MacDonald Manchester hotel review

August 9, 2015
The Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa review
The bed and chair at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel

MacDonald Manchester hotel review

Whilst writing about some of the great hotels and resorts across the world, I’m trying my best to also showcase the good – or not so good – in the world of hospitality right here in the UK.  And that’s where my MacDonald Manchester hotel review comes in.

It’s often easy to overlook what’s available on my doorstep, and usually a hotel stay in my hometown is more about convenience rather than an experience in itself.
However for a bit of a change, my hubby and I decided to buck the trend and have a little staycation in non other than sunny Manchester, and I got to enjoy a hotel I’ve long admired from a distance.

The MacDonald Manchester hotel review – a sight for sore eyes

For those of you from the area, the MacDonald Manchester hotel is the long, curvy glass building near Manchester Piccadilly train station. You can’t miss it. I’d always wondered what it was like inside, so when hubby and I were looking for a hotel to stay at during a visit up north, it was a natural choice.
From a logistics point of view, the MacDonald Manchester hotel is super convenient for travellers as its walking distance  from the station. For drivers, like any city centre hotel, it’s not so straightforward as you have to pay for their parking, which isn’t cheap, or contend with street parking.
However as we arrived late evening, the helpful reception told us that we could park on the street relatively safely for free, and just pay for the next mornings parking. Street parking was luckily very close and seemed safe.
On arrival, we were told we had a free upgrade. Now I always take these things with a pinch of salt, as often we’ve been upgraded to what appears to be a standard room.
However our room, on the eighth floor, was vast, expansive and oozed executive luxury. It was great to stay at a hotel where the rooms lived up to the exterior and decadent reception.
With plush sofa chairs, a gigantic bed and wall to wall widows, the MacDonald Manchester Hotel was definitely one of my more luxury stays in the UK.
Wooden oak finshes at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel
The bedroom decor was all mahogany with leather look linings, and the endlessly long bathroom was cream with all the amenities you’d expect. An in-bathroom speaker also meant you could listen to the TV while taking a bath.
A couple of bugbears however – well nothing’s ever perfect. We only had one bathrobe and set of slippers, despite it being a double room. While this wasn’t a deal breaker, it is a nice to have. A bigger nuisance were the pillows, which were like long and thin sausages, so not the most comfortable.

Breakfast at the MacDonald Manchester Hotel

Breakfast, in truth, was another draw. I love nothing more than a buffet breakfast during my stay, which is what the MacDonald Manchester offered.
The breakfast spread at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel


A fry-up of eggs, beans, tomatoes mushrooms and toast the Macdonald Manchester Hotel
The buffet had the coveted fried egg, mushrooms and tomatoes, but not my beloved hash browns.
However they made up for this with egg boiled to order, so we had egg soldiers.
There was also a nice bread selection brought to our table, which was a nice change from run of the mill toast.
The rest of the buffet was by the by, some fruit, cereal, and yoghurt juice. But we certainly didn’t leave hungry.
So overall, my MacDonald Manchester hotel review is positive. We had a really nice stay, but my only regret is that we didn’t get their earlier to make the most of the gym and spa facilities.
We got our hotel for £95, but prices vary so do check for the best deal.

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