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The Lowry Hotel Manchester

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5 star room
25 June 2015
Price: £119.00

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The Lowry Hotel Manchester - Review

Lowry Hotel, Manchester.

The Lowry Hotel first opened its five-star doors to an astonished public in April 2001, becoming Manchester's swankiest hotel at the same time. Football teams, pop stars and celebs of all shapes and sizes instantly adopted it as their place to stay whilst visiting the city, although the competition is increasing with the arrival of the Radisson Edwardian and plenty of other fancy hotels that are popping up as Manchester's international reputation rises and rises.

The Lowry (located surprisingly far away from the Lowry Centre in Salford Quays) offers the very highest quality accommodation, facilities and services including 165 bedrooms (six riverside suites and the Presidential suite), the glamorous River Restaurant and adjacent River Bar, the Library, a relaxing spa and fitness centre and dedicated conference and banqueting floor.

The Charles Forte penthouse suite is the most prestigious hotel room in Greater Manchester, with stunning panoramic views of Manchester and Salford. The master bedroom has dressing room, a huge bathroom and large walk-in wardrobe while the spacious reception lounge boasts a plasma screen television and Grand Piano with a separate area for dining. A butler and private chef are also on call to prepare any in-room dining and entertainment requirements.

First Impressions...

While the Lowry is very close to the city centre (certainly walking distance), its location is a little obscure and isn't particularly easy to find from Deansgate unless you know the area. Another worthwhile warning is that the adjacent river is hardly an area of outstanding natural beauty, so any visitors with Riverside rooms should not expect a babbling country brook to look out on.

That said, the view is still a bit nicer than industrial Salford on the other side. However, amongst the rather gloomy surroundings, the hotel stands out even more as a stunning piece of futuristic architecture, making an impressive first impression when you pull outside. Valet parking is of course available, though as the car park is so near to the front door, it is hardly very necessary.

The reception is strikingly modern and designer Olga Polizzi certainly takes your breath away as you walk in. Of course, this grandeur would all fall apart without decent service from the staff, and despite their rather odd and drab uniforms, they are clearly very well-trained and eager to assist from when you first step foot in the hotel to the day you check out.

The Rooms...

As you'd expect from a member of the Leading Hotels Of The World, the rooms at the Lowry are very spacious, very deluxe and very modern, although it has to be said that there are some small signs of wear and tear four years after it opened. There was even a tiny drop of what looked like blood on my bed-sheet, which would obviously be rather off-putting to most people. The rest of the room was pretty spotless though, so maybe we'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Lowry Hotel, Manchester- Bedroom image.

With ceiling-to-floor windows at one end of the room, the only shame is that the views from the Lowry hotel (apart from possibly the more grand suites) aren't particularly spectacular. However, there's plenty to look at in the room, with modern artwork hanging over the bed and in the bathroom, while there is a table and a chaise lonque if you fancy chilling out with a complimentary Tatler.

The beds themselves are huge, though the gap between the two mattresses can be a little irritating and make you wonder why the hotel didn't just buy super king size mattresses. However, there can be no denying the comfort of the mattresses that are there, which manage to tread the line between 'too firm' and 'too soft' superbly well. There's also plenty of pillows of various shapes and sizes available to help you get a good night's sleep.

There is a very large walk-in wardrobe with full-length mirror and all the usual accompaniments as well as bathrobes, hairdryer, etc. The bathroom is very plush with a good power shower and the option of a 'bath butler' if you fancy having chocolate-dipped strawberries with some champers while you soak. Room service has plenty of options as well the ultra-luxurious breakfast-in-your room, where it is brought up on a table for you. Nice...

Marco Pierre-White dining room. Lowry Hotel.

What Else Is There To Do?

The 126 cover River Restaurant offers a wide selection of contemporary international cuisine and has views over the River Irwell, though as previously stated, that isn't necessarily a bonus. As you would expect, the menu is very pricey and won't appeal to anyone with less refined tastes, but there's plenty of options in the city centre for dining out, so that is hardly a problem.

The adjacent River Bar and Library create a great area for relaxing, meeting friends or enjoying a bite to eat with a modern, light menu and a wide variety of cocktails and other drinks throughout the day. The Terrace offers dining 'alfresco' with a view during the warmer months, or if you are particularly brave, in the winter.

For business guests the hotel boasts a self-contained floor dedicated to meetings, conferences and banqueting floor with a separate entrance at street level. The floor includes a fully equipped business centre, a dedicated wood panelled boardroom and a variety of conference and banqueting suites, which are able to service gatherings of between five and 600.

The Lowry Health Spa has six large treatment rooms offering a wide variety of rejuvenation solutions for both men and women, creating a perfect spa synergy of technology and traditional healing. For guests who like to keep fit there is a fully equipped gym with the latest equipment for aerobic and anaerobic exercise, as well as a free weights and stretch area. The local area also features numerous jogging and walking routes.

To Sum Up...

When it opened, The Lowry Hotel was clearly Manchester's premier hotel, but with competition now coming from the Radisson Edwardian, it might have to work a bit harder to attract visitors, particularly as it is not in as favourable a position for convenience or views. However, for service and style, you will have to go a long way to beat the quality you'll find here.

The Lowry Hotel Manchester

The Lowry availability for next 3 days

5 star room
25 June 2015
Price: £119.00

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