If you’re planning on visiting Manchester, England then you’ll be inclined to visit the worlds most popular football clubs stadium – Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
An if you’re really looking to enhance your experience, then a visit to the hotel just 100 metres away, owned by some of the Manchester United footballing legends is likely to be on your bucket list. We had the pleasure of spending one night in this very hotel, aptly named Hotel Football in May 2019.
Hotel Football is situated outside of Manchester city centre and instead bases it’s located around the Old Trafford football stadium. The entrance to the stadium is just 100m away – you won’t find a hotel any closer!
Within a short walking distance, you’ll find White City retail park. The shops here are mainly home furnishings over clothes. However, the retail park also has a small range of fast-food chains and restaurants if you’re looking to eat outside of the hotel.
We arrived at Hotel Football by car having come directly from our short visit to Centre Parcs. There’s a small gated car park for hotel guests which is complimentary and a short walk from the entrance of the hotel.
There’s only around 50 car parking spaces for a hotel that has more than 200 rooms so I’m not exactly sure what happens when the car park is at capacity but it’s something to consider when booking if you’re planning on coming for a match day event that’s likely to see a large number of hotel guests.
After parking up our car we walked across to the reception area which is small but has all the essentials. The staff were welcoming and friendly. I had to fill out a small form about myself personally but wasn’t required to hand over any form of identification.
I’d not paid for the room in advance (booked using the cancellation feature on Booking.com) so was required to pay upon arrival.
After paying for the room we were given one room key and allocated our room ‘607’ with a stadium view. The staff were incredibly attentive and helpful.
Despite arriving at ‘peak time’ we didn’t have to queue to be checked-in – always a relief after a long travel day.
Our room was on the sixth floor. There are two lifts that take you from the ground floor where the reception and cafe are up to the rooms. Honestly, the lifts seemed to have somewhat a mind of their own but we got there eventually…
Our room was ‘607’ and came complete with an incredible view of Old Trafford Stadium. If you’re staying here because you’re a fan of Manchester United then the small cost of upgrading to a stadium view is incredibly worthwhile considering the quality of the view on offer.
The room is a fantastic size with a large and incredibly comfortable kingsize bed. The style of the room is classicly modern with a wonderful touch of colour. Each side of the bed had a personal light, side table and plug socket.
Opposite the bed, you’ll find the large desk area. This includes a telephone that you can use to make outgoing calls including calls to reception. As well as a menu for the caf? football downstairs.
There’s also customised notebooks, high-end magazines providing tourist information about Manchester.
Above the desk you’ll find a large television (around 38″) with a range of channels including sports channels such as Sky Sports – something that’s incredibly uncommon for a hotel is access to these kinds of channels from within the room so again a great chance for football fans to maximise their experience here.
Inside the room you’ll also find a small Smeg fridge filled with retro sweets and a range of drinks.
All of this is complimentary and a delightful added touch although with nothing explaining this in the room or during check-in I do wonder how many people are unaware of this amazing little extra!
There’s also a hairdryer in the room although it’s situated within a draw in the room rather than in the bathroom.
Much like the room, the bathroom is incredibly spacious. It comes with a large over the sink mirror, and attention to detail with the amenities including the shampoo, conditioner and body wash which has all been styled in the form of a football shirt.
The bathroom doesn’t have a bath but does have a large walk-in rain shower. The shower was incredible, a simple, clean, practical design an all-around amazing experience.
The towels are also worth a special mention. They are the size of bath sheets and the depth or tog (I’m not entirely sure what you’d call it) was fantastic.
The WIFI had a moderate download speed and an incredible upload speed – it’s usually the other way around but either way, these were more than adequate enough to stream directly from Netflix without any interference. TheWIFI is complimentary and unlocked for hotel guests.
We didn’t have a chance to experience the cleaning services at Hotel Football first hand having only spent one night at the hotel. That said, when we arrived in the room it was incredibly clean and well presented. I couldn’t find a single thing that was out of place.
Hotel Football Caf?
Downstairs on the same level as reception, you’ll find a large open plan caf? and bar area. The restaurant serves a range of meals including breakfast on a morning (which can be purchased during booking, check-in or as required on a morning) lunch, snacks and dinner.
We didn’t have breakfast at the hotel, nor did we eat at the Hotel Football Caf?. We did however order room service from the caf? up to our room on the sixth floor on the evening of our check-in.
Despite ordering at ‘peak time’ (6pm on Friday evening) the food arrived incredibly quickly and was delicious.
We paid by card upon the arrival of the food, although if we’d have known in advance we’d have been able to set up a tab at reception during check-in and simply add it to the bill this way.
This hotel is incredible value for money. The location is one that I imagine many Man United fan’s dreams are made of, and it delivers it all in an incredibly fine fashion.
The staff are friendly and attentive, the room is clean and spacious with some added little extras and the bar menu is extensive ensuring there’s something for everyone at a relatively reasonable price.
Overall, we’d both stay here again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to those looking for somewhere to stay near Old Trafford in the future.