You can't knock National Holidays midweek breaks. They are really good value.
Having said that, you need to be prepared, or some of the hotels might take you by surprise.
And so, the Britannia at Standish, near Wigan.
You get the three important things: cleanliness in room, good food, comfortable bed.
Don't expect to necessarily get the type of room you booked. We wanted a double, but got three (3) single beds.
Don't expect your bed to be made any day, but you do get a clean room with fresh towels every day, so that's OK.
Don't expect the red carpet. As National Holidays internees, you might be offered, indeed given, the least attractive eating slots: 7:50 breakfast; 17:30 dinner. A tad early, maybe, for holiday-time?
Don't expect great entertainment, unless you love bingo, music quiz and a DJ session starting with "OK everybody. On your feet and take your neighbours' hands while we all sing "You'll Never Walk Alone"". Personally, I'd rather not, but maybe I'm just a party-pooper.
Don't expect a good return on your drinks tokens, and this is where we see a really big failure by this hotel. The draught beers were bordering on warm, and have reportedly been so for some months. There is limited choice for token-based drinks (no tonic for your cheap-brand gin).
There's a good chance the hotel will gain from left-over tokens when guests like us can't face warm lager, so we gave them to others more thirsty than us.
But hey, with a trip out every day, it can't all be bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Hotel Wigan is an attractive modern hotel situated only 3 miles from Wigan town centre and located not far from the M6 motorway network, providing easy reach to major cities such as Liverpool and Manchester. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Hotel Wigan
- Wigan Britannia Hotel
- Britannia Wigan Hotel Standish, England