"Like a home away from home"
Located in three Victorian buildings at one end of Canal Street, the Atrium is convenient for the Palace Theatre, the Village (of course) and Oxford Road station, amongst other things. One key thing you need to remember when considering booking here (which some reviewers appear to have overlooked) is that these are self-catering apartments, with an electric hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, kettle and toaster. (Microwaves aren't included as standard, but can be requested via Reception). If you don't want to cook, eat out, or get a takeaway, this isn't the place for you. I was given one of the apartments on the Ground Floor of Dominion House, with windows facing onto Whitworth Street. Whilst the secondary glazing was reasonably effective, it couldn't keep all of the noise out, and there's no air conditioning (presumably due to the age of the buildings, and Central House being Grade II listed), with heating being supplied by panel heaters. There were another couple of niggles as well, which is why I've given a rating of 4 out of 5: The markings on the hob controls have rubbed off, so the only way to tell which controls which hotplate is by trial and error; there's no heating in the bathroom, which isn't fun if it's cold outside and you get out of a nice warm bath; furniture placement in the (Twin) bedroom was such that a pair of electric sockets and a light switch were behind the bed. On the plus side, all the staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful, and gave the impression that nothing would be too much trouble if asked, and having Fairy Professional washing up liquid in the apartment (as opposed to the generic liquid other apartments I've stayed in) was good. I did find the micro hi-fi, with built-in cassette deck and Long Wave radio tuner, rather quirky, but it helped add to the "homely" feel of the apartment, and I'd certainly consider staying here again next time I'm in the area.
"Above average. "
Pros first: the apartment, for that is what it was called, consisted of three rooms, a large and well appointed sitting room, an excellently appointed bathroom and a small bedroom. For this much space it was excellent value for money (at £93). I was there for one night only and did not need to book in advance, nor do so via the Internet (two features that I particularly like). The rooms were clean and well appointed. The staff I encountered at the reception desk were polite. The central location of the hotel is similarly excellent. Cons, and the reason it does not receive more stars from me: it has no restaurant and breakfast is not included. Whilst I understand that this is common these days it is still annoying on a cold autumn morning. Manchester, after all, is not New York. The headboard of the bed broke as I was getting into bed (sadly no lurid stories here, just poor maintenance). It was inconvenient. I informed the desk staff the following morning. The apartment (it remains strange calling a hotel room an 'apartment', despite its layout. I suspect it is something of an affectation) was a bit cold for me. Finally, for a hotel room, the layout is unhelpful. I simply did not need so much space and the bedroom - where I spent most of my time, was so small that the double bed reached the far wall making it impossible to walk past the bottom of the bed and the door was so close to the bed that when it opened it brushed past the bed clothes. Might it not have been more sensible to make the bedroom much larger and include elements from the sitting room into this bigger space. Of course then it would not be an 'apartment'.
Beautifully grand old building near the canals. Stayed here many times and it's always excellent; lovely cheap apartments offering every facility you could possibly want in a short term stay. Always clean, always a good nights sleep. Will continue to book here.
"Overpriced and claustrophobic "
Stayed one night. The room was clean and comfy but quite small. The corridors felt like the inside of a cross channel ferry -all hemmed in and and twisty. Even four floors up we could hear street noise. Staff was helpful. Location great. But £180 was too much to pay. Won't return.
Stayed here for 1 night in June, great location as myself and my friend were wanting to go out on Canal Street which is just across the street. Very close to the train and bus station which is also handy. We had an upstairs downstairs apartment with a bedroom with a double bed and a bedroom with two singles so was more than big enough for 2. Ladies at reception were nice so all in all a good place to stay...really the only downside was that the furniture was very dated, could do with being updated.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM