Arora International Hotel

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Arora International Hotel

, Manchester
4 star

Rooms: 141

18-24 Princess Street - Manchester - England - M1 4L7 - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | +44 (0)161 236 8999
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Acceptable but not memorable

from CeenM
After so many great reviews on here we where slightly disappointed with the Arora, our room was #105.

The room was clean and the bathroom nice, the bed was certainly soft and comfortable but dipped somewhat in the middle.

However, the room was also quite small with just about enough space to walk around the Queen Size bed.

We didn't try the bar or restaurant so I can't comment, as others have said Chinatown is very close and full of dining choices.

The hotel tried to charge us for two pay movies which we didn't watch, I looked at our bill on the TV on the first morning (to check the rate was correct as I had found a discounted one with a consolidator) and it had about £20 of movie charges on it, we had not watched any pay-tv. When I called to alert reception, they basically said "You must have keyed in your room number to authorise it" I told them we most certainly had not! I got the impression that their first reaction was that I was lying, which I find insulting. When I protested I was told it was nothing to do with the hotel, eventually they agreed to look into it.

After further protests we had to complete a form on checkout saying we had not authorised these charges and they where eventually removed from the bill, it did leave a sour taste though.

We will probably try an alternative hotel next time we are in Manchester, although I found the actual accommodation to be OK for the price paid (about £70 per night).

A Fine Hotel

from Johnstot
We (me, wife, 1 child) stayed for 2 nights at the Arora in January, based on its central location and resonable price (89 quid including taxes).

The decor, both in the rooms and open spaces is modern an slick. The bed was great and the bathroom was large and in keeping with the modern, slick theme.

The location is very central, next to China town, 5-10 minutes walk to the Museums in one direction and the Arndale in another. 1 minute walk to Albert square. So if you want to do the city center, you can do a lot worse than this hotel.

The only gripe is parking. They dont have a car park, but have deal with a car park 5 minutes walk away that worked out at 7.50 pounds a day.

The staff went beyond the call of duty. At breakfast they managed to be cheerful and helpful, and when the bellman was off somewhere, the desk clerk rushed out from behind her desk to help us with the bags.

Wired internet is in the rooms and works well, abeit pricey at 10 quid per 24 hours.

In summary, we recommend this hotel and will stay again when we are back in Manchester. Cliff Richard was nowhere to be found, but I prefer the hotel to his songs.

Good rooms, excellent beds

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Arora from for four nights starting Dec 16th and enjoyed it a lot. The rooms were comfortable, the bed was excellent to sleep on and the staff was friendly and generally tried to help. We have not tried the breakfast so no comments on that, but if you want to try something interesting there is Malasian Cousine restaurant which we enjoyed near by the hotel "Penang Village" (56 Fulkner Street)- check it out

Great choice in central manchester

from veggie-dave
Must agree with most reviewers. This is a very central and well run hotel. I booked the premier room and was surprised that it was quite small with only one easy chair to sit on. Don't know about size of standard rooms. That apart the room was comfortable, the bed great and the soundproofing worked as we heard nothing despite the hotel being full and Manchester buzzing.
Not only is Chinatown handy for eats but there are other good places nearby such as Chrome, Piccalino's etc Pity Manchester pubs are so full of smoke as there are 3 classics round the corner from this hotel.. Old Monkey, Circus and Grey Horse all in Portland street.

Thank You

from Suts10
After reading the reviews on this website I changed my booking from The Palace Hotel to the Arora Hotel.

I booked directly through the Hotel's website and got a room for £79.99. Through work I have stayed in many hotels all over the country and I would rate my stay at the Arora in my top 3 places to stay.

It was clean and the staff where very friendly, my room number was 210.

(The cloud 9 beds are a dream to sleep in, for once I had to force myself to get up in the morning)!

Fantastic for the money

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in the Arora for a couple of nights in November 04.

