I knew it sounded to good to be true - our normal airport parking was £80 and this was a Hotel including parking for £66!
We made the horrendous mistake of paying an extra £35 for a 3 course la carte meal plus full english breakfast - I wouldn't have paid £3.50 for it and fed it to a dying dog.
The Hotel looks quite nice upon arrival and the Reception was OK with a foreign clerk however, thats all that is OK about this disgusting excuse for a Hotel.
The place is in ruin and was last decorated in 1940 it appears. Wallpaper is missing and falling off, painting has been started and not finished, carpets are threadbare and everywhere is filthy! The rooms are worse with all sorts of stains and marks on the walls and carpets complimented by battered, damaged cheap furniture and oodles of dirt!
The TV could not pick up anything other than Channel 5 and that was a poor ghostly picture, the bathroom was filthy and I dare not shower in the jacuzzi bath for fear of electrocution or legionaires disease. The four poster bed had a broken post which perilously wobbled and the mattress sank so badly to one side I actually fell out of bed twice! The sheets were dirty with brown stains on and the walls were marked with what looked terrifyingly like blood and excriment!
As we had paid in advance for the meal we ventured down to be greeted with a 1970's style carvery - cooked and there since 1970 it appeared! Cold watered down soup started the offering deliverd by a comedy "Manuel "style waiter followed by a carvery which offered an imaginative menu of turkey, BBQ chicken or cremated tuna steak accompained by carrots, carrots and carrots plus aunt bessies soggy roasts and thick skinned gravy. It was disgusting and inedible with no taste with the only morbid enjoyment being watching the faces of other unsuspecting guests who had paid for this rubbish and trying like us to see the funny side or put on a brave face!
After an atrocious nights sleep thanks to the sinking bed, noisy neighbours and the disco downstairs with drunken Christmas parties screaming Living On A Prayer below our window until 2am, we braved breakfast before our 9 hour flight as we didn't think it was possible to mess up a simple breakfast - toast and coffee would do we told ourselves.
How wrong we were! Breakfast is served in the Pizzza place and the food was disturbingly unregonisable. Making bacon, sausages and eggs look and taste like dog food really is a talent and even the tinned tomatoes tasted wierd on the burnt toast. The coffee was more like creosote and the service was hilariously bad.
The pick up point is unclear and not marked at Manchester Airport and collection is hourly so we had 40 minutes to wait in the freezing cold hoping we were in the right spot. The driver was miserable and unhelpful and stopped for 15 minutes for a driver changeover which consisted of a gossip and two cigarettes whilst we waited door and drivers window open!
We do not normally complain and appreciate this a cheap hotel specialising in airport 1 night stays. owever it was completely unacceptable and we rang the booking agent to complain after dinner but had no where else to leave our car at such short notice, so have to write to them and the hotel and will also be contacting trading standards and Environmental Health/ HSE as this place is scary and should not be trading.
I really advise you to stay away from this poor excuse of a Hotel as try as we might even we could not see the funny side!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Country House Hotel & Spa has a wide range of facilities including two restaurants, free parking for up to 600 spaces, free WI-Fi and also has a gym and spa. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, in addition to a TV, telephone, suit press and a hairdryer. All bathrooms include both a shower and bath. It is perfectly located for any visit to Manchester, being within a 10 minute drive of Manchester Airport, as well as only 20 minutes' drive away from Manchester City Centre, Manchester United Football Club and the second largest shopping centre in the UK - the Trafford Centre. Getting to the hotel couldn't be much easier, as it is only a 2 minute drive to the M60 motorway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Country Manchester
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