Manchester Journals

Manchester in a series of visits

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A December 2006 trip to Manchester by fizzytom

Premier Inn Manchester Airport Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: Hotels, restaurants, venues, more....a selection of Manchester trips

Giraffe Manchester Airport

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Restaurant | "Travel the World Without Leaving the Airport "

Giraffe Manchester Airport Photo, Manchester, England
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a fan of chains, be that restaurants, pubs or shops. Try to shop or eat at any airport in the UK, however, and you'll find it's impossible to avoid chains. Actually I wouldn't normally eat a full meal at an airport on the grounds of cost and lack of choice, but circumstances recently led us to dine at Manchester Airport's Giraffe restaurant. Perhaps because it is one of the more expensive places to eat within the airport, Giraffe was busy but not packed like many of the other cafes and bars were. It was a Saturday lunchtime in September and the airport was heaving so it was nice to be able to put our bags down and get a seat somewhere rel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2012

Giraffe Manchester Airport
Terminal 1 Airside
Manchester, England M23 8AR
0161 435 4070

Rozafa Restaurant and Tavera

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Restaurant | "This Greek Won't Break the Bank"

Rozafa Restaurant and Tavera Photo, Manchester, England
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If you want a good curry in Manchester Rusholme’s ‘Curry Mile’ is the place to go and we would most certainly have gone there had we not been so hungry and desperate to eat when we arrived in the city after a three hour journey from Newcastle. We were heading instead for an Indian restaurant at Albert Square by the town hall but I was so famished I couldn’t resist Rozafa, a Greek restaurant we found on the way. The restaurant looked quite busy but in a lively and welcoming kind of way, and a duo could be seen (and heard) playing traditional Greek tunes. When we went in I did find the music a bit too loud and almost decided we should go elsewhere but the food smelled delicious and once I kn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2012

Rozafa Restaurant and Tavera
57-63 Princess Street
Manchester, England M2 4EQ

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

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Hotel | "Going Up in the World at Mercure Manchester"

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel Photo, Manchester, England
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Manchester’s Mercure Hotel may not be one of the city’s most exciting accommodation options but it can certainly boast a great location if you need to be close to transport connections. We were travelling after work from Newcastle to Manchester, with a flight early the following afternoon from Manchester Airport. We wouldn’t arrive in Manchester until around 8.30pm so we didn’t want to stay too far from Piccadilly and there were a few things I wanted to buy the next morning before flying so a location close to the main shopping area was essential.I wouldn’t describe myself as a particular fan of the Accor Group but I frequently find myself booking accommodation in Etap, Ibis or Mercure hot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2012

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Portland Street
Manchester, England M1 4PH
0844 815 9024

John Rylands Library

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Attraction | "Manchester's Taj Mahal"

John Rylands Library Photo, Manchester, England
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Standing outside the John Rylands Library on Manchester's Deansgate on a blustery Saturday afternoon, I noticed how many people walked by without giving the magnificent red stone building a look. Perhaps some of them live in Manchester and have passed by a hundred times or more? I couldn't imagine passing by this amazing building and not finding something new everytime.Today the library belongs to the University of Manchester and it has done since 1972; it was commissioned by Enriquetta Rylands as a memorial to her late husband and it opened to the public in 1900. Mrs Rylands acquired some collections especially for the library but the collection now includes some important items that were...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 26, 2012

John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Manchester, England M3 3EH
+44 161 834 5343

Livebait Manchester

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Restaurant | "Good cod, what was I thinking! "

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Livebait is primarily a fish and seafood restaurant and is part of the "Groupe Chez Gerard". Usually I would avoid chains but a quick look at the menus on the Livebait website persuaded me to go for it. We made a reservation by telephone and arrived a couple of minutes after our 6.00 pm booking. It was teeming with rain that evening and we arrived looking like drowned rats - so much for spending thirty minutes with the hair drier and straighteners! Since we were going straight on to the gig we were in jeans but were still fairly smart. The host appeared not to think so because he took one look at us and sat us at the opposite end of the restaurant, marching us past other diners before he s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 25, 2012

Livebait Manchester
22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square
Manchester, England M2 5WA
+44 1618174110

Premier Inn Manchester Airport

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Hotel | "Playing Hard to Get (To)"

Premier Inn Manchester Airport Photo, Manchester, England
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Although I regularly stay in hotels, it is very rare that I have the need to stay in an airport hotel. However, in September 2010 we needed to take an early morning flight out of Manchester airport and the only feasible plan was to stay in a nearby hotel the night before our flight; fortunately there are numerous hotels in the area and the choice runs the gamut of the price spectrum. We were happy enough to stay in a budget chain, leaving more money to spend on a meal in Manchester’s Curry Mile on the eve of our holiday, and managed to get a double room at the Manchester Airport Premier Inn, situated on Runger Lane, for just £36. We booked on line through a cash-back website, which gave us...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2010

Premier Inn Manchester Airport
Runger Lane, Wilmslow Road
Manchester, England
0871 527 8726

Midweek - an overview

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Manchester is full of amazing modern and older buildings, in particular, those relating to the city's industrial heritage. Get out and really look at the buildings around you. Manchester is a shoppers paradise and the huddle of shops in the centre means you don't have to do too much walking. Thanks to having two successful football teams and raising its profile through music in the 1980s, Manchester has really developed into a city with plenty of options for people with money. Check out bars and restaurants with real style and sophistication. The Whitworth Art Gallery has Britain's largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings - spend a few hours here in the presence of some greats. Quick Tips:...Read More

Ramada Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Hotel | "Jarvis Piccadilly"

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I had always imagined that the standard of Jarvis hotels was quite high. Now I've stayed in one, I feel a little differently. We got a discount rate through an on-line booking company and paid £50 for a double room. The hotel website has this room at a discounted rate of £95 down from £129. Either of those prices would be a terrible rip-off. Reception is on the second floor and looks quite plush but you start to notice little things after a while. Reception is dark with poor lighting so the map of the city centre kindly displayed on the wall is almost impossible to see. When we arrived there was a fifteen minute queue to check-in even though there were three receptionists. Our room was on ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2006

Ramada Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Portland Street
Manchester $zip
0844 815 9024