Mar 292010
 

Overview

This is a 3 star hotel within the grounds of Manchester Airport.  It’s part of the Moran Hotel Group and it’s got a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms for hire.  In March 2010 guests were giving it a rating of about 4 out of 5.

Address:  Outwood Lane, Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 4HL.
Phone: +44 (0)161 498 1390
Book Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

Bewley’s Hotel is set within the grounds of Manchester Airport.  You can walk to Terminals 1 and 3 within 5 minutes and to Terminal 2 in 10 minutes.  There’s also a shuttle bus in case you’ve got heavy luggage or have difficulty walking.  The hotel is triple glazed to block out any airport noise.

Parking

There are 350 parking spaces at the hotel.  Overnight parking for guests costs £6. Bewley’s offers park, stay and fly packages, which combine one night’s accommodation with 8 or 15 days parking, starting at £89 for 8 days.  So you can leave your car there for the duration of your trip and use the shuttle bus to get to and from the airport.  The vehicle may be parked on-site or moved off-site, depending on how busy the car park is (it’s usually on-site if you only need 8 days parking).  The off-site car park is manned 24 hours a day and has CCTV and the car will brought back for you in time for your return.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in starts at 2 pm, but if you arrive earlier they can keep a hold of your luggage for you.  Check-out time is 12 noon, but late departures are possible by prior arrangement. You can experience a Full Irish Breakfast even though you’re in Manchester, since the Bewley’s chain hails from the Emerald Isle.  There’s also a Continental option.  The buffet is available from 6.30 am to 10 am during the week and 7 am to 11 am at weekends.

Shuttle bus

There’s a free shuttle bus to all 3 terminals at the airport.  This runs 24 hours a day and it comes on request rather than at set times, so there’s no hanging around waiting for the next shuttle departure.  Terminals 1 and 3 are less than 5 minutes on foot from the hotel and Terminal 2 is 10 minutes’ walk.

Hotel facilities

The lounge bar serves light bites for lunch and has live sports coverage.  Dinner is served in the Brasserie Restaurant from 6 to 10 pm, with daily specials and a kids menu on offer.  They can provide highchairs for babies.  For business travellers, there are 20 meeting and conference rooms available, the largest of which seats 60 delegates theatre-style.  They all have natural light and leather seating and smart boards are available.  There’s free WiFi access in all the public areas of the hotel.  There’s also a mini-gym for the hyperactive, and room service for the lazy.

Guest rooms

There are 365 guest rooms available.  Double rooms have 1 double bed, twin/family rooms have 2 double beds and twin rooms have 2 single beds. There are also 6 Junior Suites with a double bed and separate lounge area. All the bedrooms have complimentary WiFi internet acess and a satellite TV.  They’re also fitted with triple glazed windows and hypoallergenic pillows to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.  Girls will be happy to know there is a hairdryer, and boys – you get a trouser press.  You also have everything you need to make a revitalising cup of tea or coffee in the morning.

Accessibility

The hotel has blue badge parking spaces and wheelchair access to the building.  There are 25 specially adapted accessible bedrooms, some of which have wet rooms.  The restaurant and bar are fully wheelchair accessible, as are all other public areas of the hotel.  It has been awarded mobility 2 status by Visit Britain.

Directions

If you’re driving from the M56, exit at Junction 5 for Manchester Airport.  Then follow signs for Terminals 1 & 3, passing through the traffic lights.  Follow the purple signs for Terminal 3 on the airport approach road.  When you come to the first roundabout, stay in the left hand lane and take the first exit.  At the second mini roundabout, take a sharp left into Bewley’s Hotel.  The nearest train station is at Manchester Airport, from where you can either walk to the hotel or request a complimentary shuttle bus.

Airport views

The Bewley’s Hotel is on-site, with views of the airport from the extension site of the building, in the even numbered rooms.  If this is important to you, you can request one of these rooms when booking.  The hotel is also just a 5 minute walk away from the airport’s multi-storey car park.  From the top floor, you can see all the movements all over the airport.

Mar 262010
 

Overview

This is a 4 star Georgian Mansion, part of the Sonoma Hotels Group.  Its historic charm makes it an interesting place for an airport stopover.  It has an award winning restaurant and good facilities for business travellers.  We scoured the internet for reviews in March 2010 and found that guests were giving it a combined rating of about 3 out of 5.

