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Up up, we're away! (Hilton Deansgate)
Hilton Manchester Deansgate (Manchester)
Member Name: rachelwestall
Hilton Manchester Deansgate (Manchester)
Advantages: Great Location
Disadvantages: None for us
During the half term week we were lucky enough to get away as a family for a few days thanks to our good old Tesco Clubcard vouchers. I shop (a lot!) using my Tesco credit card, collecting points as I go. We save these points to use for meals out and hotel stays. Luxuries we wouldn't usually be able to afford with five of us. So this holiday we visited Manchester. Why Manchester?! I hear you cry - the answer.... the kids saw the hotel on an episode of the Apprentice last year and thought it looked 'cool'!!
One thing we have discovered about Hilton hotels is their 'Executive' rooms. These are smart rooms designed for, you guessed it, executives! The bonus of these rooms is that they come with access to the executive lounge. This is a place where you can go to relax, use the computers, and eat and drink! All food and alcohol is complementary. Not all Hilton hotels have executive lounges and you do pay more for your stay, but only £10 or £20 per night. When staying with a family (particularly teenagers) this extra cost is more than worth it. It means you don't have to pay for coffee out and when you go for a meal you can just ask for a jug of water as they have already consumed copious quantities of coke at the hotel!!
So - my review of the Hilton Deansgate. Would it live up to our expectations? Some of you may have read my review earlier in the year about the Hilton in Southampton (Romantic Getaway? 26/08/09). We were very disappointed with the hotel and I was a little concerned about our choice this time too. However I needn't have been worried.
The Hilton, Deansgate, is a very impressive tower block. The tallest in Manchester, I believe. The hotel takes the first 23 floors of the 47 storey building. We stood looking up at the building for ages! The rooms have floor to ceiling windows with great views over the city. It is just a few minutes from Piccadilly and Victoria stations and 25 minutes from Manchester International Airport. It is within easy walking distance of the science museum, shops, cinemas, casinos, restaurants and bars.
The loby is a vast open space and you immediately have a sense that this is a smart, clean and modern hotel. (The kids were impressed!)
Our executive rooms were on the 17th floor. We had fantastic views, particularly at night, across the city. The hotel decor is very contemporary. The corridors and doors are all very sleek with high gloss wood panelling. All the doors are flush to the walls. The rooms were clean and well appointed. Our room had a huge bed with loads of cushions. The decor, as with everything else was sleek and minimalist. The usual hotel items could be found - chair and footstool, wardrobe, minibar, desk and chair. There was a flat screen plasma TV which fitted in with the decor. The kids room was the same as ours although it must have had more floor space as there was plenty of room for the rollaway bed that our daughter slept on.
The bathroom was the nicest I have had in a hotel in this country. Again, new and very modern. Large cream and beige tiles, with chrome accessories. The large sink was a freestanding bowl on a slate top. There was a bath, and best of all, a separate shower cubical. All the usual products were available - shampoo etc and lots of white towels. There was also two bathrobes. I noticed these had security tags on so they couldn't slip into your case at the end of your stay!
The Executive Lounge
This is on the 23rd floor where you can also find the Cloud 23 bar - this is a posh bar (we didn't go in!) where you can enjoy ever-changing views of the city by night from the full-length windows as you sip original and classic cocktails. They suggest you try an 'Ena Sparkles' as you look out on Coronation Street!
You get similar views from the executive lounge, but you don't have to pay for the drinks or canapés, coffee or afternoon tea. Alcoholic drinks are served from mid afternoon. We spent time as a family playing cards and chatting. My other half and I relaxed with books and the paper while the kids went off for a swim or watched TV. There are also computers with free internet access. We could have spent three days in Manchester just relaxing in the hotel. Sadly the under 18's wanted to see the sights!
Breakfast was served in the Podium restaurant. The Hilton breakfast is massive! There is a huge selection of cereal, fruit, cold meats, breads and pastries and of course the 'full English'. This is all washed down with fruit juice, tea or coffee. My only gripe is the fact that the coffee is mediocre. I have a great coffee machine at home and I miss it when we go away. Our kids asked for hot chocolate and this was served from the Costa Coffee bar at no extra charge. This is a breakfast not to be missed. If you have teenage boys you will know that we more than got our monies worth from this alone!!
The hotel is obviously a great place for conferences and meetings although I can't comment on these facilities. We did however use the swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. This is located on the second floor, along with the gym. The pool is very long (20m) and narrow - it looks like an infinity pool because of the windows at one end. It was great for swimming due to its length. In the bottom of the pool are viewing panels to the street below! The changing rooms were adequate with plenty of lockers, showers and hairdryers.
A Hilton break is not cheap. Our room rate was £185 per night (B&B) for executive rooms and access to the executive lounge. Hilton family policy means that the children's room was half price - £92 per night. Our total stay for the five of us was £550 for two nights. However we paid with Tesco vouchers; £137.50 Tesco vouchers = £550 Hilton tokens. I also used vouchers to pay for a meal out, so we feel as though we had luxury for next to nothing.
Out and About
We went to the Trafford centre shopping, to the Museum of Science and industry, to Salford Quays and the Lowry Gallery (None of our three children had heard of LS Lowry which is shocking! They are now cultured!!). We also went to the Imperial War Museum North and we squeezed in a trip to the cinema to see 'UP'. It was a busy but fun couple of days made special by the comfort and facilities of the Deansgate Hilton. An 'otel I would make a return visit to!
Summary: A classy hotel in central Manchester