The Piccadilly hotel began welcoming guests in 2015 and has since became popular with both tourists and businessmen. A stones throw away from Piccadilly station, a short walk to the city centre and a 20 minute drive to the airport makes Motel One the perfect base for exploring Manchester.
We were greeted by Ishah who instantly made us feel welcome and excited for our stay. Whilst waiting to check in we gazed around at the beautiful, modern and quirky decor, trying to make comparisons between the Newcastle and Manchester lobby. Ishah’s passion for Motel One showed as she enthusiastically explained the reasoning behind the gold wall mounted worker bees, a symbol of Manchester’s industrial past.
There was a bit of confusion on my behalf whilst checking in as I thought I had paid online whilst booking our room but it was explained that they only take card details at the time of booking and don’t take any payment until arrival.
Our request for a high floor was met and we were glad to discover our room was on the second highest floor, level 12.
Our room had a very comfortable Queen sized bed, wide screen TV, coffee making facilities and ample space to hang our clothes for our short stay. There were plenty of sockets in the room and the hairdryer was the most powerful I’d ever used in a hotel!
The small but lovely granite bathroom had a large rain shower, luxurious towels and refreshing mint shower gel which was also available to purchase and take home from reception. Although the bathroom lacked toiletries we would normally expect at a hotel, this didn’t bother us as they aren’t always necessary and perhaps this is how they keep the costs of the rooms down?
The Bar & Lounge
Upon entering Motel One, we were instantly impressed by the decor in the bar and lounge area. With lots of unique and inviting seating areas, interesting lightning and an impressive bar, it was a great place to relax with a drink or two!
One of the highlights of staying at a hotel is the breakfast and Motel One certainly didn’t disappoint with their continental buffet for £9.50. Guests can enjoy a range of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, pastries, meats & cheeses as well as hot and cold drinks in the dining area.
There were lots of little quirky touches that made breakfast even more enjoyable. There were hand drawn bees on the egg shells to show which were soft or hard boiled and one of the waiters even brought a basket of freshly cooked croissants round to the tables so guests could enjoy them whilst they were still hot.
We had a fantastic stay and would definitely return or stay at other Motel One’s around the country. Being a designer, I loved the subtle hints in the decor that were symbolic to Manchester and the enthusiasm and passion that the staff showed towards the hotel. Motel One offers a comfortable and stylish stay at a budget price!