As I was seated at the same table as the unfortunate guest who got soaked in gravy (review of Oct 21, 2005), I can not only vouch for the complete accuracy of his description, but add that later during the meal I had half a jug of iced water poured down my back by another member of the serving crew. It was similarly my fellow diners who came to my rescue, rather than the staff. Unlike the gravy victim, however, I was unlucky enough to be staying at the Britannia for the duration of the conference. The conference facilities were quite good, but my room was fully in line with what I expected from previous reviews here. It was shabby and dirty with thick dust everywhere out of immediate view; bathroom tiles still splattered with previous guests' toothpaste; empty coffee and sugar sachets under the desk; one lamp broken and not replaced despite requests; and only one power socket in the whole room, which my laptop/phone charger/hairdryer plugs kept sliding out of. Worst of all was the bed. Potential guests be warned: most mattresses consist of springs covered in a layer of padding, but at this hotel they've apparently decided that padding is an unnecessary luxury. To be fair, some of my fellow delegates did say that their rooms were OK...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Country House Hotel & Spa has a wide range of facilities including two restaurants, free parking for up to 600 spaces, free WI-Fi and also has a gym and spa. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, in addition to a TV, telephone, suit press and a hairdryer. All bathrooms include both a shower and bath. It is perfectly located for any visit to Manchester, being within a 10 minute drive of Manchester Airport, as well as only 20 minutes' drive away from Manchester City Centre, Manchester United Football Club and the second largest shopping centre in the UK - the Trafford Centre. Getting to the hotel couldn't be much easier, as it is only a 2 minute drive to the M60 motorway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Country Manchester
- Britannia Country Hotel