I booked into an Executive room with a window. Watch out as some rooms have none. The room was tired and shabby (in a bad way) with an old style TV and broken remote. The window was filthy and didn't shut allowing the seriously loud street noise to come in. There is no air conditioning, fans or cooling devices and the room was far too hot to be comfortable. The walls are like paper and you will be able to hear every TV in the corridor. I could also clearly hear a chap next door on the loo. On a positive note, the grad stair's look great but with only two decrepit lifts covering the entire hotel if your room is not on the first floor (mine was on the third) you won’t need to attend a gym after a visit.
The breakfast is horrible, the sausages look alien and about 1p each and I think the scrambled eggs are made from caterer’s liquid egg from a bottle. The toast is think and only semi cooked but dry and stale round the edges having sat for hours under a heat lamp hoping someone will select it. For some reason, the breakfast chap sets his greeting table next to a bannister then put a cordon several feet in front stretching 6 feet to the right meaning you have to shout your room number to him. You then have to walk 6 feet to the right and then six feet back to go down the stairs he sits next to. Perhaps he doesn't like guests within 6 foot of him creating a slightly comical scene. Tea is ready made in a flask and although there appears to be a selection of twinning bags to select from, there is no hot water allowing the allusion of something nice without it actually being provided.
I took six taxis whilst at the hotel over 3 days. Each driver looked at me with sad eyes when I told them the hotel I was travelling to. I think the hotel receptionist sums up the hotel, on checking out he took my key and said 'that's it'. When a hotel does not dare to ask how your stay was, its because they know it was terrible!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Hotel Manchester offers great value accommodation in a fantastic Manchester city centre location. The hotel is located in one of Manchester's premier architectural buildings and is grade II listed with outstanding details, such as balconied stairway throughout the building. This Manchester Hotel has two lively bars, where you can dance the night away or have a quiet drink. Jenny's restaurant serves a varied selection of Britain's favourite dishes, whilst the Overstuffed Pizzeria offers freshly cooked pizzas and pastas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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