I booked this hotel last minute for an overnight business trip and got the last available room in the hotel - the 3 bed family room on the top floor. The room had no ensuite, which was made plain when I booked, so I knew what to expect. I was also aware there was no lift and I am a 60 year old with a wheelie full of books to take to my book launch. However, none of this mattered, as I was staying in a hotel which I recalled from my youth as a 'posh' Manchester hotel - 'used to come here for after work drinks when in my 20s.
The Mitre nowadays is a modest but very comfortable city centre hotel. The rooms and furniture have undoubtedly seen better days but I was most impressed with the cleanliness of the place. The bedding was crisp, white and immaculate and the faded, worn carpet well vaccuumed. In fact the cleaning staff stopped by to enquire if I needed any further soap, towels etc and I congratulated these lovely, friendly ladies on the splendid job they do. Note to manager: those angels are worth a pay rise.
The absence of a lift proved to be a very minor inconvenience as the stairs comprise short flights and there are only 4 floors. If I managed, others will. The lack of an ensuite too was not a problem, as there were 2 bathrooms right outside my door and, even though the hotel was full, I found both of them vacant whenever I needed them. They were fairly basic shower rooms, but everything worked OK.
I was on the top floor and had a brilliant view of the city (albeit when I perched on a chair). I paid the princely sum of £49 for the room and consider this amazing value for a city centre hotel in the summer season. I would most certainly stay here again. A previous reviewer complained there was not left luggage facility, but the reception staff will willingly keep an eye on your luggage at the reception desk. I had forgotten the friendliness of my fellow Mancunians until I met the friendly chap on reception.
From the Mitre, you can walk to everywhere in the city you may wish to go. There is a first class Marks & Spencer close by (with a cafe if you like to breakfast out), also Harvey Nichols etc; the cathedral is just opposite and the ancient building known as 'The Shambles' is also across the yard. What I like best about the Mitre is that it is a safe and comfortable place for a woman to stay when travelling alone. Itmay not have retained the poshness I recall from 40 years ago, but it offers great value in a great location and I would certainly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mitre Hotel is one of the oldest and most loved hotels in Manchester city centre.Located on Cathedral Gates, it is perfect for business, families, romantic trysts or nights out with friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mitre Hotel Manchester