Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly is located just half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly Railway station. You can park your car in the Arndale Shopping Centre car park for £15.00 overnight ten minutes from the hotel, however even with the sat nav it was very difficult to locate, so if you have the choice I would suggest arriving by train.
The square in which the hotel is located has a range of restaurants, as well as being in easy reach of the shops at the Arndale Centre, MEN Arena, the Museum of Science, Lomwall, Palace Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Urbis, Phones 4U Manchester Arena, Manchester Aquatics Centre and Vertical Chill Ice Wall. To name a few- so has great connections to all of the biggest and brightest attractions in the city.
The hotel also offers room service and food in their restaurant until 11pm if nothing takes your fancy around and about and you want to stay on campus. If you do want to venture out, I would strongly recommend Bella Italia, a mere two minutes’ walk from the hotel as it serves one excellent Duck with hoisin sauce pizza and steak and is open till late. I personally feel that it’s important to take in even a small part of any city when visiting even if it’s just for the night- a stroll around the square with a loved one is a great way to admire the bright lights and atmosphere of the middle of Manchester.
With a security guard at the front door and key cards to get into all the corridors and lifts, we felt completely safe, despite being in the heart of a busy city, so a great place to bring your kids or if you are a woman travelling alone.
We were greeted by Deborah, who already knew who we were from offering some directions as we were trying to find the hotel over the phone. She was integral in helping us find the hotel or we may have been circling all night! She offered us a fan for our room as it was particularly muggy night and told us that the bar was open until 5 if we had wanted drinks. She also assured us that there was someone on call around the clock so if we needed anything all we had to do was ask.
The room had good views of the square, which was lit up like a mini New York by night and the big wheel, however with double glazing we had a peaceful night despite the raging thunder storms outside. It was clean, modern and had everything we needed for a comfortable night. With a dressing table, king size bed, TV, coffee and tea making facilities and bathroom with towels and spares if needed so we were all kitted up.
Breakfast was buffet style, with traditional English options, as well as fresh orange and apple juice, bread, croissants, cereals, fruit and jams. Everything was well cooked, in plentiful supply and set us up for the day.
Overall, this hotel is ideal for every occasion- a night out on the tiles, an educational trip for children, a romantic weekend getaway, a rest after a weekend of shopping- all at a low cost. With reliable connections for travelling it is accessible from many other towns and cities.
Thanks to Deborah and all the other staff involved in our stay!