on January 13, 2010
I stayed in the City Inn Manchester on the 30th December with my girlfriend as we were passing through Manchester on our way to a New Year celebration. The first thing to note about this hotel is it's glorious location a stone's throw from the Piccadilly Train Station and minutes walk from the centre of Manchester and the main shopping district. The City Inn appears to be a fairly new development and has a very modern facade and interior sometimes resembling an office building as opposed to a hotel. Once inside the lobby is spacious with a floor to ceiling glass fronting with a view that leaves something to be desired. Staff here are very friendly and helpful. I arrived an hour before check in but although I had requested an early check in the computer system was down and I could not get to my room. Indicative of my experience of this hotel throughout my stay and their attitude towards guests, I was offered complimentary drinks in the bar while I waited and updated on the situation regularly. Once checked in I found the room to be comfortable although I'm not sure whether the hotel fully merits it's 4 star rating given the general lack of other amenities beyond bar, restaurant and concierge service. The room itself was clean and minimally decorated and consisted of a shower only bathroom, double bed (a little small in my opinion), safe, iMac entertainment system, iron and supposedly a mini bar but I failed to find it. The shower didn't quite reach scolding temperature but was ample, the bathroom itself fairly compact but clean and all in good working order. The biggest bonus for me was the entertainment system that consisted of a CD player, DVD player, TV, movie options, complimentary internet services and all the other functions of an iMac should you need them (e.g. downloading from iTunes, etc...). This was a nice touch and very useful for finding out further information about the area. I didn't eat in the restaurant but found the bar to be well stocked and bar staff friendly. Again it is relatively small and again the view from their window not showing the most glamorous side of Manchester. I got a great deal from the hotel website and the room cost around £50.00 booked about a week in advance but I suppose that was due to it being the night before New Year's Eve. Room rates are usually around £150 per night and at that rate I don't think you would get value for money given what you get. That said, at £50.00 and given the location, I can highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in the centre of town.
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