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Cheap hotel close to city
Ibis (Manchester, Charles St)
Member Name: ellesmellycat
Ibis (Manchester, Charles St)
Advantages: cheap and a grea tshower
Disadvantages: Would never take a child there!
This review is for the Ibis hotel in Manchester on Charles Street, not the one city center on Portland Street (but I imagine they are very similar!)
The hotel was only a short, approx 7min, walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station; using the Fairfield Street entrance (signposted for taxis and metrolink) is a much easier and quicker way to get to the hotel then the main Piccadilly entrance. We then cut through the old UMIST campus to get to the hotel, the hotel is very easy to find.
In the lobby of the hotel is the reception, the staff were all very friendly and we had no problems checking in or out. There is also a café/bar area where they serve breakfast and other food. Breakfast was £6.95 each (we avoided this and went to a coffee shop) Main meals like a chicken Korma were £6-8, but I can't tell you if they were any good or not, we did buy a bottle of rose to take up to the room with us (£15.99) the staff had no problems with us taking the wine and glasses up to the room (although there was no fridge to keep it in). The hotel had a feeling a bit like a hostel with lots of people sitting around in the café/reception chatting and drinking and a huge store of rucksacks in the corner.
At the base of the hotel is also an Indian restaurant East is East, which I was repeatedly told was one of the best in Manchester, I can't verify that myself since they had no tables available for the weekend we were up there- which I guess speaks for itself!
The hotel has 126 rooms which as far as I can tell are all the same, our room was very reminiscent of university halls (the hotel also looks just like the surrounding university halls so it wouldn't surprise me if they were all built at the same time) with a double bed, small desk and a pod bathroom (curved corner room with everything crammed in-just like at university!). Not much room around the bed, but then we didn't need to spend anytime in the hotel room. The room was cleaned to an ok standard; it was much cleaner on the second day then the first. It only had 3 pillows, which was a bit annoying and no hairdryer. In the bathroom there is soap by the sink and something of no description in a dispenser in the shower, which did a rubbish job of washing my hair. But the shower was mighty powerful and was a delight! Our room was on the first floor, and on the way up we couldn't find any stairs (I hate getting lifts for only 1 floor), we found them on the way down and came out behind reception and had to get around loads of left luggage, there were no signs for stairs anywhere. We paid £59 for the Friday night and £79 for the Saturday, 3 weeks before Christmas.
The location of this hotel makes it really easy to get into the town center (15mins) to the BBC (5mins) or most parts of the university. Having said that it is right next to some halls of residence and we did get woken up at several times on the Friday night with screaming and shouting students on the way home.
The had an entertainment package for £9.99 giving 24 hour of internet and film access which seemed worth getting if you would use it since films were £3-5 each and internet was charged by the hour.
Overall this is a very cheap and easy to get to place located close to everything we wanted to be close to, not plush, but then we didn't need it to be. We would stay there again, but never with children the rooms were far too small (child policy is that age 0-11 can stay free, but only 1 child).
Summary: would stay there again but don't expect anything fancy.
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