We attended the NYE party at GJS. The hotel is beautiful, informal and comfortable and the concept of "taking the hotel over for the evening" is a nice touch. The BBQ style buffet was excellent. The menu choice was good and the options extensive.
The reason for going to GJS was the NYE party. The event was planned across two floors with an R&B disco downstairs and a live Motown band and disco adjacent to the roof top terrace. For the party to be truly memorable there needed to be another 50 or so people. When the roof top terrace was busy the downstairs disco was empty. The live band sang Motown songs but in a karaoke fashion. I've heard and seen much better.
The midnight countdown was a disappointment. There wasn't really any countdown and nothing was organised or made of it. It would have been I nice touch ( within the ticket price) for the hotel to have offered a celebratory glass of champers with which to welcome in the NY. I'm really pleased we negotiated a reduction on the ticket price before we attended. Equally the same applied to the breakfast. The latter was extensive but expensive if the normal full price of £17 is paid. I was surprised that there was a 10% supplement added to the cost of all drinks. OK, I know it was NYE but it was a little cheeky!!
Equally cheeky was to add £1 to the bill in support of the hotels chosen charity. Obviously the amount is irrelevant but the principle of just adding it with no explanation is wrong. I would have gladly given significantly more to their chosen charity if they'd simply asked. The main question is would we go back? Well, probably if only to see if 2012 was a blip or whether that is NYE at GJS.
The Pro's: Bedroom, BBQ, Roof Top Terrace and disco,
The Con's: Lack of atmosphere/not enough people. The programme of events felt a little disorganised
- 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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