Often travel to this hotel (even before it became the Mercure) for Manchester United matches as the village of Hale is a beautiful place to eat and drink and plus the people are very welcoming.
It has been refurbished since my last stay and it's all the better for it, though I do agree with other posters that the corridors are out of character with the rest of the hotel.
Rooms are small but nicely decorated and the bathrooms are clean and tidy. However, if you are showering the rooms are so closed in (and no extractor fan) that it becomes a sauna also. I felt like I needed to hop back in again as it was so hot!
Staff are nice and friendly but the bar staff are obviously very badly trained or have little experience. They were very slow in pouring our drinks and pulled most of the pints straight into the glass (i.e. the glass was sat on the drip tray upright and just allowed to fill). This obviously resulted in a huge foamy head on the pint. Not a big issue of course but later on when there were quite a few at the bar, it caused long delays as he poured the pint back out to remove the head and pour again. Not something that would usually bother me, but with the prices quote high at the bar, I would expect a decent drink.
The breakfast wasn't the best and most of our group decided only to eat parts of it.
Noise levels can be a problem. We stayed at the "top" of the hotel but had to endure construction noises across the road.
I'm slightly nit-picking as it was overall a very good stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Altrincham Bowdon Hotel is ideally located for both commerce and leisure in Manchester City Centre and South Manchester including Trafford Park, Sale, Wilmslow and Knutsford. Conveniently close to the M56 and M6 motorways and Manchester International Airport. All standard rooms have en-suite bath and shower, Interactive TV (Internet access, PlayStation, Exclusive Movies), hairdryer, trouser press, direct dial telephone, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. ... more less
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