I read the reviews of REM hotel and thought that they were possibly due to people who don't realise you get what you pay for, or those non-gay travellers who don't know how to behave in a gay bar (where the reception desk is).
Sadly, I was wrong. I expect a clean room and a bed. I got the bed. It looked great, but the mattress was flimsy, and every move made a horrible creaking noise. The biggest problem was the smell. It STANK. Of stale curry. Absolutely vile. And of course, the window opens all of 1 inch so I couldn't air the room.
There is a sink in the room- style over substance, it looks nice, but doesn't even have anywhere for soap to be held.
The shower/toilets are down the hall, not a problem. What is is the fact that they're dangerous. The tiles are cracked. The shower cubicles were dirty. The shower curtain was filthy. And the toilet seat was so badly maintained I've actually lodged a complaint with the Manchester city council Health and Safety team. It had exposed chipboard to sit on. Just disgusting. Oh, and there's nowhere to put your stuff while you shower, and the showers flood the floor.
I stayed on a night when the cabaret bar was closed, but the room next to me had a few very loud people in, and the walls were paper thin. If the floor is like that, and you need quiet to stay, don't.
I didn't stay for breakfast. I was working at 9- but breakfast was only served from 8:30. I left at 8:20 and there wasn't even a sign of it being prepared, so no idea what it's like. But to be honest, by the time I left, I was feeling so disgusted, I didn't want to eat at the place.
I don't normally leave bad reviews. But this place really needs to pull its socks up. It should be a great hotel. Its rooms are big, the location is great. But with so many options nearby, those things really don't count when leaving this place made feel like I need to disinfect everything I had in the room with me. For now, though, I have to agree with those who say AVOID.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now under brand new ownership, the REM Hotel has been completely modernized and renovated.Not to be mistaking with Lowry Annexe hotel which was formally owned by the previous owner and no longer operates. We can now offer 6 modern double rooms (2 with showers) in the heart of the Gay Village in Central Manchester. The hotel is open to all. Prices quoted are per room and include a full English breakfast and free wifi. The venue also includes 2 bars. The REM Bar is situated on the ground floor and is aimed at the gay men's market. Dark, modern, cruisy with a friendly team. On the first floor we also offer our lounge and showbar which is open to all with regular karaoke, live shows and a party atmosphere. We hope to see you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rembrandt Hotel Manchester
- Hotel Manchester Rembrandt