The Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel was originally built as a warehouse in 1844, located on the banks of the River Irwell the hotel has a historical charm that will appeal to both business and leisure travellers. The building displays a lot of the old architectural detail including original oak beams and exposed brick work. The contemporary decor works well mixing the old with the new.
Located a short pleasant stroll from the city centre makes the hotel a quiet but convenient place to stay. The Coronation Street Tour, the Museum of Science & Industry and two of the city’s biggest theatres are close by.
The 148 newly refurbished rooms feature luxury amenities for a comfortable stay including high speed internet access, flat screen TV’s with cable, 24 hour room service and tea and coffee making facilities.
The V&A Restaurant is a brasserie style dining venue offering international fare and river views while the lounge bar is a more casual affair with a good selection of beers, wines and spirits, a selection of light snacks and an outdoor terrace.
As a Marriott Rewards member I was given the option to use online check in which I did, I was sent a text on the day of arrival to say that my room was ready and available. Upon arrival I was greeted by a friendly member of staff and given my key quickly. Within a few minutes I was up in my room. A very efficient and hassle free check in.
I stayed in a standard twin room with two queen size beds although I had requested a king bed but none were available. My room was on the third floor and was spacious, there was a large desk area and plenty of space for suitcases etc. My only gripe was that because of the two beds it made it difficult to get in and out of the wardrobe, nothing major, just a minor irritation. The room was clean and was kept that way for the duration of my stay with tea and coffee being replenished everyday.
One thing I hadn’t really considered was that as this is an old building the ceilings can be quite low, now I’m only 5’10” and my head was nearly touching the ceiling in the shower, just something to be aware of although it does give the room character.
The bathroom itself was a typical Marriott bathroom with all the usual complimentary products. It was clean and functional. One problem I did have was on the last morning I turned on the shower and while I was waiting for hot water the whole shower attachment that was fitted to the wall shot off, the bathroom was covered with water and I was minus a shower. Luckily it didn’t hit me.
Overall apart from my shower mishap I found the room to be very comfortable and as usual my Marriott bed was excellent and I slept really well.
Restaurant & Bar
The V&A Restaurant is located just off the lobby and offers some really good deals if you don’t fancy going out, when I was there they had a two course Sunday lunch with a half bottle of wine per person for £15, good value I thought.
The restaurant is brasserie style and so the menu offered is a good varied balance of different international cuisine, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Watch out for breakfast offers too if it’s not included in your rate.
The Lounge Bar is next to the restaurant and is a reasonably priced place to grab a drink, a light snack or a coffee. If its your thing traditional afternoon tea is also served here. There’s also a nice outdoor terrace overlooking the river to relax on after a busy day out.
The hotel doesn’t have its own gym or swimming pool which was a little disappointing however they do give you free access to the local Bannatyne’s Health Club & Spa which is a five minute walk away.
I found the staff here to be friendly and very efficient. The front desk staff were great in answering questions about transport and attractions and were always happy to give directions where needed.
The bar and restaurant staff were also very nice and seemed genuinely happy doing their jobs. As mentioned earlier housekeeping kept my room clean and tidy and were very cheery whenever I saw them.
In My Opinion
I enjoyed my stay at the Victoria & Albert Marriott in Manchester and thought it was a good, comfortable hotel that fulfilled my requirements on this particular stay. It suited me because it was far enough away from the noise and hustle and bustle of the city centre and yet easily walkable to access it when needed. Definitely somewhere I would choose to stay again.