“ Address: 96 Portland Street / M1 4JY / Manchester „
The Ibis Manchester City Centre Hotel is part of the Ibis chain. The Ibis is part of the French Accor. Worldwide there are 750 hotels. The Ibis hotel is characterized by cheap, simple but quality for money and offers more than just another cheap hotel. They have extensive breakfast and more personal service. I have now stayed a number of times and every time it was especially the location of the Ibis that did it for me. An Ibis is often in the center or near an airport.
The Ibis Manchester
Ibis Manchester City Centre is located on Portland Street in central Manchester. It is a fairly large hotel with 127 rooms. On the ground floor you have a 2 person reception desk. They speak English, but the person who helped us also spoke Spanish. What you often find an Ibis hotel is that there are people of different nationalities. They must speak the language of the country where they work but also speak the language where they come from. On the ground floor you also have a nice bar where you can sit. They are licensed and have therefore had any drink you want. They also have snack food, 24 hours a day. You also have a computer corner, where you can use the Internet for a fee. Downstairs is the breakfast is served in the form of a buffet. To go to your room you have the option of two elevators that take you to one of the floors will.
Ibis Manchester City Centre is located, as the name implies, in central Manchester and is close to Piccadilly railway station. If you fly to Manchester, you can get every 5 minutes a train to Piccadilly train station. The train ride takes about 10 minutes and then you have to complete a 5 to 10 minutes' walk from the hotel. Very quick and easy!
I once stayed in this hotel in standard room, and I think this is the only type of room they have. The room can accommodate 2 people with the opportunity for a child. The room is neatly arranged. Upon entering you have on the left a door to the shower / toilet. This is a little bit on the small side but it's nicely done with a large mirror and complimentary soap and small bath items. When you walk further in the room you have on the right the TV stand. Here you will also find some tea and coffee with kettle. Opposite you have the double bed (two beds pushed together). Next to the bed have two small nightstands and also two small lamps. The bed is reasonably comfortable with 2 small cushions, which are not very good. But you can ask at reception for more pillows. You have the option to open the window, but it opens only a little bit. Furthermore the room has air-conditioning and a telephone.Overview Room Facilities
* Air conditioning
* Bathroom with shower, toilet and hairdryer.
* Coffee / tea maker
We haven't had any breakfast but it looked good. Especially the times are very good, from 4 to 12 breakfast is served! Breakfast differs with what time you come:
4u.-6.30u.: Coffee or tea, juice, bread, pastries and / or biscuits.
6.30u. - 10am.: Buffet with fresh produce where you can eat all you want.
10u.-12.: Coffee or tea, juice, bread, pastries and / or biscuits.
Internet / Computer
On the ground floor there is a computer with internet, which everyone is allowed to use. Also the hotel has wireless Internet which you can use against a cost but I don't know the prices.
If you have children, they can stay for free if a child is younger than 12 years and must reside in the same room as the parent (s). You also get 50% discount on breakfast!
You can pay with cash at this hotel but also with credit cards. All credit cards like Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted.
What I find useful is that on the day of arrival until 19.00 it's still free to cancel.
* Check in: 14.00
* Check out: 12.00
To get an idea of the price. I have paid £61 per night. So for two nights it was 122 pounds for two people.
The hotel is perfect if you're looking for a nice simple hotel in the heart of Manchester. It's a nice hotel to stay if you want to go into the city or for going out. Because of the extra service and everything just feels a bit better than the other cheaper hotels. The rooms are very neat and have all the basics and have free coffee and tea. It's just that little bit extra that makes it a good cheap hotel.
Our first impressions were great. The hotel is located on a busy street in the heart of Chinatown, Manchester. The reception was clean and tidy and the hotel certainly came across as a quality place to stay. An absolute bargain!! The reception was modern, quite contemporary in style with a bar area to the left. It was very welcoming.
The hotel has 127 rooms. I believe that the rooms in Ibis hotels are very standard and all look the same - this tends to be the norm with hotels of this type. The walls are cream with the exception of the curved bathroom wall which is green. The furniture is a light beech coloured wood and is all built into the far corner of the wall. There are two side cabinets on either side of the beds and there is also a desk/dressing table which is white. There is a wardrobe and stand for the television with shelves underneath it - these shelves hold the coffee and tea making facilities.
The bathroom was fantastic - odd but fantastic!! It looked like it had all been moulded out of one bit of plastic and manufactured outside of the hotel room, which I assume it had. It had then been slotted into the room and a wall plastered around it. The shower was powerful and there was always hot water, there was a huge mirror on the wall as well for all your beauty needs.
Inside the room there is tea and coffee making facilities, soapy goods in the bathroom and a television. There was also broadband available in the hotel reception. We tried to get onto this at one point and were unable to get it started, although this may just have been a wee glitch.
In the hotel there was a bar and seated area where you could have drinks and snacks, breakfast is also served here from 04:00am until noon. Snacks are available from the bar/reception 24 hours.
Alarm calls were available from reception on request which we made use.
