We had booked a private room for two people and were pleasantly surprised when we walked into the hostel as it has a nice reception area and looks fine from the outside. It wasn't until we were shown to our room that we realized our fate. The 'room' was a glorified cupboard, it was tiny, very cramped and a strange size. The bunk beds didn't even fit along the side of any wall so they were placed in the middle leaving space for only two people to barely stand side by side. There was a bin in a corner and a mirror on a wall, and apart from that there was no furniture whatsoever, not even a table or set of drawers! So we had nowhere to put our clothes (or anything for that matter) and basically had to live out of our suitcase. When getting ready we had to sit on the floor or bed. The room was dirty, had holes in the wall and ceiling and there were no windows, just glass around the top of the wall that meant whenever the hall light was on the light spilled through. This made it very difficult to sleep as the light kept going off and on and was very bright. The room was very musty and smelled quite bad as there was no way to allow fresh air into the room. The bedding was clean although the mattresses were springy and pillows lumpy. The shared shower room was nice with four showers with radios, however the glass in the showers is see-through so if you want to take a shower here you have to accept that everyone in the shower room can see you taking a shower!! There are no private showers or cubicles to get changed in. Towels were charged at £3 per towel. The shared toilet was fine and clean. The location is good as the Arndale shopping centre is only a 5/10 minute walk away. I asked to use their iron and was led into a basement which was cold, run down and dirty. The ironing board was all stained and dirty. The staff at the reception were cheerful and friendly, although when we asked if we could have a better room they said they could not offer us anything else so we had to live in these conditions for three days/nights. I would describe it as what I would imagine living in a prison would be like, living in a basic cell with only a bed and a bin, no windows or air and public showers. For almost twenty pound a night per person for a private room, this hostel is not cheap, and I would strongly advise that you spend your well-earned money elsewhere!
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- Ashton House Hotel Manchester
- Ashton House Hotel
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