The Travel Post #13: Luxury hotels on a budget from ibis

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In recent years, the concept of travelling has changed. As flights become cheaper and cheaper, more people are looking to reach the far corners of the world on a budget and with hostels providing accommodation that is super clean and comfortable for as little as a few pounds, hotels have got some serious competition.  It’s clear that more budget hotels will struggle to compete with the rock bottom prices of hostels, so if they want to attract the more spending savvy travellers, they are under pressure to give their guests a little something extra. One brand that has launched a new campaign to do just that is ibis

Last year, Ibis launched their #famousatibis campaign, aimed to highlight the style, space and service the chain offers to make everyone feel like a celebrity. The idea is that although the hotel offers a good value stay, guests can expect to get more for their money with VIP type treatment you may not expect from a more budget brand. I was invited up to Manchester to test out their Princess Street branch to see what I thought…

First and foremost check in was a breeze and on arrival the room was really modern looking and very clean – good start! Although the room wasn’t massive, it is plenty big enough for two people and the bed was super comfy. One thing that did stand out for me was the little touches. A bag with slippers and a bottle of water greeted us and there were extras such as tea making facilities and even a hairdryer (Am I the only one that loves not having to bring one?!). The bathroom was also super clean and the shower was warm and powerful, something that makes all the difference if you have been travelling before arrival. 

In general the hotel looked very slick and modern and it certainly didn’t feel like you were staying somewhere cheap and cheerful. The bar and restaurant areas had a contemporary retro feel and Wi-Fi was freely available in both the rooms and the public areas (we all know that’s the sacred thing every hotel needs now right?!).

One of the best things I liked about the ibis however was the fact they offered a standard check out time of 12pm, which is one of the latest I have come across, and breakfast was available until 11am – the perfect place to stay if you are suffering with a city break hangover! Although the breakfast selection was pretty standard containing your full English bits and pieces along with a good selection of fruit, cereals and pastries, we took the opportunity to have a lazy morning in bed and didn’t go down to breakfast until around 10.15am and both the hot and continental buffet still looked and tasted really fresh.

I was genuinely impressed with the hotel and really like the idea of still providing a bit of VIP without the price tag. It will definitely be one of the first brands I consider in the future if I’m looking for a little bit of luxury on a budget.

Have you ever stayed at an ibis hotel? What little luxuries would you look for if you are travelling for less?

Charlotte x

*I was given a complimentary stay at Princess Street for the purpose of a review, however all opinions and breakfast lovings are my own.
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