The Lowry Hotel is the only great hotel in Manchester and part of The Leading Hotels of the World. This Rocco Forte Hotel is was my second in the chain, and I was excited to experience much after a great stay in Florence in 2011. I arrived late and received a warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
I stayed in a standard Deluxe Room which was overall lovely and very comfortable. The bathroom, unfortunately, didn’t have a separate shower, but instead it had my favourite REN products which is the preferred amenity among many travelers I’ve met. The bed was comfortable, and everything was kept in a simple design. The internet was included as part of my package, but the internet is not complimentary in the hotel that is a big negative touch point.
The service is always the most important thing, and The Lowry didn’t disappoint. Professional run and great staff in all areas. I was very impressed, and The Lowry were in many ways comparable with the best hotels I’ve stayed in European cities. 165 rooms is just too much to deliver personalized service and the reason the 5-star city hotels almost never can compete with the small country hotels from an experienced port of view. In the city you are there for different reasons while country hotels are destinations hotels, you travel there because of that specific hotel.
The stay ended with a truly great breakfast. High-quality items in the buffet and great, attentive service as well making a very impressive last impression of the hotel. The bottom line is The Lowry Hotel is the only great hotel in Manchester, and if you can afford it it’s an easy decision. There are more valuable choices, but they are far from the level of Lowry, having visited Manchester in the past before this project started.
My opinion: Great experience.