The Lowry Hotel is the first five-star hotel in Manchester, so if you`re looking for good old fashioned `quality` service, large spacious sleeping accommodation in a modern contemporary setting then this is the place for you. There`s also another fantastic plus and that`s the hotel`s location. This chic hotel is situated on the banks of the River Irwell in the recently developed Chapel Wharf and just 5 minutes walk over the bridge you arrive at Deansgate where you can find fabulous restaurants and shops galore, just a stones throw away!
The River Restaurant
I stayed at The Lowry on business a few weeks ago and I found my stay there incredibly comfortable – the hotel staff were extremely helpful, warm and friendly without being stuffy or pretentious. They were young, cool and looked well presented too; attention to detail relating to their corporate branding was noted!
During my stay I made use of the spa and upon my arrival I booked the Lowry Signature Total Body Care treatment, which included an exfoliation followed by a deep full body and scalp massage. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive, as some therapists that work in hotels don`t seem that qualified but it was one of the best treatments I have ever had and just what I needed – by the end of it I felt completely relaxed. Ask for Holly if you`re in any doubt.
What made it even better was being able to carry on the pampering in my room with making use of the luxury Ren skincare products. My sizable bedroom was comfortable and welcoming and I noticed it was equipped with the latest facilities for business and leisure guests including two phone lines, voice messaging, high-speed Internet access, interactive satellite TV, an iPod docking station, a minibar and safe. I also loved having my very own walk in wardrobe, it`s a shame I didn`t get chance to do too much shopping and do it justice. Apparently there are great views from some of the bedrooms over the river but sadly mine overlooked the car park so it might be something you have to request when making a reservation.
The hotel plays host to corporate events, private dining occasions and offers some of the most exclusive reception spaces within the city. There are some fantastic meeting rooms for large or smaller groups and a business centre for guests to use. For our meetings we had booked a table in The Library, which is a more informal space located next to The River Bar and Restaurant. However, luckily for us we experienced a heat wave so we found a spot on The Terrace, which was an absolute suntrap all day – we couldn`t have timed it any better! It was relaxing and the girls made sure we were topped up with enough refreshments and nibbles throughout the day.
Afterwards, I decided to dine in my hotel room and made use of room service on a couple of occasions but if you have a big appetite it would be advisable to dine outside of the hotel, as the portion sizes of the meals are something to be desired. However, they satisfied me and I could watch TV, have a bath and chill, which is something I rarely get to do at home. Overall, a lovely chic hotel in a great location.
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