There are so many places in the UK I would love to visit and explore. I have to admit to only recently getting around to exploring London even more as you might have seen over on my Instagram page. One place I wanted to visit was Manchester. I had a quick visit in 2017 to the Blog On Conference with Tracey from One Frazzled Mum but I didn’t really get to see much of the city due to it being a quick overnight trip. When we were invited to stay at Staybridge Suites Manchester on Oxford Road in the heart of Manchester I was so excited to go and be able to check out the city as a family.
Staybridge Suites Manchester
The suites, located two minutes from Oxford Road are nestled in between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University Campuses. A place to live rather than a place to stay, Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites are one of the UK’s first dual-branded ‘double-decker’ hotels.
Around the hotel
With Studio and One-Bedroom suites to choose from when staying at Staybridge Suites Manchester, you can enjoy home comforts and features such as a fully equipped kitchen and a fireplace with free Wi-Fi throughout.
You can also take advantage of the following during your stay too:
- Microwave Oven
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Icemaker In Refrigerator
- Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes
- Work Desk With Lamp
- Desk Level Electrical Outlet
- Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk
- Wireless Internet Available in Rooms, Suites, Business Center, Public Areas and Meeting Convention Spaces.
- Standard Wireless Internet service is free for all members
- Phone with Voicemail
- Flat Screen TV
Our Stay At Staybridge Suites Manchester
We travelled to Manchester by train after stopping off to visit Nick’s parents first. Sienna was very ill on the journey up and was being sick quite a lot. Luckily on the day we were getting the train, Sienna felt much better, it was like she had never been ill at all! This was such a relief as it meant she would be able to enjoy the trip with us and not worry about being ill during our visit.
When we were on the train, Bella then started having the same symptoms that Sienna had. I was so worried she would get it but there was nothing we could do. She had already got it and she ended up vomiting on the train. This was our worst nightmare. Poor Bella was feeling awful! I felt so bad for her. Luckily, the hotel isn’t far from Picadilly station so we took an Uber to make it easier and quicker for Bella.
When we arrived at Staybridge Suites Manchester, I explained the situation and they were so understanding and caring. Bella only wanted to be in the room lying down. She definitely seemed to be suffering a lot more than Sienna did bless her.
Reception on the 18th Floor
The reception was located on the 18th floor and it was amazing. It was so big and the views out across Manchester were stunning. Of course, having Bella unwell, we didn’t hang around and quickly got checked into our room. We had a one bedroom suite which was 2 rooms with an adjoining door to open them up into one big suite. This is perfect for families.
I think having a super comfortable suite at their 15th floor really helped Bella to feel comfortable. It was like being at home because the suite had a kitchen and a living area with a tv, 2 big bathrooms and huge beds. It was definitely a good first impression. And the views were spectacular from the room too.
That night, we were booked in to see a pantomime but we couldn’t make it due to Bella being unwell. It was a shame but these things happen and it couldn’t be helped.
Due to us staying in our room with Bella, Nick took Sienna to the shop. The Pantry is open for groceries 24 hours which is so handy to have within the hotel. Luckily, like Sienna, Bella was fine the next day so it seems they both had a 24-hour bug. This meant we could enjoy Manchester without the girls being ill.
Exploring Manchester And Experiencing Staybridge Suites Manchester
We started our day off by having breakfast. It was delicious. We went to the restaurant The Laureate which has a lot of great reviews. They had a buffet with everything you need. We loved it.
Because Bella had dirtied her coat on Friday when she was unwell we tried using the laundry room to wash it and it was great! We didn’t use the drier so we left the coat air drying and bought a new one from H&M so she had something to wear as it was pretty cold and wet whilst we were in Manchester. However, we got some sunny spells during the afternoon on Saturday.
Floor 18th Views
We wanted to explore Manchester on Saturday but before we left the hotel we went to the 18th Floor where the check-in is located as well as an amenity room with tv, family games as well as drinks. The girls loved this floor and we stayed there for a few hours before we went out walking around Manchester.
We came back a little bit too late to sit down at their restaurant so we ordered food to the room. We ate some crackers with a selection of cheeses and ice creams for all. It was really nice. We decided to get comfy in bed and watch the TV. It really felt like we were back at home and not staying in a hotel.
On Sunday we went to have breakfast which was lovely again. We took our time and enjoyed the views before heading back to our room to pack before checking out. We spent time on the 18th floor again before we headed back to the station to head home.
We had a wonderful time despite the girls being unwell. We loved our stay at Staybridge Suites Manchester and really recommend it. It’s perfect when travelling with kids. We really felt like it was home from home.
Have you been to Manchester? Have you stayed at the Staybridge Suites?
*Disclosure: We were invited to stay at the Staybridge Suites for a couple of days for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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