My girlfriend and I stayed recently for a trip to Alton Towers based on the reviews here. This is a brilliantly situated hotel for anyone going to the theme park. Literally walk out of Stoke train station (we flew into Manchester airport and got the train down) and 20 meters infront of you is the hotel - you simply can't miss it. Staff are friendly and helpful with any touristy type questions we had. The receptionist could even tell us the bus number to get for the Monkey Forest. The hotel is an old Victorian building so floor boards creek, things are a bit dated but overall it is clean and tidy. Word of warning - we stayed from Saturday-Tuesday and on the Saturday night there was a wedding reception. As the hotel is an old building every sound can be heard. We stayed on the 2nd floor and could hear the reception disco crystal clear! It was very annoying and we did feel as if we were treated like 2nd class guests. The restaurant is very well priced - buffet dinner for £10 each night. If going to Alton Towers the bus leaves outside the hotel on the opposite side of the road - get the offical Alton Towers bus and it's only £5 each return! (Although you do have to share it with the theme park staff aswell, just make sure to get off at the main entrance and not the staff entrance like us!) Stoke itself is a depressing place and we ventured into the city (Hanley) on the Saturday night for a nice restaurant and a few drinks after. The place was deserted, not a person in the streets and we could only find 1 restaurant that was open apart from McDonalds. There is no night life in Stoke, so don’t be counting on it for something to do at night. Despite this, if going back to Alton Towers we would definitely stay in this hotel again, but would call in advance to check for weddings!
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- The North Stafford Hotel is a spacious and elegant hotel, conveniently situated in the heart of Stoke. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel North Stafford
- North Stafford Stoke On Trent