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This has to be the best hotel in Manchester. We stayed for a weekend in November and from the time we checked in the whole experience was fantastic. Our room was very spacious and with two extremly comfortable double beds. The bathroom was modern, spacious and very clean. We enjoyed a fantastic meal in the restaurant, which was very good value for money. In the morning we enjoyed a lovely full english breakfast which again was good value and set us in good stead for the day. The location of the hotel is ideal with China Town as it's neighbour and great shops like Harvey Nichols and Selfridges only a short walk away.
I know that when I next need a hotel in Manchester this will be my first choice.
Why This Hotel... ??
I normally stay in hotels in South East Asia and USA, but never in my own Country, the UK ! Anyway, I found myself staying in Manchester last week, and decided to book the Arora just because of the normal accurate reviews on Tripadvisor. Big mistake. On first impressions the hotel is nice and has a modern feel about it, and the rooms also look modern and comfortable. I booked into the exectutive room at a rate of stg.120.00. However when you scratch under the surface there are too many problems for my liking. The hotel has no car park, the room was absolutely freezing, the hot water was warm at best, you had to be a midget to fit under the shower, the tap attachments kept falling off and the restaurants represent typical English bad value for money. The only plus points were the very friendly receptionsit and the comfortable bed. I will never stay at this hotel again.
Probably best 4-star choice
This is probably the best four star option in Manchester, a city that has three of the worst hotels in the UK (Jarvis, Britannia, Thistle). It is markedly cheaper than the two five stars (Radisson, Lowry) and well placed for leisure or business.
It has a lot going for it. It is brand new, so everything is clean and modern. The bar and restaurant (Obsidian) is one of the trendiest in town (book a few days advance at weekends or you won't get a meal) and the breakfast is very good. Our Executive Room was a decent size for a city hotel (30 sq m) on the third floor with decent light as it overlooked the street but high enough to avoid street noise. Good size bathroom as well.
However .... like another reviewer, we were downgraded on arrival. If your confirmation says "Executive ... large sitting area" you have booked one of the four Executive Rooms. These are as described above and have a sofa and a chair. We were given a normal Premier Room with was dark (side street view) on the ground floor and relatively small. I assume the standard rooms are even smaller. It took the intervention of the manager to get us the room we had booked, with the desk clerk refusing to admit he was wrong. Take your confirmation with you and brandish the bit about "Large sitting area" if they try to fob you off with anything else.
In general, all it needs is a bit more attention to the 'extra bits' in the room. Why only one bathrobe? Why no body lotion? Why no booklet explaining check-out time, breakfast serving times etc? Why was the mini-bar empty? None of these things are reasons not to stay here, but they irratated a little given that an Exec Room is usually ������195 / night during the week.
After nearly being bumped out of this hotel i dealt with a very efficient Manager who reinsated my booking after computer failure.
The hotel is really asy to find and very central.
I was pleased with the room, very modern, extremely clean and I had a small seating area. The window opened (novel in some hotels) but it wasnt noisy at all.
I arrived back late and was disappointed that the main room service menu ended at 10.30 pm and you could only get cold sandwiches after this time- i did find a very good kebab shop just on the corner which made up for it.
The bathroom was absolutely lovely and had a really deep bath and great shower. However, no bath robes and limited toiletries.
Interestingly the mini bar didnt have anything in it so i was pleased that i had bought a large bottle of water with me !!
The TV had a small selection of satelite chanels.
Overall a really nice clean modern hotel but a bit lacking in some areas...worth a vist tho if you are on business and just want somewhere really clean and quiet to stay.
Loved my stay
Am just back from a lovely stay at the Arora. Staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is very central and the room was lovely as was the breakfast.
Will look forward to my next visit and will only be staying there when I visit Manchester.
Stayed in the Arora for weekend, comfortable bed, clean room, a little on the small size. Parking was at least a 10 minute walk away which was a nusiance particularly as it was was raining. There was no mini bar in the room, complimentary tea/coffee in room was in short supply as were the towels. Room was cold. Central to shopping, museums and china town. Having stayed in other 4* hotels this was only worth a 3* at the most.
good- but could be better
Nicely sited for Chinatown, this hotel is smart looking but lacks some special touches. Stayed in queen size room, which was not that big and looked a little empty due to lack of furnishings. Empty mini-bar and no CD player in room were a let down (usually found in hotels of this type).
The foyer has some funky seats which are coloured orange but are not designed for sitting on for more than 5 mins.
Staff were nice enough, and room service was prompt.
As mentioned in previous reviews the shower was a little low and the sink was quite low too. The shower/bath controls were a little confusing.
On the up-side the basement bar is very flash and contained some very stylish people ( other than me!), sells any cocktail to care to ask for and will empty your wallet rapidly. Overall i was a little disappointed, there has got to be better hotels than this in Manchester.
Needs a good manager to fulfill its potential
Quite a few niggles about this hotel. One hand towel supplied each day, short supply of tea/coffee/milk, plastic cups in bathroom, no glasses supplied in room, no minibar, constant noise of fan, very poor service at breakfast, bored and untrained staff. The hotel restaurant menu is not appealing and is very expensive. The hotel has a great location, with plenty of restaurants close by, good bus and tram service. Plan to leave your car in the multi storey car park (50% discount for hotel guests) during your stay. The breakfast buffet is good, lots of fresh fruit, toast and poached eggs on demand. Need to ask for more tea and coffee.
Good hotel, loved the restaurant
Decent hotel in Central Manchester - very handy for China town. Hotel is owned by Cliff Richard but don't let that put you off! Hotel rooms are nicely furnished and the staff were very helpful.
Special mention for the hotel restaurant - called Obsidian - we had an absolutely fantastic meal here ... also dining that night were four Man United first team players with glamorous ladies and at another table was City's Steve McManaman and wife. The restaurant food was great and the restaurant manager told us that it is a favourite with man United players who had their Xmas bash there. Ask for one of the half-moon booths as these are the best tables.
Both hotel and restaurant are recommended.
I have just come back today from this Hotel. It is lovely!! Very clean! Very modern, not always to everyones taste, as sometimes we prefare traditional! But it is a nice/gorgeous modern. Cliff Richard's hotel too! Bedroom/bathroom was lovely, large and exceptionally clean! White sheets and absolutely fab!! bed and pillows!! I would love to know where to buy these from? Even no dust above the pictures!! :-) dont we all?? Tele has 24 hour movies that you pay £6.95 a day for. A fridge, a safe, a hairdryer, an iron and board, power shower, kettle etc, air con, internet access, smoking rooms, gym, near to amenities. You have to walk to car park though, about 4 minutes, but get that half price. Not enough coffee or sugar in the room though and receptionist gave a look! when I asked for more. Staff were brilliant though, friendly, well mannered and helpful. Later on a male member of staff offered me fresh milk! but that was 5 hours after my extra hadn't arrived! But the hospitality and approach was brilliant. Restaurant gorgeous but expensive. I suppose a negative would be the price, it is a little expensive and breakfast is an extra £12.50. Would definately stay here again though. Can't wait in fact! Must be best hotel I have stayed in so far! If you go to Manchester you must try here and the bed!!!