Newest Review: ... some water in random directions - lol TV was not freeview but had about 10 channels including some in other languages it also had int... more
Good budget hotel :)
Ibis (Manchester, Charles St)
Member Name: princessmarisa
Ibis (Manchester, Charles St)
Advantages: good price, hot breakfast, great staff
Disadvantages: slight shower problems, gone off yoghurt
Not far from the city centre but it is right at the bottom of princess street and as we arrived on a Friday night meant we had to walk past a lot of not so nice looking bars and drunkards to get there. I wouldn't want to be alone outside the hotel on a dark night put it that way.
Then you see the hotel and it is a shiny modern beacon in a dismal area looking like paradise haha!
Quick and friendly, always willing to help
Much bigger than expected, the bed was so big and comfy.
2012 stay - The shower was a little cold, but at reception they told us the boiler man was already on the way to fix, and by the next evening the shower was scorching hot.
2013 stay - the shower was fine, but the hose pipe part had a little leak in it so splurted some water in random directions - lol
TV was not freeview but had about 10 channels including some in other languages it also had internet connection points, we did not use these or look into them or the cost but there if you need it.
Hairdryer in the closet with some extra cushions and plenty of plug sockets.
There was a dusty looking aircon machine but we did not try to use it as the window opened and it was quiet enough outside, plus it doesn't get that warm in Manchester in October!
I wanted some larger towels as the ones provided were a little small and only 1 each, and I wanted one for my hair and one for body, they did not have any bigger ones but gave us 2 extra of the ones they did have free of charge.
They have posters everywhere advising if they don't fix something reasonable within 15minutes then you get the effected service for free - seems a good deal to me although no need to use it.
The guy at the front desk printed us a map of Manchester and helped us find which bus to get on to go to our destination, the poor guy had just been screamed at by another customer about the showers being a little cold but he did not let that effect his good mood at all.
They had a secure left luggage room for us to use it was free in 2012 but charged on our second stay here the left luggage room now charges, I think it was £2 an item. However the people behind us got it for free, so maybe you only pay after checkout :S
I only found one spec of dirt in the entire room or hotel, and that was a single hair on the bathroom floor and it might even have been mine or my boyfriends (lol).
The menu for food to room service and in the bar was well priced and looked delicious (burgers, pizza, and paninis and stuff, nothing to fancy!) but we did not have chance to eat in hotel.
Breakfast was adequate for the price, the cooked stuff was just self serve in hot plates and not the best, but plenty of toast, breakfast breads, actimel drinks, activia yoghurts, kelloggs cereals, jams, juice etc.
Watch out if you have late breakfast as the yoghurts get left out by the hot plates and the foil on them was popped up, so I think probably growing some nasty bacteria.
Also the lids on the hot plates are wonky and for us the lid fell off and dropped a pin into the food!
Good hotel GREAT for a budget hotel, will be using again soon if the price stays right :)
Stayed October 2012 and again in October 2013 :)
Summary: Great for the price
More reviews in the field of Hotel National
- Mannings Heath Hotel (Horsham, West Sussex)
- Redworth Hall (Redworth, Co. Durham)
- Bramblewick (Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire)
- Metro Inn Derby (Derby)
- Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane (Bristol)
- The Kenmore Club (Perthshire)
- Holiday Inn (Baingstoke)
- Tangiers Grange B&B (Haverfordwest)
- Mercure (Nottingham)
- Premier Inn (Edinburgh, South Queensferry)