Having decided to spend Easter Sunday away we looked on the Innkeepers lodge web site, a chain we are familiar with. The Merlin came up at £45 per night with breakfast and being only 45 miles from home was perfect for a one night stay. We arrived around 2-30pm, the building is quite imposing set on the side of the main road into Alderley Edge. The reception/bar was very busy with people waiting to dine in the restaurant and staff seemed to be running around like headless chickens. It took about 10 minutes to be checked in . The young lady who I think could have been the manager was very pleasant and told us about breakfast and contact numbers .
We were given room 4 on the first floor. This room was very large and an upgrade to the usual Innkeepers lodge standards. Contemporary in style it was nicely decorated with flat screen tv on wall, and a double bed , which could easily be upgraded to a super king without much loss to space. The bathroom was a good size and again modern in style but to be honest could do with a little money spent on it . Areas around the bath have become unsightly with mill dew. Shabby paint work and a toilet seat that stays up would vastly improve the impression. Room 4 is situated at the front of the hotel and the noise from a busy road can be noticed at night . I think double glazing would be a great plus, in my view, a room at the rear of the hotel would be better. We had booked a table in the restaurant for 6-30pm, we had viewed the menu in the room and personally thought the prices to be a little high for what is basically a pub/ restaurant. The menu can be seen on line. The selection of Sunday roasts that they said was served all day seemed good value and we were looking forward to that. The restaurant again contemporary in style was busy and had a good atmosphere. Again I think the wine and drink prices suffer due to the pubs post code? .On being seated a pleasant young girl reeled of a list of meals they had run out of, only one roast of the five on offer and virtually none of the special starters or deserts were now available. One of the things I cannot understand and does annoy me is how a pub or restaurant that offers all day roasts and being that it is going to be a busy Easter Sunday can run out of so many dishes by 6-30pm , rant over. To be fair the roast pork at £9-95 was good quality and nicely presented. We had three courses, a bottle of wine and 2 other drinks and the bill was £73. Breakfast was the standard continental offered by this chain and is more than enough. Would I stay again, yes at the same price but not sure if I would pay the normal £90 for bed and breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between Wilmslow and picturesque Alderley Edge, this elegant lodge gives you all the charm of a country hotel only 12 miles from Manchester.Dating back to the 1880s and dripping with original features and luxurious touches, it's amongst some of the most characterful accommodation in Cheshire. In fact, it was once one of the grandest private residences in wealthy Alderley Edge. Today it offers 10 comfy, modern rooms and a cosy pub and restaurant, where you can savour fresh, seasonal food in the warmth of a crackling open fire.Alderley Edge may boast the highest number of millionaires per square mile in the country, but there's much more to this pretty village than star watching. It's built upon a sandstone escarpment that overlooks the Cheshire Plain, where walkers will find many picturesque routes criss-crossing its beautiful scenery. The National Trust's Quarry Bank Mill and stylish Knutsford are also well worth a visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Merlin Hotel Alderley Edge
- Innkeeper's Lodge Alderley Edge Cheshire