The Hilton Manchester Deansgate is a highly-regarded four-star hotel that takes up the lower 23 floors of Manchester’s tallest building, the 47-storey Beetham Tower.
It is a modern hotel that takes advantage of its position inside the tallest building in England outside London with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide brilliant city views from all rooms.
The 279 hotel rooms are split between standard and executive rooms.
Standard rooms have queen-size beds, a work desk, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with Peter Thomas Roth toiletries.
The more expensive executive rooms on levels 17–22 have all the amenities of the standard rooms plus a better view and a larger (king-size) bed. Guests staying in executive rooms also have access to the exclusive Executive Lounge on the 23rd floor that has complimentary breakfast, snacks, drinks and Wi-Fi (wireless internet is NOT free inside the guest rooms).
Access to the Executive Lounge (for guests staying in executive rooms) is a bit hit and miss as there is a maximum number of guests allowed on the 23rd floor and opening times for the Executive Lounge are staggered to accommodate the Cloud 23 bar, which also shares the same floor.
Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.
The ground floor Podium Restaurant and Bar is a bright airy space with a menu that you would expect from a four-star hotel and this space is also used for the hotel’s excellent buffet breakfast.
There is also an afternoon tea lounge and a sky bar, Cloud 23, high up on the 23rd floor that offers some of the best views in Manchester.
The hotel’s four-storey annexe features one of the few hotel swimming pools in Manchester. The 20m (65 ft) pool features a glass floor that lets you look down to the street. The hotel also has a steam room, sauna and gym.
Criticism of this hotel revolves mainly around the overpriced minibar, which is to be expected for a hotel in this price range, and the fact that Wi-Fi wireless internet access is not free, unlike most other hotels in Manchester.
The hotel is in the southern end of the city centre, close to Deansgate railway station (a three-minute walk from the hotel). It is less than a 10-minute walk to Spinningfields (Manchester’s financial district), 15 minutes to the Central Retail District and the Arndale Centre and a 10-minute walk to Manchester Piccadilly railway station. The immediate area is quite interesting and features a lot of restored brick warehouses that are now home to bars and restaurants. The Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink tram stop is right outside the hotel.