I stayed at the Days Hotel in Manchester 2 days ago, checking in on Sunday 24th November and out on Monday 25th.
I booked through a Wowcher, according to which I would get a night's stay, plus a meal and breakfast, for a value up to £163.30. To be honest, I find it hard to believe that the whole experience could cost that much, and surely I would have been a little annoyed had I actually paid that for my stay...
The hotel itself is quite modest in appearance. Location is not bad, as you are able to walk to the center of Manchester quite easily.
The venue is fairly big, if a bit like a maze, with lots of stairs and rooms just on the ground floor - apparently it is used fairly often for conferences?
When we arrived, nobody at the front desk greeted us - the quite glum-looking staff member just gave us our key and information about chek out/meals etc and quite oddly did not ask for our ID/credit card to check on our booking. I don't believe he cracked even the littlest of smiles during the whole exchange.
We then went up to our room, discovering it was quite small and basic, with quite cheap pillows and a TV with a fairly dated screen menu. The bathroom is small but seemed clean enough thankfully. The room also seemed clean, although it does look old and tired, and the carpet on the floor just doesn't look like the easiest thing to keep clean...
Overall it was nothing absolutely remarkable at all. As we got back that night, I checked our bed and found quite a few hairs both on the bed sheet and underneath! I took photographic evidence of that.
We had been to a concert and were very tired to after getting rid of the ones we could see we went to sleep...however I didn't use the cover provided as I am very squeamish about these things - I slept with my coat on! The bed cover also looked quite cheap and it was torn at one corner.
The bathroom was exhibiting some odd behaviour - once you flushed the toilet the water kept trickling down with accompanying noise- it went on ALL NIGHT until we figured out you need to press the flush button twice for some reason to make it stop. We were not told about this, I am guessing this is due to the facilities being old...
The final complaint I have is about the breakfast, which was not bad in itself - basic, but with fairly everything you might need if you don't feel like anything particularly fancy. However, as I was going to get some orange juice, I noticed a gentleman had stuck his hand in to the juice jug trying to pick up a piece of fruit, watched by a waiter who once the gentleman was done just proceeded to pour more orange juice in the same jar his hand had been. Needless to say this put me off helping myself to any more juice...really unhigienic!!!
They kept our bags for us after we checked out, but as we left nobody asked us how our experience had been or said anything apart from a bored and uninsterested 'bye'.
I really don't think I will be going back to the Days Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pendulum Hotel Manchester City & Manchester Conference Centre is a fantastic 3*Hotel and Conference Centre, offering a perfect base for your city visit. The hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station for trains, trams and a free bus service across the city. The Hotel is also located 15 minutes' drive from Manchester International Airport. The hotel is conveniently located in one of the city's most fashionable areas for clubs and culture, within easy reach of the best bars, pubs, theatres, exhibitions and concerts, as well as Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs. The hotels facilities are impressive with The Conservatory Bar & Courtyard, The Hub Bistro and Coffee Bean Cafe serving meals and drinks throughout the day, alongside 24 Hour Room Service. The Pendulum Hotel is home to state-of-the-art business facilities courtesy of The Manchester Conference Centre... Making the Pendulum Hotel unique amongst other Manchester Hotels. This friendly and flexible 3* Hotel offers so much more, with drinks offers, meal deals and events taking place throughout year. There is never a dull moment, or you can find some peace in this busy city and relax overlooking our leafy courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Hotel Manchester
- Days Inn Manchester