A des­ti­na­tion to ex­plore

For many the Mar­riott Manch­ester Air­port Ho­tel is more than a ho­tel, it’s a des­ti­na­tion in it­self Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018 Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018

Cheshire Life - - Travel - Mairead Ma­hon John Cocks

Many of us think an air­port ho­tel is just some­where to spend the night be­fore catch­ing a flight but that’s cer­tainly not the case with the Mar­riott Manch­ester Air­port Ho­tel in Hale Barns: far from it. This gor­geous, land­mark ho­tel has re­cently un­der­gone a multi-mil­lion pound, lux­u­ri­ous re­fur­bish­ment and – as a re­sult – has be­come a des­ti­na­tion in its own right and is well worth ex­plor­ing. It wel­comes guests who want to en­joy a break; those who want to cel­e­brate; food­ies; fit­ness and beauty fans; ro­man­tic cou­ples and yes, of course, trav­ellers.

‘We go that ex­tra mile to en­sure they feel wel­come and re­laxed be­fore jet­ting off,’ says Ho­tel Sales Leader, Chris Pilling. ‘We’re flex­i­ble with lug­gage ar­range­ments, ve­hi­cles can be left in our car park and im­por­tantly, rooms are beau­ti­fully quiet. So, even if the flight is a dreaded red eye one, guests will have had their full quota of sleep – we’re of­ten asked if we’re on the flight path and I’m glad to re­port that we’re not!

‘To be hon­est, our ho­tel is favoured by cabin crew and, that’s about as good a rec­om­men­da­tion as there is,’ adds Chris, who en­sures there is a free of charge Mercedes mini-bus ser­vice to the air­port, sit­u­ated less than two miles away.

Some trav­ellers are tempted to can­cel their flight, join­ing those who are en­joy­ing ex­tended stays at the ho­tel and who could blame them? The dé­cor whis­pers un­der­stated lux­ury: floor­ing which in­cludes oak her­ring­bone; beau­ti­ful flo­ral and plant ar­range­ments; com­fort­able seat­ing from leather ban­quettes to in­di­vid­u­ally up­hol­stered chairs and a bright, wel­com­ing re­cep­tion area.

As one might ex­pect, this sense of style is also in ev­i­dence in all 215 bed­rooms: Chris has sam­pled them all! ‘It’s a hard life but some­one has to do it,’ laughs

Chris who is happy to re­port that they all pass muster.

Rooms in­clude fam­ily and day rooms, as well as the pop­u­lar deluxe rooms. These of­fer two dou­bles or one king size decked in lux­ury li­nen, down com­forters and ex­tra thick mat­tresses that even the princess in the fairy story would be hard pressed to feel a pea un­der! Once out of bed, there is a large TV with free view chan­nels; a desk with in­ter­net and Wi-fi and, in the ad­join­ing bath­room, fluffy tow­els and top notch toi­letries. All rooms have 24-hour room ser­vice, as well as house­keep­ing, iron­ing fa­cil­i­ties and air con­di­tion­ing.

For those who want to treat them­selves a lit­tle more, there are ex­ec­u­tive rooms – com­plete with ex­tra re­lax­ing space – and ju­nior suites, which of­fer an ex­tra room. Guests in these rooms can also take full ad­van­tage of the se­lect Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge. This amaz­ing space, with a su­per ar­ray of food and bev­er­ages, al­lows guests to work or re­lax.

When it comes to din­ing, the Mar­riott Manch­ester Air­port Ho­tel is at the top of its game.

‘As well as guests who are stay­ing with us, our din­ing fa­cil­i­ties – San Carlo’s and Brasserie Blanc – both have out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tions that at­tract both lo­cals and those who travel from much fur­ther afield. Din­ers can see food be­ing pre­pared; it’s a real sense of theatre and it changes sea­son­ally in or­der to present the best pro­duce.

The drinks menu is su­perb, es­pe­cially the as­ton­ish­ing cock­tails that range from clas­sics to lesser known ones such as Rhubarb and Honey Mar­tini. ‘We have out­door din­ing spa­ces too and yes, there are heaters,’ smiles Chris.

Celebrity spot­ting is one way to pass the time in the Mar­riott Manch­ester Air­port Ho­tel but don’t over­look the re­mark­able leisure fa­cil­i­ties that in­clude a 20 me­tre in­door pool; whirlpool; sauna; so­lar­ium; plunge pool and a fully equipped gym with highly trained staff and fit­ness classes. The Four Sea­sons Spa wel­comes clients from all over the North West and has a menu of al­most ev­ery type of treat­ment there is, from man­i­cures and fa­cials to cou­ple’s hot stone mas­sage. There is even a re­lax­ation room at­tached, where one can just sim­ply be.

‘We’ve been told that peo­ple look for­ward to stay­ing here more than their hol­i­day and I guess that’s why so many re­turn to just spend time here,’ says Chris who, with the team, has trans­formed this lux­u­ri­ous space into one of the re­gion’s sought af­ter des­ti­na­tion ho­tels. Why go away: it’s all here!

‘We’ve been told peo­ple look for­ward to stay­ing here more than their hol­i­day and I guess that’s why so many re­turn to just spend time here’

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