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Holiday Inn Express Manchester CC-Oxford Road
Ranked #56 of 120 Hotels in Manchester
Reviewed 1 February 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road when we went up to see Peter Kay at the MEN in October 2011. We were looking for somewhere fairly cheap and in reasonably close proximity to the MEN Arena. We plumped for the Holiday Inn Express as it was a good price and as we are usually happy whenever we stay at a Holiday Inn.

The hotel is in a lively area with lots going on, and is pretty much opposite the BBC Manchester building on Oxford Road (so a good place to stay if you are planning on a stint as a DJ). Parking was fairly easy, with (as I recall) subsidised spaces in the NCP around the corner.

The hotel reception is located at a lower level than the street, which can be accessed by stairs or lift. When we checked in and I was asked for my name (which is 'Washer') I was met by the comical riposte, 'dryer!' by the guy on reception. As hilarious as this was, both my wife and I were slightly taken aback (we didn't expect the comedy to begin until the show that evening). On the one hand, this could be brushed off as 'jovial Mancunian banter'; on the other hand however, it could be called unprofessional and flippant. You decide.

The room was perfectly fine (we always feel that Holiday Inn rooms are more 4 than 3 star), with a really nice view of the BBC building and Oxford Road, and the bed was comfortable.

We did have to take a cab to the MEN, what with my wife being pregnant, but it is only about a mile's walk and ordinarily we would have covered that distance on foot with no problem. Therefore I would say that the hotel is pretty well placed for most of downtown Manchester's highlights.

The following morning we experienced probably the worst part of our stay: the breakfast. Put it this way - if you are looking for a delicious breakfast with lots of choice and tasty, fresh, cooked food, do not choose this hotel! The breakfast experience is, at best, comparable to a canteen, with processed meat aplenty and a woefully poor choice of options. I suppose you get what you pay for, but let's be fair about this - even though this is an 'Express,' it is still a Holiday Inn; therefore, I think that the standard of breakfast fare should be considerably better.

Overall, a slightly mixed bag kind of experience. Certainly not the worst hotel in the world, but definitely not the best either. Probably wouldn't stay there again next time we go to Manchester.

Room Tip: It is a fairly tall hotel, with lots of room on lots of high floors. I believe we were on the 8th or...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Stayed here for just one night a few weeks ago - booked it as we saved 35% on the price thanks to a voucher code which made it very good value for money. It really was just being used as a crash pad for a night out - but it served its purpose well.

Rooms are well laid out, have enough space to hang your clothes and move around - the room had a double bed plus a sofa and desk so plenty of space for two people. Bathroom was very modern with a large shower cubicle. Everything was clean and tidy. The hotel is well located, and made a great base for shopping and then heading out for the night. Oxford Road and Piccadilly train stations are within walking distance so it’s very easy to get to. I didn’t sample the breakfast or room service so I can’t comment on those.

I would definitely use the hotel again if it were just a case of somewhere to sleep rather than a luxury weekend or big occasion - It makes an ideal crash pad.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

stayed for 2 nights on 20/21 Jan 2012 friendly and efficient reception staff. 10th floor room was modern and clean,comfortable bed good bathroom no bath but good large shower cubicle. was pretty warm up there on 10th so used aircon all night which wasnt the quietest ive ever come across, other guests commented at breakfast about the same thing in their room??? other than that a great room. Adequate breakfast, basic, english style buffet, gets busy later expect a queue after 9.30. Small bar limited draught beers but good to met for first drinks before hitting the town. as usual town centre car parking is a fortune and is an extra at NCP but a handy place if you coming by train. overall a decent place to stay we would def stay again

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Loved the inn clean and Cosy was very happy made a comment over something in the room that needed changing and the the guy at the desk said the housekeeper went home he offered to change our room we liked our room said no so he came up and changed it was very helpful house keeper very friendly and breakfast was free and excellent good variety will come again if need to next time thanks

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Thank Sgmj
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Well located, relatively new, and comfortable rooms. That being said the standard of service was unacceptable. No televisions for 2 nights despite reporting it broken. No follow up, no room change, nothing! A maid entered the room and helped herself to the spare key! The breakfast cereal was not replenished. Although the hotel offers free internet to Priority Club Platinum members this facility was only advised on check out; useless! And to top it all there was the ultimate nickel and dimeing by wanting to charge £3.00 to leave a bag. That when the hotel was being given the benefit of a very early check out!

Overall this was a very poor property. There are better hotels in Manchester, I'd suggest going to one of those for decent value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Thank stephLDN16
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Manchester CC-Oxford Road

Address: 2 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Business Hotel in Manchester
#39 Romantic Hotel in Manchester
Price Range: €66 - €142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Manchester CC-Oxford Road 3.5*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Oxford Road is an ideal hotel to stay if you are in Manchester for business or pleasure. Located next to Oxford Road train station the hotel has a central location with the main shopping area only 10 minutes walk away. Situated in the vibrant Oxford Road part of Manchester it is next to both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.Transport links are very good to both Manchester United and Manchester City as well as the National Football Museum, Palace and Opera House theatres and the Museum of Science and Industry. The hotel offers inclusive breakfast and all rooms have High Speed Internet Access as well as air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryer and choice of pillows. ... more   less 
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