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I live in Stockport. My sister has lived in Spain for many years and has a Spanish husband and an eight month old daughter. It has been many years since she has been to England and so recently she decided to pay a visit for a week. Having checked some city centre Manchester hotels it was decided it would be best that she stayed somewhere in the Stockport/Cheshire area. She had worked for Brittania hotels many years ago and knew that they had hotels in Manchester City centre. Having checked the details on http://www.britanniahotels.com/ she rang the hotel direct from her home in Spain and booked a double room for her ,her husband and the baby. She was quoted the rates and was told that she would be given a deluxe larger room etc etc. Due to flight delays my sister arrived somewhat later than expected but had telephoned the hotel to inform them of this. At 0100 hours on Saturday morning we arrived at the hotel. Upon entering the foyer we were greeted by a scene reminiscent of that depicted in William Hogarth?s ?Gin Lane? (Artist). It appeared that a party or wedding celebration had been in full swing and that those attending had drunk their fill and were now expressing themselves freely in the reception area. There was no one in attendance at reception and no one in sight. The reception area was pitifull. The décor well worn and severely deteriorated in places , the carpet dirty and worn. The windows and entrance doors hadn?t been cleaned for some time as they were smeared with grime and handprints. After about ten minutes a bar man was sighted and having caught his attention he manned the reception desk his opening line surely the epitome of customer service,,?what do you want..?? he said. Having explained that a room had been booked he disappeared and said he?d get the night manager. A while later another chap arrived . We explained again that a room had been booked and he queried and examined us as
if in disbelief that someone would travel across Europe to stay in the Brittania hotel ,Dialstone lane ,Offerton. Eventually he said he had a room ,my sister refused to sign in ,asking first to examine the room. We went round to the lift which was found to be broken. Never mind ,there was another room on the ground floor. We went to have a look at the other room . As soon as the door was opened the smell hit us. It smelled damp and dirty ,much like the rest of this ?hotel?. The room was tiny ,the carpet was matted and filthy ,the whole room was dirty ,smelly and grubby. I told my sister that we should leave immediately as this hotel was totally unsuitable. Glancing at the offwhite coloured bedspread I noticed several patches of yellowish staining. I ventured to suggest that these could easily be bodily fluids. We?d had enough ,informed the night manager and left. He just walked away and left us but as we loaded ourselves back into the car he came out and we explained that the hotel was unsuitable because of its state. This report is totally genuine and seems to tally with similar reports for the Brittania in Manchester Piccadilly on tripadvisor.com . I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth and so do not have excessive expectations. I respect others and treat them reasonably . The Brittania hotel in Stockport cannot be recommended. It is filthy and I can only assume that it is so long since anyone has stayed their that the staff have forgotten how to act. It is more reminiscent of a rent by the hour hostel/boarding house. My sisters husband ,who doesn?t speak English so well ,remarked that it looked like a Bordello. If the hotel attempts to charge as a cancelled reservation ,we will sue them and its owner. I can only assume that this place only manages to stay open because there is an attached "leisure centre". No one in their right mind would chose to stay here. I wouldn't stay if they paid ME £7
0 per night. The website and brochures are a gross misrepresentation.
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