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Where to stay at Manchester airport

19 Dec 2022 by Mark Caswell
Manchester Airport Terminal 3

This month sees the opening of the Ibis Budget Manchester Airport, part of the £1 billion Airport City Manchester development which will eventually comprise offices, manufacturing and logistics facilities, hotels and retail.

The Ibis property will be followed by the Holiday Inn Manchester Airport in early 2023, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to take a look at some of the hotel options at and around the UK’s fourth busiest airport.

There are two main clusters of properties which could be considered “at airport” hotels – one to the north of the runways close to the the terminal buildings and rail station, and one to the west of the airport close to junction 6 of the M56. The latter are also situated on the easiest side of the airport to access the Runway Visitor Park.

In addition we have included some of the hotels within a few miles of the airport – and readers can also see our comprehensive round-up of new and upcoming properties in central Manchester (published in May 2022).

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Ibis Budget Manchester Airport

Ibis Budget Manchester Airport

The 262-room Ibis Budget Manchester Airport is located on Palma Avenue within walking distance of the airport’s terminals and rail, tram, bus and coach station, and features the brand’s latest “Reboost” design concept, with interiors inspired by “the urban sport universe and Manchester itself”.

Holiday Inn Manchester Airport

Also located on Palma Avenue, the 280-room Holiday Inn Manchester Airport is currently taking reservations from January 24, 2023. Facilities include Turkish casual dining restaurant Firin, and a seventh floor fitness centre.

Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport

The 360-room Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport is the only hotel directly connected to the Skylink – a covered moving pedestrian walkway that connects Terminals 1 and 2 and the rail station. Features include an indoor pool, fitness centre, British brasserie-style Collage Restaurant, and Little M Bar.

Clayton Manchester Airport

The 365-room Clayton Manchester Airport is located on Outwood Lane, a five-minute walk from the airport’s Terminal 1, although a free shuttle bus is also available. F&B options include Grill Restaurant and Aviator Bar.

Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Airport

Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Airport

The Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Airport lists itself as being a five-minute drive from the airport, with facilities including 230 rooms, a fitness centre and Mason’s Restaurant and Bar serving British classics.

Holiday Inn Express Manchester Airport

The 199-room Holiday Inn Express Manchester Airport is located on Runger Lane, just under two miles from the airport terminals and close to junction 6 of the M56. Facilities include the Great Room restaurant, and a sports bar with 84-inch TV screen.

Premier Inn Manchester Airport (M56 J6) Runger Lane North and South

Premier Inn has two hotels located next to each other (and adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express property above) on the Runger Lane development, around two miles from the airport and close to junction 6 of the M56. Both hotels have Thyme Bar and Grill venues, and share onsite parking chargeable at £10 per night for up to four nights.

Delta Hotels Manchester Airport

Delta Hotels Manchester Airport

Until recently known as the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel, this property was part of the move to reflag 23 regional UK Marriott hotels under the Delta brand. The property is located on the other side of the M56 from the Runger Lane hotel above, and features a spa with indoor pool and fitness centre, as well as French restaurant Brasserie Blanc and Italian eatery San Carlo Fiorentina.

Best Western Plus Pinewood Manchester Airport - Wilmslow Hotel

This 89-room Best Western Plus hotel is located in Handforth, around three miles to the east of the airport, and offers free parking subject to availability on arrival and valid for the duration of the hotel stay. Facilities include all day dining Restaurant One Eighty.

Airport Inn Manchester Hotel and Spa

Part of the Britannia Hotels group, the 126-room Airport Inn Manchester Hotel and Spa is located to the south of the airport’s runways, around four miles from the terminal buildings. Facilities include free parking for hotel guests, a leisure club with swimming pool, sauna, squash courts and fitness centre, and Terrace Restaurant, Bar and Lounge.

The Bulls Head Hale Barns

The Bulls Head Hale Barns (image from https://www.facebook.com/bullsheadhalebarns)

This 21-room pub and hotel is located just over three miles drive west of the airport in the village of Hale Barns, close to Ringway Golf Club. The pub serves breakfast until 1100, followed by main menu food until 2100.

The Stanneylands

The Stanneylands is located around four miles east of the airport in between Wilmslow and Handforth, and close to Styal Golf Club. The inn and hotel offers 56 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant with conservatory dining space.

Pymgate Lodge Hotel Manchester Airport

Housed within a former 17th-century coaching house, Pymgate Lodge is located around three miles north east of the airport, close to Gatley Golf Club. Facilities include free onsite parking and a conservatory restaurant.

Pymgate Lodge Hotel Manchester Airport (image from https://www.pymgate.com/)
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