Myself and my business partner were working in Manchester for the night and stayed in this poor excuse for a hotel.
I had not gone with my business partner to check in as I was pre-occupied with work but I thought he was exaggerating when he said it was a dump.
However, on arriving at the hotel last night I immediately felt uneasy as the hotel was down a alley way next to a construction site and the alley was lined with litter and graffiti.
Upon entering the hotel we were greeted with a dusty staircase before we even got to the reception area.
I saw no sign of a lift and wondered what would happen if a disabled person was to stay there.
As we climbed the dangerously uneven stairs to the third floor and my business partner lead me down the corridor, I began to feel quite sick. It was absolutely filthy and the toilet and shower rooms were dirty, grubby and more like a Cupboard than a room.
I thought surely our room wouldn't be that bad and maybe the staff concentrate more on their cleanliness than the corridor's.
I stood by the door as my colleague put the key in the door and struggled to open it. It took 5 minutes to unlock and another 5 to lock it on the other side.
As we stepped into our room my heart sank. Not only was it a box room with a bed shoved into it but the room it's self was absolutely filthy. There was dust and dirt all along the skirting boards, the carpet was stained and faded, the pipes for the sink were rusted and dusty and there was stains, dirt, damp spots and even writing on the wall.
The room also smelt strange and unpleasant.
Thankfully the bed had clean sheets so we sat down onto it to notice it wasn't very stable at all. It was wooden slacks and I could feel them creaking with every movement I made.
We turned on the insult of a TV (which was basically the size of an iPad) and realised our remote was broken so it was stuck on one channel.
Giving up and feeling tired and dismayed by the fact we had paid £38 for somewhere worse than a hostel we lay down to get to sleep which I found difficult considering the small thin pillows.
I woke up this morning with neck pain because of this.
We decided, after contemplation to go and get breakfast and as we entered the dining room it became clear their impression of a "full continental breakfast" was a couple of basic cereals and toast which you had to make yourself. I had a small bowl of cereal and my colleague had toast which he pointed out the loaf of bread was best BEFORE today.
The breakfast room had 5 tables and the "hotel" had 23 rooms. It's just as well not everyone came down at the same time.
The milk and juice ran out half way through me eating my cereal. We sat for 20 minutes and there was no sign of staff coming to check if anything needed refilling.
I looked down at the floor of the breakfast room and noticed the carpet was caked in dirt. It looked a though it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. I looked up at the walls and noticed damp peeling wall paper and even more dirt.
As I felt sick I asked my colleague there and then if we could just get out of that place. He agreed, we grabbed our bags and had never been so happy to leave a place in our lives.
How that place has passed it's Health and safety regulations is beyond me and I'm in my right mind to report them to a health inspector for the appalling state of their so called hotel.
I've stayed in youth hostels in the past and even their standards have been sky high when compared to this place.
Never ever stay here, it's the worst hotel I've ever been to in my whole life.
I want my money back!
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