I have only stopped at this travelodge once and it's one of the few I would not use again unless I really had to.
This travelodge has been done up with the new look since I stopped there so the state of the rooms will have improved but not the rest.
I unfortunately booked to go to see something on at the theatre the same night the football was on and something at the arena, I was not able to get in anywhere and paid £90 for a room here.
The hotel is actually not all that far from Piccadilly station but it is not easy to find, it's tucked behind the main shopping area a few streets back and is not in the nicest of areas if you a single person walking home at night, something I learnt the hard way.
The hotel has a rather small and when I was there understaffed reception, a small bar and seating/dining area. I did not eat at this hotel so can not comment on the food.
The room for me was one of the biggest let downs, it was tiny! I had a double that the bed barely fit in, then a long bench that should have been a dresser but there was no space for a chair in front of it and no mirror as it was below a long window.
I also had a damaged bedside table unit that had been torn off the wall and left with just a jagged splintered jut of wood, I did not feel this was safe but they were unable to move me rooms. On top of this the top that was left was vile, covered in sticky residue and bits of fluff and hair.
The main problem with this hotel is the noise, it is right in the middle of one of the main areas of nightlife and goes on till the very early hours, I did not get a minutes sleep.
The chair was placed at the end of the bed and I had to keep edging past it to get to the bed, I stubbed my toes many times but the chair itself was also worn and filthy, it was stained and frankly there was no way I was sitting on it.
The bedding itself was clean and the bed comfortable but between the drunk people rolling in and the noise from the clubs it was of little comfort.
This hotel has the usual bath with the shower over it in all rooms.
This hotel also woke me to ask me to leave before my late check out time even though I had paid for one.
If you are going out and in a group I would say this hotel maybe alright since it's make over but it's not the first one I would choose of the seven Travelodges in manchester.
The manchester Ancoats travelodge is based in the city centre and is 1 of 2 travelodges, ancoats is the nearer of the 2 to picadilly train station. If arriving at picadilly train station the travelodge is about a 5 minute walk although unless you know where it is, its not the easiest place to find.
Travelodge offer double rooms and family rooms which are suitable for up to 3 people. The price of staying in a travelodge widely varies between each hotel although you can get great discount rates, the futer in advance you book the cheaper you can get it.
Travelodge often have sales on which start at 6am in the morning although you really can get some great deals, i stayed at the manchester ancoats for 2 nights in december 2011 and paid a grand total of £18, £9 a night. The latest travelodge sale rooms started at £10 which is still a total bargain for nights stay in the city centre.
The travelodge is very clean and immediatley upon entering the staff are very friendly and happy to help, you also have the option of using self serve machines to check in yourself which i used with no problems. Once i got in to my room although very basic it was very clean and had everything i needed, apart from a hair dryer which you can get from reception free of charge aswell as other items if needed including ironing boards, extra towels etc. The room had a double bed, flat screen telly, tea and coffee facilities, towels and little soaps and showergels.
I was very impressed with the size of the room, it was very spacious and aswell as the double bed also had a large sofa in and a long desk area, and the bathroom was not a bad size too, it had a toilet and bath with a shower over it.
As i was staying for 2 nights around 11am the following morning there was a knock on the door and it was the maid who comes in to make your bed, give you clean towels and fill up the tea and coffee facilities although i said it didnt matter and just got fresh towels, there is a banner you can put on your door which says you dont want the maid to come in although i didnt see this!
Breakfast is not included in the price although can be added for around £6 which may seem expensive although it is a cooked and continetal buffet breakfast so can really set you up for the day, i personally decided against it and decided to go to mcdonalds instead although i may try it next time, if you add breakfast at the time of booking on-line you can save an extra £1 on the price. If you just fancy a snack on the way out there is also a few vending machines although prices were very dear and as your only a few minutes away from a quality save where prices are much cheaper!
There is also a computer in the grounds of the travelodge which you can use the internet on for 20 minutes at the price of £1 which is a pretty good price although you have no privacy and everyone in the hotel bar would be able to see what you are doing!
I stayed at the travelodge as i wanted a cheap and cheerful hotel to use as a base as i went to do my christmas shopping and thats exactly what it is. On the first night i went to watch cinderella at the Opera house which is about a 10 minute walk, the palace theatre is about 10 minutes away too. The travelodge is about 3/4 minutes for the all the city centre shops and the arndale centre, i think manchester is fantastic for shopping and i love the primark and as i went at christmas there were log cabins all over for the christmas markets which were fab!
Checkout was just as easy as checking in, literally just handed my card in (and hairdryer that i borrowed) and away i went. I'd really reccomend this hotel although if you are looking for a more relaxing break and spending quite a bit of time in the hotel it may not be for you although was ideal for what i wanted and needed!
