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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The area of the hotel was ideal as me and my girlfriend were going to the Palace Theatre for a musical. It wasn’t only a 5 minute walk from there. The parking was right next door to the hotel and you get 25% discount off the parking so for the 24 hours we paid £12 for parking. There are plenty of food places and bars round the area. Would 100% recommend
Wonderful stay. Great funky location. Beds are super comfy. Shower A1. Welcome plate of cakes delicious and much appreciated, along with complimentary room bar drinks. Hotel has a fresh, funky, mod vibe.
Welcoming check-in by front of house team. Great design and layout. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Will definitely stay at this hotel again when I am next in Manchester.
A bit difficult to find and park initially but in a great area with lots of restaurants very close by. Easy access to city centre.
Hotel itself was very nice. Clean comfortable rooms, nice toiletries and free soft drinks replenished daily. Towels were a good size. Great breakfast with lots of choice and plenty of everything. Bar was a nice area and staff were very pleasant and attentive.
We loved the location and service of the hotel.
The rooms are spacious and the hotel is very conveniently located with the Oxford station within 5 minute walking distance.
The hotel staff are friendly and cooperative and ready to assist.
The breakfast and food was well prepared.