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Having just checked out & returned home today after a night at this hotel, I think it's the best time to write a review whilst the experience is fresh in my mind.
First off, the ease of booking, I booked this through Superbreak as a last minute idea (made on Friday night) to go shopping in Manchester for the weekend and stop over Saturday night. I found it very easy to book, although I have used Superbreak before, it's a simple site to book through but thats another review. I did pop onto the Britannia hotel website to check the price booking it direct (the hotel is owned by Britannia Hotels) and they wanted TWICE the price but the ease of booking on there looked simple.
The price: I paid £39 for one night, for what it is it maybe a bit steep but it reflects the excellent location which I will get to in a minute. So all in all turned out to be a fair price.
Arrival: I get to the hotel, they have a smashed window on one of the fire exit doors, but maybe that just happened so can't hold that against them, the reception area was clean & tidy, nicely lit. I walk over to reception and I am greeted by a friendly member of staff who checks to see if my room was ready as I was early, it wasn't but I hadn't expected it to I just went on the off chance. But he did give me a card with my room details on & said my room would be ready shortly, I said I would come back and he kindly offered me the use of the luggage room for my bag whilst I waited to which I accepted. When I did checkin the speed was good, was done quickly but one thing they didn't do is explain how to get to the room, the hotels layout is a bit puzzling at first.
Location: The hotels location is very good in the case that its right in Picadilly behind Starbucks & Debenhams in Picadilly Gardens, so I can not fault that, Metrolink stop is right outside Debenhams and buses just a few hundred metres away in Picadilly Gardens taking you everywhere across Manchester. Just a 10 minute walk from Victoria & Picadilly train stations and taxi ranks dotted around it really couldn't be easier to get to. However the hotel is right above a main bar which is VERY noisy if you get a room on that side of the hotel like I did, so don't expect to sleep till the early hours, not what you'd expect from the location of hotel which is behind everything.
The Room: Ok, so I pay £39 which for a major city centre located hotel its a cheap deal I walked into the room, with very out dated decor, now I know some places are vintage but this was just run down especially since the hotel say they pride themself on being "refurbished". However the room was pleasant enough it was dull & dark but it was OK to just sleep in, thats all I wanted. Then I went into the bathroom, I wanted to walk back out again, the bathroom was old & run down, the side of the bath had come off on one side, there was mould on the floor & around the bath & sink. There was a mark on the ceiling and wires handing out of the wall. When I got into bed I also found a rip in the sheets, now the sheets were just plain dull cheap white ones, they could of walked 2 minutes to Primark and bought some for a few quid. what I found funny after seeing these things I found 3 leaflets on the desk in my room saying how the hotel pride themself on decor & keeping things in top condition and if they have missed anything to let them know on this form. The problems I seen obviously were unmissable & clearly been left for a long time.
Conclusion: All in all I would possibly stay here again, but I would only pay £39 MAXIMUM and only if nothing else was available considering the state of the bathroom & the noise but for a cheap one night place to get a few hours sleep in a very central location I wouldn't say it was that bad.
****Sachas hotel- Manchester****
I booked this hotel last minute as i had a job interview in Manchester and needed somewhere quite cheap ,that was also near the centre.
This hotel is located in Tibb street which is a 2 minute walk from Piccadily Gardens or 10 minutes away from Chorlton street bus station.The Train station is a little bit further away say maybe a twenty minute walk but i don't think that this is that bad .You can also get a tram from Piccadily gardens and this goes to quite a few places.You could also get a taxi to the hotel but i am not sure what parking is like if you were to take your own car.
Since i had never been to Manchester before i phoned and asked the staff for directions -they were very nice and helped me out.When i got there i think i got the same women(was a few days later).Staff member was lovely ,you felt like she actually liked her job/was being genuine.Checking in didn't take very long,it started to get busy so another member of staff came out and helped.
One problem with the hotel was that the lift was broken and the signs to the service one weren't that clear,so i ended up dragging my suitcase up four flights of stairs and my suitcase aint light!!!. The other thing i didn't like was that the room i had didn't have a window,which i thought was weird.I like looking out the window for the view/to check what the weather is like before i decide what to wear.The room itself was very neat and tidy and came with tea/coffee facilities .The shower was reasonable ,not great but good enough for a hotel.My room didn't have a mini bar but i don't know if this is the case in them all.
The room service was very quick and they had a good selection of food-Prices are what you expect for room service.
Breakfast-They offer a buffet breakfast in one of the bars downstairs for around £10 depending on which option you get. I paid £5 for mine and i am glad i did as i would say it isn't worth any more than that. I went for breakfast at about 10am and it looked like some of the items had been on the hotplate since they started serving breakfast at 7!!!The staff also seem busy so it can take them a while to get you a pot of tea or coffee.
They have a swimming pool which can be used for £2.50 a day or £5 a week.
I paid £100 for 2 nights through hotelclub.com(if anyone wants referred feel free to ask :-)).Prices seem to start from £55 depending on what time of the week or the month you book.Also if you do it through the club i have mentioned they also give you *member dollars* which can be used for money off future hotel bookings.
I would say this is a great hotel as it is cheap ,the staff are nice and is in a wonderful location.