This was our umpteenth stay at the Old Trafford Lodge over many years. For cricket lovers, it is its location that is its main selling point. Right on the cricket ground itself and with half its rooms overlooking the playing area, it is the ideal place to watch a match. All the rooms at the back (those facing the ground) have private balconies with a table and several chairs for half a dozen or so spectators. Guests can invite visitors to watch from their balcony provided that the guests have purchased entry tickets to Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The rooms, either double or twin, are a comfortable size with en-suite hand basin, a WC and a shower, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no air-conditioning so be aware that your room can get stuffy. Breakfast is taken in an extended bar area on the ground floor next to Reception. It is an adequate continental meal with tea or coffee, a variety of cereals, small cakes, bread for toast making, rolls, jams & marmalade, fruit, etc. The bread rolls on offer during our most recent visit were as tough as old boots! They looked appetising but were not the nice freshly-baked crusty variety that we were expecting.
This same area can be used by guests in the evening for their takeaway meals. Plates and cutlery are all there for the use of diners. A variety of takeaway menus are on a rack in the reception area. Just choose what type of meal you fancy and ring your order through. Wait in reception on one of the comfortable settees for your order to arrive and hey-presto! Salford Quays is not too far away and there are also some nice restaurants in that area.
There was a problem with car parking on our most recent visit. Half of the large car park at LCCC had been cordoned off with metal barriers for some unexplained reason. This was the half immediately in front of The Lodge. Arriving at 2.00pm on the Sunday, we circled the remaining parking area to eventually find the last empty space. It was some distance from the entrance to The Lodge so we had to haul our luggage quite a long way. Luckily it was a fine day. If it had been raining, the distance would have been more of a problem.
LCCC has now introduced parking ticket machines at the entrance to the Cricket Club. Guests must press a button on the machine and take a ticket. This has to be validated at Reception in The Lodge otherwise you will have to pay to park your car. It is a bit of a hassle if you want to go out before breakfast to buy a newspaper and then return within a few minutes.
The metal barriers were removed at lunchtime on our second day at The Lodge. This opened up far more parking spaces for guests so no more long walks dragging luggage.
The rooms now need a little attention because they are starting to look tired. The patio doors in our room would not lock so I did report this to Reception on our first evening there. Nothing was done about it before we checked out on the Wednesday. Some fresh paint and new curtains would make a difference, too.
The Lodge is an ideal location when watching cricket at Old Trafford. We will certainly return sometime in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Trafford Lodge in ideally located in the Lancashire County Cricket Club, with the Metro link providing easy access to the City centre and the Salford Quays. With 36 Executive bedrooms overlooking the famous Old Trafford pitch, where else can you relax on your own balcony at the end of your working day and enjoy the unique experience of watching County Cricket from your bedroom window? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Trafford Hotel Trafford
- Old Hotel Trafford
- Old Trafford Lodge Greater Manchester