I have found Macdonald hotels in Scotland pretty good, but this Manchester property is a stinker! It is billed as a "boutique hotel in a historic building" but is in reality a poorly converted, characterless warehouse sandwiched between the busiest road and noisiest clubs in the city.
Noisy: My room was few metres from a club that featured drunken brawls, a police visit and non-stop music until four in the morning.This was a Thursday night. Sleep was impossible as the rubbish collection is made at five. What is genuinely shocking is that the owners have made no attempt to sound-proof the rooms; the single-glazed sash windows do not close properly and are accompanied by a poorly-fitting glass panel without a seal. The result? Wind whistling through the gaps to accompany the noise of people swearing and fighting.
Dirty: Mould all around a bath that had been crudely painted with cream paint to disguise areas of damage (already flaking, so that pieces floated in the bath water!).
Lack of a proper lobby, restaurant that has the atmosphere of a morgue and front desk staff who blithely deny that there is any noise problem at the hotel (see other postings).
I find it hard to imagine that the positive reviews on T.A. are of the same hotel. Take a chance if you want to find out for yourself, but don't expect to get any sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated right in the beating heart of Manchester's city centre, the Townhouse Hotel is the perfect boutique-style hotel for your visit to this exciting and cosmopolitan city. Set in a former cotton warehouse, the hotel has been given a fantastic £3.5 Million makeover and now boasts the perfect blend of style, space and comfort. Townhouse Hotel is conveniently located in the city centre for the Manchester shopping district, theatre, exhibitions and two of the country's biggest football clubs as well as the city's vibrant nightlife. Relax in our stylish and comfortable guest rooms after a busy day's shopping and exploring - then why not check out our stylish 101 Brasserie for delicious dishes cooked with the best seasonal produce available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Hotel Manchester
- Best Western Manchester
- Manchester Best Western