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5 Reasons Why You’d Love A Stay At Holiday Inn Manchester

Just last month we stayed at Holiday Inn Manchester for the second time in five months. We loved our second stay just as much if not more than the first. Both occasions were planned trips for gigs we were attending at the O2 Apollo and O2 Ritz. Here are just 5 of the things that made us love Holiday Inn Manchester and why I think you’ll love them too. We also filmed a little vlog of our trip so check it out at the end.


The location of a hotel is one of the main draws for most people visiting a city and Holiday Inn Manchester takes the crown for that. Centrally located in the heart of Manchester it really is a great choice for all travellers. It’s super close to Piccadilly Train Station and other public transport links. You can literally shop til you drop with Arndale shopping centre and countless high street stores only minutes away. We had a wander along and into the shopping centre, but we were good and didn’t buy anything. Although we could have quite easily bought everything from Home Sense like the huge orange cactus in the photo below.

If you are thinking of visiting Manchester for a weekend of Christmas shopping, then I recommend checking out this hotel. We also wandered around Piccadilly Gardens and got goodies from the food market including amazing vegan brownies. There is also the trendy Northern Quarter with cafes and shops.

Emma is holding a giant orange cactus ornament on her lap in one of her favourite stores, Home Sense. A range of different vegan brownies at the Piccadilly Gardens food market.

The Feel and Vibe

I loved the feel and vibe of Holiday Inn Manchester from the moment we saw the exterior. Then the interior just topped it off nicely. What I loved about the exterior was how lovely and eye-catching it looked at night as the top of the building is lit up with different coloured lights. There is also an outdoor sitting area beside a little canal which is decorated with twinkling lights. The inside has a relaxed but luxurious feel about it and the decor is quite mid-modern which we absolutely love.

A night time shot of the exterior of the hotel. It is lit up in green lights.
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The reception and lobby area is open plan with large ceilling to floor windows bringing in lots of natural light. The furniture is light yellow and blue colours and in a very mid-modern style.
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The Lovely Staff

The service and attitude of staff can often make or break an experience for me and ultimately be the reason I return or not. The staff at Holiday Inn Manchester were amazing on both occasions and really made us feel welcome. The front desk staff, in particular, are fantastic and super friendly as were the room service staff.

Amazing Accessible Suite

Our accessible suite on the sixth floor was amazing. We actually had the same room on both trips. The suite was very spacious with a living/lounge area which was separate to the bedroom and a large bathroom. The bathroom had a bath and a roll-in shower, so perfect for any preference. I honestly love this suite and felt so relaxed staying in it. I also love the ceiling to floor windows as it means I can look out without any problems.

The bedroom in the accessible suite.The lounge in the accessible suite.The bathroom in the accessible suite.

You can check out my full review of this accessible suite at the link below:
Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre | Wheelchair Access Review

The Food

One of the things we enjoy the most about hotels is the food especially if you can’t be bothered getting ready to go out for it. The food was amazing during both of our stays at Holiday Inn Manchester so we made use of the room service for both breakfast and dinner.

During our first stay, we were both happy to see a vegan option on the menu (lentil dhal curry) and even happier when we tried it as it was delicious. We were slightly disappointed to see it was no longer on the menu during our most recent trip. However, when we enquired about it the lovely chefs agreed to make it for me and they also made a pasta for Allan. I will never forget the amazing breakfast that the chef made for us on our first visit. It was the most colourful, healthy and delicious breakfast I’ve ever had.

Room service tray filled with a delicious vegan breakfast consisting of couscous with chopped vegetables and pomegranates as well as a chopped avocado and vegetable salad on the side all with a delicious dressing. There was also a fruit platter including melon slices, apple and tangerines.A room service tray with two vegan lentil dhal curries with boiled rice, naan bread and poppadoms.

Here’s a little vlog of our trip to Manchester. Hope you enjoy!

Holiday Inn Manchester has been perfect for both of our stays. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for an accessible hotel in Manchester city centre and believes the accessibility features would meet their needs. This hotel had everything we needed for an enjoyable and accessible stay. It was affordable with first-class service and a cosy upmarket feel. We will definitely be back again.

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Hello I’m Emma. My mission is to show you the possibilities of accessible travel through my travel guides, tips and reviews. I also share personal stories, live event reviews and more.

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