I stayed a night at the best luxury hotel in Manchester - there was even a Nespresso machine in the room
A blustery autumn night saw us welcomed into this award wining hotel located in a vibrant part of Manchester
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The award winning Hyatt Regency Hotel stands tall on Manchester's Booth Street West, looming over bars, restaurants and university buildings alike. On a damp and drizzly night, my girlfriend and I were warmed up with a stay in this eye-catching hotel.
The hotel was recently named as the ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the City of Manchester Awards. The hotel has gained a good reputation, and it's one which we experienced to a fine degree.
The night had come when we reached the hotel’s reception, and a chance to warm up inside the tall-ceiling entrance was appreciated. A smooth and friendly check-in ended with us receiving a key card to our room, which was far more than just a great view.
Perched up on the 17th floor, Manchester was buzzing down below with people in fancy dress taking in one of the countless Halloween parties ongoing throughout the city. The room itself could be enough to distract you from even the nicest of views, however.
A large kitchen and living room space was topped off with a comfy corner sofa, stylish table and worktop, and the true crowning glory was our own Nespresso coffee machine- this would see action after a good night's sleep. The main event of the evening was a three course meal in the hotel’s stunning restaurant.
‘The Laureate’ is a fitting name for the eatery considering it is surrounded by buildings of both University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. After being shown to our seats we had the pleasure of meeting the Assistant Venues Manager of Hyatt Hotels Manchester, Locus Law, who along with waiting staff provided an engaging and relaxing experience.
We were told about the worldwide food inspirations which the restaurant puts into its menus and were soon shown that the venue could very much walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
The meal kicked off with a mezze (£16), which was a delightful mix of crunchy vegetables and tasty dips. The blend of sauces went down a treat with the warm pieces of pitta bread, and what made it even better was enjoying the starter with one of the restaurant's cocktail range.
My favourite of the two I tried was called ‘The Elements’, which had a sharp taste of gin mellowed by a sweet punch of pineapple. ‘The Scientist’ is another which is aesthetically pleasing to say the least. The drink is brought out to you with a green colour, but an extra component is added which turns the drink purple in front of your eyes.
The main course was next up, and I went for the Prawn Biryani (£26). The dish had a zing of spice but could be balanced at your own pace with a cool yoghurt which held just a hint of lime. The rice was just enough and the small piece of poppadom added a crunch amongst the smooth curry.
The dessert menu was small but packed with delights, I opted for the lemon tart (£10) whilst my girlfriend went for a true Mancunian option. Called the 'Manchester Bee' (£10), the dish was a sweet tribute (in both senses of the word) to the city symbol. A small honey parfait with bee pollen complimented with a piece of honeycomb to round off the themed vibe. The honey is even produced by Manchester bees, making this dessert a real local favourite.
Before the dessert, the chef was introduced to us by the assistant manager. It was a real pleasure to be able to thank him for an amazing meal in person, and it was a very special experience for us.
The meal wound down to a relaxing, food filled lull and the final sip of a cocktail was a perfect finishing touch. We had been wined and dined, and the end of the night meant we returned to our luxury room.
The King sized bed made for one of those ‘dead to the world’ type sleeps, and a refreshing shower was followed up with a taste from our very own Nespresso coffee machine. I sipped and watched out the window as Manchester came to life below me.
The views are even better in the daytime, with both the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford visible amongst various other Manchester landmarks. It looked breezy down on the city streets, but my coffee kept me warm ready for a day in the office.
Yet not before we tucked into the vast breakfast buffet the hotel provides. Fresh orange juice, pastries and all kinds of cooked food and cereals greet you as you make your morning stroll into 'The Laureate'. Getting filled up before a day out on the bustling Manchester streets is highly recommended, as is a stay at this wonderful hotel.