We found the Ashley Hotel in Hale pretty easily, and the over night parking was in an adjacent car park used by the co-op. I don’t know Manchester and this for all I know, Hale, may have been the ghetto. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my car over night in a supermarket car park. Hale is not the ghetto though as demonstrated by the top of the range mercs, audis, the odd Bentley and BMW’s that were parked on the streets. Still, there isnt any on site parking.
The hotel was a typical Britannia, I suspect if they built one today it would look like it had seen better days, the Ashley was no exception, it looked like it had seen better days but it was clean and it was only a place to sleep prior to the flight early the following day.
The room itself was clean, it had a bath slash makeshift wine cooler and a telly.
We decided to hit Hale and avail ourselves of a McDonalds/Pizza Hut/Fast Food. Hale wasn’t generous in it places for the deep of pocket and short of finger and so it was back to the temptingly advertised Britannia Hotel 6.95 all you can eat buffet. So we go to the restaurant, told we have to pay at the bar, the bar guides us to reception, the reception says you can’t have it as it isn’t available after 8, we point out its 7.45, we are met with blank looks that seem to say “you are working purely on a preconstrained time pattern and here at the Britannia Ashley we take our time pattern from another universe”. With this in mind we ordered fish and chips instead. It was alright.
Back at the room, lights off and at the point we realise that the room has a supernatural eerie green glow to it. I look around to see if something from Ghostbusters is in the room, or failing that is a neon billboard just outside our window. No is the answer to both of them. It seems that a feature of The Britannia Ashley is, and this is no extra charge by the way, but a feature is that when you turn the light off, there, in all its emerald glory is a green emergency light. I am pretty certain that I am going to block this out, after all how irritating can a green glow to a room be?
It seems one of the most singularly irritating things when you know you have to be up at 3.30am is a green glow to your hotel room. Between 10pm and 3am (we cut our losses 30 minutes early) me and the Staffordian fighting midget I lovingly call Lisa got zero sleep, not a single wink of the allocated 40.
So in summary, ok location, tired, worn, both the hotel and me, no parking, wouldnt stop there again
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Ashley Altrincham
- Hotel Britannia Ashley
- Britannia Ashley Hotel Altrincham, Cheshire