Destination UK

A Stay at Staybridge Suites – Manchester

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February 19, 2019

During February half term, we were invited to stay at Staybridge Suites Manchester.

Situated in Oxford Road, in the heart of Manchester’s Knowledge Quarter, the suites are nestled in between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University Campuses. 

The hotel does not have its own car park and I have to admit that, thanks to some building work outside, we did struggle to find the entrance to the NCP car park which is situated next door. Thankfully the hotel receptionist managed to point us in the right direction and we were soon heading upstairs to check in.

Travelling with a family, we often find traditional hotel rooms impractical, but Staybridge Suites are a stylish home from home, which are more like a modern apartment, complete with a lounge area, with sofa bed, a fully fitted kitchen with all the mod cons, separate bedroom and a large bathroom.

The separate bedroom is home to a queen size bed and plenty of storage, perfect for a longer stay when you want to unpack, rather than live out of a suitcase.

The sofa bed, in the lounge area, opens out to a comfortable double, making the apartments the perfect size for those travelling with one or two children.

It was the kitchen I was most impressed with though. If you are looking to save money on eating out, this gives you the option of cooking in your room and the kitchen is equipped with an oven, fridge, dishwasher (they even provide a dishwasher tablet), sink cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery and glasses.

Oh………. and a Nespresso machine for proper coffee in the morning!

If the thought of being cooped up in a hotel room with kids feels you with fear, Staybridge Suites have taken over the entire 18th floor of the building, with plenty to keep everyone happy.

It is here that your complimentary continental breakfast is served, from 7.30 in the morning.

It also has a large lounge area, complete with fireplace, where you can take in the spectacular views over the city, play board games or the XBox or just relax and enjoy a drink.

The kids were especially enamoured by the giant teddy and had to be persuaded not to try and smuggle him out the door.

There is also a Pantry where you can stock up on groceries, so you don’t even have to leave the building, if you don’t want to.

Staybridge Suites share a building with the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester and take over the top floors of the building, giving panoramic views over the city.

In fact, the kids wanted to keep the curtains open so they could look at the view as they went to sleep.

It was the service,, however, where the hotel really shone through and the staff couldn’t do enough for us. We had to leave before breakfast to catch the ferry and they arranged for us to have a takeaway – even warming the waffles before we went.

We would certainly stay here again, in fact, we tried to book the hotel for our return from Northern Ireland but it’s fully booked.

Disclaimer: We were offered a stay at Staybridge Suites, Manchester for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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    Treasure Every Moment

    February 19, 2019

    Oh wow what an incredible place to stay! I love exploring Manchester, but haven’t really been since having children. This looks like the ideal base for exploring 🙂

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    Micaela Levachyov

    February 19, 2019

    Oh, I love the apartment feel and the added extras. You can’t beat a proper coffee machine!

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    Mary Louise

    February 19, 2019

    I really like a suite when holidaying with the kids. The stocked up pantry is such a great idea. Looks like a convenient and easy place to stay!

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    February 19, 2019

    Oooh they look modern, stylish and clean. I love the look of breakfast too!

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    February 19, 2019

    This hotel looks awesome, we are headed there in a couple months so I definitely need to check this place out!
    Thanks for your detailed review!

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    Rebecca Smith

    February 19, 2019

    That sounds like an amazing hotel! What great service from them too with arranging your breakfast to takeaway!

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    Anne Fraser

    February 19, 2019

    I loved your photos of the Manchester skyline. I have never visited. The Staybridge suite looks a good choice for a family.

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    February 19, 2019

    Oh wow I will have to book to stay here! We were at Salford Quays this afternoon and I said to my son I would take us to Manchester for the night soon as he liked all the city lights

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    Maggie Unzueta

    February 19, 2019

    Wow! This place sounds sooo amazing! Would love to stay here someday soon.

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    michelle twin mum

    February 19, 2019

    This looks really fabulous, we stayed in a similar apartment in Paris last year and it worked so well. Mich x

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    February 19, 2019

    This is the type of place that my family and I love to stay at. It looks so comfortable and the decor makes me feel at home.

