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  • travelwell 54 posts

    Hello! I’ve seen a few threads on this however I wonder if anyone would have any recommendations/definitely avoids, based on recent experience.

    Bill 167 posts

    Ibis T2 / Holiday Inn T2 are both relatively new so would be my choice on site

    Radisson T2 – stayed twice. Air conn wouldnt cool the room.

    Premier Inn Heald Green – convenient access to trains – needs a little TLC but I would stay again. Usually reasonable prices

    NorthernLass 7,531 posts

    Do you want to be within walking distance of terminals?

    travelwell 54 posts

    Do you want to be within walking distance of terminals?

    Not an issue as I’ll use airport parking the next day

    NorthernLass 7,531 posts

    You’ll get much cheaper deals off-site. The HIX is usually very reasonable and perfectly fine for a night-before stay. Slightly more upmarket there’s the Marriott (think it’s now a Delta but essentially the same). Holiday Extras can offer good deals on hotels plus airport parking if you haven’t sorted your parking already.

    Obviously don’t book the Britannia!

    PIL 98 posts

    Premier Inn in Wilmslow is very handy at cheaper rates

    Jon9 16 posts

    Premier Inn in Wilmslow is very handy at cheaper rates

    Or the Premier Inn West Disdbury which if you are driving is straight down the M56 against the flow of the morning traffic. Also only a short walk to some of the restaurants on Burton Rd. the night before.

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Premier Inn in Wilmslow is very handy at cheaper rates

    Second that, also has a Hickory smokehouse adjacent, no breakfast option though

    alig4th 322 posts

    Is there a reason no one has mentioned the Hilton? Isn’t it walking distance to the terminals? Is it terrible or something? (Worried about my upcoming booking now)

    *Edit: just realised OP said proximity is not an issue, but still keen to know if the Hilton is dire

    NorthernLass 7,531 posts

    The Hilton DT is fine, but is probably one of the most expensive options so if you don’t need to be on-site there’s not much point staying there. If you’re parked overnight they charge an extra £15 on top of the room fee. It also seems to have increased the points price again recently to 40k. It used to be my go-to for the night before an early flight but my next 2 bookings are at the new HI which is 25-28k points and probably in a better state.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,091 posts

    Video coverage of the new HI T2 from August 2023 here: https://youtu.be/YFU3BeylYF4?si=Z5hJ10Pu63Gb3qrN

    NorthernLass 7,531 posts

    It looks very decent, and good to hear that breakfast starts at 5 am for when one has an LCC departure 😂

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,091 posts

    However ThemeParkBazza and Mrs Bazza were not impressed with the bread for toasting running out. I always think it’s poor when hotels run out of items that are not specialist and could easily be grabbed from the nearest convenience store for a tenner out of expenses.

    NorthernLass 7,531 posts

    I loved the Bazzas! Real people and not “influencers”, lol. Bread disagrees with me, especially when flying, but yes, it is a bizarre thing to run out of.

    StaggerLee 61 posts

    There are a bunch of chains around the Trafford Centre which should be about a 20 min drive to the airport dependent on the time of day.

    The obvious one to avoid is the Britannia Airport. We stayed their about 20 years ago it was awful then and is apparently even worse now, a bit like all Britannia hotels

    NorthernLass 7,531 posts

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/airport-hotel-guests-horrified-filthy-23160849

    Indeed, we also stayed there once in the 90s and left as soon as daylight came and we felt safe enough to do so!

    travelwell 54 posts

    Lots of great advice, thank you. I did like the look of the Marriott park and fly packages but I’ve read the shuttle transfer can be a bit hit and miss

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