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  • StanTheMan 225 posts

    I am going o/n to Manchester in January, with a 9am return flight.
    Any recco’s for best/easiest airport hotel to stay at ?
    I have Marriot and Hilton points to burn, so rather stick with one of them, but the Radisson Blu seems the only one connected to the terminal….
    Are either of the others better/worse options?

    Many thanks

    ekposh 221 posts

    Hilton (Doubletree) is on site (walk – albeit awkward). Marriott is a fair distance away. The Marriott is a better hotel I’d say depends what you want.

    StanTheMan 225 posts

    Hilton (Doubletree) is on site (walk – albeit awkward). Marriott is a fair distance away. The Marriott is a better hotel I’d say depends what you want.

    Thankyou. A bed from 10pm – 7am, and an easy transfer in the morning with my sub-teenage son !
    Hilton sounds the easiest option.

    Debating moving some Amex MR points to Radisson, but cant even see how many points I need to book the Blu anyway.

    Crafty 156 posts

    Wouldn’t stay at the Marriott for an airport stay. It’s not convenient, you need a taxi.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,163 posts

    Wouldn’t stay at the Marriott for an airport stay. It’s not convenient, you need a taxi.

    Agree; if you’re going to stay at an airport then stay on campus. The Marriott taxi ride leaves you open to your journey being sabotaged by Just Stop Oil and their expansion northwards.

    StanTheMan 225 posts

    Many thanks all. Looks like the Hilton and an awkward morning walk is the answer !

    cabal of rabid baboons 109 posts

    Hilton is a 4 minute walk to the railway station and from there its a covered walkway to any terminal.
    Turn left out of the hotel and cross the dual carraige way after 100 yards, it avoids the awkward grassy bank in the middle.

    Anna 458 posts

    Hilton can usually be had for 35k points, and they have a paid shuttle, I think it’s only £2.50 each way or something if you really don’t want to walk. Unless the weather is utterly dire, it’s doable in about 10 minutes with a 5 year old!

    The Savage Squirrel 599 posts

    I’d say Radisson as the family rooms are very large/good with cool runway views, but only if I’d forgotten that I hate them now 😀 Used to be a no-brainer AmexMR transfer for the Manc airport family rooms, but with the “upgraded” scheme, who the hell knows. For cash? They can swivel.

    Bill 178 posts

    Consider premier Inn Heald green. Next to the train station and only a few minutes on the train. Easier and quicker than most of the on site hotels

    Peter K 589 posts

    Radisson is great for terminal 2, as connected by a walkway. Makes it a breeze, especially if you can use/need to use twilight check-in. Less good for terminals 1&3 as they are further away.

    The Hilton is not an amazing hotel, but free breakfast if gold/diamond and is decent. As mentioned the shuttle is fine and goes to any terminal required. If luggage I’d take the shuttle rather than walk.

    StanTheMan 225 posts

    Thanks all. Booked the Hilton for 35k points, which conveniently is how many points i had.

    Only popping up and down for the Spurs game. So no luggage. Will prob walk back to T3 in the morning.

    The Radisson looks nicer, but linking to my Amex MR account is still pending (is it the first 10 or second 10 digits?) so will save the MR points for another times.

    Guernsey Globetrotter 622 posts

    @StanTheMan Obviously you’ve booked it now (although one of the beauties of points bookings are they are usually easy to change) but have you considered staying centrally and then just training it to the airport in the morning? Assuming you’re going to the Emptyhad for the Spurs game Thursday night, Jan 19, then you could stay somewhere like the DoubleTree on Piccadilly Gardens – easy tram to the Stadium, lively pubs for after the match and easy walk to Piccadilly Station for the airport train in the morning? You can get the DoubleTree for 40k points that night (although I think paying cash might be better value). IMHO a much better night out than dealing with the depressing logistics of a trip to an airport hotel in post-match traffic when you could be celebrating (or drowning sorrows) with like-minded fans!!

    Peter K 589 posts

    Thanks all. Booked the Hilton for 35k points, which conveniently is how many points i had.

    Only popping up and down for the Spurs game. So no luggage. Will prob walk back to T3 in the morning.

    The Radisson looks nicer, but linking to my Amex MR account is still pending (is it the first 10 or second 10 digits?) so will save the MR points for another times.

    It’s skip the first 4 or 5 digits to make it work.

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,301 posts

    An Ibis Budget just opened at MAN with a Holiday Inn to follow after Christmas. This is ‘on campus’ but not directly connected – short walk.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,163 posts

    An Ibis Budget just opened at MAN with a Holiday Inn to follow after Christmas. This is ‘on campus’ but not directly connected – short walk.

    There’s a health warning on that Ibis Budget and Holiday Inn as for now there’s no safe pedestrian route into the closest terminal (T2).

    StanTheMan 225 posts

    @StanTheMan Obviously you’ve booked it now (although one of the beauties of points bookings are they are usually easy to change) but have you considered staying centrally and then just training it to the airport in the morning? Assuming you’re going to the Emptyhad for the Spurs game Thursday night, Jan 19, then you could stay somewhere like the DoubleTree on Piccadilly Gardens – easy tram to the Stadium, lively pubs for after the match and easy walk to Piccadilly Station for the airport train in the morning? You can get the DoubleTree for 40k points that night (although I think paying cash might be better value). IMHO a much better night out than dealing with the depressing logistics of a trip to an airport hotel in post-match traffic when you could be celebrating (or drowning sorrows) with like-minded fans!!

    I hear you. And would be doing exactly this!! But I am with my young son. So heading to a quiet airport hotel, and minimal travelling in the morning, is the easier option.

    Guernsey Globetrotter 622 posts

    Ha – understood and makes perfect sense. As a supporter of the Red side of Manchester, I hope that you and your son have something to celebrate come the end of the evening!

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