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5/10/2016

Britannia Hotel Manchester | Just Add Ginger


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You can be guaranteed that if ever someone suggests meeting up for drinks. or something to eat, I am going to be there. A social butterfly and lover of a good chin-wag, I just love any excuse to catch up with my friends, and people that generally make me smile and feel good. 

But when I was invited to go for a little bit of a night out in Manchester recently, I was just a little bit apprehensive. The last possible train I would have been able to get was just so early, but I didn't want to be travelling back home alone. I needed to find somewhere to stay. And fast. 

Not holding out any hope, I typed a search in to the internet the night before, and Britannia Hotels popped up. Intrigued, I clicked the link. I used to pass the Britannia Hotel Manchester all the time. With it's grand exterior, and central location, I always thought it was really expensive. So imagine my delight when I caught a glimpse of a room available with a rate of just under £50 for the night! I was elated. It meant that Ryan (who also was going out) and I could stay over in the city and not have to adhere to a curfew in line with the trains. Okay, so the room was quite basic-sounding, but for a place that's just to rest your head, in the city centre, and close to the train station, what more do you need? 

Jumping off the tram at Piccadilly Gardens, the hotel was clearly visible, and just a hop, skip and jump away. Checking in was as easy as pie, and the staff were incredibly friendly. When the lovely staff member who served me gave me the news I had been upgraded to a better room, I was so happy. With the room we booked being interior (no window,) and the weather outside being uncharacteristically warm, I relished the thought of having some fresh air circulating.

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The hotel interior itself was amazing. Beautifully decorated walls and twinkling chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and the most phenomenal staircase I think I've ever seen. It was quirky, utterly beautiful, and really appealed to my taste. 

I'm not going to lie. It did take me a while to figure out how to use the key-card to our room (in the end I had to ask a fellow guest to help - turned out I'd had the card upside down,) but once I stepped in to the room my jaw dropped.

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It was amazing. A big four-poster bed was the centrepiece, covered in crisp white sheets, and with two complementary robes and sets of slippers waiting for us to use. The wardrobes were so spacious, with a massive mirror exterior, which I commandeered for at least fifteen minutes whilst taking selfies, and to the farthest end of the room, a small set of steps leading up to a higher level with two chairs, tea and coffee making facilities, and a television. The bathroom was a fabulous size, with a big sink area, bath and shower combo, and a bidet! 

It was so lovely coming back from our nights out and sleeping in our room. The room was incredibly comfortable, and it was such a bonus having the window because it was really quite warm that evening. In the morning, we had a cup of tea, and got ready at our leisure. Check out was at 11am, and both being early-risers, we had all the time in the world to pack up. We could have had breakfast at the hotel, but we wanted to head out and enjoy the sunshine before finding something to eat. 

It was with a slightly sad faces that we left our room to check-out. Walking through the carpeted corridors, it was another chance to appreciate the d├ęcor of the hotel, which really is so grand, and very much in keeping with the period qualities of the building. 

Leaving our luggage at the hotel, Ryan and I gave each other a look, and reassured ourselves we would be back. We were so impressed with the Britannia, and true to our word, have already booked another overnight stay for the summer. 

Whether it's for a weekend away, business trip, or just because, I'd definitely recommend taking a look at the Britannia Hotel Manchester. With quirk, charm, and really great customer service, I can see our stays being a recurrence for the foreseeable future.  

For more information, and further details about Britannia Hotels, click here. 

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