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On February 8th a group of GSAs boarded the Manchester Transit Authority’s Trolley for a tour of 4 Manchester Hotels and 1 Bed & Breakfast. It was an incredibly informative day and we wanted to share some of what we learned!

Manchester Transit Authority – Molly Trolley


Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown
135 Spring Street, Manchester NH

  •     Bright hive design lobby – business nook area; billiards/games, comfortable seating area, breakfast seating
  •     Pet Friendly
  •     Private parking: overnight fee
  •     Free hot breakfast and grab & go
  •     Well-equipped gym including Peloton, Barre and TRX along with treadmill, elliptical, kettle balls and hand weights
  •     No Pool
  •     C-Man Roadside restaurant downstairs – guests can charge to room and carry drinks to Tru lobby through interior stairwell.
  •     Local Info Boards updated regularly by elevators
  •     Rooms are standard and comfortable – no clutter, minimalist. No closet or dresser. Fridge, Travel benches. Microwave by request, no carpet
  •     2 queen, 1 king, accessible standard rooms only
  •     City and river views from Millyard
  •     TV, WiFi
  •     Business Center
  •     24/7 fresh coffee in lobby
  •     Safety deposit boxes available
  •     EV charging for guests


I love the entire concept and niche that Tru brings to the hotel marketplace and would not hesitate to book a stay at a Tru stop in any travels I may do in the future as well! 

Your partnership with the Common Man, the implementation of ADA accommodations, and the views of the river and Mill Yard perfectly position your establishment as a preferred location for any visitor to the greater Manchester area!



The new Tru hotel is bright and welcoming from the moment you enter the front door. I loved your wall mural of Manchester but what was even more spectacular was the fabulous views of the Merrimack River and West side. 



What impressed me the most was the extensive breakfast offerings and other amenities to cater to the business traveler. In addition, your proximity to downtown and the full service Common Man restaurant in the rear of the building will be attractive to the business traveler.



What impressed me the most was the awesome view of the river and bridge and the activity boards by the elevators. I’m sure the guests appreciate the recommendations for things to see and do nearby. The free breakfast allows for guests to fuel up and get on their way quickly if needed. The access to the Common Man Roadside makes it easy to get delicious meals without having to go outside. The mural makes the breakfast and game areas fun and uplifting. The rooms were attractive, clean and functional.



Your hotel offers more than I had expected and it was quite impressive. This visit will make a huge difference in my recommending the TRU as it has a great location for many of our business and leisure travelers.  Having been an extensive traveler when I was working, I only wish TRU was an option at that time.



I think the layout of the lower level living space is so smart – dining, socializing, playing and relaxing – all areas warm and inviting. Your location is fabulous (close to downtown, restaurants, museums) and additional amenities (including having an attached restaurant) makes it easy to recommend you to guests who arrive at the Information Desk at the airport looking for lodging.  And the shuttle service makes you particularly attractive!  Just last week I was able to help a traveler secure the shuttle (she had already booked her room). I thought your white boards opposite the elevators were very innovative and informative as well as fun!  Manchester does have a lot to offer its visitors and you helped to capture the essence of that.


Hilton Garden Inn
101 South Commercial Street, Manchester

  •     Located next to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium
  •     Large inviting lobby with comfortable seating area with fireplace
  •     Garden Grill & Bar Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner
  •     Outdoor Seasonal Dining overlooking the Stadium at The Patio
  •     Spacious meeting room with lounge entry
  •     Free parking
  •     Airport shuttle 
  •     Pet friendly
  •     TV, WiFi
  •     Indoor pool with outdoor year-round hot tub shaped like home plate
  •     Coin-op laundry
  •     Well-equipped gym including Peloton, treadmill, elliptical, kettle balls, hand weights
  •     Very large standard rooms and even larger suites available – carpeted
  •     Rooms have microwave, fridge and Keurigs


Being a Fisher Cats fan, I appreciated learning and seeing the patio restaurant overlooking the ballpark. 



