US$87 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 22 Feb 2015 Check-out 23 Feb 2015

Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

4 stars
3-5 Portland Street, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 6DP
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
28 reviews
Excellent 2 days stay

We found the Thistle in Manchester to be an excellent hotel. Very pleasant staff, good food and... See full review

  • Laurs
  • 12 Jul 2014
birthday stay for sister in law

Booked two rooms one for my partner and I plus my brother and his wife. Stay was great, you can... See full review

  • FRESH from AUS
  • 28 Dec 2013
The Portland By Thistle Manchester Hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of the city, opposite Piccadilly Gardens and minutes from the Arndale Centre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Cathedral and the Town Hall. It occupies one of Manchester's grand Victorian buildings which has recently has a 3million refurbishment. It is convenient for visiting the nearby Museum of Science and Industry and the Granada TV Studios.
General

Hotel has all visitors could possibly need - an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym at the Otium Health and Leisure Club, a business centre, currency exchange and valet parking. Whether you want to visit the Opera House or Chinatown, the hotel is right at the centre of the action in this vibrant city.



Location

Located on Portland Street, Hotel is a short stroll from Piccadilly railway station and a 20-minute drive from Manchester Airport. It is within easy reach of Manchester United Football Stadium at Old Trafford, the G-Mex Convention Centre and Jodrell Bank Observatory.



  • 16 km to the Airport (Manchester)
Dining

The Portland Street Restaurant and Bar offers a choice of dining from bar snacks to home-cooked British favourites, accompanied by an extensive wine list.
Rooms

The 205 rooms at The Portland By Thistle Manchester Hotel are tastefully furnished with air conditioned comfort, tea and coffee making facilities and high speed Internet access.

Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland Rooms

Standard Single
Our Standard Single rooms have everything you need for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Quiet and welcoming they are decorated in a warm and welcoming colour pallet, and are perfect for any solo traveller. BT Openzone Wi-Fi, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV with Freeview Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Trouser Press Work Desk
Standard Double
Our Standard Double rooms have everything you need for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Modern, bright and decorated in warm, welcoming colours, they all have ensuite bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries. BT Openzone Wi-Fi, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV with Freeview Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Trouser Press Work Desk
Standard Twin
Our Standard Twin rooms have everything you need for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Modern, bright and decorated in warm, welcoming colours, they all have ensuite bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries. BT Openzone Wi-Fi, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV with Freeview Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Trouser Press Work Desk

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Indoor pool
Fitness centre or spa
Fitness Center
Solarium
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Currency exchange
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Wheel chair access
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Ramp access to buildings
Brailled elevators

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Hotel Map

53.4801 -2.2353
Area served
Manchester.
Nearby airports
Manchester International Airport (MAN).
Area description
Located right in the city center, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens and a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly station, The Portland is one of Manchester's premier hotels for business and leisure guests.

Nearby points of interest

  • Piccadilly Gardens: 0.1 km
  • Canal Street: 0.3 km
  • Piccadilly Tower: 0.3 km
  • Manchester Chinatown: 0.4 km
  • Alan Turing Memorial: 0.4 km
  • Sackville Street: 0.4 km
  • Manchester Art Gallery: 0.4 km
  • Craft Centre: 0.4 km
  • Arndale: 0.5 km
  • Chinese Arts Centre: 0.6 km
  • Band on the Wall: 0.6 km
  • Town Hall: 0.6 km
  • Manchester King Street: 0.6 km
  • Albert Square: 0.6 km
  • Palace Theatre: 0.7 km
  • Piccadilly Gardens: 0.1 km
  • Canal Street: 0.3 km
  • Piccadilly Tower: 0.3 km
  • Manchester Chinatown: 0.4 km
  • Alan Turing Memorial: 0.4 km
  • Sackville Street: 0.4 km
  • Manchester Art Gallery: 0.4 km
  • Craft Centre: 0.4 km
  • Arndale: 0.5 km
  • Chinese Arts Centre: 0.6 km
  • Band on the Wall: 0.6 km
  • Town Hall: 0.6 km
  • Manchester King Street: 0.6 km
  • Albert Square: 0.6 km
  • Palace Theatre: 0.7 km
  • Royal Exchange Theatre: 0.7 km
  • Manchester Wheel: 0.7 km
  • Printworks: 0.7 km
  • Exchange Square: 0.7 km
  • St Anns Church: 0.7 km
  • Triangle: 0.7 km
  • Urbis: 0.8 km
  • Cornerhouse: 0.8 km
  • Free Trade Hall: 0.8 km
  • Manchester Cathedral: 0.8 km
  • Dancehouse Theatre: 0.9 km
  • Green Building: 0.9 km
  • Bridgewater Hall: 0.9 km
  • Manchester International Convention Centre: 0.9 km
  • Manchester Arena: 1 km
  • M.E.N. Arena: 1.1 km
  • Opera House: 1.1 km
  • Beetham Tower: 1.1 km
  • Mamucium: 1.1 km
  • Manchester Aquatics Centre: 1.2 km
  • Peoples History Museum: 1.2 km
  • Granada Studios: 1.4 km
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 1.4 km
  • Manchester Apollo: 1.5 km
  • Manchester Museum: 1.5 km
  • Jewish Museum: 1.8 km
  • Contact Theatre: 1.9 km
  • Manchester Academy: 2.2 km
  • National Squash Centre: 2.2 km
  • Whitworth Art Gallery: 2.2 km

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The largest function room, the Lakeland Suite, seats up to 300 delegates theater-style, or 220 for a dinner-dance; traditionally decorated and fully accessible, it's also one of Manchester's most popular wedding venues. The Suite can be split into two smaller rooms, each seating 65 people, if required.

