Set in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in Britain, the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel has the ideal location an exciting city break. The hotel, which overlooks Piccadilly Gardens, is home to a whopping 280 bedrooms, restaurant, bar and much more.
Location, Location, Location
They say, it’s all about location, location, location. Well, if that is the case, then full marks go to this particular hotel. Right in the centre of Manchester, you are minutes away from bars, restaurants, comedy clubs and more. With so much to see in this vibrant city, we felt perfectly poised to explore and take in the sites.
Sleeping and staying
Heading inside, all rooms are climate controlled (perfect for the Summer) and the feature complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and HD LED TVs. Our room also included a cosy double bed, tea/coffee making facilities and a bath. All you need to explore the city on the door step!
Privileged rooms and superior rooms can be enjoyed for a small upgrade, these include use of a Nespresso coffee machine, newspaper, robe and slippers. Plus, you can treat yourself to a top-floor superior room where you’ll find an interconnecting lounge with sofa, desk, additional television and city centre views. Four poster rooms are also available.
Aside from a couple of mod cons and the superb location (which was worth the value of the stay itself), the hotel does seem to need a bit of a refresh. Rooms felt a few years behind the times and the general décor looked tired, almost on its last legs in places.
Breakfast with a view over Piccadilly Gardens
You can also dine at the hotel, should you wish. You will find the Brasserie serving modern cuisine in fresh and friendly surroundings. The view from the Brasserie is superb, with panoramic views over Piccadilly Gardens. This is also where the breakfast is served each morning, but this part of our stay wasn’t without its hiccups.
Breakfast was lackadaisical affair to say the latest. Greeted by a very pleasant member of staff we were informed that breakfast was on a buffet system and we were to help ourselves. Unfortunately, arriving at the buffet, there was nothing available and each element had been depleted. This then triggered one of the chefs into action and 20 minutes later the buffet was replenished. Not quite what we expect of a 4 star establishment. This experience actually put us off dining in the hotel that evening, which was a real shame.
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