Novotel is a "bang for your buck" hotel chain (or bang for your quid) with locations throughout Europe. The Manchester Centre property is centrally located within walking distance of Piccadilly Train Station in the heart of downtown. All 164 rooms are tidy, spacious and simple, think Target décor, not Neiman's. Common areas are somewhat more plush than the guest quarters. WiFi is offered throughout the building, but a fee applies.
In this lower price category, Novotel's on-site gym is an appealing facility. Large windows, bright colors and a mix of new and older machines will get you through your sweat needs for a day or three. The four stack-loaded weight stations and Concept 2 rower appear to be the newest equipment in the lot. However, the aging treads, bikes and stepper, still run like a reliable old Chevy. Elliptical fans are left out of the fun, unfortunately. See our photos for a more vibrant impression.
Lap swimmers longing for a dip should head to the Manchester Aquatic Centre.