“ Address: 36 Princess Street / Manchester / M1 4JY / England / Tel: 0161 236 2121 „
Roomzzz in Manchester is a new and up and coming hotel. Situated in both Manchester and Leeds, its a modern appartment style hotel.
The key features in the hotels are: Apple Mac in every room, Pantry, free wi-fi broadband internet, local and national calls, 24-hour concierge, housekeeping, fully fitted kitchen, luxury pocket-sprung memory foam bed and Off-siteCar parking.
The hotel is located in China Town, and is housed in a Grade II listed cotton warehouse. The rooms are a contemporary style and consists of 48 individual apartments to choose from - from compact studios to spacious suites. Each one is fully fitted for daily life, and each consists of a fully equiped kitchen, with everything from a microwave, cooker, fridge freezer to a dishwasher! There is a small dining table in the kitchen area. The bathroom is magnificant, and in my room I had a TV over the bath which was wonderful, along with a walk in rainfall shower.
The bed itself was sooo comfy, with its memory foam matress and pillows. There was also a large flat screen TV with built in freeview, along with an Apple Mac hidden under the desk. There was a chanderlier in the room which was beautiful! The colours of the room were black, hot pink, and aqua and it really complemented the room and it looked beautiful. The room was very modern and funky and great value for money.
There was a pantry in the hotel reception which provided everything from soft drinks to ready meals to pizzas and chips. For breakfast the hotel provided fresh pastries and fruit, as well as hot drinks which could be taken away or back to your room.
My only complaint about this hotel was the noise, you could hear alot of noise from the street as the hotel is located near the main road, and also the walls are very thin. We had a very noisey couple in the room next door, and when I say you could hear everything you really could, and getting woken up at 5am to hear those noises is not very amusing!! We had to call to reception to make a complaint as the couple next door did not have any consideration for the other guests, and also played the music really loud all night.
However as for the hotel there are really no complaints, just apart from the walls, if you get decent neighbours you will be fine! The location is really good and was about 10minute walk into the city centre.
It is definatly worth a stay in this hotel, due to its modern and refreshing rooms and very friendly staff.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for 3 nights. We chose this, as it was a reasonable price, close to both the train station and bridgewater hall where my graduation was being held on the monday. We stayed Saturday-Tuesday. We have also stayed at Roomzzz in Leeds, so we knew what to expect with this kind of hotel.
We took the train to Manchester as it worked out cheaper and easier (the hotel doesn't have its own parking but does offer discounted nearby parking). After a slight d-tour trying to find it, we arrived in about a 10/15 minute walk from Picadilly Train Station.
Check-In- The reception area looks very swish and posh, there is a lift and stairs, its just a short walk down the stairs to the reception, so the lift is a great little touch when youve got lots of bags etc. There is a 'pantry' located next to the reception, where you can buy drinks/food that you might want. (They are overpriced, so will be cheaper from a shop), but it is convienent. There is also a breakfast area by the reception, where they offer a free grab and go breakfast. This consists of fruit, tea coffee etc. And it is a nice place to sit and relax.
The only problem we have about this hotel is 1 of the receptionist. She was so dull and uninterested in everything! And she was slow! She barely said 2 words to us, then we had to sit down for a few minutes to wait for our room to be ready (Check in was at 3pm, we arrived at 3.30pm). During this time, another couple who must have arrived just before us, came down to the reception and asked if they sold toothbrushes as they had forgotten theirs. To this she replied 'No.'. All the other receptionist were extremely friendly and polite and always greeted us in and out of the hotel.
As we waited (literally for a few minutes) another receptionist came over to us and told us that our room was ready, she was very friendly and happy. She also informed us (which the other receptionist did not), that we had been upgraded from our Grande Studio, to the Liberty Suite! Fab News!
So we took our bags to our room, we were in 207, (the nice receptionist also offered us help with our bags). There is both a lift and stairs.
Grande Studio/Liberty Suite?- To this day we still dont know what room we stayed in. The room was very nice and had lots of space. There were 6 large bay windows all around the room which gave it lots of light. And we had a view of China Town.
We entered the room and firstly come into the hallway.
This is a large hallway with 3 full length mirrors here. It was very light in here as well, and had a plug socket.
From the hallway you enter the:
Kitchen- The kitchen was very clean and good furnishes. There were two hobs to use, toaster, fridge/freezer, kettle, dishwasher, cutlery, plates, dishes, glasses etc. The only down side was that there was not a proper over. It was a micro-oven. (A microwave, grill and oven in one). This didnt prove to much of a probem to us, and it worked fine. Fairy liquid, salt and pepper, and a dishwasher tablet were all ready there which was nice. Opposite the kitchen area was a large bench surface, with an I-Mac computer at the end. This had two chairs with it.
I-Mac- Having an i mac was a great bonus, as it came with free wi-fi. The only problem was, there was no manual or instructions on how to use it! It took us a very looong time to work out how to connect to the internet. And then it took us an even longer time to work out how you switch it on! They are good though when you work out how to use them!
Bedroom area- On the other side on the large bench in the kitchen, leads you to the bedroom area. This area is carpeted with a nice big comfy bed. At the end of the bed, there was a large plasma TV, with free view on. It was very comfy to just lie in bed easily watching the TV. Next to the TV there was a 2 seater sofa, with a small glass table, and then next to this was the wardrobe.
Even though the room was very spacious, there didnt seem to be enough storage space (or maybe I just take too much!) but we managed. There was an iron and board in the wardrobe which worked fine.
Bathroom- I loved this bathroom. It had the 'his' and 'hers' sinks (2 sinks), which is nice. And although it didnt have a bath, it had a rain shower! This was really good and I definately want one in my house! If your not a fan of the rain shower, then there is also a normal shower head as well. Again, not much storage in the bathroom, but nothing could have dampened my views on the bathroom! There was a large mirror in the bathroom, which partly steamed up, but the middle part didnt steam up so you could still use it. It also had a hairdryer in there, which was quite powerful and easy to use.
The reason we dont know what room we stayed in is because the photo's of both rooms on their website are different to what we stayed in. We loved our room though, so whatever it was we liked it!
We went out in Manchester on the Saturday night, and we returned about 3am (hardcore). To enter the hotel you just swipe your room card, and then the doors open for you.
There is also a Chinese Buffet place just around the corner, which we went to and loved. Although being located opposite China Town, there are plenty of Chinese resturants around.
Check-Out- This was straight forward, even though we had the miserable woman again! Just handed in the room card and that was it really! Then it took us about 10mins to walk to the train station. (Little tip- try and get a travel bag/weekend bag with wheels, they really are great and make life so much easier!)
We would definately return to this aparthotel again, it was very nice andf convienient. I think aparthotels are the way forward! It makes life so much easier not having to rush about to get ready for breakfast or constantly find somewhere to eat. When we were looking for a place to stay in Manchester, the price of staying here was just the same as hotels, but this way you get those added extra's.