The Manchester Ancoats Travelodge is one of two Travelodge hotels within the centre of Manchester. Travelodge aim to provide basic accommodation at a reasonable price, and have hundreds of hotels located across the UK, Eire and Spain.
Back in October, after 6 hours of refreshing and redialling I managed to get tickets to see Take That for myself and 7 friends at the City of Manchester stadium. We live around two hours from Manchester, and as we planned on using the train we had no option but find a hotel. It also meant we could make a bit of a girly few days away.
Luckily for us, we got tickets for one of the new Take That dates. The date for this concert had not been previously released, and therefore Travelodge had not had time to raise the room prices. Within ten minutes of booking the tickets, I had also booked the Travelodge. I booked three family rooms, which can fit either two adults and two children or three adults, for £29 a room. Within an hour of booking the rooms they had gone up to £99 each, and did not drop at all.
We arrived at Manchester Piccadilly. It was pouring down with rain (apparently it always rains in Manchester) and not knowing the city we decided to just grab a taxi from outside the station. It was only a five minute drive and we arrived at the hotel. We did later walk into Manchester Piccadilly and it is only around a five minute walk. Once you know where you are going it is easy. We was told it was probably around a twenty minute walk to the City of Manchester Stadium, but given the weather we decided to get on the bus.
Check in was swift. It has been a few months now since I last stayed in a Travelodge, and they have now introduced a touch screen computer which allows you to check yourself in rather than ask at reception. This was very straight forward, and we just needed the booking confirmation and my surname. Luckily I had printed out booking confirmation emails so we did have this information. However, if we did not we would have just had to check in on reception. The computer gives you your room number, and also room card.
We were given two rooms on the first floor, and one of the forth. Ideally we would have preferred three rooms together but it was not a major problem at all.
We took a room on the first floor. I have stayed in many Travelodge hotels but this was one of the most impressive I have seen. The room was huge, much bigger than the other two rooms we had reserved, which may be because we were at the very end of the building.
Been a family room, we had a double bed and a sofa bed. Ideally we would have preferred twin beds but we were told Travelodge do not provide this type of accommodation. The sofa bed was near the door, and quite separate to the rest of the room. I was impressed by this as it did feel like there were two areas to the room. In the sofa room side, there was some storage for clothes, a rail and a few shelves with more than enough coat hangers. At the side of the double bed there were two bedside cabinets, and a desk with a television. As with all Travelodges' there is not hair dryer or iron in the room, but they are available from reception.
The bathroom was reasonably sized, with a shower over the bath.
The whole room was spotlessly clean. Wherever I stay, whether it be a night in a Travelodge or a fortnights holiday cleanliness is always the most important thing for me. Bedding was white and clean, as were the towels. The only thing letting the room down was the decor. There were a few grubby marks on the walls and they could definitely do to give the whole hotel a lick of paint, but this certainly did not affect our stay.
One thing I have found with Travelodge hotels is there is never enough pillows or towels, and this stay was no different. There were only two sets of towels, despite stating during the booking process there would be three of us staying in the room. It was not a problem, and a quick dash to the reception and we were given another set.
We did not spend a lot of time in the hotel. On arrival we dropped off our cases, had a drink or two and left. It was the early hours of the morning when we arrived back, and I was surprised at how many guests were still milling around, considering it was midweek. Having said this, as soon as we got back to the room and closed the door there was no noise whatsoever and this is probably the first time I have stayed in a Travelodge without been woken up by other guests in the middle of the night.
I am not fussy when it comes to beds, but this one was particularly uncomfortable. It was far too springy, and I bounced every time I turned around. The pillows were also rubbish, and I woke up with a bad neck. I did not try out the sofa bed, but I am reliably told it was very comfortable, probably more so than the bed. It was also very easy to pull out.
I had a really bad night's sleep, not helped by my mum, who I shared a bed with, who spent the entire night sleep talking/singing. We found the room really cold, despite ensuring the window was fully closed. There was also a lot of noise coming from outside of the hotel. At around 6am we heard what sounded like a lorry reversing. We were actually at the back of the hotel, so I dread to think what noise levels are like on the front which looks out onto a main road.
The next morning I was definitely in need of a wake-me-up shower, and this one was fantastic. Although it was quite hard to get the temperature right, once inside it was really powerful, and exactly what I needed!
We did not hang around for long in the morning as we were all in need of a fry up. We decided against the hotels breakfast, which is priced at around £7 for all you can eat. It is a great price if you plan on getting your monies worth but if all you want is a bowl of cereal it is not ideal. It did smell gorgeous though, and plenty of people were eating in the cafe so they must be doing something right. There was also evening meals available, and a menu is available in your room. We did have a nosey and found food prices very reasonable.
