Mar 302010
 

Overview


This 4 star hotel is in the grounds of Manchester Airport. We’ve looked to see what guests are saying about the Crowne Plaza online, and we can report that it gets average ratings of 3 out of 5 (March 2010.)

Address: Ringway Road, Manchester, M90 3NS.

Phone: +44 871 9429055

Book Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Crowne Plaza is on site at Manchester Airport.  It’s within 5 minutes’ walk of terminals 1 and 3 and there is a 24 hour courtesy shuttle bus to all 3 terminals, which takes about 3 minutes.

Parking

Parking costs £10 for one night. The Crowne Plaza car park has 300 spaces, is covered by CCTV and has controlled access gates. The hotel offers park, stay and go packages, which include a night’s accommodation, long stay parking and free transport to and from the airport. The car may be kept on-site or transferred to an off-site car park in conjunction with Holiday Car Care.  The off-site car park has security barriers and a 24 hour guard.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Guests can check in from 2 pm and must check out by 12 noon.  A full English breakfast is available from 4.30 am to 10.30 am during the week and an hour later on weekends, to allow you a long lie (as long as you don’t have to get up to catch your flight!)

Shuttle bus

There’s a free shuttle bus for all guests to and from the airport.  It runs 24 hours a day on request and takes about 3 minutes to reach the terminals.

Hotel facilities

There are 3 places to eat in the hotel – the bar, which offers light meals, a restaurant with a choice of modern cuisines, and an oriental restaurant. Kids eat for free – a bonus for families trying to keep the costs of the holiday down. There are 8 meeting rooms available, with the largest holding 45 people, fully equipped with audio visual technology. The also hotel has a business centre, which has printing, faxing, photocopying and secretarial services and a PC you can use for a £7 charge. There’s WiFi access in the public areas of the hotel and the business centre, but it costs £15. There’s also a gym and sauna, so you can either work up a sweat or sit out a sweat!


Guest rooms

There are 294 air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms. You can choose from single, double or family rooms, or an Executive Suite. Connecting rooms and cots are available for those travelling with children. Standard rooms have satellite TV, pay per view movies, video games, telephone, mini bar, tea maker and iron. Executive rooms have all that plus free snacks, drinks and breakfast. They also have a turndown service and a separate check-in area. All the bedrooms have internet access, but there is a £15 charge for this and you have to connect with a cable. You can order room service 24 hours a day.


Accessibility

There are blue badge parking spaces outside the hotel and 2 accessible guest rooms inside. Guide dogs are welcome.

Directions

From the M56, exit at Junction 5, follow the signs for terminals 1 & 3.  Go past the Hilton on your left and you will come to a roundabout, go left and you will come immediately to another small roundabout.  The Crowne Plaza Manchester Airpor is on the left, between the Long Stay Car Park and Bewley’s Hotel.

Airport views

The Crowne Plaza is within the grounds of Manchester Airport, but it doesn’t get any runway views.  For that, try the Radisson.

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 hotel near Manchester Airport.  It runs a shuttle bus to the terminal and has good facilities for business travellers.  We looked at guest reviews in March 2010 and found that most were giving it a rating of about 4 out of 5.

Address: Manchester Airport Outwood Lane Ringway, Manchester, M90 4WP.
Phone: 0161 4353000
Book Hilton Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Hilton Manchester Airport is within the grounds of Manchester Airport, about 5 minutes’ drive away from the terminal.  There’s a complimentary shuttle bus to take you there on demand 24 horus a day.

Parking

There’s overnight parking for residents at a cost of £10.  No long term parking is available here.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in is from 3 pm and check-out is at 12 noon.  You might be able to get an early check-in or a late check-out if you organise it in advance.  They also have an express check-out service; to use this you just have to leave your credit card details at reception on arrival.  Handy if you think you might be in a hurry to catch that plane in the morning!  Breakfast is available from 5.30 am to 10 am (the Full English starts at 6 am).


Shuttle bus

There’s a free shuttle busto and from the Hilton to the airport, which takes 5 minutes.  It runs on request 24 hours a day.

Hotel facilities

The Hilton has a formal restaurant and a bar that shows sports and has a lighter menu. Reception and the concierge desk are open 24 hours a day.  There’s a gym for those who can’t go a day without a workout, even on holiday.  And for business travellers, there are 16 meeting rooms holding up to 220 people and a Business Centre which provides secretarial services.  There’s wireless internet in the lobby which costs £15 for 24 hours (May 2010).

Guest rooms

All the guest rooms have wired internet access (when we checked in May 2010 they told us there’s a £15 charge to use this for 24 hours), air conditioning and soundproofed windows so you won’t be woken by any departing planes.   They also have the other things you might expect – a telephone, hairdryer, iron, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities.  To keep everyone entertained there are LCD TVs with pay per view channels, on demand movies and video games. Standard rooms are 16 metres square, deluxe rooms are 18 metres square, with a separate seating area, and family rooms are 25 metres square, with 2 queen size beds.  Families can also book interconnecting rooms, and cots are available.  The open plan luxury suites have both seating and dining areas, and special touches like bathrobe, slippers and mineral water.

Accessibility

There are blue badge parking spaces outside the Hilton.  The gym is accessible to wheelchair users as is the restaurant.  There are 2 accessible bedrooms with wider doors and adapted bathrooms.  Vibrating fire alarms are available for hard of hearing guests.

Directions

The nearest train station is at Manchester Airport.  If you’re driving, exit the M56 at junction 5 and follow the signs for Terminals 1 and 3. Go straight through 2 sets of traffic lights and you will see the entrance to the Hilton Manchester Airport hotel on your left-hand side. It normally takes about 4 minutes to get from the motorway junction to the Manchester Airport Hilton Hotel.

Airport views

If you’re looking for airport views, there are none from this hotel.  You would be better off at the on-site Radisson.

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.