We stayed at the Mitre Hotel over this weekend just gone (15th of December) as we were in Manchester meeting up with friends. Being the Christmas period, all of the hotels were busy so when we managed to find two rooms going at the Mitre, we jumped at the chance to get booked into a city centre hotel for the night. Arriving at the hotel, the entrance is concealed 'around the back' as it were, opposite the Cathedral. The only downside to this is if you approach from the city centre, it is easy to walk past without noticing it there! The other downside was the number of smokers hanging around outside the hotel door meaning we had to walk through them to get in.
The reception to the hotel is located on the first floor and is decorated in an interesting fashion, old meets new (much the same as the rest of the hotel) where ever you look but it's comfy, cozy, and the staff are friendly. Checking in was easy and we were informed about the breakfast deal (we booked the day before so got it for £3 per person) before being given our keys and told where our room was.
The journey to the room was an adventure in itself, walking down the narrow, sloping corridors and along the creaking floors - it's an old building so is to be expected, and in all, they've made the best of the old place.
Room wise, we were in room 19 and found it comfortable and adequately equipped. There were tea and coffee making facilities in the room as well as a TV (although the remote was stapled to the unit so did not reach back to the bed) and a bathroom. The room was however showing signs of age, with a hole in the pillow case and cobwebs on the walls - but in a building as old as the hotel, it added a kind of rustic charm. The bed was comfy and the duvet soft so in all, the night was a comfortable one for the most part.
Breakfast the next day was done in a buffet style and again, ticked all of the boxes, setting us up for our journey back to Cornwall after leaving.
There were downsides to the hotel - firstly the shower in the room which was more of a light trickle - I attempted to shower in the morning but ended up using the sink as it was faster. Secondly, the floors in the hotel all creak when people walk on them, and the walls are very thin - meaning when a party came back at about 3am I heard everything that was going on and struggled to get back to sleep after the disturbance. Some of the functional areas of the hotel could have done with a clean (downstairs toilets and dining room floor which resulted in chewing gum on my shoe) and the rooms are showing signs of age.
In all, for £69 a night you get what you pay for - a comfy bed, good service, and a nice breakfast. Sure there are improvements which could be made, but for a one night stop it doesn't overly matter!
- Also Known As:
- Mitre Hotel Manchester
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mitre Hotel is one of the oldest and most loved hotels in Manchester city centre.Located on Cathedral Gates, it is perfect for business, families, romantic trysts or nights out with friends. ... more less
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