Marriott Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wharekauhau Country Estate Featherston
A friend and I stayed one night, part business, part pleasure. The web site just didn't do it justice. The decor, food and drinks and service were first class. We spent longer in the hotel than we had planned but the surroundings were too comfortable to leave so we saw less of Manchester than we should have.
The bedroom was great with the metal pole running from floor to ceiling. The beds were so comfortable I could have layed reading the Sunday papers (delivered to the room) all day.
A wonderful experience and one I am hoping to repeat soon.
Great Place to Stay
I just arrived home from Manchester and have not been able to stop gushing over this hotel. This hotel used to be a old warehouse, and alot of the original brick, wood beams and metal columns are still seen throughout the hotel. I had a room on the third floor, which is known as the "cutsey floor" due to the fact that the ceilings on this floor are only about 6 ft 2in high, my room door was only 6ft tall. The rest of the hotel floors were average sized. The rooms have all been renovated, and are very comfortable, I had the smallest room out of the group I traveled with, and thought it was quite cozy with the low ceiling and the rustic appeal of the brick and beamed ceiling. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Manchester. The only complaint I have is they could stand more sound proving on rooms facing the streets.
One Of The Best.....
I travel extensively around the UK for work and this is one of the three or four hotels I specifically ask to be booked into.
It has a very nice foyer & bar. The rooms are a very nice size and the beds are both large and comfortable.
I would stress that I have not actually ever had to pay as it is always a business visit, so I'm not sure if it represents good value, but I would thoroughly recommend as a top quality choice for staying in Manchester.
We stayed at this hotel for one night combined with a thearte trip. The hotel itself was very clean and well presented, the staff were friendly especially the concierge and the waiter.
Rooms were spacious and had everything you needed for an over night stay.
We travelled with a nine year old and found that the facilites for kids to eat was not brilliant. There were no childrens menu's and a lot of the food was aimed at grown up's. The meals in the restaurant at night were very expensive for not a lot of food, my daughter had one and a half bread rolls, half a dozen chips and half a chocolate mousse - for this we payed about twenty five pounds.
I would recommend staying in the hotel, but make provision to eat else where.
Posh but friendly
Stayed overnight as a base for a theatre trip, staff friendly, hotel spotlessly clean, prices for drinks etc expensive.
Restaurent food not suitable for children and prices expensive.
Rooms clean and tidy.
Room 306 possibly haunted,my own experience.
I have just returned from a two night stay at the marriott victoria and albert on a free staff break. The hotel is in a nice area just outside the hustle and bustle of the city's streets but only a short walk away from deansgate with the free metroshuttle busses which go round town for free. A taxi would only cost you around £4 from the city centre to the hotel.
When we arrived we were told by the sour faced receptionist that the room wasnt ready so the helpful concierge man put them into storage for us and gave us a map of the city. An hour or so later we returned and checked in. I had booked a twin room which consisted of two single beds i was told (this is unusual for a marriott) and when we got to the room it was a brand new refurbished room with 2 double beds - I thought great! I just had a feeling that the room wasn't quite finished yet.
The rooms have metal pillars, brick walls and exposed beams which mix with modern decor and comfortable furniture. But after being in the room for 5 minutes we could hear a lot of banging and sawing noises from the room above. when i called reception she told us they were undergoing a refurb (which i wasn't told about) and offered to move us to the other wing.
The next room was quiet but a complete contrast - it was an old style room with tired looking furniture, hideous patterns,a dirty looking carpet and bathroom floor and two SINGLE beds which were very old and hard. After spending 10 minutes in this room we decided we couldn't stay there especially after seeing the new rooms so we called reception for a move to a refurbished one. She explained that the building work didn't start untill 10am and finished at 6pm, we were planning on being out all day sight seeing so agreed to take our room back.
The next morning we were woken up at 7am by building work which we were very unhappy about. I explained to the receptionist that the reason we took our room back was because we were assured they wouldn't start until 10am. She said she would tell the duty manager and that they would be made to start later. The next morning....8 o clock this time....i was so annoyed by now but we were leaving that day anyway.
we also had problems with room ammenities - i work in a marriott so i know what should be in a room. We had a very small wardrobe with only 3 hangers, no face cloths, no channel listing for the tv/instructions for the playstation, no price guide for the minibar (if you could drink anything from it - there was no bottle opener) not even a trouser press or ironing board. Our towels were changed and the room was cleaned but they didn't restock the bathroom minitures, anything from the tea tray and there were lots of empty gaps in the minibar from the previous guest that no one filled up. These are all things that are done daily in the marriott i work in. We had to ask for an ashtray in a so called smoking room and we called reception for a hair dryer and he said he couldn't leave the desk but it would be outside the door in the morning but it never arrived.
I think the room was rushed and from the new carpet smell and tags still on the towels we were maybe the first to sleep in it so we noticed what they had forgotten to put in.
I know these might seem like little things but when you work hard for a year for the company you expect to get treated well on your annual free stay. I would have refused to pay for the accommodation as we were disturbed both mornings.
On a brighter note - we had a great time in Manchester it's a fantasic city that buzzes with young people and has a great nightlife and shopping district.
I hope this will be helpful to you and believe me this place will be excellent when the refurbishment is complete in March.
PS Avoid the Jarvis Piccadily - how that place can still be in the Jarvis chain and still get customers through the door is beyond me, it should be closed down. We went back to a friends room they had there and I honestly felt ashamed to be british when i saw that foreign tourists are expected to stay there for sometimes upto a week at a time.
We stayed here after being transferred from the Palace Hotel in Manchester, along with a few other people they had overbooked! Thumbs down to the Palace, but thumbs up to the Victoria & Albert as we had a great time! With rooms named & themed with shows made at Granada TV studios opposite (we had the Shane Ritchie Experience!) - we had a lovely time and the hotel is beautifully modern and clean! Thankyou!!
Would not return
Small rooms, surly and rude staff, very tired decoration and a lukewarm "English Breakfast" were all features of our weekend stay at the V&A. There are better hotels in Manchester, so don't bother with this one.
Stayed here for one night, the room and bathroom were a little on the small side but well furnished and very clean. The breakfast was average, the food and service in the hotel restaurant were both excellent. Hotel staff were friendly and efficient.
Business travelers, avoid this one like a fly in the soup
This is a horrible place to be. As a business traveler, I was stuck with no internet, lousy business center, inadeqaute restaurant menu options to name a few. In the end, at the check out the computer was down and the asian clerk could not communicate in English charged me incorrectly. I am still trying to resolve this by calling long distance from USA. I am avoiding this and any other Le Meridien in future.
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