Check out was again very easy, we just handed over the room card and that was that.
Overall, if you are just looking for a place to sleep and shower in the centre of Manchester this is ideal. It is in a great location and room prices are very reasonable. If you are looking for luxury this is not the place for you.
Oh and by the way, Take That were bloomin fantastic!
Having had a recent excursion to the city of Manchester, I had a requirment to find a hotel for 1 night. Being the utter cheap skate I am, but still liking a little bit of comfort, I chose the Travelodge brand.
I found the Ancoats Travelodge on their own website, just by simply putting in the date of my stay, how many adults and Manchester. The results showed me several in the area, but I chose Ancoats as it was a 5 minute walk from where I needed to be. I booked it all through the website at a cost of £29 for the night. It was all very simple and what I would expect with booking on a website these days. Within 2 minutes, I had 2 emails from travelodge confirming my booking and welcoming me to the chain.
I found the hotel simple enough as well. It is located on a main road, I think the A62 or A665, something similar. I had no trouble what so ever with locating it. There is no parking however, so I had to locate some of that. Being as I don't know Manchester at all, I shall describe it as such. If you came out of the hotel doors and turned left, there is a 24hour NCP car park approximately 3 quarters of a mile (took me 2 minutes to walk) on the right hand side. This costs £8 for 24 hour parking, so not to bad.
Anywho, the reception is just like any other reception. A long desk with computers behind it. I was greeted by a staff member here, who checked me in and I had my key in my and within 1 minute. Very fast and efficient. I did not have to sign anything. To the right of reception is a small bar/breakfast area. I didn't use any of this, so can't comment on how good it is. To the left is a drinks machine and 2 evelators to take you up.
I went to these and the right elevator was not working. You have to put your keycard into a machine and press the lift button, which brings the lift. Good security I thought, but it didn't work for me. I had to go back to reception and ask where the stairs were to use them. They are located further down on the right, past the bar bit. Another card machine here, but it worked and I was on my way.
My room was on the 1st floor, right at the other hand (directly opposite the lifts!!). 1st impressions of the room were pleasant. It was very clean, still looked modern and decorated nicely. I had a double bed, with 1 shelf on one side (the other one had broken off previously by the look of it). A desk, with chair and TV on top. A small wardrobe, with some hangars, but no door on the front. It was designed like that, but did look odd. The bathroom was small, but had everything I needed, being toilet, shower and sink. It had a couple of small towels, but they were adequate.
For the price I paid, I was happy. Unfortunately, the hotel is located on a very busy main road. Busy all night long main road. It was fone for me as I have been used to sleeping in noisy areas before, although I did get woken up in the early hours by a siren. For light sleepers, I would potentially give it a miss.
Check out was simple enough. I gave the key to a man and left. Again, no signing anything.
All in all, a good hotel in a very good location. I would use it again.
I have stayed in this particular Travelodge a number of times, always for just one night when I have been in need of a city centre place to stay on a budget.
For a central Manchester crash pad you could do a lot worse, the location is excellent and despite the fact it is very centrally located I have driven straight to it a number of times (aided by sat nav!) and find it easy enough to park on the NCP which is virtually right next door - there is no allocated parking for the hotel iteself but this seems a reasonable trade off to have everything on your doorstep.
Literally a 10 minute walk to Picadilly and Victoria stations, a few minutes from Deansgate and the main shopping areas. Sweet for a night out on the town.
In the main lobby area downstairs (which still feels fairly shiny and new) there is a bar and restaurant area to your right as you walk in, the wide reception desk is in front of you and to the left are lifts and a number of vending machines selling everything from the requisite cold drinks and snacks to those cosmetic and toiletry items you may have forgotten.
The rooms - well they are typical Travelodge, clean but basic, no hair dryers (although you can borrow one from reception), bathrooms have always had reliable showers in my experience but they arent particularly generous with towels and if, like me, you need one to wrap wet hair in its best to take your own as a spare. This branch has 6 floors as its a biggish one and the rooms all look out onto main roads and cityscape. Lifts are all fairly large and efficient.
I have stayed in family rooms here a couple of times which seem quite generously proportioned, I have shared one of these with 3 other people (on a hen night!) quite easily. On the upper floors the windows do not open very far and it can be stuffy in the middle of summer.
