“ Address: Great Ducie Street / Manchester / M3 1RR „
We stayed at this hotel for a night last week when we were in Manchester for a birthday celebration. The hotel is cheap and pretty much what you would expect if you have stayed at any other Travelodge. Inside, they are pretty much a carbon copy of each other and this one is no different. it was a comfortable stay and, especially for the price you pay, you can't really fault it. *Location* As the name implies, the hotel is very near to the MEN Arena. If you are getting into Manchester by train, the nearest station is Victoria. Coming out of the front of the station you walk past the entrance to the MEN, take the next right under the bridge and the hotel is in front of you, across Deansgate. There are a few takeaway type places near to the hotel, but it is only a ten minute walk to The Printworks and then a further five minutes to the Arndale Centre, so the location is great for pretty much anything; watching a concert, dining out or shopping. There is no parking at the Travelodge itself, but there is an NCP car park next door where all day parking is £3 and overnight parking is £6, so it is very reasonable. *Arrival* Check in at the hotel is 2pm and they have no where that you can store bags if you arrive early. We actually paid for early check in from 12 noon, which cost £10 per room. It isn't extortionate, especially when you compare it to the equivalent to other hotels, but we thought it was quite steep considering that we only paid £25 for the room! Check in is very simple, in fact they have automated machines to do it quickly. You just have to put your surname into the machine along with your postcode or booking number and it prints out your receipt, room key and breakfast vouchers (if you have pre-booked). If you do have difficulty with the machine (which you shouldn't, because it is very easy), there is someone at the welcome desk to help. *The Rooms* The rooms are basic but suitable. If you are looking for luxury and little extras, you really should book at any Travelodge. But if you are looking for somewhere to sleep at the end of a busy day for not very much money then the rooms in this hotel are as good as any. The hotel was fairly recently built, so the rooms are new. The bathrooms are fresh and clean, which is the most important thing for me. There are no signs of wear and tear on the tiles and grouting around the shower cubicle, which is nice. The bedroom area has everything you need (need being the keyword). There is a bed, which is actually pretty comfortable although quite hard, a TV, desk and small open wardrobe. There is also a kettle with tea and coffee sachets. That is pretty much it. The philosophy of Travelodge is that they don't fill the rooms with stuff you don't want and in return they will reduce prices. You can get extra things like irons, hairdryers and more pillows free of charge but you have to ask at reception for them. One thing I will say is that you should ask for extra towels at check in because for some reason, they only put one bath and one hand towel in each room. This is something I really don't understand, especially if you've booked a room for two, but there you go. We found out about the towel shortage when we had just got out of the shower, so I'd definitely recommend asking when you arrive! The rooms are quiet and we got a really good night's sleep, even though it was fully booked thanks to an Ollie Murs concert happening that night! The heaters work pretty well, which was great in the freezing outside temperatures. *Other facilities* There aren't many to speak of, in line with the Travelodge philosophy, but there is a restaurant in the hotel. It offers breakfast in the morning and then a menu of standard pub grub type food during the day for reasonable prices. We had pre-paid for breakfast, which was £6.50 if you book it online or £7.50 if you pay when you are there. Breakfast is good but not great, although I do think it is worth the money for the convenience. There is a hot buffet that includes bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and beans as well as one of those annoying toasters. There is a cold selection of fresh fruit salad, cereals and juices. They also have a machine where you can make coffee, tea and even cappucinos and lattes if you like. It is all average but I am glad we decided to get breakfast because it was a satisfying way to start the day. We didn't eat in the restaurant other than for breakfast, although you can opt to pre pay for dinner when you are booking for less than £10 per person, so good if you are on a budget. *Overall* I'd recommend the hotel for it's great location and price. it is no frills, although the fact that it is fairly newly built means that it is clean and comfortable. If you don't mind the Travelodge philosophy, the hotel is a bargain place to stop in the city.