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We will NEVER FORGET our stay in Manchester
Travelodge Manchester Ancoats Hotel (Manchester)
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Travelodge Manchester Ancoats Hotel (Manchester)
Advantages: Cheap, clean and central
Disadvantages: Uncomfy beds and noisy rooms - but this is Central Manchester
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!
Summary: Cheap stay in Manchester
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