“ Address: Runger Lane / Wilmslow Road / Manchester Airport / Manchester M90 5DL / United Kingdom / Tel: 0871 527 8726 „
We live a good two hours away from Manchester Airport. We have found the easiest and, with petrol prices as high as they are, often cheapest way to get to the airport is by train. This is great for us, however last year our flight departed first thing in the morning, leaving us no choice but to get a train down the afternoon before and spend the night in Manchester.
Previously, we had stayed at Bewleys hotel which was brilliant. This time round we were on more of a budget, and because of this I reluctantly booked the Premier Inn. At just £29 for a double room it was half the price of Bewleys.
We arrived by train to Manchester quite late in the evening. We decided to just grab a black cab from outside the station which cost around £6 and took just over 5 minutes. Be sure to have the address of the Premier Inn handy as the chain does have two hotels close to the airport. Premier Inn run a hotel shuttle bus from the train station and each of the terminals. In my opinion though, it is very pricey. Last July they were charging £4 each way or £6 return, and prices may well have increased since my stay. When you compare this to how much we paid for a black cab, it is very overpriced.
Check in was fast. I showed the lady on the check in desk my email confirmation and we were quickly given our room key and pointed in the direction of our room. All very quick and easy.
After paying just £29 for a hotel so close to the airport we were not so sure what to expect. However we were impressed. The rooms were pretty large, and very clean which is all I care about on a short stay like this. The bathrooms on the other hand are tiny, with just a shower cubicle and toilet. The basin is just outside in the main room which is a bit strange but not a problem at all.
Compared to other Travelodge and Premier Inn hotels we have stayed in we were very impressed with the decor. It was very modern, and appeared to have been only recently decorated.
I was also pleased with how comfortable the bed was. We had a great night's sleep, without any disturbance during the night. Undisturbed sleep in airport hotels can often be a problem, with people coming and going all through the night, but we were not woken at all. Furthermore, despite the close proximity to the airport, we did not hear any aircraft noise whatsoever.
We very rarely eat at hotel restaurants, but after arriving pretty late in the evening we decided to order from the cafe bar. We were expecting high prices, but we were pleasantly surprised. During our visit was an offer on were we could get two courses for around £10, but even without this offer meals were reasonably priced. The choice was pretty good. However, there was no room left in the restaurant area so we ended up eating in our room. This was our own fault as we were asked to book a table on arrival, but decided to hold off doing so. To be completely honest, the food itself wasn't fantastic. For example the chips were greasy and soggy. They also got our starters wrong but it was too late to start messing about to get them to change it. I'm sure if we had complained we would have got what we had ordered, but all we really wanted to do was eat up, shower and get some sleep ready for our early flight.
For the price of the room I was pretty impressed. We actually stayed at Bewleys' the night we returned from our holiday, and we were very disappointed. We were given an awful room, with the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in, and we were woken in the early hours by hovering outside of our room. The Premier Inn will be my first choice should we need to stay near the airport again, and is fantastic value for money.
Parts of this review are posted on Trip Advisor under the same username.
I've stayed at the Premier Inn on Wilmslow Road, Manchester Airport twice now, both the exactly the same time, midweek about 10 days before Christmas in both 2009 and 2010. I was flying abroad both times and needed somewhere convenient and cheap to stay with a close proximity to the airport as I live 150 miles away from Manchester, and Premier Inn was available at £39 a night which seems very reasonable. It's about two miles away from the airport but there's a shuttle bus that runs from the Premier Inn to the airport every 20 minutes from 4am onwards which is ideal if you have had to catch an early flight like I had to both times.
On arrival I had a text message with a code in it, and all I needed to so was give that to the clerk and they'd sort everything for me as the room was pre-paid, this took a matter of sixty seconds and I had my room key. They were surprisingly helpful and checking out the next day was no hassle either, straight in, straight out.
The room itself is a surprise because it's not what you'd expect for a budget hotel, very clean with a decent sized room and plenty of storage. Yes it was based on two people sharing but I was spoilt for space. The bathroom was a decent size too. The TV had full Freeview and given it was next to an airport it was surprisingly quiet, the only noise coming from the odd one or two noisy people in the corridor.
I wouldn't recommend the food, it was very expensive the first time round and not that great, I paid about £3.50 for a bacon bap and that was in my mind the second time I stayed so I bought my own food with me and made my own entertainment! I've never tried any of the full breakfasts and other meals that were available but at a glance the breakfasts looked pretty basic for their price, but they've got to make their money somehow!
Rooms are only as cheap as £39 if you book at least 28 days in advance, at short notice they can be as pricey as £72 and although that'd be the going rate in most places for a budget hotel I wouldn't be prepared to pay that much. I think if you were going to stay in a Premier Inn you'd need to plan it ahead if it fits round your travelling or work. I wouldn't want to stay for more than a night despite it's warmth and cosiness compared to some of the hotels I experienced abroad!
Although I regularly stay in hotels, it is very rare that I have the need to stay in an airport hotel. However, in September 2010 we needed to take an early morning flight out of Manchester airport and the only feasible plan was to stay in a nearby hotel the night before our flight; fortunately there are numerous hotels in the area and the choice runs the gamut of the price spectrum.
We were happy enough to stay in a budget chain, leaving more money to spend on a meal in Manchester's Curry Mile on the eve of our holiday, and managed to get a double room at the Manchester Airport Premier Inn, situated on Runger Lane, for just £36. We booked on line through a cash-back website, which gave us a couple of quid back, in addition to what we thought was a fair price.
