My review of the new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre

This is my review of the new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre hotel.

Etihad invited me to Manchester recently for a conference at the Etihad Stadium.  We chose the Holiday Inn in the city centre for my stay in order to check out this new ‘next generation’ property.

We paid for the hotel in cash (not literally, obviously, as that would have involved a few hundred credit card miles going to waste!) and neither Etihad or IHG was involved in organising the stay.

holiday inn manchester city centre review exterior


The new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre is about a 5 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station where my Virgin train arrived.  Take the Piccadilly Station Approach exit, walk over the bridge and the hotel is right opposite that red building at the far back in the picture below.

Holiday Inn Manchester location city centre outside train station


The reception area is very bright and welcoming and the check-in process was very quick.  You need your keycard to activate the lift – this didn’t work the first time I tried so I had to get back and get my keycards redone.

holiday inn manchester city centre review reception


Apologies for the slightly dark pictures. I arrived quite late and this is as good as the pictures got.

The room design was much nicer than the boring new Holiday Inn in Brooklyn which I reviewed here.  That was also meant to be a ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn but the trendy design did not go any further than the lobby.

You can still see that this room is a Holiday Inn property, but the dash of colour on the bed and the colour blocked curtains gave the room a rather inviting touch.

The bed was very comfortable and like all Holiday Inn hotels you can order pillows from a ‘pillow menu’ if the ones provided are not right for you.

holiday inn manchester city centre review room bed

The armchair doesn’t look very pretty but was incredibly comfortable.

holiday inn manchester city centre review chair magazine

The desk was a good size with sockets and a mirror – not too sure about why you need a mirror at the desk unless this was actually a dressing table …

WiFi was free and fast enough to stream Netflix (Netflix should start paying me for mentioning them all the time as good in-room entertainment, right?)

holiday inn manchester city centre review room desk

The safe and hair dryer are in the chest under the TV. The wardrobe is next to the bed.

holiday inn manchester city centre review room wardrobe luggage

There was no coffee machine, but a kettle with tea and instant coffee.

Still and sparkling water was free.

holiday inn manchester city centre review coffee water tea


The bathroom was a good size with a bathtub/shower.

holiday inn manchester city centre review room bathroom bathtub

The toiletries were by Envoque.

holiday inn manchester city centre review toiletries


I booked a room rate which included breakfast and I forgot to check the price if you paid separately.  Someone has clearly put some thought into how the food should be displayed:

holiday inn manchester city centre review breakfast pastries fruit

There was a good selection of hot and continental options:

holiday inn manchester city centre review breakfast hot food

and different juices.

holiday inn manchester city centre review breakfast juice yoghurt

The Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre breakfast room had lots of design elements like this shelves wall. It looks a bit random and chaotic but for some weird reason I think it works.

holiday inn manchester city centre review breakfast room wall

Here is another picture of the restaurant / bar. At the far left behind the pillar is a Starbucks.

holiday inn manchester city centre review lounge restaurant bar


The new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre is a good city hotel in a great location.  It is minutes from Piccadilly station – you can easily walk from there – and all the city centre shopping destinations are around the corner.

As I didn’t get to spend too much time at the hotel, I didn’t check out the gym which was labeled a mini gym – I assume it has got about 3 -4 machines and some yoga mats. I liked the room, the bed was comfortable and breakfast was good, and I’d definitely stay there again.

(If you are heading to Manchester for an event at the Etihad Stadium, you can take an Uber from the hotel for just £4.)

As an IHG Rewards Club redemption, you will need 30,000 points per night.  As a new hotel it is still relatively cheap as it tries to build market share and, for me, it was a better deal to pay £90 cash.

The official hotel website is here.

Remember that you can earn DOUBLE base points on ALL your IHG stays by booking through the special Head for Points link.  This is a world exclusive offer (spookily!).  Visit this HFP page for more information and the link to book.

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  1. Looks like the room was very small?

  2. Good review. Points related query. Having used SPG points in my account to obtain beach club access at the moana surfrider hotel in Honolulu it got me thinking as to why IHG don’t let guests redeem points for food/drink at their hotels. All points redemptions at IHG hotels ( other than holiday inn express and crowne plaza if you have platinum status ) are for room only and I am sure that many would use points against their bill if there was an option to do so.

    • They used to let you redeem 3,000 points for breakfast until about 7 years ago. I used it a few times.

    • the_real_a says:

      I would too appreciate being able to use points for food. However, since the hotels are all franchise, part of the “sweetener” for taking points bookings (and receiving almost zero cash in return) is that the hotels get to keep the revenue from restaurant and bar.

  3. If earning double IHG points via the exclusive HFP link, can you still qualify for the IHG Accelerate promotion?

    Can the two offers be combined?

  4. The gym is actually very large – three or four treadmills, three or four cycle machines etc

    In my opinion, this HI is one of the nicest rooms I have stayed in on business in the UK, blows most hiltons or doubletrees out the water.

    • dgsupersonic says:

      You just described a cardio room and not a gym.
      I would expect a gym to have some free weights and at the very least a multifunction cable machine.

      This is probably not the priority for most people in this blog but when comparing hotels of the same level, my deciding factor will not be which has the best breakfast spread but instead which will have the best gym.

  5. But was there enough room to hang your shirts? :)

  6. Ian Creamer says:

    Thanks for this review .. We stayed there two nights ago and loved the feel of the place, especially the open plan ground floor areas… At full price breakfast was £16 but, if you ordered the night before, was offered at £10 pp.

  7. Andi Hawes says:

    Im here twice a week at the moment and cant complain…

  8. Lady London says:

    Thanks for this review Anika. Based on the great information and review you gave I’ll be heading to this hotel next time in Manchester. £90 looks about right. 30000 would be too many points for me on this one.

    If anyone’s looking to stay at an IHG hotel in West London then I’d also solidly recommend the new HIX in West Ealing. It’s also a newest IHG style, a small room with great facilities, and helpful staff. I think HfP did a review on this one too.

  9. I agree with your views on this Holiday Inn. I stayed there over the weekend and was very impressed with the property in general. Unfortunately, the hotel was full due to the football match and I wasn’t given any upgrades despite being a Spire Elite member of IHG.

    Were you upgraded? My bathroom had no bathtub but had a walk in shower instead.

    • Hi Wilson – we were there on Saturday night and given a (very) large accessible room – not sure if that qualified as an upgrade or not! (also Spire Elite)

      • Andi Hawes says:

        Wilson. i had exactly the same 2 weeks ago. Footy on, no upgrades except an accessible room, with shower room and no bath, which is fine for me. only thing was the shower room flood as no fall on floor to keep water in the shower area. i had to make a line of towels to keep the water in the shower area and not all over the bathroom and into the room…

        • Spire upgrades seem to be somewhat variable. Having recently travelled with gold members who got a better room than me says a fair amount about recognition. (HI Stoke for reference)

    • This is getting pretty common at the newer build HIs where some rooms have only a shower and no bath.

      Off the top of my head HI Commercial Rd & Stratford both have some rooms with shower only.

  10. Good review, thanks Anika :)

    I’d imagine the desk mirror is precisely for the reason you suggested? Seems pretty common at most properties. Not that I bother with a hairdryer but given they provide one with plenty of sockets at the desk I guess they’re thinking folk might want a mirror there?

  11. Manchester hotels really jump in price at the weekend so the 30k points is a bit more bearable then, though a couple of months ago I got a night here for 20k?

  12. 90 quid sounds very expensive…

  13. Bariummeal says:

    Perfectly located for an evening on Canal Street if you have some pink pounds to spend!