staying here again this year. It is also a great base for people flying into Manchester as there are great road and train links near to the hotel to make it a great base for getting into the city centre. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone whether a business traveller, couple, singles or a family.
Summary: Excellent Hotel
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