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Review: the new Moxy Manchester City hotel

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This is our review of the new Moxy Manchester City hotel.

We are generally fans of the Moxy brand, which offers basic but stylish city and airport hotels at decent prices. In the past we have reviewed the Moxy Lisbon City, Moxy London Heathrow, Moxy London Excel and Moxy Aberdeen Airport (the cheapest Bonvoy redemption in the UK).

Moxys appears to be just as popular with Joe Public. The brand, part of Marriott Bonvoy, has been pursuing a strong growth strategy and the Moxy Manchester City opened in January.

Moxy Manchester City hotel public area

As I needed to be in Manchester to try the new direct Aer Lingus flight to Barbados (review to follow in the coming weeks, yes I know it’s a tough life at HfP ….) we thought we’d take a look. The hotel reached out to us directly to offer a free night.

The Moxy Manchester City website is here.

Where is the Moxy Manchester City hotel?

The Moxy Manchester City is located in the Spinningfields district of the city centre. It is on the opposite side of the centre to Manchester Piccadilly train station but was only a £6 taxi fare.

Moxy Manchester City location

Spinningfields is home to lots of restaurants and shops so it’s the ideal location for tourists or indeed anyone who wants to be in the thick of it. The Manchester Arndale is a 15 minute walk away. Local and chain restaurants are just around the corner, including a Nandos and Wagamama literally three metres from the hotel entrance.

The hotel entrance itself is somewhat discreet on a small pedestrianised alley off the main road. It’s very easy to miss:

Moxy Manchester City hotel entrance

Inside the Moxy Manchester City

Step inside and you’ll be greeted by the same familar fittings as you’d find in any other new Moxy.

This means a lobby-cum-bar-restaraunt-lounge-workplace area that is reminiscent of a We Work but with more hot pink (the Moxy brand colour).

Moxy Manchester City hotel lobby


Moxy Manchester City hotel bar

When I arrived around 5pm on a Tuesday the lounge areas were bustling with activity. The public spaces at the Moxy Manchester City are comparatively small to some of the other Moxy hotels I have been to recently as a result of the building’s footprint.

As is customary you check in at the bar:

Moxy Manchester City hotel check in

You get a welcome cocktail on arrival, which was a fruity cranberry flavour punch. Nothing fancy (it is decanted from a large dispenser) but it sets the tone for the brand.

Rooms at the Moxy Manchester City hotel

There are eight floors at the Moxy with 146 rooms. I was given a ‘Moxy Sleeper Premium’ on the 7th floor. It is a corner room so has as slightly non-standard layout.

A window lets some light in to the hallway bit, which leads to the bedroom:

Moxy Manchester City room hallwa

Rooms include either twin beds or a king bed. In this case I had a king:

Moxy Manchester City room

The room style will be very familiar to any Moxy regulars as the style and furniture is identical across the brand. You get an ‘open wardrobe’ ie. hangers on a metal mesh:

Moxy Manchester City open wardrobe

A very large TV with smart controls (you can stream from your phone, for example) plus a very narrow desk:

Moxy Manchester City desk

A kettle is provided plus some tea and coffee sachets. To the left of the bed is a small padded nook that works as an armchair:

Moxy Manchester City bedside

The bed itself, which has three pin and USB plug sockets on both sides, plus reading lights:

Moxy Manchester City bed

…. plus the same useful underbed lights that automatically come on at night when you get out of bed, which I’m a big fan of. It is all very standard for a Moxy.

The view, from my corner room on the seventh floor, is not half bad:

Moxy Manchester City view

The bathroom, on the other hand, is possibly the smallest bathroom I have ever seen at a Moxy. It is tiny – you can definitely only fit one person in here at once:

Moxy Manchester City hotel bathroom

The shower only has one shower head and the water pressure, at least on the seventh floor, was not the best I’ve ever experienced:

Moxy Manchester City shower

Toiletries are the standard Moxy Muk ones, with a combined hair/body and conditioner in big refillable dispensers. You get decent towels but no flannels or robes.

So: a small, but perfectly adequate, bathroom.

Breakfast at Moxy Manchester City

Moxys aren’t known for their culinary excellence and in general they try to keep food offerings down to a bare minimum. In the evenings this means a basic menu of curries and other easily re-heatable items. You certainly don’t need to eat here, of course, given the hotel’s location and proximity to other restaurants.

Breakfast is basic too, although you still get a choice of cereals:

Moxy Manchester City breakfast cereals

…. yoghurts, cold cuts of meat and cheese:

Moxy Manchester City breakfast cheese

…. plus a few hot items:

Moxy Manchester City breakfast croissant

It’s a small selection but it does the job.

Breakfast is not free at Moxy hotels, but if you are Platinum Elite or higher in Marriott Bonvoy you receive your choice of a $10 per night food and beverage credit or 500 bonus Bonvoy points.


The good thing about a Moxy, apart from the low prices, is that you know what you are getting. Every Moxy is pretty much identical from the design of the public spaces and rooms to the breakfast offering and free drink on check in. It’s only the scale (the Heathrow Moxy has over 400 rooms) that tends to differ.

It is this consistency that makes them particularly attractive and why I am a big fan. You can be guaranteed the same experience regardless of whether you are staying in a hotel in Lisbon or Aberdeen airport. The hotels are also guaranteed to be modern, given that the first hotel only opened in late 2014.

