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Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa

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Why We Love It

  • The hotel is a couple of minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station & is "ideally located", according to The AA
  • It's one of Manchester's largest 4-star hotels & is housed in a quirky BT building
  • The spa boasts a thermal suite with a hot-rock sauna & a eucalyptus-scented steam room

"A real sanctuary" -- Cheshire Life
Enjoyed This
(18 Member Ratings)
"Ease of access to city"
Apr 16, 2018
Kendal, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is less than five minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, and within a 25-minute drive or train ride from Manchester Airport. It is just off the Mancunian Way, with easy access to major motorways. Parking is £20 for 24 hours, available on a first come, first served basis.

Rooms & Rates

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Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa is in the heart of the city, a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station. It is housed in "the striking curved former BT building at the gateway into the city centre" (Manchester Evening News), and dominates London Road with its unusual boomerang-like shape.

There is plenty to see in this city -- theatres and museums, the Opera House, Manchester Arena and Manchester Art Gallery -- all within a 25-minute walk of the hotel. Sports fans can be at Old Trafford in 10 minutes (by car), while those in search of retail therapy can head to the Trafford Centre shopping complex, within 20 minutes' drive.

The hotel's Scottish Steakhouse Restaurant serves prime beef cuts supplied by Scottish farms, which are grilled on the coal-fuelled Josper Grill. After a day of sightseeing, you can unwind in the lounge bar with its velvet sofas and plasma TV, and enjoy light bites or after-dinner drinks.

Cheshire Life describes the on-site spa as "a tranquil, dark oasis" in the city centre, and the thermal suite includes an ice igloo, heated loungers and a hot-rock sauna (extra charges apply). A range of beauty treatments are available, and there's also a Technogym.

All 338 modern bedrooms have Wi-Fi, and triple glazing to keep out the city noise.

From the press:

  • "The décor everywhere is smart, modern chic but there's a deliberate lack of uniformity" -- Cheshire Life



  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: There are no extra beds available.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Parking is subject to availability: £20 per car, per day.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(18 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.2 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Ease of access to city
Other Comments
Friendly staff. Comfortable rooms well insulated from busy main road.
Linda Apr 16, 2018 Kendal, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Its a beautiful hotel and staff are friendly.
Other Comments
I slept in the single bed but it wasn't long enough.
Radmila Oct 02, 2017 Kettering, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room and breakfast
Other Comments
I thought the gluten free options in breakfast were fantastic. Couldn't do enough for me. So thank you
Sally Aug 21, 2017 egremont, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The executive room was excellent.
Other Comments
The view and walk to town is a downside.
James Jun 02, 2017 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hasmita May 30, 2017 I, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfy bed and the views
Roger May 27, 2017 Llanbedrog, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was nice and spacious and the beds were comfortable and the locality from the station was good but too far away from arndale centre and M.E.N
Other Comments
The room was dirty, the shower drain was full of hair. I did report it to the hotel staff. For what I paid to stay the night I expected a lot better
Julie May 23, 2017 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel rooms and staff were great. The hotel staff could not do enough for you. Room was lovely spacious. The spa treatment was good
Other Comments
Just to say your spa could be greatly improved if the staff took the time and trouble to explain everthing. People were wondering around asking one another were to go what to do. There was plenty of staff around the desk but no one unless you asked was really that helpful. This was my treat for three friends who have not been to a spa and sadly just lacked a little. Sorry to say that but maybe my comments may help you improve things.
Margaret May 23, 2017 Bingley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast was really good. Nice large bath.
Other Comments
Bedroom a little dusty. Lift not working part of our stay, we were on the 8th floor. Odd Tea cups not matching in bedroom. We tried calling the hotel prior to our stay and phone rang for over 3 minutes, no answer.
Jason May 21, 2017 Cheshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything ! The huge beds , the views from the Windows, everything you could think of was provided , great breakfast , great staff.
Other Comments
Having only one small lift and 8 floors made it difficult to get up and down to our room. Also we had trouble finding how to get into the car park ( but staff helped )
Susan May 21, 2017 Lancashire, United Kingdom

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