Address: Thorley Lane, Manchester Airport, Cheshire, M90 4EG.
Phone: 0161 499 0500
Book Etrop Grange Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Etrop Grange Hotel is 2 minutes’ drive from Manchester Airport.  Despite being so close, the hotel is not under the flight path so gets very little noise.

Parking

There are 90 parking spaces on site for guests who are staying at the hotel.  It’s free to use them.  There is no long term parking available.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in is from 2 pm and check-out is at midday.  The breakfast buffet is available from 7 am til 10 am with full English and Continental options.

Shuttle bus

The hotel provided complimentary transport to and from the airport and airport train station.  This is available 24 hours a day and comes on request rather than at set times, so no waiting around for the next shuttle, you go when it suits you!

Hotel facilities

This country house hotel was built in 1780, so it is full of interesting period features.  It has a restaurant, which has been awarded an AA rosette, and a bar.  There are 12 meeting rooms, which can hold up to 100 delegates theatre-style.  There’s free WiFi internet access throughout the hotel.

Guest rooms

The 64 guest rooms are named after Cheshire villages.  They’re all en suite and have air conditioning.  They’ve also got satellite TV, telephone, trouser press and hairdryer.  Most of them have brass or four-poster beds and some of them have a Jacuzzi bath, making it a romantic type of place, perfect for newlyweds that are about to jet off on their honeymoon! The types of rooms to choose from are singe, twin, double, four-poster and suite.   Each of them has a hospitality tray and you can order further refreshments from room service.  There’s free WiFi access throughout the building.

Accessibility

Unfortunately the Etrop Grange doesn’t have many facilities for disabled guests.  There are stairs up to the front door and throughout the building.  There is, however, one accessible bedroom which has wider doors to allow a wheelchair through.

Directions

The closest train station is the one at Manchester Airport. Those coming by car should exit the M56 at Junction 5 and follow the signs to Terminal 2. Then take the slip road, and at the roundabout take the first left (do not go towards the terminal). Continue along this road for 75 yards before turning left into Thorley Lane. The Etrop Grange Hotel is 400 yards further along on the right

Airport views

This is not the right place for planespotters – it would be better to try the Radisson Blu if airport views are what you are after.  The Etrop Grange Hotel is a place where you can escape from the airport, without being too far away!

Mar 262010
 

Overview

This 4 star country house hotel is part of the Prima Group.  It’s set in wooded grounds near Manchester Airport and its award winning restaurant is a great place for a meal.  Although it has a traditional style, its guest rooms are well equipped for the modern world.  We searched the internet for guest reviews in March 2010 and found that it was getting very good ratings of 4 out of 5.

Address: Stanneylands Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4EY.
Phone: +44 (0) 1625 525 225
Book Stanneylands Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Stanneylands Hotel is in the village of Wilmslow, about 3 miles by road from Manchester Airport.  That’s about 10 minutes’ drive.

Parking

Parking for overnight guests, conference delegates and diners is free.  Long term parking is available for a charge.  They offer this as a park and fly package, which means you get a rate that includes a night’s accommodation and a number of day’s parking whilst you are away.  They also include a complimentary taxi from the hotel to the airport.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in starts at 2 pm and check-out is before 11 am.  You can get the day off to a good start with a Full English Breakfast, which is served between 7 and 10 am.

Shuttle bus

There’s no shuttle bus, but if you book a room with long term parking included, the hotel will provide you with a free taxi to the airport.

Hotel facilities

The Stanneylands Hotel has an oak panelled restaurant – a fitting atmosphere for serving up traditional English cuisine.  It’s been awarded 2 AA rosettes for its food.  The hotel also has a number of conference rooms, the largest of which seats 100 delegates.  The Calico Cafe Bar has a piano where guests can enjoy a tune.  The food menu here includes lighter dishes like sandwiches and pastas, and you can also take afternoon tea with scones.  If it’s a nice day, you can take a stroll in the landscaped wooded gardens.  There is free WiFi access throughout the hotel.

Guest rooms

There are 56 en suite bedrooms, which all have satellite television and telephones. They also have hot drinks and hairdryers.  The deluxe suites and executive rooms have added luxuries like plasma screen TVs and sound systems.  Free WiFi access is available throughout the building so you can check up on any emails whilst you’re away, or let everyone on Twitter know what a nice time you’re having.

