Advantages Good Location, Cheap
Disadvantages So Many - See Review
It's official I have stayed in Britain's worst hotel, or at least according to a recent survey I have. A survey undertaken by the Internet based Travel Company, tripadvisor.com found three hotels within the Britannia group of hotels within its top ten list of the worst hotels to stay in the UK.At the very top of this poll was the Britannia ManchesterAirport hotel where I had the "pleasure" of staying last October.
We chose this particular hotel because the literature promised "a hassle free start to your holiday." A search through various websites for cheap hotels around Manchester Airport brought up the details of this place at a total cost of £83 for three people sharing the same room. This price was without breakfast, which was not a problem since we were leaving before breakfast would be served anyhow. More importantly however, this price included 8 days parking, which offset our quoted price of £43 for parking that we had been quoted at one of the nearby Airport parking areas.The hotel was booked online and a confirmation email was received. Our flight was early which would have meant a very early start but we were promised that this hotel offered free, secure parking for the full duration of our holiday, and that we would be transferred to the Airport on a courtesy bus.
We arrived at about 6pm in high spirits, looking forward to dumping the car and enjoying a few drinks at the bar to kick start our holiday. There had been no problems finding the hotel since our confirmation email of the booking came with directions that were clear enough to understand.This is a modern, purpose built hotel ideally located close to the motorways and only a few miles from the Airport. The approach to the hotel is via a long driveway that takes you past the very plush looking Britannia Countryhouse Hotel. For a moment we got quite excited but soon realised that our bed for the night was a few hundred yards further up the road.
The reception is right at the front of the hotel but the car park looked to be rather full so we pulled up outside to find out what the procedure was for booking in. Whilst one of our party ran inside we were quickly advised by a security man that we had to find a proper parking space. Fair enough, but the car park was completely full. Eventually we were told that there was an overspill parking area about a quarter of a mile away.This was not ideal since we wanted to take our luggage into our room as there were items in our suitcases that we needed and for security reasons we didn't want to leave anything valuable in the car. Besides that, we would only have to go back to the car in the morning to get our luggage before boarding the courtesy bus.
After some quibbling with the security man we were eventually allowed to unload our luggage before finding somewhere to park in the overspill area. We were on our holidays and still in good spirits so this was only a minor hitch. And besides the hotel looked quite impressive and inviting.Our first major problem was evident when the member our group returned from checking in with a face like thunder: The words " There's no courtesy bus" soon followed.
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Just 4 miles from Manchester Airport, Britannia Airport Hotel offers free parking and free Wi-Fi, with 24-hour airport transfers also available...
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Availability: Price is per double room per night and may vary depending on date booked