Stayed for one night at this hotel, having arrived after a total faux pas at the DeVere Mottram Hall where our reservation for 6 rooms had not been honoured. They referred us to this, their "sister hotel", where there were rooms available.
I'll try not to allow Mottram Hall to overshadow this review - the Hall is a beautifully converted country house, and clearly any alternative was likely to be disappointing by comparison. However, on arriving at Cheadle House, you may well be impressed by the exterior - it is an imposing building. I'm not sure what it was originally used for, but clearly it could have be a former hospital building, or maybe a school.
Inside, however, is disappointing. Somehow, the total refurbishment has removed all of the character that this building may have had. True, it is spotlessly clean, but apart from a few exposed beams, you will be struggling to believe that the interior of this building belongs to the exterior you saw when you drove in.
The room that I stayed in was quite large, with a small shower room with sink and toilet. It felt as though I was one of the very first guests in the room - everything was spotlessly clean, and possibly totally unused. My room had a bay window (another clue to the original beauty of this building) and two single beds that were in good condition. There was a small television and wired internet connection (apparently, wireless connection is available in the public areas, but doesn't reach all of the rooms). I was able to find enough plugs to charge my mobile phone and laptop without any problems.
When I met the other members of my group in the small and dimly-lit bar area, it seemed that I had been very fortunate with my room. They were all complaining of the same thing - very small shower rooms that seemed to have very low sinks and toilets. I didn't see any of their rooms, but I wonder whether they had disabled-access rooms which could have provided an explanation. But the disappointment from most of the group seemed deep, even if it didn't quite correspond with my own experience.
We went out for dinner to the nearby Bramshall (10 mins by taxi; several nice bars and restaurants) but when we came back just after 11pm, the bar was closed and the hotel felt quite desserted. Breakfast the following morning was nice - it's in a small restaurant behind the bar, but nicer and brighter than the bar area. There are both hot and cold buffets, not a massive selection but generally pleasing and everyone seemed to approve of it.
The hotel is located within a few miles of Manchester Airport and the planes do seem to come close to the hotel. Some of the party said that they were disturbed in the early morning by the planes going overhead. As I was working very early that morning, I didn't get disturbed but did notice the noise.
The hotel is located near (1 min drive) to the A34 and the Handforth retail parks. There is a Premier Travel Inn almost opposite to it. Car parking is available on site, with barrier access and tokens available at reception.
In truth, Cheadle House is much less a hotel and much more a conference centre. During the day, there were a lot of delegates on-site and the car park was much busier. The rooms are clearly more of an 'add-on' to make the venue more attractive to longer conferences. The facilities do not warrant the hotel being considered for much other than overnight conference use, or when other hotels with better facilities are not available. However, if you can cope with the low toilets and the possibility of aircraft noise, you should find the hotel clean and comfortable.
I will wonder for a long time how a building with so much external character can be converted so unsympathetically.
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