publication date: Mar 5, 2009
author/source: Anne Coates
A great plus about the Ramada Hotel at Salford Quays is that it understands that families come in all shapes and sizes. Double rooms have a sofa-bed and a cot can be included. There are16 interconnecting rooms so older children can be accommodated nearby and twin rooms have a sofa-bed as well – so a family of six or seven is easily catered for. Plus there is disabled access on each floor, should this be needed.
The rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished. The wall-mounted plasma TV is programmed for three children’s channels so your little ones won’t suffer withdrawal symptoms their favourite programmes. The rooms also have free wi-fi access.
Breakfast is self-service with a wide range of cereals, yogurts, croissants, fruit, cheeses and cold meats plus hot dishes washed down with juices, tea and coffee. There are plenty of high chairs available and under-fives enjoy a free breakfast; it’s half-price for six to 12 year-olds.
The breakfast room transforms into the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Stresa, for lunch and dinner. When we went there was an offer of a pizza or pasta dish for £5 before 5pm. The à la carte menu includes ingredients from local suppliers where possible and is diverse enough to suit most tastes. Younger diners can choose two courses for £6.95 from the Kids’ Menu which includes home-made chicken goujons with spaghetti Napoli or fish goujons and roast hand cut chips, pastas or a design-your-own pizza. The reverse of the menu is an activity sheet to keep kids amused while they wait.
If you want your children to dine early and then to bed so you can enjoy an adults only meal you could try using a digital baby monitor – we didn’t test this out! Alternatively you could order from room service which is available 24-hours. Just to complete your stay the hotel has a selection of games and toys children can use. But hopefully they’ll be tired out from all the activities on offer at The Quays!
Room-only rates start at £79 at weekends and you are recommended to ask about any special deals for family accommodation.
Ramada Manchester, Salford Quays tel 0161 876 5305 or email email@example.com