There are two lifts in the hotel.
Climate control is available in the room for when you are too hold or cold.
The hotel is located halfway down Portland Street in the middle of Chinatown. This really is a fabulous location - only five minutes walk from the centre of everything including Piccadilly Station. The main shopping area is only a ten minute stroll and there are many bars and restaurants in the area.
~*~*~Food and drink~*~*~
We didn't eat breakfast in the hotel but had quite a few snacks. The food was great and reasonably priced. We also took advantage of the 24 hour bar service and ordered a margherita pizza at 3am while having a drink (or ten) in the bar. The only down point of the full weekend was that they forgot about the pizza the first time and had to put another one in for us - but we got it free so it was worth the wait!
The drinks were reasonably priced; we had quite a few drinks in the hotel bar after our nights out and also shared a bottle of wine.
There are many restaurants and bars around the hotel for your night out.
Near to the hotel is Manchester city centre just waiting for you to explore. Its also well worth having a wander around Chinatown as it's really lovely and vibrant.
Other attractions close to the hotel are:
History and national heritage
* Historic monument JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY (1.00km)
* Historic monument MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL (2.00km)
* Historic monument MANCHESTER TOWN HALL (1.00km)
* Museums MANCHESTER MUSEUM (2.00km)
* Museums MANCHESTER UNITED MUSEUM (5.00km)
Culture and shows
* Cinema district CORNERHOUSE (1.61km)
* Cinema district THE PRINTWORKS (1.00km)
* Opera/symphony/concert hall BRIDGEWATER (1.00km)
* Opera/symphony/concert hall M.E.N. ARENA (2.00km)
* Opera/symphony/concert hall OPERA HOUSE (0.80km)
* Entertainment/theatre district OXFORD ROAD (1.00km)
Parks and Leisure
* Amusement park MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (5.00km)
* Sports centre MANCHESTER AQUATICS CENTRE (1.61km)
* Sports centre SPORT CITY (4.00km)
* Stadium MANCHESTER CITY STADIUM (4.00km)
* Stadium MANCHESTER UNITED (5.00km)
* Stadium OLD TRAFFORD (6.44km)
* Stadium SPORTS CITY (1.61km)
In the surrounding area
* Closest major urban centre MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE (0.00km)
We arrived by bus and the hotel was a ten minute walk from the hotel.
Piccadilly station is a ten minute walk, as is Oxford Road Station. There is a tram station at the top of the road if you are arriving by this method,
We found the staff pleasant and helpful during our stay, particularly the night staff who had to put up with us sitting in the bar until all hours! ;-)
I called ahead to the hotel to ask if they would book us into a twin room, I was told on the phone that they didn't have any twin rooms in the hotel, which I found really strange but as it was my cousin, I didn't mind sharing a bed with her. When we checked in I asked again, and they said, fine no problem and gave us a twin room. This really confused me but I just let it go as I didn't see any point of questioning it at the time. So, if you are booking the hotel and you want a twin room; don't accept them telling you that they don't have any rooms.
We paid £56 per night on a room only basis which I feel was fantastic value for money.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who was planning a visit to Manchester, or indeed anywhere else that has an Ibis hotel. They are very much the budget hotel but they're more than comfortable and certainly give the likes of Travel Inn et al a run for their money. I will definitely be checking to see if there is an Ibis on any future city breaks that I take!
If you need a bed for the night in any major city these days, the choices are virtually endless, and Manchester is no exception. From mega budget (translate as flea pit) up to top end luxury, there are a wealth of different standards of hotel and Ive experienced pretty much every one of them, I think. Some of them should be closed down (Im thinking Sachas and the Britannia) and some of them just need to get a reality check (Im thinking of the Midland and the Lowry). Fortunately, for the lowly business traveller, spendthrifty family or wanton student there are plenty of affordable, decent hotels to choose from too.
About The Ibis
There are two Ibis hotels in Manchester and my review is of the Ibis hotel on Portland Street, generally considered to be the Manchester Central Ibis. The other Ibis isnt that far out of the city centre but compared to the one on Portland Street, its still a fair trek into the city and therefore not really viable unless youre prepared to get taxis or walk home a fair distance after dinner.
The Ibis hotel chain is owned by the French hotel chain Accor, who also own the Formule One and Novotel hotels that you may also have heard of. The Ibis part of the company is pitched at the Travel Inn / Travelodge level of the hotel market. Ibis hotel rooms are comfortable, functional places to spend the night with basic comforts and good standards but none of the luxuries that you would find in a slightly more expensive hotel. Accommodation is charged by the room, not the person, and you can normally opt for either a double or a family room, if you have kids in tow. You can expect to pay between £50 and £60 per night and rooms are not normally discounted online or elsewhere. You pay one rate, regardless of the time of year and at peak times it is very much first come, first served.
