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Travelodge (Manchester Airport)
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Travelodge (Manchester Airport)
Advantages: Cheap, clean, modern, on-site bar/restaurant
Disadvantages: Poor TV, only a Travelodge
I've just returned from a nice week away in Tenerife (hence the lack of return rates recently, sorry). We like to fly early in the morning (to make the most of our first day) and so our holiday starts the night before when we stop over in Manchester at the Travelodge.
This is the third time we've stayed there and although it's not actually within the airport's grounds, it's only a couple of miles away and is ideally located- especially when the rooms start from only £19 a night... bargain!
The hotel is relatively new and is nice and clean inside. The rooms impressed us as well as they were quite large and totally spotless - which is something you don't normally get with Travelodges, but the one at Manchester Airport is top-notch.
There's a rather unimpressive CRT TV (old style, not flatscreen) which is slightly let-down by the fact that it only showed the 5 terrestrial channels and a couple of rolling news stations - it would have been nice to have a few more channels to watch, but hey we were up early the following morning, so I really shouldn't complain.
The en suite bathroom was quite large with an excellent strong shower that had 2 temperature settings, ranging from boiling to burn-your-skin-off-hot... although it was a cold October morning when I used it, so it really did help warm me up and wake me up!
The hotel has an on-site bar and restaurant which we didn't use the last time we went, although looking at the menu in the room, the prices seemed reasonably fair. It was your usual burgers and chips kind of meals, which is fine by me!
The hotel also has an on-site car park, priced at £5 per night. I'm not sure if you can stay for the duration of your holiday (ie, a week or 2), but at £5 a night, you'd be much better off staying at one of the dedicated long stay car parks that are all around the airport - as they offer much better value for money. However, for a 1-night stay, £5 isn't too bad. The car park is pay and display and we did see people checking tickets, so it's best not to risk it!
There are 2 net-connected computers in the lobby (presumably for writing dooyoo reviews), although these aren't free and so I didn't use them (stuff10=cheapskate).
All-in-all it's a pretty decent hotel. Comfy bed, big clean room, cheap - not much more you could ask for really!
Summary: Great for a night's stay before an early morning flight
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