The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
THE HOTEL:The Lowry is Manchester’s first five-star hotel and remains a landmark in the city, its impressive steel and glass façade on Chapel Wharf housing 165 rooms and suites.
THE CHECK-IN: Arriving late at night after a long journey, a staff member immediately came out to meet me in the car park to transfer luggage then informed the check-in desk of my arrival so I was ready to go up to my room in minutes. Swift and painless.
THE ROOM: I had a deluxe king room which featured a 32-inch flatscreen TV, iPod docking station, minibar (which was better than most, including fresh milk for your tea and coffee), and a safe that can house a laptop. The room overlooked the side of the hotel across to Trinity Bridge and the Irwell River. The décor was muted but very tasteful, there was oodles of space everywhere, with a giant, hugely comfortable bed that I wish I could have bought and taken home. A minimalist theme continued into the marble bathroom where there were REN products, a powerful shower, plenty of large towels, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers. A table and chairs by the window added to its appeal.
THE FACILITIES: If you want to impress, meet contacts for drinks in the River Bar. Sip the signature Ten Thymes mojito-style cocktail as you scan the river views or step out onto the terrace if the weather’s kind. Signature steaks are big at the River Bar and Grill restaurant but there’s plenty more options from chef Andrew Wilkie’s menu. The Lowry’s spa offers a mass of treatments and has a sauna.
HE BUSINESS: The hotel has a dedicated conference and events floor with 15 flexible spaces, from the Grand Ballroom for up to 400 theatre-style down to a number of small meeting rooms. The DDR is from £45 per person for a minimum group of ten. There is a decent business centre and free wifi access throughout the hotel.
THE VERDICT:It’s the stand out, glitzy hotel of the city, a grand, slick operation that doesn’t let you down. The service was second to none, the rooms modern, light and luxurious and the location – minutes from the hubbub of Manchester city centre – is wonderfully convenient.
THE DETAILS::The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearman’s Place, Manchester, M3 5LH. Room rates start from £189 per night room only. see: www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-lowry-hotel
Reviewed by Dinah Hatch (2014)