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Decent budget accommodation in central Manchester
Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel
Member Name: jipp05
Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel
Advantages: Comfortable accommodation in a central location, decent price
Disadvantages: lack of facilities, lack of staff
My partner and I had been invited to a wedding in Wales and as I am living in Scotland and my partner in The Netherlands we thought we thought that it would be easiest to meet in Manchester and then drive down to Wales the following morning for the wedding.
We had originally booked a different hotel but after having some trouble with them we decided to cancel it and book somewhere else.
As it was only for one night and we were paying a small fortune to stay in Wales the next night we decided to book in to the Travelodge Manchester Central. I had received an email from Travelodge a few days prior to us booking it that said they were having a sale on and rooms were available for £15. Of course when I went to the website to book there were no sale rooms to be found and I had to pay £58 for our double room which still isn't so bad for a hotel room in the city centre I suppose.
The Manchester Travelodge Central is located on Blackfirars Street which is just off Deansgate. Anyone familiar with Manchester will have no problems finding it but even for those people who don't have a clue it is pretty easy to find. It is about a ten minute walk from Piccadilly train station and you just need to walk in a straight line through the city centre shopping district and it is just a couple of minutes from Selfridges.
The building it is in is pretty ugly and looks like some office block from communist Russia but it's what on the inside that counts and for the money it is a pretty decent hotel. Disabled guests will have no problem with access as there is a large entrance with a wheelchair friendly path to the door and the doors inside all seemed to be wide. The reception area is like all travelodges I have stayed in before and has the reception desk with some seating and then the bar and restaurant area further down.
We arrived late afternoon on a Friday so there were a few people waiting to check in so we decided to brave the self-service check in machines that were beside the reception desk.
The last time I stayed at a Travelodge I tried using the self-service machine but it was a complete disaster and wouldn't work properly that we had to eventually use the reception desk. This time it was a breeze and we managed to check-in in under a minute and the machine gave us our key and room number meaning that we could bypass the reception queue.
The doors to the lifts and stairs which take you to the rooms is always locked at Travelodge's and you need your room key for access which is something that I like especially as they always seem to have a minimum of staff at them.
There are two lifts which I found to be quite large and speedy so we never had to wait for more than a few seconds for them to arrive.
Our room was on the third floor and I was pleasantly surprised when we opened our door as it was huge and much bigger than any other Travelodge I have stayed in. In the room there is the basics such as the bed, desk, TV, wardrobe and a couch. There was also a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities which for a budget hotel is always appreciated.
The bathroom could really have done with some refurbishment but it was clean and there was even some soap in it. Towels were also sparse but there was a couple more along with another pillow in the wardrobe.
There was nothing special about the room other than its size but it was clean and comfortable which is all that can be expected from budget accommodation.
The room was quite hot and one thing that did irritate me about the room was that it had those stupid little child catches on the windows to stop people throwing themselves out of them. These are one of my pet hates especially as they only open a couple of inches and it is hard to get any fresh air in the room with them. Luckily the heating was from an electric radiator with a plug so we just unplugged it and the room got to a more comfortable temperature pretty quickly.
Because we were both so tired we decided to brave it and try the restaurant downstairs. The menu is on the small side but there is the usual burgers, pasta etc. I ordered a cheese burger and my partner the steak and ale pudding. Service was atrocious as you have to order at the bar and but we sat for about 20 minutes before we even saw the girl who looked after the bar. Once ordered we took a table and sat and waited for our food. After about 25 minutes the girl came over to tell us that unfortunately the steak and ale pie was no longer available. I was furious as I couldn't understand why it had taken so long for them to let us know. I would have just cancelled but I was hungry and couldn't be bothered looking for somewhere else to eat. We changed the order to two cheeseburgers and when the food finally arrived it was a lot better and more plentiful than I had expected. The prices weren't bad either and although I forget exactly how much everything was it was under £15 for the two burgers and two cokes.
After our meal we decided to get an early night and I'm not sure if it was because the bed was comfortable or because we were so tired but I had a great night's sleep. I did get woken up a couple of times with drunk people going to their rooms but when you stay at a Travelodge on a weekend night this is to be expected and it wasn't as bad as I had feared it was going to be.
The traffic on the road outside was also quite heavy in the morning so if you are a very light sleeper then this probably isn't the best hotel for you to stay in.
When we left in the morning check-out was just as quick and painless as check-in had been and all we had to do was drop off our key in the key slot and we didn't even have to see the receptionist which is just as well as we didn't see hide nor hair of one.
The Travelodge Manchester Central was absolutely fine for the money we paid for it. There is certainly nothing luxurious about it but it does offer good value clean and comfortable accommodation in a central location.
Summary: Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel
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