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Review: Melia’s new INNSiDE Manchester hotel

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This is our review of the INNSiDE Manchester hotel.

I wrote about Melia’s new INNSiDE hotel in Manchester a few weeks ago.  This is the first UK opening for this expanding four-star business brand – which allows you to earn Avios on your stays via Iberia Plus – and they have gone with an architecturally striking piece of design.

After the article ran, Melia got in touch and offered me a free night if I was passing.  I have a few friends in Manchester so I thought it would be a good opportunity.

Whilst Melia did settle my bill, it is worth noting that INNSiDE is excellent value at the moment – rooms are as low as £75 for weekdays in July and that includes a £15 food and drink credit if you book via  You also get free wi-fi and a free (soft) minibar.

INNSiDE is part of the new First Street development which includes the new HOME arts centre next door.  It is about a ten minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly.  Oxford Road and Deansgate stations are very close.  The hotel home page is here.

This is the hotel from the outside – it is certainly striking.  If you look at the windows you can see that they are ‘floor to ceiling’ and let in a huge amount of light to the bedrooms.

Innside hotel Manchester review

I was given a Premium King room.  This first picture is an ‘official’ Melia publicity shot because it uses a wider angle lens and shows the room more effectively than my photos:

INNSIDE Manchester hotel review

and (the following photos are all mine):

Innside hotel Manchester bedroom

…. with ‘open’ bathrooms.  My room did not have a bath but I know that some rooms do, should you specifically want one.  You receive a full range of free toiletries (razor, toothbrush etc) which is rare at the four-star level.

Innside hotel Manchester bathroom

The beds have a nice touch – in-built plugs.  This allows you to use your smartphone as a clock or alarm clock on the bedside table whilst still being able to charge it overnight.

Innside Manchester bedroom

As it is surrounded by relatively low buildings, I had a decent view from the window:


Whilst I didn’t take a picture, the mini bar is free.  It only contains soft drinks but, again, this is something that you rarely see at the four star level.  There are also tea and coffee making facilities.  Wi-fi is also free and was fast enough for video streaming.

Innside hotel Manchester restaurant

I was genuinely impressed by the restaurant which feels like it is designed to pick up traffic from visitors to the adjacent HOME arts centre.  It has an outside terrace into the pedestrian square outside the hotel and is all glass walled, which accounts for the glare on the photographs.  Here is a hotel publicity photograph of the terrace from the outside:

Innside Manchester terrace

The menu is ambitious and – compared to the current price of the rooms – pricey, with appetisers running from £8 to £12.50 and mains from £21 to £30:

Innside hotel Manchester food

…. and some pork belly:

Innside hotel Manchester food

Breakfast is served in the same area with a wide ranging buffet:

Melia Innside hotel Manchester breakfast

In terms of leisure facilities, the hotel has no pool – that is probably the only criticism I have if I am being picky.  It does have a gym, a sauna and a steam room, all of which are free to guests.  There is also a spa suite with one treatment room.

If you are looking for a meeting venue, the hotel is well appointed with a number of different options on a dedicated floor, including a spacious break-out area overlooking reception.

Overall, I was very impressed by INNSiDE Manchester.  It is certainly worth considering for your next trip to Manchester, especially given the current highly competitive rates as it attempts to build occupancy.  The staff were very friendly (or perhaps I have just spent too much time in London and this was normal Manchester behaviour!) and there were no signs at all of ‘teething problems’ which you often find with a new property.

How does the loyalty scheme work?

I wrote about the relaunch of Melia Rewards a couple of weeks ago.  You will earn 10 Melia Rewards points per €1 spent at an INNSIDE or any other Melia property.

If you choose to convert these into Avios points, the rate is 100 Melia Rewards points = 15 Avios points, converted into Iberia Plus.  You can move them from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club via the ‘Combine my Avios’ function online.

Melia Rewards has various other airline partners (log-in required) although, as is usual with hotel schemes, you will get a better deal if you use the points for free nights instead.  Melia often offers discounted cash rates at its hotels when you redeem as few as 2,000 points.

In terms of status, you only need to have two stays to move up to Melia Rewards Silver.  This gets you free wi-fi (although INNSiDE Manchester has free wi-fi for everyone), a 10% points bonus and a 2-4-1 deal on breakfast whenever you stay with your partner.

Further INNSiDE hotels are coming to Glasgow and Birmingham in 2017 so the opportunities to earn Melia Rewards points in the UK will continue to increase.

You can find our more about INNSiDE Manchester, and book, on this page of the Melia website.

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We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here. It includes three vouchers per year worth 20% off any booking.

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40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners may want to consider American Express Business Platinum instead:

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Comments (8)

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  • Howard Josephs says:

    Sounds like a decent option – in terms of free minibar Hotel Indigo gives this… I think it’s a direct competitor to Innside. It even looks the same design wise. Manchester gets an indigo in a couple of years time supposedly.

  • Jamie says:

    It does look a lot nicer than I was expecting, I can see myself giving it a try at some point on one of my regular MAN visits.

  • Rohan says:

    Good to know … Will have to look this up on one of the weekends to manchester ..

  • Brian says:

    Mercure Privilege Rooms give free minibar, too – they are generally the same price as a standard room in the Happy Mondays deal.

  • n says: bathroom?!?!

    • Rob says:

      The shower and loo are not ‘open’, just the link and what would effectively be your drying off area after a shower!

      I don’t have a problem with it – it is definitely the current trend and it makes rooms feel more spacious. For business hotels the majority of rooms will be single occupancy anyway.

  • David says:

    We stayed in late May, within a week or two of opening, and there was a breakfast DJ. Yes, playing tunes for breakfast. Guests were offered one side of the dining room (with DJ), and one side without the music. Everyone selected the side without the forlorn DJ. I wondered if that experiment would last long.
    Note too that the £15 credit can’t be used against breakfast, but we only discovered this at breakfast – when drinks from the cocktail bar weren’t so appealing.
    This place is a good a option for Manchester, though, and we’d return.

    • Rob says:

      Definitely no breakfast DJ when I was there!

      Didn’t know the £15 was not valid against breakfast, thanks.

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