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    Hotel in Manchester

    All you helpful people in Manchester can you tell me if there's a hotel with free carpark close to Manchester. We can then get the Metro into Manchester itself for Manchester Arena.

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    Dee

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    There are lots! I only really know South Manchester, and off the top of my head have a few suggestions which will be near tram stops on the Manchester to Altrincham route. But the Arena is next to Victoria station; the tram stop here is being upgraded currently, due to be completed "early 2015" - whatever that means. You can get off at a stop called Shudehill, this is very close to Victoria but a bit more confusing. Here is a map of the Metro http://www.metrolink.co.uk/stationin.../Route_Map.pdf There's not really any point in driving round Manchester, so if you're approaching from the north it makes sense to stay on that side. Don't know anywhere, but let us know and I or someone else will help. The Arena is big and quite a bit of walking involved, they offer assistance to people with disabilities and this can include helping you find a quicker/shorter way in and out. I've found them helpful, it might be worth a call if you think this will help. If the Victoria stop is open again a lift from the station takes you into the arena.

    So, if you're happy with Altrincham line, I have a couple of suggestions, not based on anything other than I pass them a lot! One is Old Trafford Lodge; near to Metro stop, has disabled access (I don't know your requirements), parking and you can look out at the cricket ground if that's of any interest. http://www.lccc.co.uk/emirates-old-t...rafford-lodge/ Obviously there will be times when it's very busy!

    A couple of stops further out (minutes on the tram) takes you to a town called Sale. There is a hotel 2 minutes from the Metro http://www.belfortehousehotel.co.uk I don't know anything about it, but it's the closest hotel to a tram stop I can think of. It has parking, but I don't know how accessible the hotel is. Trip advisor will find you a few more hotels in Sale; I think the Belmore hotel might be OK and is near a Metro stop - Brooklands ( further distance than the other two; I'm rubbish at walking distance estimates but maybe 5 at an average pace.) Eskdale Lodge hotel is nice, but further again. After Sale and Brooklands are Timperley and Altrincham, I'm unable to think of a hotel very close to these stations but someone else might, and I'll have a think.
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    Hi Dizzydee,

    So, you're off to the Phones4u Arena that's near Piccadilly Railway Station. http://www.phones4uarena.co.uk/venue-information/

    Parking in the Arena. When I saw Madonna there I drove to the Arena and parked in the carpark adjoining it. The disabled parking is right near the entrance/exit. It's not free. You collect a ticket at the barrier and pay at a ticket machine near the lifts - costs about £6 but worth it to stop the hassle.

    Hotels. Can be quite expensive in Manchester but if you stay in a Travel Lodge / Premier Inn etc they can be cheaper if booked in advance and you can get accessible rooms. http://www.phones4uarena.co.uk/manchester-guide/hotels/

    Travelodge with free parking. Useful but only if you plan to drive and park in Arena. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R...r_England.html

    Premier Inn - free parking and accessible http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R...er_Englan.html

    I wouldn't recommend taking the tram out of the City to a Hotel as you may not be able to get out of the Arena in time to catch the tram if you see a late performance. Then you'd need to book a taxi.

    Parking. You can use your Blue Badge and park on a road 'pay and display' bay all day free of charge. NCP Car Parks in Manchester allow free parking for Blue Badge holders in designated disabled parking bays.

    How many are coming and when? Sounds fun!

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    Thank you Fliss and Lighttouch.

    It's not until Feb, we got tickets to see Peter Kay in the live Phoenix Nights.

    As we are driving over from Lincolnshire, we thought it might be easier staying overnight rather than drive back after the show.

    I know there is a Premier Inn close to the Arena but it says they have limited parking and I was worried in case all the spaces had gone when we got there.

    I was born in Manchester many years ago but haven't been back since 1969. I should think it's changes a lot!!!! LOL
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    Would it be worth contacting Premier Inn and asking if the could reserve you a disabled bay for the day/night you will be staying. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyDee View Post
    Thank you Fliss and Lighttouch.

    It's not until Feb, we got tickets to see Peter Kay in the live Phoenix Nights.

    As we are driving over from Lincolnshire, we thought it might be easier staying overnight rather than drive back after the show.

    I know there is a Premier Inn close to the Arena but it says they have limited parking and I was worried in case all the spaces had gone when we got there.

    I was born in Manchester many years ago but haven't been back since 1969. I should think it's changes a lot!!!! LOL
    I don't think you will be disappointed with Peter Kay - he's very down to earth.

    There's been a lot of changes over the last 10 years since the IRA bombing. And all for the better.

    Manchester is now the third most popular destination City to visit in the country. There's so much to see and do you might want to linger a little longer!

    I bet you could pick up a bargain price hotel deal if you booked it this far in advance.

    Who knows - the Manchester Youreable delegation might want to meet you for a coffee and a bun while you're here.

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    It might do that beau if I can find a phone number for the one neat the Arena.

    Love Peter and sad that I never managed to get tickets to his stand up shows. Maybe one day

    What we want to do is find a hotel close to that we can leave the car and either get the metro or taxi to the arena.

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    Here you are, hope it is the phone number for that particular hotel not a general one for the whole chain.
    http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/M...ena/printworks

    Here is the direct number rather than the 0871 one - 0161 835 1661
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    Hi Dee, will be much nicer to stay. I think you are sensible to avoid driving to the arena, especially as Manchester is unfamiliar. As I said above the Metro stop for the arena is currently closed. It is due to reopen early 2015, anyone's guess what that means. You could always call the arena and see when they are expecting it to open. If it's not open, I think you might struggle with using the Metro: the nearest stop isn't far but it might seem so when it's late. This might help http://www.metrolink.co.uk/stationin...centre_map.pdf

    I personally don't know any hotels in the city centre with free parking, although there a few next door to multi storey car parks where you would need to pay. The tourism website for Manchester is http://www.visitmanchester.com and I'm sure they will be able to help, there is a phone number. If you decide that the tram should work, the hotel above (Old Trafford Lodge) is about 200 yards from a tram stop and has good disabled facilities. But it might be fun to be in the city centre, then you could use a taxi, and have a look round as well.

    Bet the tickets sold out really quickly, you did well to get them. It will be a good night out!

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    Thank you beau, I'll give them a ring and see what they say before I book.

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