Ibis Manchester Centre Portland Street
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Avoid if possible
Ok, it's only £56 per night, but please, if you can afford more, stay elsewhere.
I've stayed in Ibis hotels all over the place, but this one is much more like it's Accor sister 'Formula 1' brand. EVERYTHING is plastic, so it can be wiped down with a rag.
The rooms are the usual Ibis method: a rectangle with a plastic bathroom unit bolted on by the door. The bathroom is fine, but it was a bit grubby. Shower was powerful. The bed is very, very hard. Though double glazed, the room was extremly noisy, as it faced Portland Street itself.
This hotel has no soul. The staff are fine, but you can tell they're longing to be over in the Novotel nextdoor. (another Accor brand) Stay there if you can; definatly worth the extra £30 a night.
Mind you, it is in a good location...right on the corner of Portland Street and Oxford Road, and only 2 minutes walk to Piccadilly Gardens bus/tram centre, and only 5 minutes walk to Piccadilly itself.
Didn't expect much of this hotel but was pleasantly surprised - very clean, great location. Asked for a quiet room and got one facing the rear of the building. Room was spotless. No frills but at £53.95 we weren't expecting any. Bathroom is tiny but shower is lovely and very clean. Extra towels and pillows given on request with no hassle. Great snack service and internet access in foyer. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Would defintely recommend - walking distance from train station and city centre.
I've stayed at this Ibis and the other Ibis in Manchester, on Charles Street, and they seem identical, so choose by location. This one is a bit closer to the city centre and is within a minute's walk to Chinatown and many restaurants and shops. The room had air conditioning, and the round-ish bathroom others have mentioned, which is very modern and clean. The staff was very helpful. I had to leave at 4am to catch an early flight, and they arranged to have a taxi waiting. I confused their computers a bit by leaving so early, but they checked me out and mailed a final bill to me, which arrived promptly and all in order. Excellent service and value.
Great location, not so great room
A friend and I stayed at the Ibis in May 2004. The location is good - close to almost everything we wanted to see and with good restaurants nearby. The room itself was not very good for the price. It was so smoky and they don't have non-smoking rooms. Even after staying there 2 days the room still reeked of smoke so our clothes did too. The staff was helpful in finding an Internet Cafe nearby and the restaurant was good but the room itself was not so great.
Stayed at the Ibis Portland Street for one night.
The hotel is very new, modern and clean. The rooms are very light and airy and are furnished to a high standard.
The staff are very good. All very polite, helpful and friendly.
The hotel is located right in the centre of Manchester and is very handy for shops etc.
A superb hotel!!
Great Budget hotel
We stayed at the Ibis for two nights & were really impressed. I was a little apprehensive of what to expect due to the cheap price but we weren't disappointed. The staff were really nice & really helpful, the girls couldn't have been nicer. The bathroom was great & the room was clean. The only problem was the bed, it wasn't soft enough for me. The food was also nice & not expensive. The location is also great.
Ibis Portland St, Manchester is a great hotel
This was a very nice hotel with an unusual bathroom. Some have described it as being like a space capsule. The hotel is in the city center so almost everything is within walking distance. The room rate had gone up between the time I booked the hotel and our stay. They did give me the lower rate but only after I showed my reservation confirmation print out. And they did say that they did not have to honor that rate and pointed to a sign on the wall saying so. I found this a bit disconcerting as my paper did not say that. Breakfast is not included (no problem) but you are given vouchers for each person for each morning. If you use them or lose them you will be charged for those breakfasts. If you return them to the reception desk you're not.
Great value hotel
I Stayed at the Ibis hotel on portland street Manchester recently.
Great modern hotel, friendly staff, and you really must check out the toilet, space age indeed.
For under £40 per room i cant fault it.
If i had to find a criticism, the owners seem to have a golfing fixation, see the bar restuarant area.
Would definatley stay there next time i need a hotel.
Space ship toliet
The IBIS hotel in Portland Street, Manchester is good value for money and offers clean and relatively simple accomodation. The bar at the front of the hotel is large and spacious although not especially comfortable for a long drinking session, but perhaps this the idea. The rooms well equiped with beds that are surprisingly comfortable despite their hardness. The bathroom is the best part. It contains all the usual equipment for servicing human beings but is contained in a giant white plastic pod which reminds one of the film 2001 with it's stark efficiency. I should imagine that it can for be hosed out for cleaning or perhaps even jettisoned into space in the event of really terrible contaminations.
All in all good value and I would stay there again
The lovely breakfast
the lovely breakfast i had three mornings in a row was so good i will most certainly go back to the hotel. also, i was able to walk into the city centre and do lots of shopping, get a bus over the road to the trafford centre and get dropped off at the door on the way back, and then on an evening i was spoilt for choice for restaurants within the vicinity. i went back home a stone heavier. mind you, i wish there had been a couple of biscuits in the room to accompany my cup of tea. it wasn't too important though because i had brought my own, it having been my birthday the previous day, i had some leftover. the fact that i felt like a goldfish due to there being no blinds in the room was a bit of a shame but i am sure some lusty 40somethings had a good look.
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