Dining

Portland Street Bar
Offering a wide selection of drinks, light refreshments and meals, our Portland Street Bar situated on the ground floor, is the perfect place to relax with views over Portland Street and all the major sporting events on our big screen.
Portland Street Restaurant
Dine in comfort in our Portland Street Restaurant offering a range of British and European cuisine to suit all occasions and appetites.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (28)

Ratings and reviews for Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
28 out of 28
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
3.9
Comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.8

89% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
LeoLawyerTraveler
Business
Malta
7 Oct 2014

Super location, clean place to stay

The location of the hotel, in a great area of Portland Street, Manchester, is everything that counts about this hotel. We stayed here for four nights, the purpose of our trip was a party at a club and to watch a United game. Housekeeping rudely and incessantly knocked on the door EACH morning between 8:00am and 8:30am without fail, rudely stating that the 'do not disturb sign' was not on the door. In any case, we explained that for the duration of the trip we were to wake up late only to be hassled awake each morning by housekeeping before 8:30am nonetheless. Other than this nuisance by non-professional staff, the hotel was pleasant, clean and a great place to stay, though would consider some place else next time due to the unnecessary disturbances.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Close to shopping, train station, and restaurants

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Eddie the Banker
Business
Malaysia
17 Sep 2014

Improved Services

Glad to experience improved services from the counter staff who was friendly and efficient. My earlier stay two weeks ago refekcetd different customer experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Walking disctance within Piccadilly that offers everything a person would like to buy.

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Laurs
Business
Isle of Man
12 Jul 2014

Excellent 2 days stay

We found the Thistle in Manchester to be an excellent hotel. Very pleasant staff, good food and drink. Very clean and tidy and ina fantastic location for city centre.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
FRESH from AUS
Business
kirribilli, Sydney
28 Dec 2013

birthday stay for sister in law

Booked two rooms one for my partner and I plus my brother and his wife. Stay was great, you can hear the 'neighbours' but didn't affect our sleep. Currently . Reside in Australia and would recommend to people wanting to be central to everything in Manc. I over slept till 12.30 the next day with the hotel not even raising a brow - guess that what happens when you order room service (wine!) at 3.30am.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Annieb
Business
Liverpool, UK
10 Sep 2013

Ok for one night stay

The room was very small, although enough for us as we were staying only one night. I would not have wanted to stay in the room any longer than that. It was clean and reasonably quiet I could not get the air conditioning to increase sufficiently in temperature hence me and my husband woke early hours of the morning absolutely freezing. There was no explanation to tell us the car park was an NCP next door and I had to physically go to the hotel and ask as we spent 15 minutes trying to get through to customer services by telephone, as it is a national phone service for this hotel. The breakfast was not included but we paid. It is buffet style with a good choice but we had to ask for a hot drink and were eventually brought a pot of coffee. The waiter apologised that we had not been greeted into the restaurant when we had arrived and our drink order taken. The hotel served our purpose but if we had stayed longer than one night I would have been asking to be moved to another room!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jenbern
Business
australia
19 Jul 2013

Great central location but rooms small

Central location was very good , but the rooms were very small for the price paid. Also there was no parking included , but you could use city parking facility nearby. Close to all city areas so met our needs.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Use the free bus service available throughout the city. Hop on hop off at any stop. There are three different routes 1,2 and 3., that cover the entire city.

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Crofter
Business
Glasgow
2 Apr 2013

big but cosy city centre hotel

helpful staff, personal service despite the number of guests everything worked, happy to recommend

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

China town not worth visiting

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Claw
Business
Surrey
20 Feb 2013

OK but....

Room and bathroom a bit poky and walls too thin, could hear snoring next door. Otherwise clean and efficient, breakfast OK

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Gtantra
Business
Brussels Belgium
4 Feb 2013

Being in town!

Very good ratio price - facilities, i recommend a room at the back if you are a light sleeper as the front of the hotel is on a busy street

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Emmak
Business
Glasgow
28 Oct 2012

Very pleasant stay!

My friend and I stayed in a twin room at this hotel on our first visit to Manchester. The twin room was small but comfortable and there was enough room for us to maneuver around when getting ready for a night out. The room was basic, two beds, t.v and dressing table, however it was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was smaller than expected, but again it did the trick for us and there were no problems sharing it. The location was very central...we were just 5 mins away from the Arndale shopping centre and there were nice bars and cafes close by. At night we attempted to explore Deansgate, which is apparently the hub of night life in Manchester, however we perhaps ended up at the wrong side as we did not have much luck in finding bars, but we did go to a lovely Italian restaurant on Liverpool road and I think had we explored a little further we would probably have found some trendy bars close by...if only it hadn't been raining and freezing cold! Staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly....overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel for couples and friends looking for a central location to explore Manchester.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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