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Britannia Airport Hotel
Ranked #92 of 116 Hotels in Manchester
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Surprisingly good 4 night stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Travelled with my wife to stay at this hotel on a David Urquhart coach tour. Apprehensive after reading many of the other trip adviser reviews, but was pleasantly surprised and we both enjoyed our visit. Firstly , being called an Airport Hotel gave a wrong impression of what we found and most other people staying there were actually using it as a base to explore further afield.
The hotel is situated just off the motorway, yet close to many large gardened houses, but has many attractions in easy walking distance of it, including Wythenshawe Hall Park (just 4 minutes to first entrance), Northenden Riverside Park, the Trans - Pennine walk for miles along river bank and Chorlton Water Park. Could easily spend a day if weather good just walking out from hotel.
Now the Britannia Hotel itself is obviously quite budget, but our room on seventh floor had almost been completely refurbished, having a completely new bathroom, new beds and mattresses and redecorated throughout. Let down was really only the radiator, as this remained in a very poor state with all the paint literally peeling off - perhaps an indication of the state of our room previously- and surely the heating system throughout hotel is next in line for replacement. Carpet had been shampooed clean, but being light oatmeal in colour it still showed many stains and marks. However, room large and comfortable and we slept well with no noise at night apparent despite facing road, so no complaint here.
There were three lifts up to all floors and we found no difficulties in using them at any time, albeit busy on our last morning with so many people leaving. Only problem noted here though was that the areas to front of the lifts were always grubby, as were the floor grills of lifts - why?, as hotel itself was maintained otherwise quite clean, except for large pedestals of tables in dining room which were also neglected.
Dining room was on small side for number of guests and so meal times were a bit "hit and miss", if you didn't go in for a seat early, and there were a regular shortages of some foods. Annoying that such a small hot water urn for tea and I'm sure this will soon be resolved as time consuming for staff to keep refilling. Food was ok, not 4*, but we weren't paying other than budget price.
Had no complaints about staff either. Quite a range of different accents between them, but they were all helpful, courteous, polite and appeared to well earn their pay. Bar staff very efficient too, compared to other recent hotels - they made serving two or three people together appear easy.
So in summary what do I think. Well, this is a budget hotel and providing only budget prices are being paid to stay there, should be not too many reasons for complaint. Everything was not ideal, but much better than expected. May have been lucky with room, from other reviews, but I
would be happy to stay there again at price paid.

Room Tip: Our room on 7th floor had been refurbished as had others adjoining.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Simply, its a dump. Nasty smelly room.Dirty carpet. Draught from windows. Ordered pizza in the restaurant, the cardboard box it came in probably had more taste.
The place needs a complete refurbishment. Only good thing was the airport shuttle. Would never stay there again.

Room Tip: Dont go there.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

It is a dump. Absolutely filthy, would not even walk on carpet in bare feet it was disgusting. Has to be the worst hotel i have ever been in. The room was stinking and really dirty and grotty. My daughter went to bed in her clothes to grab a couple of hours sleep. Full of what looked like homeless people. AVOID.

Room Tip: Find another hotel !!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Rooms are filthy, Manchester city council should close as a health and safety issue. We stayed in Room 827 on floor 8 where only rooms listed to 826.... What if there was a fire???? Room size of a box-room. Awful greasy smell throughout the hotel. Tv didn't work. Windows and carpet filthy. Was so awful didn't sleep all night. Please don't stay here under ANY circumstances. Car parking is a joke the spaces are so tight that my partner struggled to get out drivers door. It might be cheap but a hotel especially a chain like this should at least offer clean and safe rooms. They are taking your money and not offering anything in return apart from an awful start or end to your holiday. Pay the extra and stay somewhere decent.

Room Tip: Don't stay under any circumstances
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

I had an early flight from the airport and thought it was best to travel over to Manchester the previous evening and stay in one of the nearby hotels. Like other reviewers I found the reception very chaotic but eventually got checked in and booked the airport shuttle for the following morning. At £6 the airport shuttle represents a saving of approximately £3 over a taxi ride. The room was very basic and the whole building looks "tired" and in need of a severe makeover. The only positive note was that I got a very good price on the internet for the 1 night. However it's probably best to cross this place of your list of places to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

As is normal for me, I left booking a hotel to the last minute and my normal haunt was full.
Found this hotel on 'tinternet and it looked pretty good in the pictures.
I guess there is a clue in the name, Airport Hotel, as if you like that departure lounge atmosphere then this is the place for you.
The hotel is a car ride away from the airport, but strangely in the whole stay I didn't hear one plane and for that I am grateful.
Hotel is getting towards needing a refurbish, but is quite adequate.
99% of people staying were going on their holidays so atmosphere was pretty relaxed.
Biggest problem was receptionist who did not actually listen to what you say and the restaurant was closed to those who hadn't booked, but then again that was only a cold buffet and the bar menu was pretty extensive.
Deciding a proper dining experience was required we walked 5 minutes up the road to a half decent Indian restaurant and all was well.

Room Tip: Specify if you like a quiet room, my mate had to change rooms due to motorway in his window box.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Goole
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

This is quiet simply the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. The reception service was a disgrace whilst serving us, the receptionist stopped and started serving someone else. When we finally got our room, it was filthy, the windows have probably never been cleaned, they were filthy and covered in mould on the frames. The carpet had stains and holes. The furniture was from the 70's, the bath had a chip out of it, the toilet had paper from the last people still in it. The radiator isn't straight and has a hole in the wall behind it. There was no plug in the sink. The bedding had stains on it and the wallpaper was peeling. My friends room had ripped light shades and and a door frame that was half painted. Around the communal areas the decoration was dark uninviting, and was in dire need of updating and repainting. Awful doesnt even come close to describing this dump.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Britannia Airport Hotel
Address: Palatine Road | Northenden, Manchester M22 4FH, England (Formerly Britannia Airport Hotel, South Manchester)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #92 of 116 Hotels in Manchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Britannia Airport Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect for leisure and business travellers alike, The Britannia Manchester Airport Hotel is a modern hotel situated only 3 miles from Manchester Airport with a shuttle bus in operation 24 hours a day. ... more   less 
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