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A relaxing way to start your holiday
Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport (Manchester)
Member Name: redhead78
Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport (Manchester)
Date: 07/02/12, updated on 07/02/12 (69 review reads)
Advantages: On airports doorstep, comfortable hotel, great value, restaurant on site, carparking for holiday
Disadvantages: Very warm rooms, badly signposted with a very easy to miss entrance
As we live nearly two hours drive from Manchester Airport we generally tend to find the drive down the M6/M62, finding of the carpark and commute to the airport quite a stressful situation, worrying about hold-ups on the motorway, not being able to find the carpark and generally viewing it a necessary, but evil, part of our holiday. And, when you take into account that you have to check in at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight time, the 2 hours it takes us to get there, the minimum of half an hour you have to allow for the carparking scenario and the extra hour you leave yourself in case of traffic or accidents that's well over 6 hours from start to finish. As we usually fly to either the USA or Canada we're also faced with at least one very long flight or two shorter ones, so just getting from home to our destination can end up taking 24 hours door to door and isn't really a very pleasant or relaxing start to the holiday we save up all year to go on!
Enter Bewleys Hotel at Manchester Airport. To be honest, despite moaning and grumbling about the above scenario every time we went on holiday it had never even occurred to me to actually stay at the airport the night before our flight. I thought of that as something only the rich and famous would do and, even if I had thought about doing it, would probably have been put off by the potential cost of it, on top of what we're already paying for our holiday. But several years ago my parents had a ridiculously early morning flight and decided to book into Bewleys hotel the night before to save having to get up at 1am to get to the aiport in time! They raved about it and decided they were going to stay there every time they went away from then on and last year we decided we'd try it too.
As we were flying to the States for Christmas we had a typical morning flight to New York leaving Manchester at 10.30am. If we'd been going there from home we would have had to get up at 4am to leave the house at 4.30 and, as it was the start of the terrible winter weather would probably have ended up leaving even earlier....just in case! BUT with staying at Bewleys we were up at 7am, delivered to the aiport terminal by 7.30am and felt much more awake, relaxed and refreshed than if we'd had to drive from home.
We checked in to the hotel around 7pm the evening before our flight (after a couple of minutes of arguing with the sat nav due to the small and not very noticeable signs showing the way to the entrance, which is very easy to miss) and luckily managed to time our arrival so that the mini-bus full of people all wanting to check in simultaneously were a couple of minutes behind us!
When we got to our room we were very pleasantly surprised. It was spacious and had everything you would need or expect from a hotel where anyone only ever stops for one night. There was a large tv, sitting area complete with sofa and coffee table, tea/coffee making facilities and the bathroom even had a bath rather than just a shower as many hotels seem to nowadays. Whilst it couldn't be described as luxurious it was absolutely more than adequate for a one night stay when, at the end of the day, all we really needed from it was a bed and a bathroom!
After leaving our luggage in the room we ventured back downstairs and had a drink in the bar before eating in the hotel restuarant. Both areas were very nice; large, spacious, not crammed with tables and generally just pleasant spaces to be in. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. We had expected the restaurant to be overpriced, as it has a pretty captive audience unless you want to face the airport road system to try and find somewhere else to eat. But it was actually very reasonable and for two course and a drink for the two of us came to around £35.
After dinner we continued our relaxing evening with a shower and watching tv and then got a relatively early night. The one negative thing we found was that the room was incredibly warm (despite it being -5 outside!) and we ended up having to open a window. We were reluctant to do this as we were literally under the flight path but we weren't at all bothered by plane noise.
When our alarms went off the following morning we quickly packed the few things we'd needed the previous night and went down to the lobby for the shuttle to the terminal. These minibuses leave the hotel more or less every 5 or 10 minutes so you don't have to worry about your check in time or getting to the airport and they deliver your right to your terminal door. Whilst the restaurant at Bewleys does serve breakfast from 5am we decided that as we'd have plenty of time to kill in the airport after check in, we'd rather have the extra half hour in bed and get breakfast later. And within an hour of waking up we had checked in to our flight, handed our luggage over and were sat eating a delicious breakfast in Frankie and Benny's, relaxed, rested and looking forward to our holiday.
At £85 for the two of us for a night, it can seem to be quite a lot of money but, and this is a BIG BUT! You also get your carparking for that. That's right! The absolute best bit of Bewleys for us is being able to leave our car key with them when we check in to the hotel and not have to think about it until we land back again at the end of our holiday (you also have the facility of their complimentary mini-bus pick up from your terminal, depositing you back at the hotel to collect your car again). So, when you consider that parking at a nearby carpark would probably set you back around £50 for a two week holiday, you're really getting a stay in the hotel for about £35...bargain!!!
I know this review sounds like it's just a narrative of the start to our holiday, but I thought this was the best way of describing the Bewleys experience and all of the benefits/comforts/facilities it provides us with.
All in all I would highly recommend staying at Bewleys, particularly if you have an early morning flight from Manchester Airport. It gets your holiday off to a much nicer start and takes away all the stress and worry about missing your flight and, when you consider the parking for the duration of your holiday, it really is excellent value or money. And, yes, we've just booked another night here before our summer holiday this year...183 days and counting :)
Summary: HIghly recommended for a relaxing start to your holiday
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