I was rather scared to discover that Cliff Richard was one of the hotels financial backers and that there are apparently rooms styled on some of the artistes body of work, however thankfully I wasn't in one of them and was deeply relieved not to come across any memorabilia from the old "confirmed bachelor" anywhere in the hotel.

Anyway, great hotel, good location. V close to all the bars of Canal Street and near to the shops of the Deansgate area.

Breakfast was one of the best I've had in a British hotel. Staff were very friendly. Room was spacious and well designed.

Have also stayed at the Manchester Malmaison and agree with most of the tripadvisor reviewers that it is shoddy and staffed by people who think they're something far better than hotel staff. The Arora has nicer staff, better food, a nicer bar (really quite decent and the barstaff are much more knowledgable about cocktails than their malmaison counterparts), AND the Arora beats the Malmaison on price.

I'm in no rush to go back to Manchester, but next time I have to I won't stay anywhere else.

service poor, location good

from Sijohn911
I know everyone else has rated this hotel highly, so obviously you have to take all views into context but my experience of the Arora Hotel Manchester was not a good one.

I booked a so-called Superior room for our wedding anniversary on laterooms. I chose the Arora because I had been led to believe it was special and ideal for the occasion.

When we first arrived we were given a room that had not even been cleaned so I went down to reception and asked to be moved to another one, which to be fair they agreed to do.

Instead of being spacious with two double beds and a bath as indicated on the website, the room they then gave us was tiny with one bed and only a shower. The shower had no screen or curtain, was not enclosed and there was no tray so the water went all over the floor and the drainage outlet didn't work properly so the bathroom was a constant puddle of water throughout our stay. There was only one sachet of milk for the tea and coffee facilities and the so-called 'fitness room' consisted of two running machines, a stepper and an exercise bike.

I know these complaints may seem petty but when you book a modern, four star hotel for your wedding anniversary it is disappointing when it does not live up to what you had been led to believe by the hotel's website or by reviews on this site.

When we wrote to complain all we were offered was to stay again at a reduced rate. Thanks a lot!

The only good thing about this over-rated hotel was its city centre location, right by Chinatown, although there is no parking at the hotel.

Overall, as you can tell, I wasn't happy with the Arora but most people seem to like it so perhaps our experience was a one-off and you shouldn't let it put you off.

Greta value hotel

from Carol16
Thank you all those trip advisor reviewers who recommended this hotel. Can only agree with your comments. Just had 2 great nights there. Great location, great rooms, great staff and very convenient for public transport or to walk around central manchester. Certainly one of the best places I've stayed in the city.

Fantastic Hotel.

from emma027
Highly recommended. This hotel has everything you need for a great weekend break in Manchester, the staff were friendly and very helpful. The location is perfect within walking distance of great restaurants and the hundreds of shops Manchester has to offer. China town is on your doorstep (you have to eat there, the food is fantastic).

If you are going to stay here book before, we got a rate of £79 per room per night with Expedia, which was half price to the rates which you would have paid booking directly with the hotel.

Didn’t eat at the restaurant in the hotel but it looked very nice. We did order room service which is prepared by the restaurant and the food was excellent.

The rooms where great, everything you needed, including a proper iron and ironing board, full size hairdryer etc. The bathroom is really nicely done, very modern. And the beds are so comfy you wont want to get up!

The only downside is the parking but the car park on Chorlton street is only a short walk away is secure and the hotel gets you 50% off so it only worked out at £15 for the whole weekend.

My advice with so much to do, take your credit card – you will need it!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Arora based on the recommendations of this site. The Arora is a fantastic hotel, with a chic, modern-looking reception and friendly, helpful staff. It's central location on Princess St is the perfect base from which to explore Manchester with Chinatown just round the corner. Our room was spacious and airy, with a large queen-size bed and spotlessly clean. The decor was modern and stylish, and the bathroom looked like it was straight out of a showroom. It is also extremely reasonably priced (our room was only £79 per night), giving you the benefit of a 3/4* hotel for the price of a 2*. Our only regret was that we weren't staying longer!

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