$89 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 24, 2014 Check-out: Aug 25, 2014

Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

4 stars
3-5 Portland Street, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 6DP
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
60 reviews
birthday break

My husband and I stayed overnight on 14/7 for my birthday and wished we had booked for longer. The... See full review

  • tilly2shoes
  • Jul 17, 2014
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
  • Jul 12, 2014
Business-friendly and centrally located across from Piccadilly Gardens
This central location across from Piccadilly Gardens and near Arndale Center gives business and leisure travelers reason to choose The Portland Thistle, Manchester (formerly Thistle Manchester). Major renovations have transformed the interior, while the exterior maintains an old world charm. Just Gym, the on-site fitness center, offers workout equipment and a pool. On the street level, the Portland Street Restaurant and Bar serves British and European cuisine. Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) is available throughout The Portland Thistle, Manchester.
Highlights
  • Top ranked business hotel in Manchester
  • Afternoon tea service available for business meetings
  • Walk to Arndale Center, the largest city-centre shopping mall in the U.K.
Rooms
All guest rooms and suites at The Portland Thistle, Manchester are spacious and tastefully decorated in a contemporary style. Large, flat-screen televisions, high-quality linens and Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) are the standard. Suites offer additional space including separated sitting areas as well as upgraded amenities, including bathrobes, Jacuzzi tubs and large work desks.
Features
A top choice by business travelers in Manchester is also a great option for vacationers. The central location puts The Portland Thistle, Manchester guests near Piccadilly Station, Anrdale Center and The Lowry. The Opera House and the Palace Theatre are nearby, as are Lancashire Cricket Club and Manchester United Football Club. The recently renovated hotel also offers diversions on-site. Just Gym, the fitness center at The Portland Thistle, Manchester, offers state-of-the-art equipment for working up a sweat, and an indoor pool for a few laps. The menu at Portland Street Restaurant and Bar features British and European cuisine. Nine tastefully appointed meeting rooms with high-tech equipment, Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) and a helpful staff at the ready practically guarantee successful business meetings. Nearby parking is available for a fee.
Transportation
  • Piccadilly Station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Manchester Airport (10 mi/16.1 km)
Attractions
  • The Palace Theatre (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Opera House (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Bridgewater Hall (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • The Arndale Center (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Manchester United Football Club (3 mi/4.8 km)
  • Lancashire County Cricket Club (3 mi/4.8 km)
  • The Lowry (3 mi/4.8 km)
Business
  • Nine meeting and conference rooms accommodating up to 300 people
  • Wi-Fi Internet service available (fees apply)

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.

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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 center 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

Nearby points of interest

  • Piccadilly Gardens: 0.1 mi
  • Canal Street: 0.2 mi
  • Piccadilly Tower: 0.2 mi
  • Manchester Chinatown: 0.2 mi
  • Alan Turing Memorial: 0.2 mi
  • Sackville Street: 0.2 mi
  • Manchester Art Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Craft Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Arndale: 0.3 mi
  • Chinese Arts Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Band on the Wall: 0.4 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.4 mi
  • Manchester King Street: 0.4 mi
  • Albert Square: 0.4 mi
  • Palace Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Piccadilly Gardens: 0.1 mi
  • Canal Street: 0.2 mi
  • Piccadilly Tower: 0.2 mi
  • Manchester Chinatown: 0.2 mi
  • Alan Turing Memorial: 0.2 mi
  • Sackville Street: 0.2 mi
  • Manchester Art Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Craft Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Arndale: 0.3 mi
  • Chinese Arts Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Band on the Wall: 0.4 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.4 mi
  • Manchester King Street: 0.4 mi
  • Albert Square: 0.4 mi
  • Palace Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Exchange Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Manchester Wheel: 0.4 mi
  • Printworks: 0.4 mi
  • Exchange Square: 0.4 mi
  • St Anns Church: 0.4 mi
  • Triangle: 0.5 mi
  • Urbis: 0.5 mi
  • Cornerhouse: 0.5 mi
  • Free Trade Hall: 0.5 mi
  • Manchester Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Dancehouse Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Green Building: 0.5 mi
  • Bridgewater Hall: 0.5 mi
  • Manchester International Convention Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Manchester Arena: 0.6 mi
  • M.E.N. Arena: 0.7 mi
  • Opera House: 0.7 mi
  • Beetham Tower: 0.7 mi
  • Mamucium: 0.7 mi
  • Manchester Aquatics Centre: 0.7 mi
  • Peoples History Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Granada Studios: 0.9 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 0.9 mi
  • Manchester Apollo: 0.9 mi
  • Manchester Museum: 0.9 mi
  • Jewish Museum: 1.1 mi
  • Contact Theatre: 1.2 mi
  • Manchester Academy: 1.4 mi
  • National Squash Centre: 1.4 mi
  • Whitworth Art Gallery: 1.4 mi

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.

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.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the 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 (60)

Ratings and reviews for Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
60 out of 60
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.8

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Deedee84
United Kingdom
Jul 30, 2014

Great location!!!

Perfect location for our stay in Manchester! And fantastic value! Room had everything we needed. Couldn't really ask for anymore.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
tilly2shoes
Middlesbrough UK
Jul 17, 2014

birthday break

My husband and I stayed overnight on 14/7 for my birthday and wished we had booked for longer. The hotel on first impression was first class. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, explained the amenities and even showed us some of the best places to eat as this was our first time in Manchester. When we got to the room we were not disappointed. tastefully decorated and very clean. the bed was spot on really comfortable and even though ear plugs were supplied they were not needed as the outside environment was quiet. I would definitely book this hotel again when we return to Manchester and would recommend it 100%.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Laurs
Isle of Man
Jul 12, 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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Manc Athlete
Cheshire, UK
Apr 22, 2014

All good

Great location for a night out. Staff and room just the job.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Rickyramen
London
Mar 22, 2014

Wouldn't recommend

We had stayed over for a night.The price of the hotel room after discount was over 100 punds, but the room was very ordinary. There were stains on the bed sheet's section which over hung from the mattres. There were stains on one of the pillows as well. I had to go to the reception to collect tooth brush kit. I guess if you are paying over 100 pound for the a very standard room the least that one should expect is quality service.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

lots of eating places around the piccadilly centre.

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
FRESH from AUS
kirribilli, Sydney
Dec 28, 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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Annieb
Liverpool, UK
Sep 10, 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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jenbern
australia
Jul 19, 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
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
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
JJ Julius
Business
London
Jul 11, 2013

Good Value

Room is small, but others than that everything is fine. Better value than other similar hotels.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Tissy Carroll
Dublin Ireland
Apr 25, 2013

Was not happy

Poor customer service. Arrieved at the hotel to be told my reservation had been cancelled, which I had no knowledge of.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
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