You can reserve online at www.ibishotel.com or over the telephone via central reservations (0870 609 0963) or directly at your hotel of choice. I normally book via www.lastminute.com, not because I get any kind of discount, but because I get cashback as part of another Internet loyalty scheme (but thats a review for another day.) What I will say is that on two occasions reservations that I have made online have somehow been placed incorrectly and were it not for the fact that the hotel carries standby rooms, I would have been on the streets. Telephone bookings are perhaps therefore better recommended for accuracy and personal confidence.
Getting To The Ibis
Situated at the west end of Portland Street, the Ibis is fairly well located for many of Manchesters top attractions. It is easily within walking distance of Manchester Piccadilly railway station (fifteen minutes walk, maybe?) but is closer to Oxford Road station (5 minutes) or if you have heavy / lots of luggage, a taxi will only cost you about £5. The hotel is well placed for China Town, the GMEX exhibition centre, and the main shopping centre and is also close to the universities. The hotel is occupied over several floors, but caters well for disabled guests with specially equipped rooms.
If you are driving, there is no dedicated parking for the hotel, but discounted parking rates are offered at a public car park nearby. According to the direction you approach from, it can be difficult to stop outside the front of the hotel, particularly if you are on the hotel side as you are on the approach to a busy junction with traffic lights.
I have checked into this hotel at some fairly ungodly hours and at some extremely busy times, but I would almost unconditionally commend them on their efficiency and ability to keep waiting to a minimum. The reception staff members are generally very friendly and helpful and the check-in process is smooth. Full credence to Ibis for having the sensibility to have your check-in details recorded on an envelope, into which any receipts can be dropped to prevent checkout errors and delays. A number of my colleagues opt for the Ibis purely on the grounds of the staff efficiency compared to some of the Travelodges or Travel Inns where a 30-minute wait is not unheard of.
There is something unmistakably French about the interior décor of the Ibis hotels. Bland and functional they are, for sure, but also well considered and logically laid out. Corridors on all floors tend to be wide, clean and well-lit and that characteristically British oppressive gloom is thankfully absent. There is also something a little classical about them, not old-fashioned as such but never really modern enough to feel as though contemporary would be a good word.
The rooms tend to be a decent size, with similar fixtures and layout throughout. The beds are very comfortable, even if they do insist on sheets and blankets rather than quilts. The bathrooms are a curious cubicle design comprising shower, toilet and basin so anyone wanting a good soak in a bath will be disappointed. The showers are, however, powerful and well-proportioned and also sealed off by proper doors rather than the ubiquitously British mouldy shower curtain.
Facilities in the room are acceptable for short stays. You get a portable television with basic channels, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, a small wardrobe and a desk/chair. Thats about it. The rooms are a bit hollow and the sound-proofing isnt fantastic either. If you have some heavy-footed heffalump in the room above, youll know it. The rooms are air-conditioned, but the air conditioning unit tends to be too noisy to have on at night and with no other means of heating the room, I find I get cold at night in the middle of Winter. The towels arent huge but big enough to use, unlike those ridiculous ones they give you in a Travel Inn.
Food and Drink
The restaurant in the Ibis Manchester is quite unlike anything Ive seen before. Nestled at the front of the hotel, adjacent to the reception area, its a colourful, café-style affair normally populated only by business people. There are a number of reasons for this.
1 The place has no atmosphere whatsoever and feels like a motorway service station.
2 In typically French style, the smoking area is easily as large as (if not larger than) the non-smoking area and may just as well be one smoking area.
3 The food is pretty awful. The menu is limited in choice to a selection of basic dishes, but everything will be cooked in a microwave oven and so things like garlic bread tend to be soggy, soup will be hot and cold in equal doses and everything is prepared to order.
4 Its not cheap either! I had a bowl of (microwaved) vegetable soup, a vegetarian hot pot, side salad and two drinks and it cost £18. This was a rip-off, given the basic standard of food and I certainly wouldnt do it again.
The hotel doesnt offer cooked breakfast (it may be in England but clearly the French dont approve) and a selection of continental / buffet breakfasts are offered for around £4. The upside of this is that breakfast is available as early as 04:00, which is very unusual for a hotel. The downside is that after a night on the town, your cravings for hot morning meat will go unfulfilled. Sigh
A 24-hour snack menu is offered, which, strangely enough, ends up being much better value for money. Paninis, soup and jacket potatoes can all be purchased for around £4 with crisps and a small side salad. The food is hot, fresh and served pretty quickly and is a nice addition that you wont find in other budget hotels.
Value For Money
The Ibis is a reasonable competitor in the budget market. The Ibis Portland Street currently costs £56.95 per night, which is in line with local Travel Inns. The Travelodge web site, however, can significantly undercut this with its range of £26 rooms in the area and in all honesty the Ibis really doesnt have enough over the Travelodge to justify paying £30 more, particularly if you go for the Travelodge on Great Ancoats Street.
The Ibis is OK. Nothing more or less. It seems popular, probably more through location than anything and within the price range, Id go for the Travelodge at Great Ancoats first. I like the staff at the Ibis, but that air of French arrogance isnt justified. Great food - my ass! My advice is to base your decision on what you want / need to be near and then, obviously availability