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
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’