We stayed here on a Saturday night. Reception staff very friendly and helpful. We received a complimentary upgrade (to Room 20), which was nice.
Room 20 (along with many others we gathered) had a quirky mezzanine floor which made the sleeping area a little claustraphobic. Also, only a double bed, we would have expected a king size. The air conditioning not working either - so we told reception. On our return from a meal out, a letter had been pushed under the door saying the unit needed a new part and if we needed help opening the windows (one small 1 ftx1ft) or operating the fan, they would help. Having read similar reviews, I think the air conditioning was already broken before we arrived, but I hope I am just being cynical. The room was very warm and the window offered little relief, so not the most comfortable of nights.
We could here every word and the TV from our neighbours...shan't go into detail! So much so, I had to wear ear plugs! But I am a light sleeper, but the walls seemed very thin.
The roof top bar was also closed because of a private party - which was a real shame and spoilt the visit a bit (we had been looking forward to enjoying the views).
The room bar was extortionate in price. Half a bottle of medicore wine over £11 and bottled water £5.50 a bottle.
Breakfast was also on the pricey side £16.95 for a full english breakfast. We felt this was a bit on the steep side, with continental breakfast nearly £15.
Service was very good, all staff were very welcoming. The food we did have was nice.
Overall, a nice enough hotel in a quiet location, but we have stayed in better quality for less. We left feeling a bit let down, and a felt the whole place was a little claustraphobic (clearly they cannot change the size of the building!), but it felt cramped.
We had high hopes for this hotel, but we felt it lacked the finesse we had anticpated. However, if you are looking for quirky with attentive, then this is your place, but we think with a few changes it could be so much better for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a stone's throw from Manchester's most exclusive shopping areas, restaurants and theatres, this original Victorian school house has been transformed into a chic townhouse hotel with unique, individually designed bedrooms and suites alongside stylish lounges and Oyster Bar.The Old School House also boasts stunning entertainment rooms and features Manchester only Eclectic Roof Terrace available for exclusive use for your own tailor made event.Being madly eclectic, all of our rooms have a personality of their own, giving the guest a unique experience every visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great John Street Manchester
- Hotel Great John Street