The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
Graham Clark, Features Writer
They describe it as Manchester's leading luxury hotel and they are not far wrong. Situated within easy waking distance of Victoria Station, which is handy if coming from Yorkshire, conveniently placed for the shops and theatres, one of the best things about the hotel is the friendliness of the staff.
Seeing that Manchester is a musical city, even the reception area has photos of the band James, the audience at the Stone Roses legendary Spike Island gig and the logo of Factory Records.
On the 6th floor where my Superior River View room was there was a photo of Madonna who made her British TV debut from Manchester at the Hacienda Nightclub. The photo was taken at the said club. Even Morrissey gets a photo too. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now he sang, which could be further from the truth in this luxury haven in the city.
The restaurant at the hotel was very busy with fellow guests. I was served by a fellow Yorkshireman, Daniel who was great company seeing as I was dining on my own due to my partner being unwell and unable to make the visit. His humour, knowledge of the menu and Yorkshire wit (even if he does live in Manchester now) made up for me dining solo. Great company, not intrusive, but there when you needed him. It was like meeting up with an old friend.
It is a wide and airy restaurant: the selection of warm artisan breads were crisp, warm and fresh. The Pistachio Crusted Rosary Goats Cheese didn't have too much pistachio as to disguise the taste of the goats cheese.
My main of 10oz Cheshire Sirloin was cooked to perfection whilst my dessert of Bramley Apple Trifle was a delight. Breakfast is served buffet style in the restaurant with hot or cold food, a wide quality section to set you up for the day.
My Superior River Room was spacious, best of all was the comfy bed though. Good sized bathroom but I was surprised not to find a rain shower (instead of a shower over the bath) which seems to be the norm these days. Good selection of toiletries.
The Wi Fi speed wasn't the quickest I have experienced, but ladies would like the plentiful hanging space in the wardrobe to hang their dresses and coats.
With an on site spa and gym to burn off all those extra calories consumed you have everything you need in this quality hotel, but really it's the northern friendliness of all the staff I met that make the Lowry special.
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
Telephone 0161 827 4000
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The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, 25th January 2018, 15:45 PM