I'm from Halifax but am currently working away. In the last few months me and my partner have stayed in this hotel twice when we have been back visiting family and friends. The question is: would I stay in this hotel again? Rock bottom rate and I probably would due to the location - however my partner point blank refuses to ever go back due to our experience.
1st stay was at end of Summer 2008 for one night. Didn't see much of the hotel as checked in and went straight out to meet friends. I managed to get in to the hotel ok, but when my partner tried at approximately 2am the door was locked and he could not enter. He had to wander around trying to keep warm until he could get in at 6am.
2nd stay the weekend before Christmas 2008 for three nights.
Was allocated room 110.
The noise was absolutely terrible from the functions downstairs. On the 2nd night I was a zombie from lack of sleep and ended up calling down to reception (from my mobile as the phone in room would not ring down) and asking what time the music was due to finish. The guy said "oh are you in the room above the dancefloor" my reply "yes judging by the fact that I can hear the music word perfectly, do you get these calls often from people in these rooms" his reply "all the time". This was also repeated by the female receptionist the morning after. She advised they get complaints all the time and to follow it up once home. When lying in your bed you could feel the base vibrating the room slightly, the music was louder than the volume you would have the telly at in your room, you could actually hear people's shouty conversations over the music. The music didn't stop until after 1am and then it took a while for people to disperse (could then hear people hanging around outside so had to shut the window). Then people proceeded to run around the hotel until 4.30 am (well, that was when I fell asleep!), then was woken up at 7am with people getting up for breakfast. When people are in the corridors there is no sound proofing WHATSOEVER and it sounds like they're right next to you. Also, as the parish church is just across the road you will be woken by bells ringing. On the plus side though in our room we were not bothered by traffic noise and heard nothing of the train station which again is across the road.
The room was tiny. It was smaller than in airport hotels or budget hotels etc etc. To get around the end of the bed you had to walk sideways between the wardrobe/dresser and the bed. The hotel website makes the hotel look quite sumptiously decorated. Couldn't be further from the truth!!!! Imagine a comedy BB or a relative's house from the 70s. All dusky pink and olive green. The headboard had scratched the wallpaper so it was all scuffed and peeling off. The furniture which in it's day would have been nice (dark, solid wood) was scuffed and scratched to bits. The bathroom was a bit mouldy and peeling also, with not enough ventilation. The bathroom was also filthy when we arrived, extremely dusty and full of short black hairs. The shower although old was powerful which was a plus point, but as it was in the bath, which has high sides, was a big step to get into. The TV in the room supposedly had sky but we only had the main terrestial channels. Another plus point though was the blinds and blackout curtains - it would have been easier to sleep in the day than at night! There were radiators in the room so could control yourself and it was nice to be in a hotel room where you could actually open the windows! The hairdrier wasn't great so would advise to take your own. We were provided with shower gel, shampoo and soap, and also basic tea and coffee making facilities with biscuits.
FOOD AND DRINK
Stayed on a room only basis (wasn't going to pay best part of a tenner pppn when staying in the town centre!) so can't comment really. However we were going to get room service until we saw the menu. It didn't look appealing at all e.g. cold gammon with chips. £5 tray charge as well for room service. On the Friday night my partner went to get a drink from the bar to bring up. It took him the best part of half an hour. As there was a function on there was no-one behind the normal bar and he had to track someone down to serve him. Then after paying the barman walked off without actually handing his pint to him so he had to find someone again!
The entrance and reception area is quite warm and cosy and I did like that. However, I didn't see a lift whilst I was there, the carpet on the stairs was threadbare. It was quite confusing as to get to our room we had to go up some stairs, round the corner, up some more stairs, round the corner etc etc and we were on the 1st floor?! The corridors were very narrow (possibly just enough room for 2 people to pass each other if they didn't mind getting up close and personal!!). The doors were dark wood and scuffed. To get in the room you got an electronic key card type thing. At one point in our stay it "ran out" and we had to go back to reception to get it working again.
This has to be one of the plus points for this hotel. Near the train station. Near the bus station. Parking close by. Near the shops. Near the bars. Please note that Halifax itself is on an slight incline and you are at the bottom. The shop are in the middle and the bars/clubs are at the top.
We had no problems parking. We parked in the car park by Hughes Corporation. If you have the train station on your right, the hotel on your left, take the right hand turn by Burger King then right again into car park. (If this is full there is a massive car park just below it which you would need to pay for). One of my pet hates is hotels without parking or with offsite parking, but this is literally a minute's walk away.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ETC IN HALIFAX
Eureka - museum for kids, across the road.
The theatre is called the Victoria Theatre and they get some good shows/gigs/acts etc. You're about 200m from it.
There are a lot of walks etc in the area.
Halifax is a Victorian town and there are tourist attractions built around this theme.
Shopping is pretty basic though definitely worth a wander.
Further afield you have Hebden Bridge, Bradford, Huddersfield, Howarth, Leeds, Meadowhall shopping centre nr Sheffield, Manchester (including Trafford Centre nearby). Blackpool, Whitby, Liverpool, York, Chester are also within an hour or two.
The Shay is a 15 minute walk, if that.
Halifax is big on drinking and there are lots of bars to choose from, all in staggering distance of each other! Try:
Goose, Commercial Street
Wetherspoons or Barracuda around Bull Green (lots of bars up there)
Main ones are Jumpin Jaks (chain - bit of everything, focus on cheese)
Or across the road from there you have Liquid (chain - dance mainly, with R&B) and Maine Street (cheese) (those 2 are in one building so 2 for price of 1)
Lots of Indian restaurants dotted about.
La Luna - brand new. Mixed menu i.e. tapas, pasta, steak. Main chicken dish was £6.95, bottle of house white Pinot Grigio £6.95. Nice mediterranean style. Westgate.
Hairy Lemon, Lord Street - top of town. Tapas & wine.
Othellos, North Bridge - Greek. Authentic with smashing plates!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial Crown Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Halifax. Situated opposite Halifax Railway Station and The Eureka Children's Museum. The Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel, Piece Hall; plus other local attractions are all in close proximity. Making us a great choice for both Business and Leisure stays. The hotel offers a range of 41 bedrooms spread over 5 floors. All rooms are en suite with tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, television with free view channels, direct dial telephone, FREE Wi-Fi, FREE parking and a 24-hour reception and bar service. The Imperial Crown Bar & Restaurant offers Breakfast plus a wide range of meals, snacks and refreshments all available throughout the day, to both residents and non-residents. Our menu incorporates some truly mouth-watering British classics, all fresh and cooked to order. The iconic Archives Suite provides an excellent choice for Weddings, Private Functions and Conferences. Directions: Join the M62, and exit at J24. Take the A629 to Halifax, and follow the signs for Eureka Children's Museum and the railway station. The hotel is opposite the railway station. Our car park is located on the opposite side of the road, a permit will need to be displayed in your vehicle; which can be collected from our reception. Leeds Bradford International Airport is about 38 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Crown Corus Halifax
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