Mar 312010
 

Overview

This 3 star hotel is part of the Whitbread Group.  We collected data from the internet in March 2010 and worked out that guests were giving it very good ratings of around 4 out of 5.

Address: Runger Lane, Ringway, M90 5DL
Phone: 0870 423 6464
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Location

This Premier Inn is a mile from Manchester Airport.  It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to drive to the terminal or 20 to 25 minutes on the shuttle bus.

Parking

Parking overnight costs £5.  They offer park and fly packages including a night’s accommodation for up to 2 adults and 2 children and either 8 or 15 nights parking whilst you are away.  The deal also includes a Grab & Go Breakfast.  Your car might be moved to an off-site facility, which has CCTV and 24 hour security.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in is at 2 pm and check-out at midday, although they can be a bit flexible on those times if you ask in advance.  For those who have to catch an early flight (poor you!) there’s a Continental Breakfast from 3 am to 7 am.  After that, the Full English starts and finishes at 11 am on weekends or 11.30 am during the week.

Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus runs to and from the airport every 20 minutes, from 4 am until 11 pm.  You should allow 20 to 25 minutes to reach the terminal on the bus.

Hotel facilities

There’s a restaurant which serves 3 meals a day, with both traditional and modern dishes on the menu.  The hotel also has 3 meeting rooms holding a maximum of 35 delegates.  There’s WiFi access throughout the hotel which is charged at an hourly rate.  There are also internet terminals in the public area of the hotel which you can use for a fee, if you haven’t brought your laptop along for the trip.

Guest rooms

There are 195 guest rooms at the Premier Inn Manchester Airport.  They are all en suite and have power showers rather than baths.  Double rooms and twin rooms are available, which have 2 double beds.  They all have digital TVs with 80 channels to help you pass the time and WiFi access, although there is a charge for the latter.  You’ll also find a hairdryer and a telephone in the room as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

Accessibility

There are disabled rooms with walk-in showers and lower beds.  All the public areas of the hotel are on the ground floor and there are lifts to every level.  There’s free parking for blue badge holders outside and vibrating pillow alarms for the hard of hearing.

Directions

From the M56, exit at Junction 6 and follow the signs for the Freight Terminal onto Runger Lane.  The Premier Inn Manchester Airport is on your left.

Airport views

The Premier Inn doesn’t have views of the airport.  Check out one of the on-site hotels if that is what you are after.

Mar 302010
 

Overview


This independent 3 star commended guest house is based in a 150 year old farmhouse in a countryside setting near Manchester Airport. Great if you want to stay somewhere with a bit of character, instead of your average modern airport hotel. There aren’t any reviews of Rylands Farm on the internet at the moment, so we can’t give you a guest rating yet. Sorry! (March 2010.)

Address: Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LT.

Phone: 01625 535646

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Location

The guest house is near the village of Wilmslow, about 10 minutes’ drive from Manchester Airport.  The farm has views of the surrounding countryside and there are restaurants nearby.

Parking

There’s free parking at the farm for residents and long term parking is available for a charge. It costs £25 for 1 week and £40 for 2 weeks. Any further weeks are £12.

Check-in/out and breakfast

You can check in from 2 pm and check out by 10.30 am.  A Full English breakfast is served between 7 am and 9 am during the week or 8 am to 10 am on weekends.  If you’ve got to leave earlier than that for your flight (poor you!) just let the owners know and they’ll supply you with a Continental breakfast.

Shuttle bus

They provide courtesy travel to and from the airport, depending on the time of your flight. We’d advise you to check if they’ll be able to pick you up when you’re booking your room. Generally, the service is available between 7 am (8 am on weekends and Bank Holidays) and 8.30 pm. If they can’t take you, a taxi will cost about £8.

Hotel facilities

The accommodation is in a 150 year old farmhouse with wooden beams and rustic décor. The owners have some pet rabbits, which are always a hit with the kids.  Guests can make use of the Honesty Bar and the sunny conservatory. Evening meals are served on weekdays, and also at the weekends by special arrangement.

Guest rooms

Every bedroom has its own front door, so you can step right out into the Cheshire countryside. There are 7 twin or double rooms and 2 family rooms.  They’re all en suite and have a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. You can borrow an alarm clock or hairdryer if necessary.

Accessibility

Unfortunately there aren’t any facilities for disabled guests here.

Directions

To get here by car, exit the M6 at Junction 20 and the M56 and Junction 6.  You will find the guest house on the A538 towards Wilmslow.  The nearest train station is at Manchester Airport.

Airport views

Rylands Farm has views of the airport from rooms 2 and 3 and from the grounds.

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 very close to Manchester Airport, in a modern building.  It has basic in-room facilities, a bar and a cafe serving evening meals.  They charge for services such as parking, shuttle bus, WiFi and toiletries, so don’t expect any freebies here!  We haven’t found any reviews of the Travelodge Manchester Airport on the internet yet, so we aren’t able to give it a guest rating (March 2010).  We’ll keep an eye out though, and let you know.

Address: Runger Lane, Manchester Airport, M90 5DL.
Phone: 0871 984 6181
Book Travelodge Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Travelodge is situated near the Freight Terminal at Manchester Airport.  It’s about a mile from the passenger terminal and it takes 10 minutes to drive there.

Parking

There’s parking at the hotel, which is managed by Britannia Parking Ltd.  There’s a charge for each day, starting at £5 and ending at £40 for 4 days.  The maximum time you can spend there is 4 days, so it’s only useful for weekends and short breaks.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in is from 3 pm and check-out is at 12 noon, but you can pre-book an earlier or later times if need be.  There’s a continental breakfast buffet served in the café, where you can eat as much as you like for £7.50.   Breakfast starts at 5.30 am for those on early flights and finishes at 10 am, or 11 am on Sundays.

