I have always tried to be very honest when writing up reviews for places we have been, so here goes with The Diamond Lodge:- Lets start with the GOOD points. This place is well situated for a city break/visit to Manchester, easy access via bus or train both less that 3 mins walk from hotel. Lots of free parking. Reception is spacious. Rooms are reasonable well equipped for a BUDGET hotel, with tea/coffee, nice clean quality towels, free WIFI, hairdryer TV, and soaps in the bathroom. Shower was powerful and hot water a plenty. Staff were OK, curt, no nonsense approach, nothing wrong with that. Extra Pillows in room. We ordered a takeaway from a Chinese just up the road to be delivered to the hotel, there is no snobbery about you eating in your room here. Now the not so good:- There was indeed a must smell as you go into reception, quite strong. It certainly wasn't in the rooms though. The rooms needed a deep clean. They were not filthy, more unloved. For example, the fins of the heater were thick with dust, the window ledge grimy, bathroom was ok, but did need a good clean also. There was no duvet, it was a sheet, tatty blue blanket and the counterpane on top, all had seen better days to be honest. As for the bed, it truly was the worst hotel bed I have EVER slept in ( well tried too), it was totally unforgiving, no " bounce" no comfort, it sort of just sank when you got into bed, like a space mattress with no oomph left in it. Terrible, horrible and left us aching after 2 nights. It was this that really was a deciding factor as to whether we would go back. No! We would not. There is a travel lodge just down the road and having stayed in Travel lodges in various locations, they have better beds and are cleaner. Yes there is noise from outside as Diamond lodge is situation on one of the main roads in/out of the city. It didn't bother us as such but I think some people would have a problem with this. There are rooms at the rear but then you over look the dog racing track so unsure what noise would come from there. The communal area where we had a drink from the bar was again tired, the heaters all filthy and patio doors all dirty at the bottom. Although included in the price we didn't have breakfast so can not comment on that. There is a Tesco and KFC, Subway etc 5 mins walk up the road but I would not recommend any one walk there, as there were some very suspect people out and about shouting and being quite aggressive. Drive there instead.
I would recommend a takeaway from Mings Chinese just up the road in Denton, they delivered and it was Excellent.
Diamond Lodge makes no bones about the fact it is a budget hotel. Whilst it has some good points, I do feel it is a little tired and lack lustre, it needs a good deep clean and most if all it needs new mattresses, my back is still hurting !
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