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    Nafisa Nishat

    February 19, 2019

    Lovely decoration with lots of choices. love it

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    Rhian westbury

    February 20, 2019

    Sounds like a great hotel although it’s a shame that you struggled to get into the car park x

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    February 20, 2019

    Staybridge suites sure are lovely – have stayed in the one in Liverpool. I like their set up and all their amenities. They do take it up a notch to ensure you have a nice little apartment

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    Mudpie Fridays

    February 20, 2019

    I am trying to do my staycationd this year and have never really considered Manchester. However now I know there’s a good option for accommodation I am much more inclined. You got me at the 18th floor – two kids in a hotel room for any period of time sends me a little stir crazy!!

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    February 20, 2019

    Oh my gosh that huge plushie looks so adorable! Your hotel looks so cozy too 🙂

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    February 20, 2019

    I love the look of this hotel. Having a kitchen always helps.

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    Felecia Monique

    February 20, 2019

    Such a posh and chic hotel. I love the decor and the food!!

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    February 20, 2019

    That sounds like a really great hotel. I love the fact they are family-friendly with rooms to accommodate and kitchens should you want to cook. This makes them as good as if not better than an AirBnB option for families!

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    Nadia - Scandi Mummy

    February 20, 2019

    This looks like a brilliant hotel. We are hopefully off to Manchester soon and will check it out.

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    John Mulindi

    February 20, 2019

    The hotel looks amazingly beautiful. Best place to stay on a visit.

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    Candace Moczarski

    February 20, 2019

    we gave stayed at a stay bridge in atlanta and loved it good place for date nights too

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    Sara Welch

    February 20, 2019

    What a nice, clean and convenient place to stay! If I’m ever in Manchester, I wouldn’t mind staying here!

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    February 21, 2019

    We have enjoyed staying at different Staybridge Suites. Glad to hear you had a good time. The nighttime view is so pretty there! It’s nice to have a comfortable and reliable place to stay when traveling.

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    Sincerely Miss J

    February 21, 2019

    Looks like you had an amazing time at your stay at Staybridge ! I have never been to Manchester.

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    February 21, 2019

    I love the apartment feel to the suite as with kids they always want food and hotel rooms generally don’t cater to storing food so this is a bonus for me. The bedroom looks like it has ample space and coziness for a good nights sleep.

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    Elizabeth Keene

    February 21, 2019

    OK, yes!! That kitchen is the most impressive part your room, no debate! Looks like a great stay at a great place!

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    February 21, 2019

    Looks like a perfect place to stay while in Manchester. Perfect since we are planning a trip there next month. Will considered this on my list of place to stay.

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    alexandra cook

    February 21, 2019

    It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful place it is! I’d love to visit someday in the future

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    Rachael Phillips

    February 21, 2019

    looks a lovely place to stay, gorgeous views and look at the choice of breakfast.
    I always love a kitchenette too, because after a day in the city sometimes you fancy cosying up in your room and enjoying it

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    February 21, 2019

    a kitchenette is a must for me! this hotel looks very modern and sleek!

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    Alex Ryder

    February 21, 2019

    This looks like a great place to stay on a city visit, what a shame you weren’t able to book again! The kitchen as you say is a great touch, especially if you’re trying to save money.

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    Cris Silva

    February 22, 2019

    Looks like a convenient and easy place to stay! it looks modern and clean.

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    Becca Talbot

    February 22, 2019

    As I live a good way away from Manchester, I think if I ventured north I’d definitely need to look for a hotel with a car park attached (this is probably more likely further out of town). I guess in this instance you had a great location but at the detriment of the car park x

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    Khushboo Motihar

    February 22, 2019

    Staybridge Suites Manchester looks lovely for a family vacation. The ambiance is elegant and inviting. Beautiful place!

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    February 22, 2019

    This looks like a great hotel with amazing views, will definitly consider next time I’m in Manchester! xo

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    February 23, 2019

    Oh wow what an incredible view! Hotels with kitchens are also ideal for people like my dad who work away rom home and dont want to eat out all the time xxx

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    Michelle Murray

    February 23, 2019

    The Staybridge Suites are not to far from us and yes I’ve heard great things about the service too.

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    Clare aka Emmy's Mummy

    February 23, 2019

    This is such a wonderful idea for families.
    We travel lots with the kids but I just hate being stuck in one room while trying to get the kids to sleep, it means I either have to go to bed really early or hide in the bathroom.

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