Brooklyn Manchester Hotel Review | CN Traveler

The service

Friendly staff – some looking a bit Peaky Blinders in flat caps, suspenders and bow ties, others in smart three-piece suits – were well coached by ex-British Army chief executive Paul Bayliss. If you want, you can do the recording on iPad.

For families

While it certainly looks like a hotel for millennials (of all ages) and Saturday night revelers, it’s also very adaptable, with family rooms and rooms that can be interconnected. Kids will love the playful design and cinema in the lobby; teenagers will particularly appreciate the restaurant’s trendy menu. And being right in the heart of the city means family favorites like the Lego Discovery Centre, Museum of Science and Technology and National Football Museum are just steps away.

Eco-effort

Chandeliers are made from recycled bottles, and there are bamboo toothbrushes and ethically sourced toothpaste and soap in the bathrooms.

Club room at the Brooklyn Hotel

Accessibility

This is where Hotel Brooklyn really shines, with 18 rooms designed to meet the needs of guests with physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities without skimping on style – and as a result, winning a Blue Badge Accessibility Award and a Catey Accessibility Design Award. The Bespoke team brought in accessible design firm Motionspot, who added integrated handles on the sinks, removable grab bars, easy-open doors, remote controls, accessible storage in the bedroom and a winch hidden in the ceiling. As Motionspot founder Ed Warner puts it, “There are around 14 million people living with a disability in the UK and there’s no reason why accessible facilities should be any less stylish than other areas of hotel.” Staff have also been trained to meet the needs of guests with wellness or mental health issues.

Anything else to mention?

High rollers might want to try their luck at the nearby casino, Napoleons. The dog friendly rooms have a kennel on the terrace or inside and a canine menu. The rooftop bar, aptly named Brooklyn Heights, can be rented out for private parties.

Is it worth it?

Yes, it’s a very affordable hotel that doesn’t take itself too seriously and puts you right in the thick of the action — those after a more reclusive stay may want to look elsewhere.


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Sandy A. Greer