My 1st visit even though I have seen it so often when I cycle the Manchester/Goffstown Rail Trail. Your unique location to Delta Stadium and SNU  as well as the trail makes this Hotel easy to recommend to all visitors to NH.

   The room selections are so very varied. Both the baseball views to the town view really work well. Everyone can find a room that suits their needs. Deck is fabulous, and also so much fun for locals, (like me in the future!) to watch a game.



As I walked into the hotel  lobby I knew I was at an “upper scale” venue.  The warmth of the wood and fireplaces is so inviting.  The first room you showed us with the bar area was lovely and welcoming.  The pool with a view of the ballpark and outside hot tub are so clean and well maintained. And you offer so many other wonderful amenities. It is hard to talk about the Hilton Garden Inn without mentioning the “attached” ballpark. Anyone (baseball lovers or not) would enjoy a meal/beverage out on the patio!!   Your location is so convenient to other attractions as well as the ballpark.  Free parking is a wonderful amenity.



I was impressed by the hotel’s prime location adjacent to the Delta Dental Stadium. The proximity to the ballpark adds a unique and appealing dimension to the Hilton Garden Inn experience. The prospect of enjoying some refreshments on the patio, overlooking the field is appealing, and clearly provides a remarkable experience for guests.  I have already boasted about your hotel to some of my friends who are true baseball fans;  I expect we will be visiting you when the baseball season starts!

Additionally, while we were touring, there was one particular aspect that truly stood out to me – the absence of air fragrance being sprayed in hallways, stairwells, and other areas.  In an age where scented environments have become the norm, discovering a hotel that prioritizes a fragrance-free atmosphere was a breath of fresh air, quite literally. I wanted to extend my gratitude for this choice, as it not only made my tour more comfortable but also showcased a thoughtful consideration for guests with sensitivities or preferences for unscented spaces.


Holiday Inn Express

1298 South Porter Street, Manchester NH


  •     Large dining area off lobby with free breakfast and grab and go options for early departures
  •     24/7 fresh coffee in lobby 
  •     Business center 
  •     Pet friendly – has an outdoor kennel available
  •     Will take cash
  •     Full gym with treadmills, recumbent bike, elliptical, hand weights (complimentary ear buds)
  •     Pool and hot tub – red phone with direct connection to 911
  •     Rooms – large variety of spacious room types with living area, mini fridge, microwave, coffee and pull-out sofas. Suites have small kitchenette
  •     WiFi, TV
  •     King Suite has multiple rooms, fireplace, jacuzzi, kitchenette…
  •     Airport Shuttle
  •     Laundry
  •     Meeting Room with AV
  •     Free parking

Your extensive breakfast menu and comfortable seating arrangements in the dining space should be attractive to the business and casual traveler alike.  



I was particularly impressed with the Granite State Room, a quiet conference room with a window allowing for natural light. I am always on the lookout for spaces that can accommodate groups of people, especially those who are sensitive to extraneous noise distractions.  The importance of such a feature cannot be overstated, as it undoubtedly creates a more conducive and pleasant environment for meetings and events. The attention to detail in providing a space that balances tranquility and functionality is commendable.

Furthermore, the large variety of room types caught my attention. The flexibility to choose from a diverse range of accommodations ensures that guests can find the perfect fit for their needs, making Holiday Inn Express a versatile and accommodating choice for travelers.



I was impressed that the pool and the hot tub were both accessible. I was not aware that the Holiday Inn has such a variety of room options for guests to choose from. The rooms were attractive, clean and functional. 



 I was impressed with the wide variety of rooms you offer. The king suite was amazing and certainly reasonably priced. The pool and fitness area were certainly a plus! The hotel’s location is very convenient to not only the airport but shopping and restaurants.


