We stayed at the Hallmark Hotel over the August Bank Holiday weekend and took advantage of the spa break offer which offered a massage or facial, double room, Tapas between 5-7pm, 3 course dinner in the evening and breakfast the next morning.
We found the hotel no problem and there was plenty of parking which was great. We checked in early which was no problem as our room was ready. The hotel has been refurbished but it is in real need of new lifts, the one we used to the 4th floor was old fashioned with a pull shut door and you can't fit more than 2 people in to it at once which seems rather crazy for a large hotel, also is someone gets out on their floor and does not shut the lift door properly it will not move so a few times we ended up going up the stairs as the lift was stuck between floors due to people not closing the door properly....a minor quibble really but something that should be mentioned, especially if anyone with limited mobility is going to stay at the hotel.
Our room was lovely, decent sixed bed, nice bathroom with shower and bath and the TV was very nice with a good selection of channels, nice little extras with the toiletries, shortbread etc, one thing which surprised us was that our bedroom window was single glazed and our room was at the back of the hotel and we looked out on to what we assumed were either the kitchens or something as there was very loud (with the window open) and constant ventilation, so we immediately shut the window to shut the sound out, it didn't shut it out completely though so we were a little apprehensive but had too much to get on with to worry about it.
We went for our massages which were within a room in the hotel which was quite enjoyable. We headed out to the Trafford Centre to go shopping for a few hours, as you can only have the tapas which are included in the offer we booked between 5-7pm we decided to miss them as our evening meal was around 8pm and we wouldn't be hungry for then if we ate tapas, maybe the deal would be better if you could choose to have tapas between 12-5pm and then that would leave time to be hungry for an evening meal??
Our evening meal was fabulous, the staff in the restaurant were fantastic and attentive, the food was amazing and we left with very full bellies, even though our meal was included in our rate the prices on the menu were still very reasonable, so if we stayed again and didn't have a meal included we would certainly consider staying within the hotel for our evening meal.
We went back to our room to relax and have a couple of drinks, we watched a movie and sadly the noise from the ventilation outside was a bit of a pain, even with the window and curtain closed, luckily we were both really tired after a long day so we nodded off with no problems but I can imagine for a lighter sleeper that it might be a bit of a problem. On waking the next morning the ventilation was still going outside and we woke before 9am so if you want a lie in maybe ear plugs are a must or ask for a room not on the back of the building on the 4th floor.
All in all we have a very pleasant stay, just 2 minor quibbles, the lifts, the single glazed bedroom window in our room and the noise from the ventilation, none of these were bad enough for us to ask to move rooms as we hate doing so unless things are really bad but we feel it is important other potential guests should know about them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in leafy grounds Hallmark Hotel Manchester is a comfortable , well presented four star property with a great selection of facilities for guests . Boutique style decoration, relaxing public areas and well appointed rooms. Guest can enjoy use of the health club & spa and complimentary car parking for there stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hallmark Hotel Handforth