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.