Holiday Inn

2280 Brown Ave, Manchester NH


  •     Large spacious lobby
  •     Large meeting/event space, AV
  •     Pet Friendly
  •     All rooms are standard – carpet, TV, WiFi, fridge, coffee, microwave
  •     Pool and hot tub
  •     Airport Shuttle
  •     Park and Fly options – stay first and last night – park free
  •     Airport Diner (C-Man) attached. Kids eat free coupons available from hotel


Located not far from the airport and within driving distance to Manchester, Nashua, and surrounding area, Holiday Inn is a great choice for visitors to our state. Located next to the Common Man restaurant your guests have easy access to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Children under 12 eat free and you offer a large indoor pool and fitness area. The rooms are very comfortable with all the amenities needed for either a short or longer stay. Guests coming to or from the airport will be pleased to have the option for pick up and drop off with some extended notice. 



I enjoyed learning about the hotel and the features you offer including the overnight parking availability.  The rooms seem very clean and spacious and having the Common Man restaurant attached is a plus!



It’s great that you provide shuttle service to and from the airport. I was also impressed that the Holiday Inn has a Park and Fly package. Having the Airport Diner next door is definitely a bonus. The rooms were attractive, clean and functional.



I observed that the rooms are spacious and clean and I really enjoyed the various wall prints of local Manchester locations. I was also impressed when we visited the pool – not only by the pool itself but by the gentleman cleaning the windows.  Speaks volumes.



A memorable highlight of the tour, for me, was the direct access to the Airport Diner. The convenience of having such a delightful dining option just steps away is a fantastic feature. I was especially pleased to hear about the offer of kids under 12 eating free at the Airport Diner with coupons from the hotel. It’s such a thoughtful touch that makes family travel even more enjoyable.

The park and fly package you mentioned is also an excellent offering that adds to the convenience and appeal of staying at Holiday Inn. It’s clear that the hotel is committed to providing a seamless and enjoyable experience for its guests.


Ash Street Inn
118 Ash Street, Manchester NH


  •     Historic 1885 Victorian Queen Anne Boutique Bed & Breakfast
  •     5 well-appointed, comfortable period styled rooms filled with beautiful antiques with private bathrooms – Historic B&B feel with modern amenities.
  •     All rooms have A/C, satellite television, high speed wireless and USB chargers
  •     Main floor rooms have fireplaces
  •     No minimum night stays
  •     Walking distance to museums and downtown
  •     Discounts for single travelers based on availability
  •     Only traditional Bed & Breakfast in Manchester
  •     Complimentary drinks and snacks
  •     Complimentary chef-prepared, cooked to order breakfast with quick self-service options for early departures.
  •     Not kid friendly
  •     Not pet friendly
  •     ADA exempt
  •     Discount tickets to Currier Museum Frank Lloyd Wright houses

What a beautiful Inn you have!

You have just become my favorite accommodation in NH! 

I don’t know if it was the cookies, the hospitality, or the beauty of your Victorian Inn that captured my senses the most. Who would think there was to be such a hidden gem in the midst of Manchester’s city streets? 


The Ash Street Inn offers such a divergent experience from the typical travelers’ hotel scene. It is not an option but a wonderful 1st choice in overnight stay accommodations offered with a flair of European elegance and New England hospitality!



 I have seen your Inn on my way to the Currier Museum and always wanted to see inside. Your Inn is a beautiful building and you have done an excellent job of decorating the rooms. It felt like home (only nicer). I love the stained-glass windows. You’ve done an amazing job of blending antique and modern features.



Have driven by the Inn many times and have always been curious about the history of the building and the accommodations offered.  Was in Rob’s tour group and was happy to hear the stories and details of the building. It was fantastic to see how well the building was restored and brought to life.  Thanks to you both, the Inn has become a jewel in the city.



The inn is just beautiful.  It is modern enough to meet the needs of today’s travelers but you have maintained the charm of the original home.



I now have a much better understanding of the exquisite and unique rooms that  you have to offer.  From the inviting parlor to the proximity to downtown and the Currier Museum of Art, your Inn will be most attractive to both business and leisure travelers.