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After that had a meal at the Queen Victoria which is a very old pub, and then a walk around the shops in the old town. The shops are at ground level and also on an upper level. Chester isan old Roman town and has kept it's character throughout hundreds of years. The wall is still in remarkble condition and is almost 90% complete.
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still, we had a good look around the museum and spent about three hours there. Lots of things to see and in summer there are boat trips up the canal.
A good day out.
On Wednesday we set off to Port Sunlight and Ellesmere Port.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Great John Street Hotel Manchester
My husband and i had the pleasure of staying at The Great John Street Hotel on Friday night. I booked it the day before as a surprise, i chose 'The Grandest' suite. I was quite surprised at the price as it was £205 for the night however when i enquired into staying saturday too the price for saturday jumped to £450!
This however is my only grumble!
The hotel is warm and very welcoming as are its staff. As we arrived we where greeted by a lovely girl on reception who checked us in and our car was parked by a valet! ( a luxury i have never encountered before!)
We were then taken to our suite by a lady who gave a guided tour of the hotel on the way, a nice touch!
Our room was complete bliss, it was immaculate, well presented and decorated and well....posh! It was on two levels and from our bed we could the Coronation Street set! It was great fun!
Every memeber of staff we spoke to couldnt have been more helpful from booking restaurant tables for us, to calling cabs and even clearing up when i dropped a glass in the lift...oops!
All in all i would say this place is definately worth a visit !
My only disappointment is i couldnt go in the roof top spa pool because it was cold and raining!
Took a baby!!
we have just done the unthinkable and stayed in a 5 star hotel with a baby!
we booked the boudoir suite for £135 on a late deal (phone the hotel directly) we were escorted to the room by the butler who gave us a tour on the way. we knew the room was split level but we were expecting an iron staircase or something, but you really do virtually get two rooms!
the kingsize bed and travel cot were downstairs with a huge wardrobe and tv, then upstairs was the bath, bathroom, another huge tv, seperates cd system and a living area with mini bar etc.
we put the baby to bed at 7 then spent the evening upstairs watching tv from the bath drinking champagne cocktails we got delivered to the room! we ordered dinner to the room too, its a pretty basic menu but im sure theres something for everyone.
due to our budget we had to decide between breakfast or room service and dinner so we skipped breakfast, but there is a sainsburys round the corner we went to for toast etc!
the only very small complaint was there was no bottle opener which im sure the previous residents walked off with! still it kept our bill down!
the room was perfectly clean and tidy and the staff were lovely even though im sure they arnt used to dealing with a very inquisitive 15 month old! the toiletries in the bathroom were perfect too, we even had mouthwash! didnt want to leave this morning and have convince my other half we need the same tiles in our bathroom!
this is by far the best hotel we have stayed in, we normally spend up to £110 a night so this was more than usual but far far better and we will definately return!
Well then... a wicked hotel, in a fantastic city centre location yet you can hear a pin drop at night (nb. this was on a saturday night!). The room we had was one of the cheapest yet was still the best i have EVER stayed in. Good quality fittings, modern decor, and a superb bathroom suite up the stairs consisting of an iron bath, walk in shower and wooden flooring.
The whole place is very different and makes you feel like your staying somewhere slightly special... I had booked The Palace Hotel but changed after reading the reviews on here. This hotel was 15% more expensive but well worth the extra cost.
I recommend parking in the NCP car park on Stone Street, M3 4NE. This cost £5 for 24hrs, compared to £14 for the other NCP car parks nearby.
I summary, choose this hotel, it is slightly pricey midweek but I recommend it 100% for a weekend stay.
THe best hotel in Manchester...........Fact!!!!!
Having originally planned to say at this hotel in October, but due to an unforseen flood we got relocated to the Radisson. The way the staff dealt with this situation was excellent, and reflective of Great John Street in general. They informed us next time we want to come to their hotel they would upgrade us. So the Wife and I decided to go on New Years Eve and experience it first hand. Not only were we upgarded to a Grand suite, in the spirit of the season we also received a bottle of champagne and two free breakfasts.
The room we stayed in was beautiful, well designed, spacious, modern and clean. On entering the room they already had the lightning set and the music set to classic FM...nice touch. The split level is fantastic, with twin free standing baths and steam room/rain water shower. I am not used to having such space in a hotel, and actually felt tiny in relation to the vast room. The bed was equally grand and again we felt concerned about losing each other in its vastness! The best room I have ever stayed in.
The staff in this hotel are fantastic. At all times they were friendly, co-operative, kind and informative. It really felt that they actually enjoyed doing their job, and this being on New Year's Eve. The management of the hotel is flawless, the porter down to earth and courteous, the lady whose job it was 'to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves' and made the rooftop hot tub hot enough for us and made sure we had a glass of champagne in our hands at midnight, are just some examples of the fantastic team who work at this hotel. This was mirrored by the general good feel and friendliness amongst the guests, we for one met many very nice people. This compared to both the Raddison and Lowry which I found to be quite pretentious and lacking in a friendly atmosphere.
Forget any reviews that have been negative about this hotel, it could not be further from reality. Great John Street is an amazing hotel, which I will be returning to again and again. If you come to Manchester stay here, you will have the most fantastic experience. Thank you to all the staff at the hotel that gave us the greatest New Years Eve ever!!!!!
A truly five star experience!
I booked this hotel as a birthday treat. From the moment I arrived at the hotel everything was just perfect! The receptionist was delightful. She showed us to our room and to my delight I found that I had been upgraded! The room was up to five star standard. It was immaculate. We had a sleigh bed which was outstanding. Upstairs we had two baths, a steam shower (which we spent alot of time using!), a dvd player etc. I felt like it was home from home and was so disappointed when we had to leave! The hotel was so quiet too - no evidence of building work going on. The hot tub on the balcony is gorgeous - and from a distance you catch a glimse of Coronation street!! I would totally recommend this hotel to anyone - and if you get the chance, ask for room number 30!!!