Accessibility

There are disabled parking spaces at the front of the hotel.  The building is accessible with ramps and lifts to all floors, except the oldest bedrooms.  There are specially adapted accessible bedrooms available for booking.

Directions

The nearest train station is in Wilmslow, a mile away.  If you’re arriving by car from the North, leave M60 at Junction 3 and go South on to the A34 for Wilmslow.   Get off the A34 at Dean Row & Styal sign (that’s the 5th Roundabout).  Then you just have to follow the signs for the Stanneylands Hotel. When you get to the traffic lights, go straight through and the hotel is about 300 yards on the left.   When coming from the South, leave the M56 at Junction 5 which is signposted for the Airport and head towards Terminal 1.  Then follow the signs for Styal and Wilmslow, which will take you onto Ringway Road. Go straight ahead until you reach the traffic lights at the T-Junction at the end of Ringway Road. Here, turn right onto Styal Road (you’re going towards Wilmslow).  After about a mile and a half, turn left onto Station Road. Continue along here for a mile.  When you go round a sharp right hand bend, you will see the hotel on your right.

Airport views

This is not the right place for planespotters.  They can try the Holiday Inn, which is close to the Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing Park.

Mar 262010
 

Overview

This 4 star hotel is the only one directly linked to the terminals at Manchester Airport.  It’s got plenty of facilities aimed at both leisure and business travellers and it gets very good guest ratings on the internet – around 4 out of 5 on average (March 2010).

Address: Chicago Avenue, Manchester, M90 3RA.
Phone: +44 (0)161 490 5000
Book Radisson Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Radisson Blu is on-site at Manchester Airport.  It’s connected to Terminals 1 and 2 via a covered moving walkway, so it doesn’t matter if you have to get up at the crack of dawn and can hardly put one foot in front of the other!  You can reach Terminal 3 on foot in 15 to 20 minutes or on the 24 hour airport-operated transfer bus.

Parking

There’s an on-site car park for 222 cars, which you have to pay to use.  You can book a package that combines a night’s accommodation with 4, 8, 15 or 22 days’ parking, so you can leave your car there for the duration of your trip.  This is a convenient option, since you can walk to the terminals from the hotel in the morning.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in is from 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon.  There’s a Super Breakfast Buffet with 40 different items to choose from, so you won’t be sent off hungry.  It starts at 6 am and finishes at 10.30 am during the week, and half an hour later on weekends.  If you’re in a hurry you can take the Grab & Run option, picking up a hot drink and a croissant from the the hotel lobby.  This is available on weekdays from 4.30 am to 7 am.

Shuttle bus

There’s a free transfer bus to Terminal 3, but this is operated by the airport rather than the hotel.  (It runs every 15 minutes during the day and every half hour at night).  You can walk there if you prefer, in 15 or 20 minutes.  Terminals 1 and 2 are reached within a couple of minutes on foot along a covered moving walkway.

Hotel facilities

There are 2 places to eat at the Radisson Blu.  There’s a restaurant with a European menu and a more informal brasserie for lighter meals.  Children under 12 can eat free here between 5 and 7 pm.   There’s also a bar which is open from 11 am to 1 am.  If you’re in need of a bit of rest and relaxation you can take a dip in the 12 metre swimming pool and ease away the strains in the sauna and steam room.  You can also book beauty therapies like massages and facials, or if that’s not quite your thing, you can sweat it out in the gym.  There’s free WiFi internet access throughout hotel and a Business Service Centre that’s open from 7 am to 7 pm. If you’ve got an event to organise, you can book one of the 30 meeting rooms in the hotel, the largest of which can hold 350 theatre-style.  They’re all equipped with the latest audio visual technology.

Guest rooms

There are 360 air conditioned rooms at the Radisson Blu. They are decorated in 4 different styles – Italian, Scandinavian, Maritime and Oriental – so you can pick the theme that goes with your holiday destination!  They all have complimentary WiFi connections, telephones and satellite TVs.  They also have a hairdryer, trouser press and safe.   Business class rooms have added benefits such as views over the city, daily newspapers, complimentary in-house movies, bathrobes and slippers.  There are 6 luxury suites with separate lounge.  All guests can make use of the 24 hour room service and the 3 hour express laundry service.  It’s just like being back at home with your mum!

