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... as the explosion went off just ahead of us around the corner.This was definitely something I would not have foreseen coming. The shockwave hit our chests and we crouched down in bomb mode thinking it was a car accident. It sounded as if a full dumpster had fallen from dump truck as it was lifting it up to empty it. It was a small bomb and no one was hurt, but it was interesting to see everyone go back to their beers as if nothing had happened. I don’t feel it ...
... my way around the place with all the familiar items, pictures and smells I finally broke down as I walked into the third bedroom with the old bunk beds we used when we were little. I have been avoiding thinking about my Grandpas passing but there was no avoiding here. I miss him terribly. But his home will hopefully help me get past this odd sleep cycle I have. (As I write this at 2:45am!!!!!!) I am going to show Dan ...
... paying... Of course I have ZERO cash. No dollars or pounds on me! So don't bother robbing this girl in the next 24 hours! Well as the ladies got closer I had accepted I would starve to death. The lady came to me. Looked at her list then asked the magical question: "beef or chicken?" I guess I have to thank Kayak.com for buying me dinner!! Woohoo. Within 15 minutes of consuming what I thought was my savior I felt instantly sick. I am pretty sure it wasn't the food, ...
Apparently Stage 1 of the Tour kicks off today in York and the riders will see a giant swath of West and North Yorkshire. I have to admit the main focus for us what the preparation for the next day and the all important climb up Holme Moss in Stage 2. I spent the morning recovering from the rigors of the race the previous evening and relaxing. The big event during the day was lunch ...
... of other travelers at one of the travel centres for dinner. It was pretty unsatisfying (Burger King...chicken again), but good to take a break for awhile. Arrival time at our Marriott hotel at a country club outside Manchester was close to 8:00. We didn't even venture out of the room, but restuffed our bags with added souvenirs and got ready to face the long plane trip home on the 4th. It has been quite a day, and a wonderful trip...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gardens Hotel Manchester
The only good thing I have to say about this hotel is it's location. Very close to Picadilly train station and the town centre. But then so is the Thistle hotel just opposite.
What an amazing hotel!
I am a very welcomed guest at the hotel because I have used it over and over again I first stayed in the Gardens Hotel a year ago for just one night i did get a city room (no windows) but that did not bother me because of the price (75 pound for a room for 3 people!) The second time i stayed there I had a room with windows but the only downer to that was that it was a saturday night so there was a bit of noise in the early hours! But what do you expect! The Staff are very friendly and helpful! That is why I have stayed there 6 times during the last year! Would highly recommend!
Nothing good to say
We stayed at the Garden Hotel in Manchester in August 2004. It was part of a package we received when we purchased our air tickets. I was very disappointed as the room was dingy so my husband asked for an upgrade to an executive room, which they provided, and it proved to be just a bigger dingy room. The check in staff weren't very friendly and the hotel certainly didn't have a good atmosphere.
We would not stay there on our next trip to Manchester.
We stayed at the Gardens for 2 nights in October 2004. After reading the reviews at this website I emailed them to ensure we got a room with a window. Since this could not be guaranteed I didn't know what to expect. We did get a room with a huge window - the length of the room. It was quiet - we overlooked the center of the hotel. The bathroom had a huge long tub which offered a wonderful long soak. However, the dust bunnies between the dressers and walls must have been 4th generation. The furniture was extremely old and the 2 table lamps had shades that were constantly tilted - reminded me of old Green Acres tv show. We just told people that the location was great though. We were not in the room very much as we were touring the city. A few panhandlers at night in front of hotel didn't add any class to the hotel. We didn't expect much so we weren't disappointed. Other B & B's on our UK tour were first class so this 2 night stay at the Gardens just added a bit of dodgy character.
I stayed at the hotel in October and the hotel was quite nice and the rooms were fine. The staff did not have a clue what they were doing and were unhelpful. I found out this week that I have charged twice for the stay, and will take a couple of months for this to be sorted out, which is not satifactory at all.
Adequate but expensive
Arriving from London after the Hotel booking place at the Station had closed did not leave us with many choices.
Like other reviewers we were given an internal room (no windows) allbeit at a reduced (slight) rate. The lack of windows did not bother us, in fact it helped to keep the room dark from the late setting sun in the UK.
Facilities were OK, tea coffee etc supplied in room. Bathroom OK, but why can't the British install showers that work properly.
I have a feeling that the Hotel is not situated in the best part of town. In the evening the area looked a bit seedy, but its very handy for the railway station and car rental offices.
Adequate, but expensive adequacy
NB! No window in the rom
The hotel had a brilliant location. We was 12 persons on tour, was warned that we could get rooms without a window. I wrote a mail several months before our journey, to ensure that we, travelling with children, wasn`t put in such a room. But we did. Very bad service!! Otherwise Ok.
I stayed at the Gardens Hotel last week and this was probably my worst night in any three-star hotel in the UK. No window in the room and a noisy overheated atmosphere with sound carrying from neighbouring rooms (also windowless) all night. Nobody told me the room would be windowless when I booked.
For nearly £70 inc breakfast I felt this was a complete rip-off.
Reception staff didn't offer any apology despite my complaints.
I work in tourism and have stayed at over 300 hotels in Britain. This was very bad for its price.
I checked out early, and got superior facilities in a local hotel that was £18 per night cheaper- so no bad feelings about the city, just the Gardens Hotel.
We stayed at The Gardens Hotel for our honeymoon weekend, it was lovely. The hotel is well kept and the room was spotlessly clean. We had one of the executive rooms, so we had a huge four poster bed and a jacuzzi, we also got a trouser press, iron and ironing board, and soaps, shower gels, shower caps and shampoos.