I would say that in my experience this hotel is mainly used at weekends by people out in Manchester for the clubs and for group nights out (such as hen and stag groups) this is no doubt because rooms can be acquired quite cheaply and it is so centrally located. This has a flip side that it can be noisy through the night with people coming in at all hours. The bar downstairs tends to be very lively and a meeting place prior to about 10pm which is for the same reasons.
Personally I have never had too much trouble sleeping (although this could be relative to alcohol consumption!) but if you are a light sleeper I would recommend taking ear plugs with you just in case.
I stayed here mid-week whilst on a conference recently and it was an entirely different atmosphere, mainly business people, very quiet and sociable. The hotel has wi-fi and a lot of people in the bar and lobby were working on laptops. I logged on fine in my room on the first floor on this occasion.
Food in the cafe bar is ok and not too highly priced but drinks are a little on the expensive side, fine if you are claiming back on expenses but if its your own cash I would recommend you venture into town for much better quality and value of food.
All in all this is a great location budget hotel with all that you need for a short stay. Be aware that at weekends it can be noisy and remember to take your earplugs if you want an early night. Great value for a city centre stop over.
This is one of the newer Travelodges to be situated in Manchester's city centre. It's not in the nicest part of town but it is certainly convenient for a number of locations and activities, for example within a brief walk to Piccadilly and Victoria railway stations, the MEN Arena, The Printworks and the increasingly fashionable Northern Quarter. It's also virtually next door to one of the better comedy clubs in Manchester, the Frog and Bucket. The location is both a blessing and a curse.
We stayed at this hotel due to bagging a room in one of Travelodge's frequent £9 sales. One of the big plus points of Travelodge is its consistency, and the rooms at Ancoats certainly give you everything that you would normally expect: clean, a comfortable bed, bathroom with shower, tea and coffee facilities and a TV with basic selection of channels. This being a budget chain, you don't get fancy toiletries, a selection of herbal teas, minibar, or anything like that. But for somewhere to get your head down after a day or evening out, it's ideal.
I had no complaints about the standards of the room, however it is in a noisy area of Manchester and this is noticable, whether it be lorries on the main road next to it, or drunks at kicking out time at the clubs and bars nearby. This is probably my only real complaint about my stay.
We didn't have breakfast there (there's a Wetherspoons about 5 minutes walk away, perfect for a fry up) but the staff in the bar were polite and helpful.
I'd say definitely try this travelodge if you're looking for somewhere cheap to stay in Manchester. It often has much more availability (and cheaper prices) than Manchester Central and is just as convenient.
I spent 4 nights at the Travelodge Manchester Ancoats in July 2008.
We were a party of two adults and one child, so we booked a Family Room.
Travelodges are cheap and basic, but always clean. We did have to request extra pillows and a sheet for the child's sofa bed and the mattress was too soft but a request for a new one was dealt with quickly.
Pricewise this hotel is usually cheaper than the other Manchester Central Travelodge - we paid £39 per night for our room for 4 nights but its worth checking out when sales are on - I later discovered that had I waited a week to book I could have got the room for just £19 per night!
The Manchester Ancoats Travelodge is ideally situated for the city centre - its is a 10 minute walk to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Station and whilst there are limited facilities directly outside the hotel, just a few minutes walk will take you to bars and restaurants.
The area surrounding the hotel isn't particularly salubrious, but it isn't threatening either. We felt perfectly safe walking about in the area and it took no more than 10 minutes to get to the city centre on foot. You do need to head into the city centre for bars and restaurants - there isn't anything available nearby.
We didn't eat breakfast at the Travelodge but did have dinner one night. Prices aren't particularly low but the food was of a fair quality and was enjoyed by all.
One thing I was particularly pleased about was the level of service received from nearly all staff who were happy to go out of their way to ensure the customer was happy.
I would definitely consider this hotel again on any future trips to Manchester but I would definitely try to book when there are offers on in future!
I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights during the first week of June. It is close to the shopping centre and fairly close to the train station which made it ideal, I thought.
The room was very basic but clean. No air conditioning and very hot so the window had to be kept open at night which made the room noisier, though as it was on the back it wasn't too bad. The bed was terrible, one of the worst hotel beds I have ever slept in. Soft, saggy and extremely lumpy, we also had to ask for extra pillows.
We paid for the breakfast on line, which made it slightly cheaper but it ws not worth what we paid for it. There was only 2 kinds of juice, yoghurts, sliced oranges and grapefruit, cereals and pastries which were o k, but when it came to the cooked breakfast it was terrible. There was solid and dried up scramble eggs, bacon was o k, and dried up baked beans and a not very nice looking dry sausages. It was definitely not worth what we paid and if I hadn't paid ahead I would not have had it on the second morning.
The staff were helpful, but I would not recommend or return to this hotel.