Where did we stay?
Staybridge Suites Manchester
30 Higher Chatham Street Manchester, M15 6ED United Kingdom
King Bed Suite £158
Booked through Expedia
Need to know
Inside the suites you’ll find a king size bed, free WiFi, 43-inch Smart TV, kitchen with fridge stove, microwave and dishwasher, bathroom with large double shower.
The check in staff were very friendly and helpful and both check in and checkout were fast and efficient. Breakfast is included (though we missed it, preferring a lie-in instead), but we made good use of the Nespresso machine in the suite.
When it comes to finding reasonably priced hotels in major cities like Liverpool and Manchester, unless you bag a special deal booked well in advance, you’ll be lucky to get change out of £200. The Staybridge Suites came in at £158 for a Saturday night, and provided a bright and modern interior which looked ideal for my recent weekend away.
It’s possible that hotels were more expensive due to Neighbourhood Festival taking place at venues all over Manchester city centre that weekend, but after having priced up my usual preferred hotels in Manchester (Malmaison, The Midland and ABode), I realised that I’d be looking at at least £200 for the night. For a romantic weekend away, that’s no issue, but on this occasion all I was really looking for was somewhere to have a shower, get changed and sleep for the night.
I’m already a member of the IHG club (Intercontinental Hotels Group which owns the likes of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo), though a recent stay at the funky Holiday Inn, Media City had sadly wiped out my accumulated points balance, it did mean that when I searched their site, I came across the Staybridge Suites.
A bit of detective work told me that it was close to Manchester University which made it an ideal base for Neighbourood Festival, and parking was close by too. I booked through Expedia, but first went through Quidco to get cash back on my stay and the next day I was off to Manchester.
Inside The Room
The hotel was easy to find, and absolutely lovely. The room is more studio apartment than hotel room as it includes an extremely well equipped kitchen. I always like having a fridge in my hotel room (I always bring wine with me…yeah I’m cheap and what of it?), but it was a surprise to have a full kitchen complete with a dishwasher.
For me the bed is always the most important part of any hotel room, I like a big and fairly hard bed, and the bed in the Staybridge Suites was fabulous. Lighting is also something I find important in hotel rooms. I can’t stand harsh lighting and the first thing I do when entering a hotel room is turn off the ‘big light’ and hit the side lights instead, and the room had plenty of lighting options that provided gentle diffused light.
The room itself is big, airy and the decor is fresh and modern using a muted colour palette that’s immediately calming. The bathroom was lovely, with a great double size shower. Paying for WiFi really angers me at hotels, so access to free WiFi was a real bonus and connecting was a simple matter of signing in with my existing IHG login details.
Checkout time is 12 which is brilliant. There’s nothing more infuriating than having a late night out, and then being expected to get up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning to vacate the room. The generous 12pm checkout time meant, although we missed breakfast (which was free), we did get to have a nice lie in and a very relaxed morning, spent sipping coffee whilst looking out the huge window out across the city of Manchester.
It’s rare to get truly good views from many hotels, but due to the height of the hotel, we had superb sweeping views over the city and could even see out to the hills beyond.
Having never come across Staybridge Suites before and not really knowing what to expect, I was definitely impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again next time I’m in Manchester.
- Location 4/5
- Value for money 4/5
- Bedroom comfort 5/5
- Hotel ameneties 4/5
- Checkout time 5/5
- Staff 5/5
Find out more or book through Expedia here.