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Member Name: rojm
Premier Inn Manchester City Centre (Manchester)
Date: 10/08/11, updated on 22/02/12 (88 review reads)
Advantages: cheap clean and handy
As we were off to Manchester I was looking for a cheap Premier Inn. I do like Premier Inn when they only cost £29 but with breakfast for us they cost £44.98 which for 4 of us is a good deal.
I was on the look out because as soon as it was a definate for Paul Scholes testamonial we were going to book. Before it was definate they were all £29 per room around Old Trafford. As soon as it became a definate the Old Trafford Premier Inn went up to £113 or £119 per room per night (without breakfast). What a rip off.
When I booked this hotel I had thought I was booking the one on Deansgate so when I checked the e mail receipt 2 days later I was shocked to find I had booked the one at Portland Street. (Although to this day I say I booked the Deansgate one). I phoned them up when I read the email and they said they would get someone from Guest Relations to phone me the next day.
In the meantime we talked about where it was situated and decided to take the room and get the train there.
The next day I recieved an email to say they had cancelled the room. (Then there were no rooms left at Deansgate - fab)
On checking the rooms on Portland Street they had gone up to £69 - it just gets better. I phoned Guest Relations and they ended up booking the room and deducting the extra amount for me. RESULT.
The Premier Inn on Portland Street is in an ideal position for the centre of Manchester. It is a 10 minute walk from piccadilly train station and a 5 minute walk from Oxford Road train Station. The arndale centre is about a 15 - 20 minute walk away and Old Trafford Football Ground is 3 miles away.
Booking in is from 2pm and we got there about 2.20pm. The hotel is quite noticable from the road but depending from which way you are approaching it you might not immediately notice the entrance.
We walked in and check in was by machine although there were a few members of staff walking around to help out and one at at a little desk. When someone had finished at a machine I quickly approached it, sure I would know how to check in after all I had my confirmation number. It was easy enough to follow but what was annoying was the fact that I had to key in all the names of the people booking in with me. I got to the end of it and guess what, it came up with the price of £84.98 (the price before the deduction). I just knew that was going to happen so I grabbed one of the floor walkers to explain and was told I had to wait to be booked in at the desk. Good job I had printed the email off.
Once booked in we went to our room. The hotel has about 280 rooms.
You do not get a key for your room but a card (which is like a lot of hotels now a days), you have to use the card in the lift from reception.
As we opened the door the bathroom was on the immediate left and had toilet, sink and bath with overhead shower. Above the sink was a mirror and to the left some shelves. On the right was a shaver point. Attached to the wall over the bath was some hair and body wash. The tiles in the bathroom were clean lookin which is always a plus for me.
The room was quite spacious it had the double bed and the 2 singles (sofa beds). One was a normal height bed and one was just off the floor (which the youngest took). You always find the bits from the sofa bed left so we put these next to the youngests bed incase she fell out.
Next to the double bed you had the 2 shelves and the wall lights. The was a big desk opposite the double bed with a TV which had free view on, it was quite small so probably a 26 inch at the most. There was also one chair. The wardrobe was on the right as you walked in the room.
The room was big enough for us and we had lots of room the girls manage to have a good game of hide and seek in it.
Now I am not sure what time breakfast was served but it was served up to 11.30 which I think is great (checkout is 12).
2 children eat free with one paying adult. If you want vege sausages or porridge you have to ask for it and they will make it. The breakfast was great there was the usual sausage and bacon, and then mushrooms, tomatoes, eggs (scrambled and poached) heinz baked beans. There was also croissants,chocolate cakes (muffins) toast and crumpets. there were cereal to choose from and a range of fruit juices along with tea and coffee.
The staff were helpful and as we arrived at the dining area asked if we had been before which I replied not to this one but had been to other Premier Inns, so we were allocated a table and told it was all you could eat just as at other ones.
When we arrived we were told the bar wasn't open between 5pm and 7pm but as they serve basic evening meals this may be the time when the meal time is busy.
When we arrived back from the match we did stop in the bar for quick drink and the bar person was nice enough and the bar seemed well stocked.
The room was clean which is what you want in a hotel and it was spacious which is a huge plus for me with children. The bathroom was also clean and so were the tiles which is another plus. There were 6 pillows for the 4 of us which were just fine and 4 bath towels and 4 hand towels.
As we went by train we didn't have to bother with the one way system or parking but the parking is about £13.50 for 24 hours at a nearby car park and that is discount price.
I would stay here again as it is handy for places in Manchester but we wanted to book a 2nd night (went elsewhere) at quite short notice and it was £92 for a room. I do find that Premier Inns are good value if you get a sale but if you have to pay full price they can be quite expensive including breakfast depending where you stay. The room was basic but clean and that is all we want when we stay over anywhere. I have found when we have stayed in more expensive hotels you don't necessary get better.
There was also a good night sleep guarantee - if you don't get one money back etc.
Summary: sales are good
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