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Premier Inn Manchester
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Carrington Lane, Manchester, England 33 5
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Centrally located but noisy
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 22, 2013
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I was in Manchester for a concert at the MEN Arena a few weeks ago and we decided to make the most of it and spend the night. Leaving it a bit late in the day to book meant that we didn’t have the greatest or cheapest choices of places to stay but ...
I was in Manchester for a concert at the MEN Arena a few weeks ago and we
decided to make the most of it and spend the night.
Leaving it a bit late in the day to book meant that we didn’t have the greatest or cheapest choices of places to stay but we did manage to find a room at the Premiere Inn which was selling for £80. As this was literally the cheapest room in central Manchester that we could find for this particular Saturday night we booked it straight away.
~~~~~~~~~~ Location ~~~~~~~~~~
This particular Premier Inn was located in the city centre of Manchester on Portland Street which was a couple of minutes walking from Oxford Road train station. It was also conveniently located if you were coming from Piccadilly as this was only a 5 to 10 minute walk away from the hotel.
The location was one of the things that appealed about this hotel as it was really central for the city centre. It wasn’t the closest to the MEN Arena but it was an easy 15 minute walk to it. All the shops and the Arndale Centre were about 10 minutes away and the hotel is surrounded by loads of restaurants and bars.
~~~~~~~~~~ Check in ~~~~~~~~~~
As we arrived on a Saturday afternoon there were loads of people waiting to check in. The reception area of the hotel was a bit on the small side and it definitely felt a little cramped. There is only one small reception desk and there was only one receptionist on it checking people in so it could have taken ages to actually check in and get our room key but luckily they also had some self-service check in kiosks.
There were three of these and the check in process was a simple one. It just involved keying in my details and then the computer finding our details. Once I had used my card to pay the computer printed off an invoice and dispatched our keys. I found the whole process much easier and speedier than queuing to check in with the receptionist.
~~~~~~~~~~ The Room ~~~~~~~~~~
The room was pretty much as I was expecting from a Premier Inn. It wasn’t fancy but it was clean and perfectly functional. For some reason the machine had allocated us a disabled room but other than the bathroom having some aides to help with going to the toilet and showering it resembled pretty much every other Premier Inn I’ve ever stayed at.
The room had a double bed which was actually really comfortable. It also had four pillow two firmer ones and two softer ones so you could choose which one suited you better. There was the usual TV, desk area, mirror and wardrobe as well as a couple of seats. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided but were a bit on the stingy side with only one tea and coffee sachet each.
The bathroom had a bath and a shower and there were two bath and hand towels each. The bathroom was clean but in need of updating and was starting to look a bit grubby around the seals etc.
~~~~~~~~~~ A good night’s sleep? ~~~~~~~~~~
Did I sleep well while staying at the Premier Inn on Portland Street? In a word no. Staying here was the exact same experience as within every other budget hotel that I’ve stayed in that is located within a city centre. All throughout the night there were drunk people coming back from nights out who seemed to forget every common courtesy that they might normally have. At one point there was a group of girls who seemed to be holding their own party in the corridor instead of taking it back in to their rooms. The hotel has security but not once did they appear to try and quieten people down. The soundproofing in the rooms was almost non-existent and we could hear absolutely everything. This went on from around about midnight until after 5 in the morning.
I knew when booking the hotel that this would probably be the experience but it still amazes me when it happens every time. When I am staying at a hotel and have been for a night out I still try to come back and go to my room quietly so as to not disturb the other guests. I could just be bitter though as I was a little bit ill and couldn’t drink that night.
~~~~~~~~~~ The staff ~~~~~~~~~~
With only one exception the majority of the staff that we encountered were pleasant and professional. To be honest staff were a little thin on the ground and we only really interacted with them when we were leaving but the girls we did see were nice and friendly. When we checked out we asked to leave our bags until later on in the day so that we could go and have a wander round the city and do some shopping and they had a luggage room. The girl that took our bags chatted to us and asked all about our stay.
The one exception that I mentioned happened when we returned to the hotel after the concert and were waiting for the lift to our room. The receptionist and the security guards were talking about some girl who was staying at the hotel and were slagging off her outfit and making fun of her. They did this blatantly when we were standing only a few feet away from them and I thought it was really unprofessional and rude and I actually wish now that I had said something at the time to them.
~~~~~~~~~~ Food ~~~~~~~~~~
We didn’t actually have breakfast as this was a chargeable extra but in our room there was a menu so they must have also had a restaurant. I’m not sure where this was actually located as normally at these places it is adjacent to the reception but here the reception area was far too small to also contain a restaurant so it must have been located elsewhere.
As I said there are loads of cheaper places that surround the hotel to get a meal or breakfast and there are also several take aways close by including a 24 hour McDonalds.
~~~~~~~~~~ Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~
If you choose to stay at this particular Premier inn you know pretty much what you are going to be getting as it is so similar to the rest of them. The city centre location does make it ideal for seeing everything that Manchester has to offer but at the same time you have to remember that if you choose to stay here on a weekend then you are going to be sharing the hotel with a bunch of people who are there to party and you aren’t going to get much in the way of sleep. It did offer decent value especially in comparison with the prices other hotels were asking for this particular night but to be honest I will probably try and book somewhere earlier so that I have a better chance of getting a better hotel cheaper and would only really stay here again if I didn’t really have any other option.
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