With my favourte musical, Rock of Ages, touring again through the UK, just a week after I saw Catherine McGrath in Liverpool, music brought me back to Manchester Airport. As the Rock of Ages performances took places in Manchester Opera House, I selected nearby Hilton Manchester Deansgate for my stay. Here is a review.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate – Location
Hilton Manchester Deansgate is located in Beetham Tower, right at the Deansgate Metrolink and rail station. This also gives you a direct, but comparably lame connection to Manchester Airport. If you arrive by Metrolink, you should however first head a to the opposite side and take the elevator or stairs down roadside to have the shortest, some three minutes, walk to the hotel. If you decide to head North directly, the detour will lead you through the neighboring cinema complex. Though Beetham Tower is taller than that, Hilton “just” covers the first 23 floors with the reception at ground level.
All city center attractions are in walking distance. The hotel is also very close to the Convention Center.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate – The Rooms
As a Hilton Gold member, I am eligible for a complimentary room upgrade and free continental breakfast, which gave me a 19th floor Executive Room with lounge access. The view from the room was lovely, the room was modern and looked quite nice. However, some details like the table right next to the bed were already quite run down and there were minor weaknesses in cleanliness. The alarm clock has not been set to the correct time. On the other hand, the Nespresso machine was a very nice feature of the room. The minibar was an “automatic” one – so if you remove something, a transponder is automatically adding the item to the hotel room bill.
However, the bathroom featuring a shower and a bathtub was spotless and had a nice size. The room featured UK and US power plugs, but no Central European ones. As part of a summer sale, the total room price for two weekend nights, Friday to Sunday, was roughly 290 GBP.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate – Executive Lounge
Due to staying in the Executive Room, I used the Executive Lounge for breakfast. In addition, I also had Afternoon Tea in there twice. The lounge is located on the 23rd floor, the view is just breathtaking. The design is also very modern – it is a great space to relax and just enjoy yourself.
Breakfast is served in the morning, followed by Afternoon Tea (2 to 4pm) and some evening snacks (6 to 8pm). The breakfast is “just” continental, but it also offers waffles and pancakes, some fresh fruit and all other items you would expect. I just enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere that much that I did not go for the buffet breakfast upgrade, which would have been served in the major ground floor restaurant.
For Afternoon Tea, there are some wraps and sandwiches as well as sweet delights and scones with cream. I enjoyed that a lot as well. However, the Bar, which is next to the lounge, is very popular on weekends at that time as well. Thus, they reduced the Executive Lounge space in favour of the bar, which made the place more crowded and noisier. It has been still enjoyable, though.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate – Services
The room service was fine. There was no turn down service – but I did not expected it. The WiFi connection was very good as well. The hotel staff, especially in the lounge and at the reception, were very friendly as well and lead to a great stay.
The hotel features a fitness and swimming area on the 2nd floor. The pool is quite narrow, but 20 meters long and invited to a lovely morning swim. There is also a major whirlpool and a steambath. The fitness area was reasonable. What I also loved about the pool area is that they had a tumbler to dry your swimsuits.
If you are not using the lounge, breakfast is served in the ground floor restaurant. From ground floor you also directly access the loft bar.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate – My View
I decided for the Hilton Manchester Deansgate to a have relaxing, convenient and a bit posh stay for my trip to Manchester – and it just absolutely fulfilled it! The most amazing location is of course the amazing Executive Lounge with breathtaking views over the city. But I also loved the view from my room and the lovely spa area. The staff is really nice and though the Loft bar is a very popular party location, it was absolutely quiet. The location close to Deansgate is very nice, though I cannot fully recommend to take the Metrolink to Manchester Airport – it is just an awful long ride there. Overall, I can absolutely recommend Hilton Manchester Deansgate, if you look for a place of that category.