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Best Western Willow Bank
340 Wilmslow Road Manchester M14 6AF United Kingdom
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Description Best Western Willow Bank
The 3-star Best Western Willowbank in Manchester is centrally located near the shopping districts, a 15 minute drive from Manchester International Airport and 3 miles from Piccadilly Station. Nearby attractions include the Apollo Theatre, Palace Theatre, Lowry Center and the Commonwealth Games Stadium.
The hotel has 116 rooms on two floors, 92 of which are designated non-smoking. Standard amenities such as desks, radios, dataports and Sat-TV are provided and hotel services include shoe shine, laundry and room service. Business guests will appreciate the express check-in/check-out options as well as the Wi-fi connectivity throughout the hotel. In addition there are three air-conditioned meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 200 guests. Free parking and 24-hour reception is available, major credit cards are accepted and pets are allowed upon request. The Roman-themed onsite Coliseum Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and for the thirsty there is the Enigma Bar.
- Best Western Willow Bank
- 340 Wilmslow Road
- M14 6AFManchester
- United Kingdom
- Telephone: +44(161)2240461
- Official Homepage
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Room features Best Western Willow Bank
- Bathroom with shower
- Windows that open
- Central heating
- Pants press
- Tea/ coffeemaker
- Satellite TV
- Cable TV
- WiFi in the rooms
Hotel features Best Western Willow Bank
- Entrance hall/ lobby
- Express check-in/ out
- TV lounge
- Parking lot
- Porter service
- Pets allowed
- Hotel bar
- Hotel safe
- Conference rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- PC with Internet
- 24-hour reception
- Laundry service
- WiFi in Lobby
- Room service
- 24-hour room service
- Shoe cleaning service
- Golf Course
- Bike Rental
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