Accessibility

The hotel has disabled parking spaces and accessible bedrooms with walk in showers.  The restaurants are on Level 3, which is accessible for wheelchair users via the lifts and ramps.

Directions

The Radisson Blu is based within the Manchester Airport complex, which has its own bus and train stations.  From there, you can access the hotel via a covered moving walkway.  If you’re coming by car, exit the M56 at Junction 5 and follow the signs.

Airport views

The restaurant has full length windows giving views over the airport.  The bedrooms on high floors also have excellent views of the aprons and distant views of the runways (just make sure you get one that faces the airport!)  If you take the moving walkway to Terminal 1 and get up onto the top floor of the multi-storey car park, you can see absolutely everything.

Mar 262010
 

Overview

This 4 star hotel is close to Manchester Airport and offers holiday parking deals.  If you want to be pampered before your trip there are lots of ways to do that here, for example, with a massage in the spa or a meal at one of its 2 restaurants.  The Marriott Manchester Airport gets very good guest ratings on the internet – overall, about 4 out of 5 (March 2010).

Address: Hale Road, Hale Barns, Manchester, WA15 8XW.
Phone: +44 (0)161 9040301
Book Marriott Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Marriott is set in the Cheshire countryside, about a mile and a half from Manchester Airport.  It takes about 5 or 10 minutes to drive there.

Parking

There’s a large car park on site, which you have to pay for.  It costs £2 for an hour and £6 for a day.  They offer long term parking deals with a night’s accommodation, so you can leave your car here until you fly back into Manchester.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check in is from 4 pm and check out is by 12 noon.  A Full English buffet breakfast is served from 6.30 am to 11 am during the week and 7 am to 11 am at weekends.

Shuttle bus

The hotel provides a shuttle service to and from the airport on request, for £3 one way, £1 for children and £5 return.  If you take a taxi it will cost about £6.  The journey to the airport takes about 5 or 10 minutes depending on the traffic.

Hotel facilities

The Manchester Airport Marriott has 2 restaurants – one serving continental food and one with an international menu.  There’s also a coffee house with light meals and sandwiches and a barbecue and picnic area for the fleeting British summer. There’s wireless internet in the guest lounge which is charged at an hourly rate.  If you would like to use the net in your room as well it’s better to login there first and pay the £15 charge for 24 hours use (May 2010).  You will then be able to connect wirelessly anywhere throughout the building, without further charge.  Guests staying in Executive Rooms can make use of the complimentary WiFi in the Executive Lounge.  There are 14 meeting rooms, the biggest of which can seat 160.  If you’re travelling for pleasure rather than business you could take a dip in the swimming pool and whirlpool, or have a beauty treatment in the spa.  Gym bunnies can make use of the exercise equipment and complimentary fitness classes.

Guest rooms

There are 203 guest rooms altogether.  They are all air-conditioned and soundproofed for a comfortable night’s sleep and they have hair dryer, iron and trouser press so you can smarten yourself up in the morning.  There’s a coffee maker and tea service, or you could take something stronger from the mini-bar.  In terms of technology, they’re well equipped, with a radio, telephone, and WiFi internet, for a fee. It costs £15 for 24 hours, which will be charged to your room, and you will be able to connect to the internet throughout the hotel.   The TV has a 32 inch flat screen and comes complete with satellite channels and pay per view movies.  You can also pay to have a go on the video games consoles.  There is room service available 24 hours a day and cots can be provided for babies. With executive rooms and suites you get bigger, more luxurious beds and access to the Executive Lounge, which has a complimentary WiFi connection.

Accessibility

There are 2 accessible guest rooms with toilet seat at wheelchair height and roll-in shower.  Two further rooms have baths with grab rails.  The public areas of the hotel are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Directions

From Manchester Airport, exit the M56 at Juction 6 (Hale). Keep in the left hand lane (Hale, Altrincham). Turn left at the lights and as you come towards the bridge, get into the right-hand lane. At the roundabout, you want the third exit, which will bring you into the Marriott Car Park. If you’re coming from the M6, you should also take the M56 towards Manchester Airport and come off at the same Junction 6 (Hale). In this case, when you get to the roundabout, the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel will be at the 2nd exit.   The nearest train station is at Manchester Airport.

Airport views

There aren’t any runway views from here.  The Radisson Blu is on-site and you can see all the action from there.