This is a Roomzzz Manchester review for anyone considering trying out the “aparthotel” when visiting the city.
There are more and more aparthotels now as, increasingly, people want to do their own thing, make their own food and not be tied to local cafes or the hotel’s restaurant for food.
It’s also, probably, a response to the growing popularity of Airbnb and other sites that enable people to stay in proper apartments when they go on holiday. With an aparthotel, they argue, you get the best of both worlds: your independence and also a concierge to help you when needed. Plus there is regular cleaning so you don’t have to bother about that either.
I visited the Roomzzz Manchester but they also have one in Chester, Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham. They tell me they are planning to set one up in London too.
the Roomzzz idea
The Roomzzz hotels are ‘Aparthotels’, in other words, they offer self-contained apartments rather than just ordinary hotel rooms. You have a kitchenette as well as the usual bedroom and bathroom so that you can do your own cooking if you don’t feel like going out to eat.
The Manchester venue also offers a DIY breakfast in the foyer for anyone who wants it including fruit, tea and coffee, pastries and water. It’s a good addition and if you’re the hungry sort you can have as much as you want.
The Foyer also has a mini food shop where you can buy essentials like soup, pasta and Pringles! As the kitchenette has a microwave as well as a two-ring hob, toaster and kettle, there’s a lot that you can make for yourself to eat, even if you can’t get to the supermarket (there’s a Tesco just down the road and other supermarkets within easy walking distance).
The hotel is an impressive, Grade II listed building on Princess Street which is in the centre of the city, about five minutes walk from Piccadilly station and even closer to the trams. You can walk to most places from there (it took me just 10 minutes to walk to the lovely Royal Exchange Theatre) and taxis will come very quickly if you need one.
Before I got to my room I assumed it would be rather like a Holiday Inn Express place which everything that you need but nothing too fancy.
I was wrong. I had a really impressive, very large double room with a four-poster bed (!), kitchenette, fabulous bathroom with a double shower, huge living space and a TV that could be twisted round so that you can watch it from anywhere in the room.
The decor is modern retro and it has the extra (to me, very welcome) touch of both blackout blinds and shutters on the windows. Add that to the really comfortable bed and you’re in for a good night. Having said that, I did have to turn the fridge down before going to sleep as you know what fridges are like? Once they start trying to cool further they make an awful buzzing noise.
And there is an even more luxurious option at the top of the hotel which is the penthouse suite with walk-in wardrobe and sumptuous four-poster bed. This deluxe apartment, which sleeps four, is fitted with a second bedroom up on the mezzanine level, accessed via a vintage staircase. You can share the experience with a couple of guests or the kids.
My verdict for the roomzzz manchester review
My two nights at the Manchester venue cost £189 which was pretty good for that location and that room.
Not only that but I saved on restaurant bills by being able to make my own meals whenever I wanted.
Want to go there?
For the Manchester Roomzzz go to their website to find out about the different rooms and offers they have.
You can also call 020 3504 5555 for reservations there or at any of the other cities.
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