INNSIDE By Meliá Manchester
What We Love
- Located in Manchester's up-and-coming cultural quarter, First Street
- All rooms feature free WiFi and soft drinks from the minibar
- Sociable restaurant serves tapas-style sharing plates
- The wellness suite features a gym, a sauna and a steam room
What To Know
- Tram and train stations are only a few minutes away
- To-go coffee options served at breakfast
- First U.K. hotel from Spanish brand INNSIDE by Meliá
- The bar serves beers from Mancunian microbrewery Tweed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A short walk from Deansgate or St Peter’s Square, the INNSIDE Manchester is a striking modern addition to England’s second city. The hotel lies just beyond the canals and railway arches that played an important role in Manchester’s industrial past, but it’s slap bang in the middle of the city’s up-and-coming cultural quarter, First Street. The angular 11-story building is painted red in homage to Manchester’s red brick landmarks, and the contemporary lobby features mammoth floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete pillars, stone floors and a glass-paneled stairway.
Bed and Bath
The clutter-free rooms all feature kingsize beds, flat-screen TVs, adjustable lighting, blackout blinds and such perks as free soft drinks from the minibar and free WiFi. The largely monochromatic color scheme is broken up by plum-colored feature walls and etchings of Manchester’s skyline on the headboards. All feature semi-open-plan bathrooms with frosted glass rainfall showers. Opt for a spacious suite (549 square feet) for a separate lounge area, a quality coffee machine, robes and slippers, and tons of storage space.
Street on First is a bright and airy restaurant (with an alfresco terrace) that serves small plates based on the Spanish tradition of sharing. The “food for a social mood” menu concept is built on the idea there will always be enough contemporary cuisine on offer to match your frame of mind, so expect a hodgepodge of dishes including shiitake mushroom skewers, whitebait, duck broth and pork wontons, and seafood paella. Local DJs provide the tunes (even at breakfast on Thursdays and Fridays), and the bar serves bottled beers from Mancunian microbrewery Tweed.
In the Area
The hotel sits in an area that is building a reputation as the city’s vibrant entertainment quarter. The centerpiece is HOME, a newly opened cinema, theater, bar and arts destination that offers a great selection of food, beers and outdoor seating spaces. Beyond First Street, Manchester’s historic destinations, such as Albert Square, the shopping areas along Market Street, the thriving nightspots around Spinningfields, and such sporting hot spots as Old Trafford, the City of Manchester Stadium and the National Football Museum, are all within easy reach.
How to Get There
Room is comfortable with good shower, but the whole thing was let down by probably the worst hotel breakfast I have had in years. The scrambled eggs were cold and tasted like they had been sweetened, the bacon was cold and tough and the mushrooms cold and chewy like rubber. In essence this hotel has no idea how to make a hot buffet breakfast.
From my 50 plus hotel nights per annum in Manchester this was the worst if you want to eat at the property.
If you are just sleeping, then its fine.
Central hotel exactly where we needed to be. Clean, comfortable furniture in the rooms. Nice full length window in the room. Soft drinks available in the room, free top ups on request. The facilities and equipment in the room were nice and good quality. Service was excellent and the breakfast was really good for a buffet. Plenty of continental choices of breads, cheeses and meats. Omelette available on request and all the food was good quality and plentiful. Would definitely visit again.
Fantastic hotel, really enjoyed my stay, the room was lovely very clean and tidy. The service was excellent and an international football team was checking in the time I arrived and they dealt with the big group quickly and efficiently so I didn’t have to wait. I booked as I had my works Christmas party in Manchester. The hotel booked me a taxi and when I realised I had no money to pay the manager Marcus gave me the money out of his own pocket. Marcus went out imif his way to help me and went above and beyond. I made sure the next day I repaid the money and left it in an envelope for him to collect. I will recommend this hotel to all my friends and will definitely be booking again when staying in Manchester.
I enjoyed my stay here. The hotel entrance looked very inviting with the Christmas decorations out and the staff were welcoming on check in. Our room was small and a bit dark but nice modern decor and had everything we needed for our stay. The complimentary drinks in the mini fridge were a nice bonus but they weren't topped up on the following two days (not sure if they are supposed to be?). We were there mainly to explore the city and were out and about most of the time - the hotel is a perfect base as its only a 10-15 minute walk to the shops/markets/bars etc. The rooms are so quiet too which is great, I had three restful nights sleep. They also supplied a nice dessert plate for my partners birthday which we were really grateful for :)
A few small niggles: communication prior to arrival was not good, I emailed about a few things including booking breakfast on one morning, no reply so chased, got a reply but they ignored my request for breakfast so ate elsewhere in the end, there were no slippers/dressing gowns in the room considering they have leisure facilities however they supplied them when we queried this. The view out of our room was pretty dire, we were on the second floor overlooking a strange gravel courtyard with a few different building facing us (hence the dark room) which made us feel a bit exposed with the curtains open. We were staying for a special occasion which I made quite clear on booking and requested a good view/nice room if available, I know the hotel aren't obliged to offer upgrades etc but you can't help feeling a little disappointed when you see so many people get given it for occasions but for some reason you didn't make the cut!
These did not shadow the stay too much thankfully, and I would most likely return if I was visiting Manchester in the future as it was good value for money and a good base if your exploring the city.
Just spent the night here whilst doing some Christmas shopping. Lovely clean, modern hotel. Staff very helpful and let us check in 2hrs early due to having a heavy bag and lots of shopping. Room lovely, nice big comfy bed, tea and coffee station and free coke, juice and water in the mini fridge which was a great touch. Hotel about a 15 minute walk from the town centre with lots of great pubs and restaurants on the way. I would definitely recommend this hotel.