During my recent trip to Manchester, I had the opportunity to stay at the Moxy Manchester City Hotel in one of the wheelchair accessible rooms and I would like to share my review of the experience. The Moxy Manchester City Hotel is part of Marriott Bonvoy.
Where is the Moxy Manchester City Hotel located?
Moxy Manchester City is located on Atkinson Street in the Spinningfields district in the heart of Manchester. Old Trafford and Trafford Centre, as well as the Etihad Stadium are within a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Spinningfields is a great place to stay if you want to be in the heart of the city, as it offers a wide range of restaurants and shops. If you’re into shopping, the Manchester Arndale is only a 15-minute walk away.
You’ll find plenty of local and well-known chain restaurants close by, such as Nandos and Wagamama, which are just a few steps away from the hotel entrance.
The downside of centrally located city hotels is that there is often no on-site parking. This is the case for the Moxy Manchester City Hotel. The nearest parking can be found at NCP CAR PARK Spinningfields M3 3BE, which is a 5-minute walk away. A discount is available to hotel guests if they use this car park.
The entrance to the Moxy Manchester City is located on a quiet pedestrian alley off the main road. It might be a little hard to spot at first, especially if you are arriving in the evening like we did. The main entrance is step-free with a revolving door as well as a wheelchair accessible door operated via a push button.
Lobby and Social paces
As soon as I entered the hotel, I was struck by its modern and trendy design. The reception and lobby were lively and vibrant, with funky decor that gave the space a unique and edgy feel.
The check-in process was quick and seamless, which was a relief after our long journey from Scotland. The reception staff also went through my personal evacuation plan and asked me to sign the paperwork. There was no fixed, lowered section, but a flip-down shelf was available for wheelchair users.
The lobby has plenty of space to hang out, play games like giant jenga and table football, and grab a drink or a bite to eat.
Speaking of drinks, you get a free one at check-in, which was a nice touch! But if you want to save your free drink for later, you’ll receive a poker chip to redeem it whenever you want.
Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Room at Moxy Manchester City hotel
The Moxy hotel rooms are known for being compact, and although the accessible room was larger but still compact, I found it spacious enough for me to move around in my wheelchair for one night.
The comfortable king size bed had cosy bedding, but it was only accessible on one side due to being positioned close to the window. The bed was 25 inches high, from the floor to the top of the mattress. However, the bed is on a recessed wooden platform that doesn’t have clearance underneath for a portable mobile hoist to roll under.
The headboard had mounted lamps with light switches, power outlets, and USB ports for charging devices, medical equipment, and a powerchair wheelchair overnight. There was also an emergency pull cord at the side of the bed.
There was an “open wardrobe” with hangers on a metal mesh situated beside the bed.
On the wall opposite the bed was a 50-inch wall-mounted TV and a small shelf with a kettle, two mugs, and tea and coffee.
There is no desk or table in the room, apart from the small shelf under the TV. Unfortunately, it was too small for me to get close to or roll under, which meant I couldn’t do my hair and make-up myself or have anywhere to lean on when eating.
Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom at Moxy Manchester City Hotel
The wheelchair accessible bathroom featured a sliding door, which was a great space-saving feature considering the bathroom was relatively small.
Despite its size, the bathroom had all the necessary facilities, including a roll-in shower that had a wall-mounted fold-down shower seat and grab rails.
The handheld showerhead, water controls, and emergency red cord were all conveniently located within reach of the wall-mounted seat. It’s worth noting that the shower tray had a very small threshold lip.
The toilet, which measured 19 inches from the floor to the seat, was placed in the corner. Due to the location of the sink and the overall size of the bathroom, there may not be enough space to do a safe lateral transfer for some wheelchair users.
Fixed and pull-down grab bars were located next to the toilet, with the toilet roll holder and emergency red cord within easy reach. However, the toilet flush was located on the opposite side of the toilet, which could be difficult for some wheelchair users to reach across.
The washbasin was small and positioned too low for me to comfortably and independently use it. I prefer larger sinks that I can fully roll under, which this bathroom did not have.
Dining at Moxy Manchester City hotel
While there is no restaurant inside Moxy Manchester, you can still enjoy food and drinks during your stay by visiting Bar Moxy. The bar serves an all-day food menu that includes bar snacks, 24-hour pizza and cocktails. You can also find a breakfast buffet and snacks and drinks at the 24/7 Grab & Go pantry.
We had a good time at the Moxy Manchester City Hotel. The hotel’s location is fantastic, and the vibrant atmosphere makes for an enjoyable stay. The accessible rooms are compact, and the bathroom is equally compact, but it does have a roll-in shower with a wall-mount shower seat. I just wish it was larger with a roll-under sink that I could independently use. I’d also like to see a table in the bedroom that I could roll underneath when eating or drinking and getting ready, as well as clearance underneath the bed for a mobile hoist if required.
If you’re looking for a stylish and wheelchair accessible hotel in the heart of Manchester and the accessibility features I’ve shared meet your needs, then I recommend checking out the Moxy Manchester City Hotel for your next trip to Manchester.
You can find out more and book wheelchair accessible rooms via the Moxy Manchester City website.