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.
- 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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