A brief review of the refurbished Marriott Manchester Airport hotel

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This is my review of the refurbished Marriott Manchester Airport hotel.

I have written before on HFP that it is almost always – in my opinion – worth paying the premium to stay in a hotel connected to an airport.  Messing about with unreliable shuttle buses late at night or early in the morning isn’t worth the trouble in my view.

However, the ability to rack up the 9th and final stay for my Marriott Rewards Platinum Challenge meant that I ignored my own advice, ignored the in-terminal Radisson Blu hotel at Manchester Airport and booked into the Marriott Manchester Airport.

(For anyone interested, my Marriott account was upgraded to Platinum as soon as this 9th stay posted to my account.  Cleverly, my linked Starwood account was also upgraded to Platinum without any input from me.)

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

Amazingly, this hotel has no shuttle bus.  I was able to get an Uber quickly – even at 8am on a Sunday morning – for £6.09 to Terminal 2, but the lack of a dedicated shuttle bus is just weird. That said, the hotel was still 100% full when I was there, as a couple found out to their cost when they turned up without a booking at the same time as I did. (Full credit to the night manager, who was happily to ring around other hotels on their behalf trying to find a room. They had been stranded by Flybe.)

The Marriott Manchester Airport has just been refurbished.  All that remains to be done is the new Brasserie Blanc restaurant, to complement the existing Italian.  The rooms and public areas are finished and look good.

Let’s start with the positives:

the rooms are huge

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

the bathrooms are brand new with Acca Kappa toiletries

the beds are Super King and seem new

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

the wi-fi is excellent

there are new TVs which can stream music from your device (and it worked)

there is a leisure club and a swimming pool although I didn’t have time to see it (library picture below)

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

there is a brand new Executive Lounge (picture below) – it reopened two weeks before I stayed – which any Marriott Rewards Gold member will get access to, although from August 2018 you will need to be Platinum in the new combined Marriott / SPG scheme to get access unless you book a club room

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

Even on a short overnight stay, though, the downsides were obvious:

the hotel has no lifts.  OK, it is only two stories high – with a basement level health club – but this seems a weird oversight in a hotel where almost all guests will be carrying a holiday-load of luggage. (EDIT: comments suggest there is one tucked away but not near reception)

the layout is ludicrous.  You know you’re in trouble when the reception insists – insists – you take a map when you check-in, and I regretted leaving it in the room when I set off to find the lounge and turned left instead of right when I walked into the corridor.  I’ve no idea what the architects were smoking when they designed this.  It is a bit like a figure of ‘8’ with a couple of appendages randomly sticking out.

the air conditioning system is noisy.  Even when it was turned off, you hear a lot of noise through the huge vents in the room. 

there was also a lot of noise in my room when the guests next door took a shower

there are no separate showers, only ‘in tub’ ones

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

With the restaurant still closed until the Autumn, breakfast seems to be served in a conference room.  As I had lounge access, I ate in there.  Whilst the lounge looks, and is, brand new, it was a frustrating experience.  The food choice was limited, as were the quantities – I made myself a fruit plate and used 75% of what was there, despite being only the 2nd guest of the day!

Marriott Manchester Airport hotel review

More importantly, I felt pretty sure that none of the hotel management had actually tried eating in there.  There can be no other explanation for the fact that the bowls are nowhere near the cereal, that there are no spoons near the jam etc.

Conclusion

Despite my caveats, I would recommend the Marriott Manchester Airport especially if you Marriott status and can access the lounge for free breakfast.  Once Brasserie Blanc is open, you should be able to make a decent afternoon from a visit to the leisure club, a meal and then a night in your spacious refurbished room.

The shortcomings will annoy you, without a doubt, but I would be willing to gamble that the other options around the airport are worse.

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Comments

  1. I stayed Thursday night.

    You have to pay for parking and it has one of those parkingeye nunberplate registration systems. Don’t forget!

    The exec lounge air con is always turned up to the max, and it was Thursday. I never saw more than about 4 people in the lounge.

    The Italian restaurant is still there, Carlos or something. You can’t room charge but it’s well priced and nice. Gets busy however

    Plenty of plug and usb sockets. I think there was both UK and USA . The bedside lamp had USB ports.

    Internet was rubbish in my room. About 1mb up and 100kb down.

    For those with kids, there is a Pokemon stop in the middle of the hotel. No, I don’t know what this is either ????

  2. RussellH says:

    I have stayed a couple of times at this Marriott, but not recently; last time maybe 7 years ago. They certainly used to run a shuttle service and I was very surprised when I recently checked it out again to discover that there was no longer a shuttle! I can only think that they have discovered that many of their guests are, like tetly1967, not actually using the airport.

    But for me, no shuttle is a complete deal breaker; arriving by train and taking a taxi is not my idea of fun.

  3. where2travel says:

    I stayed here a year or so back and liked it for a change to the other hotels closer to the airport terminals. The lounge was closed (maybe it used to be closed on the weekend), but a few minutes after we arrived at the room, one of the hotel staff came to the room with a bottle of wine and an ice bucket, which was unexpected but nice.

    If I am in the area for the evening and don’t want to go into central Manchester, it’s relative proximity to Hale Barns and Hale makes for a nice evening out. We had a car, but it must be the cheapskate in me that made us park just round the corner from the hotel where there is plenty of available free parking!

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