Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 419
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SGH852 Good value for money
Good value for money, good breakfast and friendly service. Would go again for sure
February 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cass2015 great place to stay
great location hotel high standard of cleanliness staff excellent
February 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by helen1960 Fantastic location
I've never been to this area before and was only staying overnight so my son could go to the National Cycling Centre which is about 5 miles away. Firstly, I was impressed by the location being right on the waterside. We were lucky enough to have a room overlooking the water and enjoyed spotting the birdlife (gulls, coots, ducks, swans, geese and cormorants) as well as watching the rowers (eights). Although we didn't use them, the trams to get into the centre were within a short walking distance away. The Lowry Centre, Media City, Imperial War Museum, BBC and ITV studios, plus an outlet shopping mall were within walking distance.
I always begrudge having to pay (why, oh why???) for hotel car parks when staying in hotels but this was comparatively cheap at £3. The hotel itself was clean and we were greeted by two friendly members of staff. We often stay in a lower-end-of-the market hotel chain (tend to choose the newly refurbished ones) - so I do expect a higher standard from HIE hotels, however I was a little disappointed with some of the finer details: where tiles in the bathroom had had to be replaced, they didn't exactly match (same design but slightly different colour); the shower enclosure itself was not as sturdy as I'd expect, and some of the silicone around the base was discoloured with bits of black; the toilet seat was also more flimsy than I would expect from a HIE. I would also have liked an electric socket near the mirror. All a little 'nit-picky' and minor, I suppose, but that's because I have come to expect a high standard from this chain of hotels.
Overall, however, the location was great, all the staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable, and - extremely helpful to us - as an IHG member I was able to take advantage of the offer (subject to availability) to have a late (2pm) check-out.
February 24, 2015