Location - The Golden Tulip Hotel Manchester is located directly opposite Old Trafford Football Ground. It has easy access links into the City Centre and is within walking distance of many attractions such as The Manchester United Museum and Tour, Imperial War Museum and the Lowry Mall. It is located several minutes from the M60 and there is the Metrolink Tram System near the hotel which will take you directly into the city centre. It is five minutes by car to the Trafford Centre and 5 minutes walk to the Lowry shopping outlet which offers free parking if you purchase something there. Arrival - If arriving by car, depending on whether you arrive on a match day or not there are security barriers in place and a member of security will check that there is a reservation in your name. There is a large car park which is of no extra cost to customers staying at the hotel. The main foyer area is very modern and spacious and there are several seating areas for customers should the bar area be busy or you are waiting for your room if you have arrived early. The reception staff are very friendly and will do their best to have your room ready as soon as possible if you do arrive early. They are very courteous and smartly dressed and will confirm if you would like a reservation for the restaurant, morning newspaper or a wake up call. They will also arrange transportation for you should you require it. Rooms - The majority of rooms have recently undergone refurbishment and have been decorated to a high standard. They now boast modern decor, lcd tvs and modern fresh bathroom suites. There are a number of family rooms which are yet to be refurbished though they are still of a high quality and very spacious. The rooms do not have a minibar but do have a fridge which was ideal for myself in a family room to store milk for my baby. It is there for your own personal use so ideal to store some cold drinks to quench your thirst after hours should you need to. A standard room can consist of a double bed, a king size bed or two singles and will accomodate 2 persons only. The family rooms can accomodate upto 4 persons and include a double bed and pull out sofa bed which will be made up ready for your arrival. There are tea and coffee making facilities, ample storage and wardrobe space, heated towel rails and bathroom essentials such as shampoo and soap are provided. Some rooms also have a fantastic view of the Quays or the United football ground. Food - The hotel offers a lovely room service menu which is not overpriced and the food is of a high standard. There is a restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel called Watersreach which is a fantastic dining experience. The menu varies on a weekly basis and the setting in the restaurant is calm and soothing with dim lighting and music in the background. The waiters and waitresses are very professional and will aim to answer any questions you have about the food as best they can. Drinks are brought over efficiently and there is not too long await for the meals to be ready. They leave just the right amount of time between started and main, I often find that most restaurants hurry you with your food, but that is not the case here and its nice to have time to relax, chat and drink between courses. The menu is very varied and offers excellent meal options and offers something for everyones taste. The food is well price however the drinks will push the bill up. It cost us £78 for 3 of us to have a two course meal and drinks. Facilties - The facilities here are more aimed at the business traveller with conference rooms, wifi access, and meeting facilties and there is no pool or gym on site. There is a bar area which has a nice atmosphere though is extremely overcrowded on match days and has limited seating. Cost - The price to stay here can vary from £55 to £150 for the same standard room. I would always advise to book on their website rather than booking on arrival. The further in advance you book, the best price your likely to get. Overall - If you are wanting a relaxing stay then definitely dont visit here on a match day as it is overcrowded and noisy. If you are wanting to visit for a match then you cant get better situated and the pre match atmosphere is fantastic as is the post match atmosphere if Manchester United win. Nice rooms, nice staff and a lovely restaurant, would highly recommend. This is my own review and is also on Ciao.
I stayed in this hotel for up to 5 days a week for the best part of 12 months when I worked on an assignment in Trafford Park a few years ago. It's in an excellent location on the outskirts of Trafford Park (the opposite end to the Trafford Centre), so getting to work was a five minute drive, and getting to the centre of Manchester was a 10 minute drive. The hotel is on seven floors and I always booked one of the two suites which are located above each other on the sixth and seventh floors. Because of the number of guaranteed nights, they gave me an excellent rate. The sitting room was perfect for me, consisting of a comfortable sofa, table, side tables, nice lamps and TV. The bedroom always looked very inviting with lots of pillows and cushions, a good sized wardrobe and dresser. Both rooms were decorated in various natural stone colours making them quite appealing and easy to live in. The bathroom was also fine with a bath/shower and everything else you need. The hotel reception area is spacious and always looked clean. It has an interesting and welcoming bar which I found very relaxing when having a beer with colleagues. The Restaurant was designed more in cafe style but I must say the food was excellent, and well worth at least one visit per week during my stay. The problem with this hotel is that on match day (the hotel is situated opposite Old Trafford) they lease the car park to Manchester United, who then rent it to the fans, so car parking for the hotel guests can be impossible before 11pm on such nights. I would only recommend this hotel for anyone visiting/working in Trafford Park because there are so many much better hotels in the town centre.
