A friend and I decided it would be fun to stay in a gay hotel. We weren't expecting it to be nice, just fun and campy. When you arrive, there's nothing to indicate that the hotel is upstairs, so you have to rely on one of the patrons to notice that you look lost so that they can direct you, since the bartenders are probably busy.
Unfortunately, after paying 165 GBP for 2 nights (a holiday weekend), we were taken to a room that smelled like a cross between foot odor and a really rank homeless person. The manager seemed not to notice. After half a day, thinking that it would get better, it didn't and I complained. The manager kindly put us in another room, which smelled fine, saying that the former room needed to be cleaned, but it certainly didn't look unclean. How they will get the smell out of there, I have no idea.
Overall, the hotel is somewhat run down and I wouldn't mind so much, but I thought the price was pretty high given the state of the place. Of course, you're paying for the location, but next time I'll just go for one of the large chain hotels nearby. Why stay 10 feet away from all of the noise unless you're getting a super bargain rate?
Bring earplugs. I did, and I slept fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the New Union, you can benefit from: * Great value rooms from 40 pounds * 24-hour access key fob * Privacy: en-suite bathroom in every room * FREE Internet access via Wi-Fi * Convenient location near: o Gay village, Chinatown, shops & Palace theater o Piccadilly & Oxford Rd train stations o Chorlton St coach station ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New Union Manchester