We left Manchester Airport and headed to our hotel a little over 9pm. It took us a little over half an hour to get to our hotel in Salford Quays, which is on the outskirts of Manchester. The hotel is located by the quays, with an overground Metrolink station right across the street that brings you to the city centre.
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When I booked our hotels for Manchester, I deliberately decided to avoid the city centre. We have just spent days in hectic, bustling London, and are more than willing to stay in the outskirts of Manchester. In the end, I decided to book the AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays. The hotel is right by the quays and it allows some family time spent strolling about the docks. It is also not far from the Lowry and Imperial War Museum North, both of which we later visited.
I only paid 70GBP per night per room for the stay. I find this hotel to offer one of the lowest prices in the area as far as Marriott/Starwood brands go. With such a low price I did not expect much but the hotel does surprise me.
The hotel staff had anticipated our arrival. Anna, the associate that checked us in acknowledged my Marriott elite status and presented us with two golden paper bags as our welcome gift. She also upgraded both our rooms to the best room available, which was a more spacious room on the top floor with a view of the quays (no suites in this property). Anna even went ahead and provided complimentary breakfast for all 5 of us in the family! Normally, only the elite member and one guest will receive complimentary breakfast. The elite recognition at this hotel is superb! Considering I paid 70GBP per room per night, getting free breakfast for all is a great steal!
In the bags, there are a small welcome card and a print out introducing the hotel amenities. There is also a small can of soft drink and a small snack. Again, this is awesome elite recognition from the hotel. Anna was a real charm, she even printed a couple of maps for us to familiarize with Manchester.
The hotel lobby has seating on both the ground and first floor. On the ground floor, there is also the in-house restaurant, where breakfast is served. There are several types of seating including a small conference desk with charging ports. You can find more seating going up the little staircase, which leads you up to the first floor.
I had room 801, which was a double bed deluxe room. The room is quite dull with little amenities. The bathroom is basic with a sink and quite a spacious shower that came with a bathtub. The room is not too big and overall is just fine. I don’t expect much from a 70 quid room anyways. Everything is functional and the bed is comfortable and I am happy about it.
Breakfast at the hotels is available from 6:30am to 10am on weekdays and 7am to 11am on weekends. Overall, the breakfast spread is not very extensive but tasted quite good. There is quite a good made-to-order menu such as an extensive selection of eggs, oat porridge and special food items such as grilled tomatoes. Overall the food is great for the price point of this hotel but definitely not comparable to a luxury property. I will let the pictures do the talking:
There is a gym on the first floor of the property. You can access it either by the lift or walk up the stairs by the check-in desks. The gym is quite basic but fairly spacious.
The associates working at the hotel are a mix of local and foreigners. But all of them are very helpful with my requests or question regarding the surroundings. They assisted me with train bookings, directions and provided very good restaurant recommendations. The level of dedication in service in this hotel is phenomenal.
I would recommend AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays any day. The room rates are consistently among the lowest in the Manchester Area, and they provide you great value for money. Its location is also close to several Manchester attractions while allowing you to take a break from city centres.
What impressed me the most is the service the hotel provided. Every single associated I spoke with is extremely helpful and they provided fantastic elite recognition. This was my first time trying out the AC Hotel brand and I will definitely return again!