Centrally based and offering a spacious and stylish accommodation as well as access to all of Manchester City’s best features, CitySuites Aparthotel Manchester is a perfect staying option for a visitor seeking to get a proper taste of what the city has to offer. If you are a business executive looking for between meeting exploration or a visitor seeking a city break filled with the surprise and joy of Manchester, you cannot beat city centre convenience.
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Opened in January 2022, and consistently rated the number one accommodation in Manchester, the Operations Director Gavin Bailey reveals they wanted to provide more than just a hotel room for short and extended stays.
“We wanted to provide a special ‘home away from home’ experience for our guests,” he says, “Giving them all the comfort and ease that one would find in an apartment while being central enough to enjoy all the conveniences of a city break.”
Indeed, CitySuites Aparthotel Manchester is one of the closest 5-star luxury accommodation options to Manchester Arena. This world-renowned venue is only a six-minute walk by foot, as is the central commercial district, which is populated by contemporary and boutique coffee houses, restaurants and shops. Visitors to the area quickly realise that Manchester is a city of layers that always provides something new and engaging for the traveller prepared to investigate.
There is a tremendous buzz around the area as the Arena with its daily events, regular shows, conferences and exhibitions draws in troves of people which feed the businesses of the central commercial district. Like a heart, all of the flavours that the city can provide is pumped through this central hub.
But, whether you’re visiting for a show or a tour, an event or conference or even just for the opportunity to watch the ever dazzling Manchester city at night, you can rest assured that the stay will start and end with some of the best luxury found in the city.
CitySuites Aparthotel Manchester has 237 apartment suites all offering an exceptional standard of design and luxury. Plush king-sized beds, contemporary kitchens and luxury facilities definitely give these apartments an attractive edge over some of the more hotel-styled competition in the area.
As standard, all guests have access to the onsite state-of-the-art gym, 18m swimming pool and the executive lounge and bar. Car parking is also available which is useful as it is unlikely a guest will need a car, with taxis being on call and with most things being within walking distance. The available apartment size options are Studio, One Bedroom or Two Bedroom suites.
“The apartments and rooms are decorated in a modern neutral style,” Gavin adds, “With an emphasis on high quality appliances and essential comforts such as the most luxurious beds with the crispest bed sheets and thickest pillows and the most invigorating showers.”
In particular, it is the attention to the small details that really makes CitySuites Aparthotel Manchester stand out. Being so close to the Arena means that be it a show, event or a tour, guests know that they can enjoy themselves fully without the anticipation of a long, arduous journey home filled with taxi delays and traffic.
THE VALUE OF CONVENIENCE
This convenience is exemplified perfectly when the Manchester Arena hosts a major show or event that fills it to its 20,000 person capacity, which is fairly regularly. After these events, guests staying at the CitySuites Aparthotel have the choice to linger in the city and see more of the sights. Perhaps venture out for some after-show entertainment or retire to an apartment that offers all the comforts of a home and none of the restrictions of a hotel. While their guests are enjoying a refreshing power shower or bath and climbing between crisp sheets on an epically comfortable bed, those who are not staying in the city will probably only just be getting into a taxi home or enjoying nose-to-tail post-gig traffic.
According to Gavin, their apartments always book up quickly when there is a big show, but there is more to the value of a city centre stay than just beating the traffic.
“It is about spending your time well,” he says, “Our aparthotel puts our guests within walking distance of most of the best of Manchester. They are automatically able to discover more of it, because they are not just travelling from one point to the next but are making a journey.”
HOW THEY MAKE IT HAPPEN
With accreditations such as the ASAP building and ASAP operator as well as a TripAdvisor Excellence award, CitySuites knows that nothing happens by itself and that in hospitality everything needs to be catered for. Gavin explains that there are over fifty members of staff working at CitySuites Aparthotel Manchester and that all of them are trained inhouse.
“As you would expect each department has a head manager,” he explains, “But we don’t employ any agency workers and all of our staff are in-house employed and trained. This helps us all to work as a unit, and teamwork in hospitality is essential, especially when you’re surrounded by the very pinnacle of Manchester City.”
While their hotel does quickly reach its guest capacity during functions at the Manchester Arena, they also host business people from around the world and business people travelling with their families for leisure activities.
“We have a great deal of return visitors,” he says, “People visit us for work and then they visit later and bring their families, we’ve become the Go-to hotel for many of our clients coming into the city which is what we’re aiming for.”
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
The apartments are self-catering, so guests are advised to be self-sufficient and bring the necessary groceries for their stay. Everything that is needed is within walking proximity.
PRICE: £125-£300 per night.
ADDRESS: 16 Chapel Street
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 0161 30 20202
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