3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

Short break - Macdonald Hotel Manchester

PUBLISHED: 20:37 28 June 2015 | UPDATED: 19:32 24 October 2015

Manchester Macdonald Hotel and Spa

Manchester Macdonald Hotel and Spa

not Archant

Its exterior looks like a huge office but once inside the Macdonald Hotel Manchester, it’s a bit of a treat

Manchester Macdonald Hotel and SpaManchester Macdonald Hotel and Spa

I like the four star Macdonald Hotel and I really didn’t expect to. My preconceptions were no doubt fuelled by its office, almost industrial style exterior dominating the section of London Road near Piccadilly Station.

It’s pretty huge and has 338 bedrooms and suites – the largest number of hotel rooms in the city.

I checked in for an overnight stay with an afternoon of treatments in the Spa and dinner in the Scottish Steak Club restaurant and was immediately impressed by the classy service. Pleasant front of house staff were keen to chat and check that everything was fine and personal touches continued throughout my stay, elevating the hotel to more than another corporate resting place. Clearly, many residents are business travellers, so close as it is to the rail network, but it has many nice touches.

Macdonald seem to have taken tips from the best boutique hotels. The decor everywhere is smart, modern chic but there’s a deliberate lack of uniformity. My bedroom, with a fantastic view over the station and beyond, boasted dark velour curtains, a chenille bed throw, beautiful ornate lamps as well as a Savoy-style bathroom...and wifi of course.

Manchester Macdonald Hotel and SpaManchester Macdonald Hotel and Spa

The Scottish Steak Club is proud of its highland roots, showcasing the very best in 21-day aged cuts of beef sourced from Scotbeef and an array of flavoursome dishes prepared using the best ingredients by talented chefs. Service is fine dining but there’s a relaxed ambience that attracts Mancunians dining out as well as hotel residents. The menu is far from being devoted to steaks: there’s a wide range of fish and even several vegetarian options. I enjoyed a starter of light, crispy fishcakes with caper mayonnaise (£7.50), followed by Desperate Dan lamb shank pie with creamed potatoes and buttered carrots (£18). I could have had haggis, but wasn’t feeling adventurous. But I had just enough room to enjoy some ice cream from Cheshire.

I can recommend the Spa too. It’s a tranquil, dark oasis in the basement, using mainly Elemis and Jessica products. I enjoyed two treatments with therapist Yvonne: the Face and Body Sensation (£70) which left my skin glowing with health and the Modern Skin Facial (£70). I particularly like the large relaxation area here and the fact that it’s so quiet.

Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa has just been awarded a Chairman’s Choice Best Luxury Hotel award. I can see why.

Manchester Macdonald Hotel and SpaManchester Macdonald Hotel and Spa

Macdonald Hotel Manchester,

London Road,


M1 2PG

Tel 0161 272 3200


More from Out & About

Want a des res in Hale or Hale Barns? You are not alone. Why is this such a sought-after area?

Read more
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

This month’s walk takes us from Lymm to Thelwall and back, calling at a unusual ferry port.

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wilmslow is one of the most desirable places to live in the region. Is it because of the beautiful countryside that surrounds it? These walks that are all within a five mile radius of the suburb suggests it could be the case.

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

Our county boasts a whole host of historic properties, each complete with fascinating stories, beautiful grounds and lavish interiors.

Read more

Malpas residents are preparing special commemorations to remember the fallen soldiers listed on the Malpas War Memorial

Read more
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fragrant flowers, fabulous garden designs and some poignant exhibits meant the 20th RHS Tatton Flower Show was blooming marvellous

Read more
RHS Tatton
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Local Wildlife Sites cover about six per cent of the county and are vital to many declining species and habitats. Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Rachel Giles explains the threats they face

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A day combining idyllic weather and action on the field was enjoyed by over 100 guests at Cheshire Polo Club in Tarporley

Read more

History and heritage are everywhere in Crewe and Sandbach, but these ancient towns are also embracing the new

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Property Search