With Mother’s Day just around the corner I recently decided to take myself off on a little spa trip, because being a fur baby mamma is hard work. OK, I just wanted a spa day and used that as an excuse, can’t blame a girl for tying, huh? However as I don’t drive it’s sometimes a stressful trip to get to a spa, as most seem to be in the countryside or very far out of town. The Manchester Macdonald Hotel & Spa is pretty much bang in the middle of Manchester city centre though, so it made it the perfect choice for me; good train links, close to the station and overall easy to get to… Unless you follow Google maps which leads you on a 20 minute walk of Manchester. Top tip, if you take the train leave by the side exit at Piccadilly station and the hotel is literally a 1 minute walk.
I was booked in for a day at the spa with a facial, followed by a stay in the hotel for the evening and had been looking forward to it for weeks. However, a few days before I managed to catch a cold and was not in the best of ways, just my luck. I arrived at the beautiful spa a hot, sweaty & bunged up mess to be greeted by a tranquil oasis. The spa is adjoined to the hotel but at the far end, so it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel. After checking in at the spa and filling out my client form it was off to the changing rooms to get in to something more spa like – a big fluffy robe. I did feel a little self-conscious at this part, as I am around a size 18 and just knew I would have a problem with the robe fitting, which I did. I asked if there were any bigger but that was as big as they went. It covered my modesty, but just gaped a little at the crotch part, but I had bikini bottoms on so I wasn’t too exposed.
On my return to the spa I spoke to the therapist and explained I was full of cold and that a facial might not be the best for her or myself. We agreed to a pedicure as then she didn’t have to get to close to my sneezes and I could carry on breathing through my mouth. I was then left to relax in the Tranquillity Room whilst awaiting my treatment. The pedicure was amazing, and just what the Dr ordered. It was lovely to just lay out on the bed whilst being pampered, and I much prefer the format of the pedicure being done whilst your laid propped up slightly, instead of the usual done in a chair. Once my pedicure was completed I was free to explore the spa, so after heading back to the Tranquillity Room to allow for my nail polish to dry I decided to do some exploring.
Unfortunately as I had a cold I couldn’t really use the other facilities as I didn’t want to pass my germs on to others; a sauna is probably a colds best friend. The facilities are stunning from what I saw, and I will certainly be back to check out the ice rooms, eucalyptus room & salt therapies. It is worth noting that the spa doesn’t house a swimming pool, but that’s no bother to me as I am all about the relaxation.
After my little adventure around the facilities it was time to head back to the room to get ready for dinner. The rooms in the Manchester Macdonald are stunning, and I was very lucky that I was placed in a Panoramic Junior Suite so had a giant room with views all across Manchester city centre. The rooms all come equipped with an LCD TV, wifi, hairdryer, coffee making facilities (Nespresso, no less) and a mini bar. My room had both a large bath and walk in shower too, although there were no bubble bath minis and I had forgot to pack something from my Lush haul.
You would think that with it being a city centre hotel, and quite a large one that it would be noisy, but I seriously did not hear any traffic or noises from other guests. The rooms are very quiet and not even the wind whipping outside could be heard through the triple glazing… I could do with that at my apartment.
The on-site restaurant is one not to be missed, especially so if you love steaks and burgers. I’m a veggie so was expecting there to be literally one option for me, but surprisingly there were a few. The soup of the day comprised of meat, but they very kindly offered to make me a veggie butternut squash & ginger soup, which I could quite easily have had a bucket of as it was that nice. For my main I opted for the veggie burger with home cut chips, which was enjoyable. Despite being fit to burst I also opted for the cheesecake for afters, because cheesecake – need I say more? Even though I did not try the steaks I can confirm they are very tasty, as several people sat nearby had them and were very complimentary on the quality. The prices are pretty standard restaurant prices, which considering it’s inside the hotel was surprising. They also have a dine for £25 menu which includes some specials and comprises 3 courses.
Overall I would certainly recommend all aspects of the Manchester Macdonald, especially the beds – sooooo comfy. I can’t wait to go back to the spa and try out the fire and ice facilities when I am not full of cold. If you’re looking to treat your mum for Mother’s Day there’s a Winter Warmer package that starts at £59.50 per person and includes a Cocoa Bean Candle massage, use the spa facilities for the day, a take home Cocoa Bean Candle and some yummy hot choc & shortbread.
The spa is open Monday to Sunday from 8am – 8pm