We booked an Eclectic Grand Room for an overnight stay in Manchester. The hotel is compact but very impressive. The split level room is a really nice concept especially with the bathroom on the upper level with the double bath tubs. The bed was big and very comfortable and I liked the little touch of the cookies welcoming you to the room,
Drinks were priced as you'd expect in a city centre hotel of this standard. The bar food was OK but there was a very good selection at breakfast and the food was cooked to order.
A couple of very minor criticisms, but nothing that would prevent me returning.
The hotel was boiling hot, even the staff were suffering. Its an old building with what looked like original windows, so I'm sure there is a constant battle to manage the temperature. There is air con and the windows do open so there was the opportunity to make the environment in our the room cooler.
I'd say little more thought needs to be put in to the lighting arrangements for those of us who need to venture upstairs in the dead of night. The bright automatic lighting in the entry vestibule lights up the whole room so will disturb a sleeping partner. There was some low level lighting on the stairs that could have been left on if controlled by a separate switch and the ability to turn off the auto lighting in the vestibule would have been nice.
Overall a really nice stay and I wouldn't hesitate to book again. Special shout out to Christine who served in the bar and took care of us at breakfast - really nice lady with excellent customer focus
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a stone's throw from Manchester's most exclusive shopping areas, restaurants and theatres, this original Victorian school house has been transformed into a chic townhouse hotel with unique, individually designed bedrooms and suites alongside stylish lounges and Oyster Bar.The Old School House also boasts stunning entertainment rooms and features Manchester only Eclectic Roof Terrace available for exclusive use for your own tailor made event.Being madly eclectic, all of our rooms have a personality of their own, giving the guest a unique experience every visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great John Street Manchester
- Hotel Great John Street