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My Sachas Hotel Experience
Britannia Sachas Hotel (Manchester)
Member Name: hunnybabyuk
Britannia Sachas Hotel (Manchester)
Advantages: Excellent location, not too overpriced
Disadvantages: Disgusting un-useable bathroom & needs a MASSIVE refurb
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.
Summary: Would not say no to using again but only if everything else was too expensive
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