I usually stay at the Jury’s Inn in Manchester, but I found myself booked into the ‘Quality Inn’, eeek! If you’ve ever stayed at one you’ll know that the brand name is just a cruel joke. I was therefore delighted to learn that they had been taken over by Golden Tulip and were to have a refit before my stay. I was less delighted when I arrived, at 7:30 on a match day to find that the hotel had been re-branded as ‘The Manchester United Hotel’. Obviously as no MUFC fans seem to come from Manchester or the surrounding area they need an increasing number of rooms in which to store the ‘loyal fan base’. I was booked in way before the cup fixture that evening was booked so I felt more than a little disappointment as I edged around the mercs and beemers in the car park looking for a spot. I couldn’t find one so I parked across the main exit and handed my keys to reception to find me a spot. The reception area is clean spacious and bright. It is also an affront to right thinking sports fans. There’s Manchester United shirts in glass cases, adverts for Red Devils merchandise and overpriced tat for sale. Even the apples in the bowl on reception were red. I checked in quickly and tried to avoid looking at the self congratulatory photos on all the walls. My efforts were in vain as I was given a key card with an advert for a tour of the ground on it. Fortunately the rooms are not painted red and black with Beckham duvet covers. They are very relaxed, spacious studies in pastels. I only had to hide one flyer for the trophy room tour and a brochure rack for MUTV before I could settle down for the evening. The room has all you need, a TV with a limited channel choice, a comfortable bathroom, a desk and coffee table as well as telephone and modem points. The coffee making facilities were good, but ‘Granny Wilds’ cookies were beastly. They saved themselves wi th the nice offer of fresh milk if you want it rather than the little pots of vegetable fat product. Copies of the Guardian and the Manchester Evening News are available all over the hotel. Room service has some reasonable if limited options, but the best thing about this hotel is the restaurant. That well known Mancunian (pah) Gary Rhodes opened his first venture outside London on the ground floor of the hotel, and ‘Rhodes & Co’ is well worth a visit. Sadly on match nights this isn’t always possible as they do a pre match sitting, and then close the restaurant until 9pm when they run a post match supper. The menu on these occasions is seriously cut down with just three options for each course. Whilst these are all good, it’s more hassle than it’s worth. On a regular evening you can expect a much better dining experience. The staff have been hired to look good in black, but there are a couple who can wait tables very effectively. If you find one, hang on to them if you want efficient service. The restaurant itself is minimalist with a clean café bar look with a large window into the kitchen, allowing you to watch your meal being cooked. The atmosphere is only spoiled by the Gary Rhodes books, Gary Rhodes videos, Gary Rhodes gift packs, and other items to remind you that this is the Gary Rhodes restaurant in the Manchester United hotel. The evening clientele carry on the theme by wearing all their labels on the outside of their clothes. There are plenty of affluent looking men of limited intellect wasting good money on salad for nice but dim stick insects. Whilst these characteristics are allowable weaknesses in ‘Posh and Becks’ if these are your defining characteristics it really is rather sad. Even more horrifying is the smoking policy. I have never been asked if I wanted a non-smoking table, and this is normally not too much of a problem, as fewer people inhale bu rning leaves during their meals these days. Whilst I can understand that some people like a cigar(ette) before and after a meal, I’ve never liked the idea of a fag between courses. Rhodes & Co is the only restaurant other than McDonalds or an after hours Indian where I’ve seen people smoke during courses. Enough of this nastiness, the food is very very good. The menu changes regularly, so don’t be disappointed if you are handed an A4 sheet neatly typed that day, at least you can hope for fresh food. Expect good British inspired food with a few modern touches and continental twists. The soups in particular make great starters as you can stand your spoon up in most of them, salads and fish options like sardines on crostini are delicious too. Main courses are solid and reliable favourites like steak served with shallot sauce, Irish lamb stew or Ham hock. I preferred the fish options and would recommend a shellfish risotto, and a roat cod dish served with garlic beans. Some of the meat dishes are a little heavy on offal, which is fine if you like that kind of thing, but a couple of dining companions were horrified by a particularly vivid pate and a spaghetti bolognaise made with kidneys. Each dish is tasty and filling, but not bloaty, which is good, because if there’s one thing that the irritating spikey haired blokey knows how to do it’s puddings. The lemon rice pudding is delightfully light and tangy. And there are some real rib stickers like hot chocolate and banana cake to send you to bed happy. Overall I’d give the food five stars, as it is excellent and not obscenely expensive, expect to pay about £30 a head plus wine. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and rather strangely if you are staying in the hotel you have to take a meal voucher, rather like a school dinner ticket, to get your food. It is a good English breakfast though, or you can choose to take continental bre akfast in your room. I would recommend the Manchester United Hotel as a good place to stay, and I’d certainly eat in the restaurant again, but I would never visit either on a match day as the service slips and the hotel becomes noisy. www.goldentulipmanchester.co.uk Trafford Park Manchester M17 1WS 01618726556