Nu Spa in Manchester City Centre : Review
Recently Tina (over at Mothergeek.co.uk) was invited to try out the spa and relaxation facilities at Nu Spa Manchester, I was fortunate enough to be invited along as a +1 so I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity. If you are a regular reader of either my blog, or Tina’s you will know we are just massive Spa Day fans!
The Spa Day we were invited on this time was located within the grounds at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in Central Manchester. An Ideal city centre spa location as it was only a 5 minute walk from Victoria train (and tram) Station with adequate nearby parking. We were invited along to enjoy the facilities and experience a full body hot stone massage.
The Nu Spa is located on ground -2 of the hotel and easy to find once exiting the elevator using the signs on the wall. Upon entry to the Spa we walked into this greeting area, greeted by a member of staff at the desk and was briefly explained where all the facilities we needed were.
We were then shown through the spa and leisure facilities towards the changing rooms, first thing that struck me was how small everything was, everything felt very compact and you really could feel that within the changing room. There was no single changing cubicles, just a large communal room, males and females were separate though. There were 2 separate showering cubicles (which I will note were very clean!) and 2 toilet cubicles. Provided within the changing rooms were free-to-use lockers and a hair/beauty station with hairdryers.
From leaving the changing rooms there is a gym on the right hand side but the door in front of you leads to this pool room. Around the edge of the pool is various loungers and deck chairs for you to relax and unwind.
Meanwhile the pool is 12 meters long and supposedly heated, although we fear the heating may not have been working the day of our visit as is was utterly freezing the water. So we only had a quick dip before vacating the room in favour of one of the heated rooms of which there is a sauna or steam room to choose from.
I am a big fan of steam rooms personally so I was delighted we choose to go and enjoy this, excellent for unblocking pores and clearing airways with the scent of the eucalyptus oil I always find this the most relaxing way to unwind.
Sometime later we extracted ourselves from the steam room and headed for a quick shower before relaxing again on our loungers. There are 2 showers to choose from, a hot or cold shower, we chose hot.
As the Spa was located on floor -2 of the hotel I was concerned there wouldn’t be an outdoor view from our spa facility. I am always a big fan of some form of natural light so was delighted to find the pool area did have big windows which let the light in, shame about the view though. Suppose I couldn’t expect much more from a city centre spa?
Back at our loungers we decided to unwind with a good natter and a flick through a couple of the complementary magazines provided.
As mentioned earlier our complementary Spa Treatment included a 50 minute, full body, hot stone massage and it was just fantastic! Having had various massages in the past, mostly just back massages this was much better as it included my arms, legs, neck and shoulders too. It really did make me feel wonderful afterwards.
Don’t get me wrong, the time spent in the treatment room having our massage was just brilliant and I would definitely recommend that to anyone. But when it comes to the other facilities within the Spa I was left feeling a little disheartened. Let me explain;
- The waiting area whilst waiting for our massages was out by the main entrance where there were people coming and going. We felt very exposed and uncomfortable.
- The pool, albeit it looked very welcoming with its dark tiled floor and sides with the ambient mood lighting, it was just absolutely freezing. It’s not really a pool you’d want to stay in for long at all, we even thought that standard public swimming pools would be warmer.
- It would have been nicer to have had felt less exposed whilst in the changing rooms. I know space is an issue there but there isn’t even a door onto the changing rooms! You walk around a corner/long wall and your into the changing room. I felt very uncomfortable.
- Last of all, the staff. They didn’t make us feel very welcome at all, they didn’t sound very professional. The lady on the desk was either gossiping with other members of staff, or on the phone (by the sounds of it to a friend, rather than a business call). At various points I witnessed this member of staff on the “personal phone call” whilst dealing with other visitors and even dealing with us at the end of our visit. There was a very quick goodbye so that she could return to her call.
It’s certainly not the best spa we have visited before.
For more blog posts about our Spa Adventures feel free to check out the Travel, Days Out & Events section of my blog.
** I was not asked to review this Spa Day, I went along as a +1 to enjoy this day with a friend. I have chosen to review it though. All words and opinions are my own.