ABode, Manchester

This Andrew Brownsword Hotel features Michael Caines restaurant and is a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly Station in the centre of Manchester.
I loved this map in Reception showing the ABode locations.

Situated in an old Victorian cotton merchant’s warehouse it has kept many original features including wonderful parquet flooring, large round supporting pillars and cornices on the ceiling. In keeping with the style of the building there was a very industrial feel to our room with lots of chrome lighting and all the wires showing. The sort of look I’ve seen in budget hotels but yet it suited the room and actually felt fashionable and quirky rather than cheap. I loved the big photo picture on the back wall over the bed of a pile of books.

The internet had mentioned a hospitality tray of local goodies in the room, this turned out to be the usual tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits… I do feel that was wrongly sold to me and had actually been the main reason I’d chosen Abode over Malmaison which is across the road. There was the addition of filter coffee but still not quite what was advertised and even the biscuits were made in Berkshire which is definitely not local to Manchester. I had booked a double room via http://www.Otel.com and I think we were in what’s designated as a Comfortable Room so not sure if that would have made a difference to this being in the room or not. The other rooms were named Desirable, Enviable and Fabulous. I’m presuming the rooms got bigger with a bit more added luxury with each name change.

Free wifi, freeview television and Sky Sports and a DVD player are in each room.

I’m a big fan of good quality bedding, quilts, pillows, towels and toiletries in my room. There was a soap and shampoo/bodywash in our room along with a facecloth. A bit of a disappointment though in the hotel information it states there’s also body lotion, hand cream, vanity kit and shower cap… I didn’t get chance to ask for those at reception. We’d travelled light just bringing deodrant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and make up remover with us. Also available though at a charge are mending kits, dental kits and shaving kits. Good quality quilted toilet roll in the bathroom.

A huge shower head is an added bonus in a good quality hotel but no good for girls when there isn’t a shower cap in the room! Note to hotel managent… girls don’t always want to wet their hair!
The air conditioning cooled the room down very quickly and is something a lot of hotels still haven’t added yet and really does make a difference to guests on warm days.
The Michael Caines Restaurant was awarded two AA Rosettes in 2013-2014 and their cuisine uses the freshest seasonal and local produce and ingredients. The Executive Chef is Robert Cox. Lunch and Dinner is served Monday to Saturday. This restaurant and bar are situated downstairs on the lower ground floor.

The Michael Caines Champagne Bar is adjacent to the Fine Dining Restaurant and is open Monday to Saturday for champagne and cocktails away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Bar and Grill by Michael Caines is open seven days a week for breakfast and full A La Carte. Michael Caines’ philosophy is that great food should be accessible to everyone. This is on the ground floor adjacent to the hotel reception.

Our breakfast was lovely and there’s definitely a high standard kept by the kitchen staff. The best hotel breakfast we’ve had for a long time. Tasty and good quality ingredients and piping hot! A continental buffet with enough choice for anyone, juice, tea and coffee. Mr C was brought a huge pot of tea and I had a good sized cafetiere of delicious thick coffee. Mr C ordered a full English and I ordered Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon instead of ham. My Eggs Benedict were perfect so huge compliments to the kitchen staff.

A nice late checkout of 12noon and the facility to leave your bag and collect later.

We stayed 26-27 June 2014 in room 102.

A few small points:
Our iron had been removed from the room.
A crack was in one of the cups in our room.
No local produce hospitality tray personally chosen by Michael Caines as quoted by Otel.com
A chip in Mr C’s breakfast plate.
Room was very compact, hard to manoeuvre round the bed due to my mobility problems. More designed for a business traveller than a double occupancy room.
Shower caps should be in the bathroom.

ABode Manchester
107 Piccadilly
M1 2DB

0161 247 7744




I have not been asked or paid to make this review. All comments are my own.


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