I’ve seen an array of exciting restaurants and bars open up at Manchester’s Corn Exchange over the past couple of years, but thanks to the new Roomzzz Aparthotel, you can now stay over in one of best locations in the city. The final piece to the Corn Exchange jigsaw is now complete!
The new Roomzzz development is home to 114 luxury apartments at Manchester’s Corn Exchange, offering spacious suites for those city stopovers. And last weekend, I had the opportunity to stay in one of the plush suites and explore the newest place to stay in the city.
I was invited along to experience a stay over, as well as dine out and have a pasta making class in Manchester, to really experience a fun-filled weekend in Manchester, having Roomzzz as my base for the night. Excited? You bet…
Firstly, it’s refreshing to see this new venture unveil listed parts of the building which have been unseen by the public for almost 20 years. The original tiled walls and flooring details have been covered up since 1999 due to heavy restoration under the building’s former guise as the Triangle Shopping Centre.
I would say that Roomzzz have brought the old buildings retro charm back to life, and in fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s the main focal point. Beautiful iron stairways spiral through the two floors, lit with hanging wire lights, while traditional antique tiles showcase the old wall and floor features. It’s almost like taking a nostalgic trip back in time when walking the floors of the Aparthotel.
You’ll see exactly what I mean when you scroll through the photos on this blog post!
Our suite was possibly the furthest away room in the building from reception, so to get to it meant I had to walk around the triangle shaped building to reach it. Possibly a little tiring if you were loaded with bags, but for me I rather enjoyed the walk, admiring all the classic features and beams which had been refurbished and given new life. And not to mention the array of Manchester artwork which lines all the walls the entire way around the building – a lovely touch for those who are yet to learn about the city, and those born and bred Mancunians.
Once in the room, I was greeted by the loveliest little welcome touches, including a bottle of Prosecco, mini whiskeys and hot chocolate sets complete with marshmallows (because I did stay here when the temperatures plummeted!). But I had to say the personalised robes were a winner for me!
Is there anything better than getting all cosy in a white fluffy robe with your name on? For me, it was a real lovely treat…
Roomzzz Corn Exchange offers a range of studios and suites, from the Neo, Smart, and Grande Studio, to the larger Liberty, Dezign and Sovereign Suites. I was staying in the Liberty Suite, a spacious, corridor led two bed room with a modern and minimal styled kitchen area and lounge, followed by a cosier bedroom and sleek bathroom.
This suite is plenty big enough for two people, and we were fully kitted out with all the amenities for a comfy, relaxing stay. A dishwasher, fridge, freezer, two large TV screens…. it was pretty much a home away from a home. Just much more stylish!
The iconic Grade II listed building seeps history through into the suites, with extremely high ceilings and large scale windows. I had the National Football Museum outside my window, which was a nice touch to have another iconic Manchester building in view.
The bathroom was possibly the most modern room in the suite, with its grey wavy tiling and pristine white bathroom set. It was so nice to just relax in the bath – glass of prosecco in hand – before getting ready for an evening out in the city.
There is absolutely no doubt you would ever forget for a second which city you were in when staying at Roomzzz. Having partnered with artist Katie Edwards, her one-of-a kind artwork pieces complement the rooms and corridors of the building. The pieces show illustration from the city’s vibrant culture and history, featuring prominent landmarks and showing snapshots of the city via colourful designs.
In terms of decor and design, Roomzzz Corn Exchange have really impressed me, and I wasn’t expecting a) so much Manchester references, and b) so much history. And a combination of both as a born and bred Manchester girl was brilliant to discover!
Before we started to get ready for the evening, we headed down to Banyan Bar in the Corn Exchange for a cocktail and to mingle with a few others staying at Roomzzz for the evening,
We sipped our delicious drinks whilst having a read of our weekend itineraries, in which I found out we’d be dining at Artisan over at Spinningfields, followed by drinks at The Alchemist, and a pasta making masterclass at Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar and Restaurant the following lunch time.
The team at Roomzzz sussed out my likes perfectly: classy dining, crazy cocktails and an Italian food class. Three ideal activities for me!
Heading back to the apartment, I realised that I just couldn’t praise this place enough for it’s perfect location: you simply step outside the main entrance and you have the 14 restaurants of the Corn Exchange surrounding you, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols to the right, Manchester Arndale to the front, and The Printworks and Northern Quarter to the left.
The toughest decision I had was deciding which direction to take! (I chose right, but that’s purely because I can’t resist Selfridges). You also have Victoria Station situated behind, and the main tram lines just across the way, so you’re perfectly situated for transport links.
In terms of breakfast, Roomzzz run a ‘Grab and Go’ system, which is made up of Croissants, Pain au Chocolates, fresh fruit and hot drinks which you can either take up to your room, or simply ‘grab-and-go’ like the name suggests.
The opening of Roomzzz marks the completion of a three-year renovation project for the Corn Exchange, establishing it as one of the city’s most sought-after dining and city break destinations. I can see this place being a first choice for hen parties, birthdays, work stay overs and general weekends in Manchester for groups and couples.
The opening marks the eighth aparthotel in the Roomzzz portfolio, which has grown to include aparthotels across the North of England in Leeds, Chester, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle. Roomzzz has ambitious growth plans with further developments in the pipeline for Edinburgh, Harrogate, Liverpool and York, as well as an extension to the existing Newcastle property and the brand’s first aparthotel in the South of England opening in Stratford this summer.
Our meal at Artisan was a great way to spend our evening, as Spinningfields is around a 15 minute walk along Deansgate from Roomzzz, so we set off around 8 pm for an evening stroll across the city.
I had the tastiest chicken liver pate starter, followed by the juiciest steak with peppercorn sauce. Our waiter was unbelievably helpful and charming, so a special shout out goes to him and his service.
I’d always rate Artisan as a place to dine if you’re unsure where to eat in Manchester, as it’s menu is fairly diverse. You have burgers and pizzas, then steaks and grills, along with choices like salmon, which my boyfriend had and it looked delicious.
Huge portions too, which is always ideal!
We finished our night off with a Mad Hatters Tea Party cocktail from The Alchemist, which involved a lot of smoke and sizzling. A super dramatic cocktail, and a very nice one to say the least. We then braved the cold and had our 15 minutes stroll back to Roomzzz. Ah, the beauty of being able to slowly walk back to your hotel at night…
Due to it’s superb location, unique decor and gorgeous suites and studios, I feel Roomzzz Corn Exchange is going to have a very busy Spring/Summer ahead…