The appeal seems to be widespread because the hotel was busy whilst I was there, mostly with what looked like people staying in Manchester for work. Moxy has found its niche.

Prices at the Moxy Manchester City hotel start from around £80 for a weekday night in late March. If using Marriott Bonvoy points you can expect to pay between 20,000 and 30,000 points per night this year. Cash may be the better deal until rates pick up given our target valuation of 0.5p per Bonvoy point, although weekend rates in Manchester tend to be high, especially during the football season.

You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

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Comments (54)

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  • martin says:

    can you get a fry up in the morning ??

    • Rhys says:

      You can get your own together from the buffet. Doesn’t necessarily include all the trimmings but should have the basis

      • Nick says:

        The Moxy at Paris CDG had a good breakfast selection today, quite a bit more stuff than other Moxys I’ve stayed at lately. Not quite as much hot stuff as you’d get at a HGI or similar, but still bacon + sausage + scrambled egg + diy boiled eggs. Much wider cold selection though

  • Mike says:

    Some very interesting building decisions at that Moxy, amusing seeing people struggle to get in via the tiny revolving door. When I checked-out I went out via the push doors rather than struggling.

    The right hand lift has a duplicate set of floor buttons which don’t work (for patrons anyway).

    Lots of people coming in and looking for the check-in desk as they see the bar as a bar.

    The light under the sink is fixed via double sided tape and so can fall down in the middle of the night.

    The under the bed light can be triggered by the bedding moving if too one-sided, it would be good if that was on a switch to disable (if someone knows different please post).

    Not a bad hotel, be interesting how it ages as the interiors are cheap. Personally, I stay in other city centre Marriotts unless the Moxy is much cheaper.

    P.S. The city centre free buses go from Piccadilly (some past Victoria) and very near the hotel, if you aren’t in a rush. Also, back to Piccadilly (and past Victoria in the evening). They are fairly frequent

    • Rob says:

      Moxy Heathrow has a switch to turn off the bed light but it’s only on one side of the bed IIRC.

  • ADroyd says:

    I presume you mean “discreet”.

  • SGJNI says:

    Currently in a Moxy in London for the first time. I won’t be back. The room, while mostly clean, is tiny and the is what appears to be toilet paper stuck to the smoke alarm in the ceiling.
    The night porter didn’t want to let me in as I could only show my electronic key on my phone, he wanted me to checkin!???
    I was going to go down to breakfast until I read this review, think I’ll just have an extra hour in bed instead.
    Clearly, it’s all too “trendy” for my tastes.

    • Rob says:

      Which one?

      • SGJNI says:

        Stratford. If it was £80pn instead of £150 I might have felt differently but at that sort of money we are in Hilton territory.

        • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

          Agreed. Stratford was my first Moxy experience and also my last. Too pared back for my comforts and not conducive to effective work stays with lack of in-room desk and chair.

  • Panda Mick says:

    Some things to note:

    There’s a free bus service in manchester: Would take you to Piccadilly…

    Secondly, breakfast: Federation (5 mins) and Pot Kettle Black are amazing places for breakfast. Federation is the smaller of the two but as good as Pot Kettle Black. Coffee is excellent in both

  • Blindman67 says:

    “The hotel reached out to us directly to offer a free night.”

    So unsurprisingly a positive review and you had no problems.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I’m pretty sure Rhys would have said if he didn’t like something, there have been negative paid reviews before….

      • Rob says:

        It’s not a ‘paid’ review, we just didn’t pay for the room. A substantial difference.

    • Rob says:

      It’s a brand new hotel. Stuff works. I think my Moxy Heathrow review was as enthusiastic and we paid for that.

      And, seriously …. this is an £80 hotel room. HfP generates substantial amounts of cash. We pay well above market rates for our team. Do you really think we’re bothered?

    • RussellH says:

      In my tour operating days, hotels often “reached out [1]” to me, but I never felt obliged to accept what they were offering.

      Worst experience was a hotel that asked me to arrive at 1600, only to be told that the boss would be busy for the next 20 mins. Would I like to study their wonderful menu while I waited?
      They gave me the English language menu, which I found incomprehensible and had to ask for the local, German one in order to see what was on offer.
      The boss finally turned up at 1630 . I never contacted them again directly. (I may have given some feedback to the local tourist office.)

      [1] Fortunately, no one “reached out” to anyone back then – except my cat.

      • Freddy says:

        I hate this “reached out” corporate Americanism twaddle. Similar to the 2020 “Keep safe” and “in order to keep you safe….”

      • Jeff77 says:

        People reaching out is unfortunately going to become more common going forward. I’ll have to revert back to you on that though

  • Harry T says:

    The beds are absolutely terrible, though. I had an awful stay at the York Moxy and a good stay at the Edinburgh Airport Moxy, but my gf and I both find the bed intolerable. Which is a shame, as the point of a hotel is often just to get a good night’s sleep!

  • Jeff77 says:

    “ weekend rates in Manchester tend to be high”

    City centre prices now seem to be double 2019 prices even when there isn’t any football on. The Hilton at the cricket ground is a £10/less than 10 minute taxi ride and is usually reasonably priced (probably only when there’s no football, though)

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