“ Address: Hale Road / Hale Barns / Manchester / England / WA15 8XW / TelepPhone: 44 161 9040301 „
Last week I stayed at the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel while attending a training session for my current job. Despite living in Manchester my company offered to put me up for the night so who was I to turn down a bit of luxury, not to mention some peace and quiet away from home! Marriott is an international brand which has been around since 1927 although their first hotel was not opened until 1969 in Mexico. There are now over 2,800 Marriott hotels around the world creating a name that is present in over 70 countries.
The hotel is located in Hale Barns which is quite an affluent area of Cheshire. Altrincham, Hale and Wilmslow are all within 15 minute drives away while Manchester City Centre is about 20 minutes away. The hotel is under 3 miles from Manchester Airport, hence the reason for its name and why it's so popular with travellers. There is also a complimentary shuttle service to the airport which must be booked in advance. It is right next to the M56 which means access is straightforward as it's literally seconds from a motorway junction.
Upon arriving at the hotel I made my way to the reception area which is a large, plush looking area where the main feature it the large reception desk. To the left of this area you can see the bar and the walkway leading off to the various areas and rooms of the hotel. Upon arriving there was a small queue waiting to check in and despite there being three receptionists it did take me about 10 minutes to reach the front of the queue. Upon arriving at the front my check in process was extremely straightforward, they simply took a swipe of my bank card to cover any use of the mini bar, gave me my room card and directed me to my room on the first floor.
The rooms are situated around two courtyards so getting to your room can be a little bit like navigating around a maze. It took me about 5 minutes to actually find my room as the room numbers and directions were a little confusing, it was just a good job I hadn't had a drink! All the rooms are accessed using a card oppose to a key. My room was quite large in size with a double bed, a large desk, a table and two chairs. There was a large window overlooking the car park at the far side of the room and to the right of this was a large built in wardrobe.
The room itself looked quite recently renovated with beige carpets, cream walls, rich red blankets and dark mahogany furniture giving quite a luxurious impression to the room. The bed in particular was wonderful; they actually put a duvet under the fitted sheet so when you get into bed it's so comfy and almost like being in a little nest! The room's all come with air conditioning and heating which you control using a small panel on the wall which meant I could set the temperature exactly as I wanted it, this took effect within about 5 minutes.
There were also your typical amenities including a mini bar which was as extortionately priced as I've come to expect, an ironing board and iron, a hairdryer and hot drink making facilities. All the rooms come with wireless internet access which is ideal if you're visiting for business and require the use of the internet during your stay. The TV has the normal channels as well as some extra radio channels and also CNN, Sky News and a couple of others. There was the option for pay per view movies as well.
The bathroom was located to the left just as I entered the room and didn't look quite as modern as the room itself although it was far from what you'd call rundown. The colour scheme was quite simply all white and all the features you'd expect were there. I had a bath and a shower during my stay there and the water was always hot and the shower pressure really good. A couple of my colleagues did report that they'd had freezing cold showers in the morning although I thankfully didn't have this same problem!
Bar and Restaurant
My company was generous enough to pay for us all to stay on a bed and breakfast rate as well as forking out for an evening meal for us all... sadly this did not cover alcohol! The bar is located on the ground floor directly next to the reception area with a large square bar being the centre point focus. Around the bar are tables with large brown leather sofas and big comfy armchairs. The same luxurious feeling of the guestrooms is again seen here with dark wooden colours, rich reds and creams contributing to the colour scheme. There were also plenty of wall mounted televisions around the bar area making it ideal to relax in even if you were alone.
The bar serves your typical drinks as well as sandwiches and lighter meals which are priced at anything from £4.95 upwards to around the £12.00 mark. Drinks at the hotel were quite expensive with a lemonade costing me £1.80 and a small glass of white wine costing £3.40.
The restaurant is located behind the bar and again had a very stylish and superior feel to it with the main focus point being the open kitchen meaning you could see your food being prepared. The menu was very classy and offered about 20 main course options so there was something to suit everyone. Main dishes ranged for around £10 for fish and chips up to £26 for steak. Starters and deserts were also on offer and these were priced at around the £5 mark making your average meal cost anywhere between about £20 and £35 for one person.
The food itself was delicious; I had lamb for my main course which was absolutely beautiful and cooked to perfection followed by a lemon tart which was so sweet and it just seemed to melt in my mouth. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone, even if you're not a guest at the hotel, as the service and food were simply spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
Breakfast was also served in the restaurant and was much more of a casual affair. There were all different cereals and fruits as well as a help yourself cooked breakfast section which was constantly being refilled. You could eat as much as you liked which certainly set me up well for the day!
The hotel has on site parking for up to 450 cars although there is a cost for parking here; £2 per hour or £12 daily. In addition to this the hotel does offer airport parking packages which start at £25 depending how long you're going to be away for. I personally was a little put off by this as when I'm paying for a hotel room I don't really expect to pay £12 to leave my car there overnight! Luckily my company paid for everything so it wasn't an issue this time, but it should be taken into consideration if you do consider booking to stay here.
During my stay I encountered several staff members including the reception staff and the restaurant staff. On all occasions they were thoroughly pleasant and the restaurant staff were more than willing to enter into a conversation with me. As it's an airport hotel the majority of the staff were foreign or at least spoke foreign languages to allow them to converse with travellers, the languages they spoke were clearly displayed under their name tags which I thought added a little personal touch to the ambience of the hotel.
There are also several extra features of the hotel including the leisure and conferencing facilities. I didn't actually have time to make use of the leisure facilities at the hotel but I understand there is a large swimming pool and a gym available to guests staying at the hotel. There are also 12 meeting rooms which provide for different capacities, the meeting room we were in was spacious and really well equipped and priced at quite a reasonable rate. For more information on meeting rooms I suggest you check out their website which provides detailed floor plans and capacity guidance.
I stayed on a weeknight and my room was priced at £125 per night which included breakfast the next day. As it's an airport hotel and it has a 4 star rating I was expecting the prices to be a little expensive but not quite this much! My company paid for 10 rooms which would have cost them over a grand which is a little extortionate in my opinion, especially when you can stay at a Travel Lodge for around £39!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel and would certainly recommend it to anyone thinking of staying in this area. My only qualm was the price which I did feel was a little expensive, the hotel is beautiful and in a great location but I wouldn't choose to pay this much to stay here again. My main worry before going here was that the noise from the airport would keep me awake during the night but I can safely say I didn't hear a thing in my nest like bed!
Thanks for reading.