Before setting out for Manchester, we did try to find a map that would help us reach the hotel on foot from the train station at the airport but the scale of the map and the detail included made this impractical. At the airport we tried to spot the hotel logo but couldn't see it and noticed instead a stop for a bus that runs between all the hotels and the terminals until around midnight. The notice stated that the price per journey was £4.00 per person. As we wanted to check in then come back to the terminal bus station, go out to Manchester, come back to the hotel and then take the bus to the terminal for the flight the next morning, this would have been an additional £32 for the two of us, almost the cost of the room.
Back inside the station we enquired at the room booking agency about a pedestrian route to the hotel; the assistant there told us we had to take a bus or taxi. We said that we didn't want to do this and could he please point us in the right direction; he told us that he didn't know where the hotel was (really helpful coming from someone whose job it is to make hotel bookings) and clearly didn't want to help. In the end we took a taxi, agreeing the price beforehand, and paying £6 for the two of us rather than the £8 the airport bus would cost.
The driver checked which Premier Inn we wanted. There are two classed as Manchester Airport: one is Runger Lane, the other is nearer the freight terminal. The route taken when driving involves coming out of the airport complex and driving on the motorway; this is the long way, however, and the route which you can take on foot is easy, safe, and only about one mile.
The hotel comprises two buildings that share a site with the Travelodge hotel. I have no idea why there are two buildings and how it is decided which one you stay in but the room we were allocated was in the building we were dropped at. As you would expect from a budget chain and a new build hotel, the building is hardly inspiring but it was at least less offensive to the eye than the Travelodge building which looked rather oppressive.
The interior was, however, cosy and welcoming, although very much in that Premier Inn, soulless chain type of way. A long reception desk was in front of the doors and over to the right there was a lounge, bar and restaurant area that merged into one open area; this gave an impression of space but if I was having a meal, I would want to have it in a dining room, rather than sitting in part of a larger area, especially as I imagine it can get noisy in the bar area sometimes.
There were two receptionists checking in guests and the young lady who dealt with our reservation was lovely; Vesela was from Bulgaria and was excited to learn that we were flying to her country's capital the next morning, and that we had already visited it on another occasion. She helpfully drew a map showing us how to get to the terminal on foot and explained everything we might need to know about the hotel and its services. We were given two key cards without having to ask; since the lighting in the bedrooms can only be operated if they key is in the slot, it makes sense to give two cards in case one guest has to go out of the room and the other stays behind.
Our room was on the fifth floor and right at the end of our corridor which was good as it meant that nobody had to pass our room to get to their own. Although there wasn't a separating door to reduce noise, the room was large and the sleeping area was sufficiently far away from the door to minimise noise; having said this, we found that the carpeting in the corridors was extremely soft and thick, and the doors tended to close firmly but quietly. Having once spent a disturbed night at an airport hotel at Gatwick, we always worry that the same will happen again as people tend to come and go at all hours in airport hotels.
The room was decorated in the standard Premier Inn way with white walls, white linen, a purple carpet and a smart purple suedette runner on the bottom of the bed. What was unusual about this room was that the en suite contained only the shower and the toilet, while the wash basin, a very shallow oblong design, was in an alcove in the room itself. The towels were rather small but clean and fresh, while the bedding was beautifully crisp, just as I like it. Everything in the room was in good repair and there no flaws, however minor.
There was a well lit space to work on the desk-cum-dressing table and all rooms are wi-fi enabled; if you don't bring your own computer, there are two public terminals in the reception area that can be used. A flat screen television was perhaps a little small for the size of the room and, for once, we actually watched a little television in a hotel room; there are plenty of channels and also radio stations to choose from as well as pay per view films.
There was a kettle and a tray containing an appropriate number of teabags and coffee sachets for a one night stay; a biscuit or two would have been nice but wasn't too much of an issue. As we had to be up so early we didn't take breakfast at the hotel so we were glad to be able to have the hot drinks. As well as a variety of breakfast options, the hotel bar offers bar meals and snacks, while the restaurant serves a full range of meals throughout the day; there's also a vending machine for soft drinks and snack items.
We both had a really good night's sleep and tried to waken ourselves from our slumbers with a refreshing shower; the water was hot throughout and the standard of the shower was excellent. There was a little noise in the corridor around 11.30 pm but nothing after that in spite of the hotel seeming to be pretty full. Before going to bed we had asked the receptionist to arrange a taxi to the terminal for the following morning, and a minicab arrived on time as requested. The cost was much less than using an airport taxi, or using the bus and we were dropped right at the terminal we needed.
As we weren't driving, I can't comment on the car parking aspect of this hotel but it is close to the long stay car parks if you require that service while the hotel also offers park and fly deals. If, like us, you want to walk to the airport at any time, it takes approximately twenty minutes (fifteen if you walk quite briskly). There are car parking spaces directly in front of the hote but there is a charge for parking.
It's possible to stay much nearer the terminal buildings at Manchester but we felt that his one is not in an unreasonable location if you intend to stay at the hotel all night once you've arrived, or if you are in a car. As the cost of the airport bus is high, I would recommend taking a taxi if there are at least two of you; better still get the hotel to arrange a minicab which will be even cheaper. For us, though, the holiday starts as soon as we lock up our house and we didn't want to spend all evening at the Premier Inn; if you do want to find alternative places to eat, there are plenty not far away by car, or by bus from the airport (we took a bus to Manchester's famous Curry Mile in Rusholme).
Overall this is a clean, comfortable and well maintained hotel with friendly and helpful staff; it may not be the height of luxury, but if you can book in advance, you can find excellent rates that represent good value.
Note - we stayed on a Room only basis - breakfast and other meals are paid for separately