Shuttle bus

A shuttle bus runs to and from the airport.  It goes every 20 minutes, between 4 am and 12 noon and then again between 3 pm and 11 pm.  There’s a charge for the service and you have to pay in cash at reception.  It’s £5 for one passenger, £7 for 2 -4 passengers, £10 for 5 passengers, £12 for 6 passengers and £14 for 8 passengers – pretty expensive, as that’s just one way.

Hotel facilities

The hotel has a licensed bar and café, which serves snacks and evening meals.  There are 2 meeting rooms available for booking, which seat 25 to 30 people.  WiFi is available throughout the building, but there’s a charge for this – £5 for an hour and £10 for 24 hours.   The hotel is totally non smoking.

Guest rooms

There are 201 guest bedrooms altogether.  Double rooms or family rooms are available.  The latter have a double bed and a pull out sofa bed, which sleeps one adult or 2 children.  They all have a TV and tea and coffee making facilities.  You can ask reception for an iron or hairdryer if needs be.  There are no toiletries in the bathrooms.  We always bring our own anyway so we don’t really mind, but there are basic items on sale in vending machines in case you have forgotten anything.  The rooms have WiFi connections but this is expensive – £5 for an hour and £10 for 24 hours.

Accessibility

There are 4 fully accessible rooms on each floor.  All the facilities at the Travelodge are accessible for wheelchair users.

Directions

To get to the Travelodge Manchester Airport, leave the M56 at junction 6 (signposted Wilmslow, Hale) and merge onto road signposted M56 Warrington, Macclesfield, Hale.  Bear left onto Runger Lane (signposted Freight Terminal). You will see the hotel on the left handside opposite the Freight Terminal.

Airport views

There aren’t any airport views at this hotel.  For that, try the on-site Bewley’s Hotel, which has easy access to a great vantage point on top of the multi-storey car park.

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 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.

Mar 242010
 

Overview

The Holiday Inn Manchester Airport is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group. It’s a modern 3 star hotel, with good business and leisure facilities.  In March 2010 we looked around the internet to see what guests were saying about it, and the average rating was about 4 out of 5.

Address: Altrincham Road, Manchester, SK9 4LR.
Phone: 0871 942 9096
Book Holiday Inn Manchester Airport at Airport Hotels.com

Location

The Holiday Inn is in 2.3 miles by road from Manchester Airport, which is about 5 minutes’ drive.  The hotel is on the edge of Styal Country Park and it isn’t troubled by any aircraft noise.

Parking

Parking at the hotel is free whilst you’re staying there.  After that, there is a charge.  The hotel offers holiday parking packages, with special rates that combine a room for the night with long term parking.  The car park is outside and covered by CCTV.

Check-in/out and breakfast

You can check in any time after 2 pm and check out in the morning by 11 am.  The Holiday Inn realises that some people have very early flights to catch, so they kindly put on a Continental Breakfast from 4 am.  The full English Breakfast also starts pretty early, at 6 am.

Shuttle bus

There’s a shuttle bus running to and from the terminal. It costs £3 for a single trip or £5 return and children are £1.  The bus runs every 20 minutes from 4 am to 11 pm.  It takes about 20 minutes to get to the terminal, because it stops at other hotels.  If you got in a taxi it would only take 5 minutes.

Hotel facilities

WiFi access is available in all areas of the hotel.  There’s a charge for this though – £10 per day. They have conference facilities for up 250 people and extensive leisure facilities including pool, gym, sauna, steam room and squash courts – so if you’re feeling energetic before your holiday you’ll have plenty to do!  If you just want to chill out, there’s a restaurant and bar, and you can order room service instead of coming downstairs if you prefer.

Guest rooms

There are 126 bedrooms altogether.  The options are doubles, twins, singles or family rooms, which have a double bed and a sofa bed for up to 2 children under 12. Choose an executive room if you want more space and a separate seating area.  These rooms also have the added luxuries of mini bar, bath robe, slippers and upgraded toiletries. All the bedrooms are en suite with bath and shower and you’ll be able to make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee and settle down to watch some satellite TV or a pay per view movie.  They can even bring you up something to eat if you order room service.

Accessibility

Blue badge parking bays have been marked out at the front of the hotel. There are 2 double disabled bedrooms, which can be booked with an interconnecting twin room if required. The hotel’s facilities are fully accessible with ramps to all areas and there is a walk in shower in the leisure club.

Directions

The nearest train station is at Manchester Airport.  When you arrive, you can either catch the shuttle service to the hotel or get in a taxi.  It’s 5 minutes drive, but the shuttle takes up to 20 minutes due to other stops.   If you’re coming by car, turn off at Junction 6 of the M56 and take the A538 towards Wilmslow.  The Holiday Inn is about 1 mile along this road on the left hand side.

Airport views

There aren’t any airport views from the hotel itself, but it is within 10 minutes’ walking distance of some great vantage points.  The Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing Park is just off the A538 (the same road the hotel is on) between Junction 6 of the motorway and the airport tunnels.  There are mounds along the runway which are some of the best planespotting points in Europe. From dawn until mid afternoon, you can get lovely line up shots on the threshold of runway 23L.  You can also fantastic shots of the planes touching down on runway 06 when it’s in use.  There are footpaths and markers showing you where to go.