Hit and Miss
Having read the reviews on this site and stayed at the hotel myself it would appear that experiences at Great John Street are a bit hit and miss.
My partner and I stayed for one night on a Thursday which happened to be the night a local function was being hosted at the hotel. We were informed on check in that this was happening and the hotel seemed to be in something of a fluster. We weren't using the hotel facilities that night anyway so it wasn't a problem but as a guest one was made to feel in the way of the preparations that were going on. Not a good start.
The room itself was nice enough, novel idea of having the bathroom upstairs but there were a few niggling points that for the prices they are charging need to be addressed:
Cleanliness - there were dust balls rolling around the wooden floors along with items left by previous guests (a hair clip under the desk / a disposable razor behind the bath) and the surfaces wouldn't have minded a visit from a duster. I might be picky but I didn't go out of my way to look for problems but if I notice these things surely those who clean the rooms should too.
Curtains - bearing in mind that there is currently construction work going on outside the hotel it would have been nice to have been able to close the curtains in our room properly; A to block out some of the noise and B for a bit of privacy. Unfortunately the positioning of a vintage radiator under the window prevented this unless you really tugged and shoved the material down behind it.
Towels - the room was booked for dual occupancy but only one set of towels had been provided. We were provided with more when we asked but we shouldn't have had to. Furthermore, there was very little room in the bathroom to layout one's own toiletries; I resorted to using the top of the low wall that ran the length of the bathroom - not ideal.
Sound proofing - we were unfortunate enough to get a room directly opposite the door to the staircase. Because the door to our room opened directly into the room and the bed itself (no little hallway or vestibule to muffle the sounds from outside) we were able to lie in bed and hear the all the comings and goings. We could also hear people moving about above us (creaking wooden floors and chairs scraping)which did not make for a comfortable nights sleep. And then the generator outside kicked in at 7.00am and our room was filled with the smell from that and the builders arrived on site at 7.30am - no chance of a lie in then.
Overall our stay was OK, nothing to write home about and I doubt I would return. The hotel itself is a lovely building and has been decorated beautifully, it just needs a little more attention to the small things that would make it really good instead of average.
Oh, we too skipped breakfast at the hotel (which in my opinion should be included in the room rate) in favour of a local cafe at less than half the price for the 2 of us.
Wouldn't pay rack rate
I booked this hotel as a surprise for my boyfriend for our anniversary and it was half price on lastminute. Beautiful room, gorgeous roll top bath and shower, nice toiletries, great bed ;o)
However, it took 15 minutes for the receptionist to realise we were stood in reception waiting to check in (poor first impression as she didn't apologise), the rooftop bar wasn't open, neither was the hot tub, and £16.50 for breakfast is extortionate.
My biggest gripe was the building site next door, got woken up at 7am by shouting, banging, drilling. Not good - take some earplugs!
This place is over-hyped and over-priced. Split level room was cool, and clearly lots of thought has gone into the decor. Shame not so much thought has gone into sound insulation, service, or cleaning.
We didnt want to use the roof top hot tub because of the few hundred onlookers at a private party. Noise from said private party kept us awake til the early hours of the morning, then awoken at 7 am on a Sunday by the screaming kids in the room next door, you could hear every shreaked word, and every patter of tiny feet!
The charm of the free standing bath tub is diminished when you find items left behind by the previous guest behind it. Bar/ lounge decidedly grubby around the edges and short measures in the bar.
Breakfast - greasy bacon, Walls sausages, sunblest toast and bullet like poached eggs! A snip at £16!
We loved the sister hotel in Didsbury, but Great John Street, never again!
Five star? I don't think so!
We stayed at this hotel (for which the book rates are absolutely astronomical although we paid less at £210) in October. The reception was indifferent at best, the room nicely furnished and cleverly designed with the bathroom built into the space above the bed, but very depressing and dark. There was also the constant loud noise of building works and shouting from the adjacent building site all the time during the day.
The bathrooms are very nice but we had no handtowels and were not given any despite asking. Reception were almost impossible to raise although we tried on several occasions for various things. When we did finally speak to them to ask if they could recommend a nice restaurant locally, we were told "there's one round the corner, but I haven't been there myself and can't remember the name". Not very helpful!
The breakfast was very nice, hot, and served promptly in our room.
We paid £20 for valet parking and when we asked for our car on the morning we left, despite giving them 2 hours notice, they delivered the wrong one. The receptionist looked quite cross when we would not accept someone else's car keys! It took more than half an hour (despite saying it would take 5 minutes) to deliver the right one, making us much later setting off to get back to London. No apology or refund.
Don't waste you money on this hotel. It is over-hyped, over-priced and underwhelming.
GREAT but its not finished yet!
Stayed here beginning of August 2005 - The hotel is shamelessly "boutique" - executed well (Interior design is obvious but cool) The hotel is in an old school and there is a "Headmasters study", "boys" staircase, "girl's" staircase as well as old black and whit school photos on the walls. The room I stayed in had a mezzanine bathroom and great wooden floors, etc.
So far so good..
Bad points are, its not finished yet - the whole top floor is still a building site and the roof garden is coompletely unfinished.. for the five nights I was there the chef didn't have any ingredients to cook the food off the bar menu, and on check out I was told that this was because the dishes are bought in. (hmmm not a great thing to admit)... all in all a *pretty* cool hotel, when its finished and if the menu is improved and stabilised (i'm giving them the benefit of the doubt) then it will be really great - maybe next year!
iTS ABOVE AVERAGE BUT WITH SOME TEETHING PROBLEMS