Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
Lonely Planet review
Stuck in a glorious time warp, the Britannia has decor so over the top it really has to be seen to be believed. A relic from times gone by, this place oozes old-world character and style, and although popular with the blue-rinse brigade it's also slap bang in the centre of town.
Dark, dramatic and dripping with gold, the incredible royal-blue foyer has gold-encrusted wallpaper, massive golden chandeliers and elaborate gilded columns flanking a monumental central staircase. The lounge, the landings and the corridors get equal treatment with imposing gold-leaf wallpapers, hefty swag curtains and heavy, traditional furniture. The rooms are more restrained in style, but still full-on chintz, with potent floral wallpapers, matching floral bedspreads and curtains, tasselled hanging lampshades and big, frumpy armchairs. Some of the cheapest interior rooms have no window so check when booking if you'd like something other than lurid artificial light. The whole hotel really is an experience in itself, but if you need some relief from the oppressive interior design, the best the city has to offer in terms of shopping, entertainment and culture is right on the doorstep.
Services & facilities
- Pets allowed
- Pet policy - dogs and cats only
- Multilingual staff
- 24-hour front desk
- Room service (24 hours)
- Express check-out
- Parking nearby
- Concierge desk
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Coffee shop or café
- American express
- Television in lobby
- Free Wi-Fi
Location. Located in central Manchester, Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre is near the airport and within walking distance of Imperial Chinese Archway, Portico Library and Gallery, and Manchester City Hall. Nearby points of interest also include Manchester Art Gallery and Affleck's Palace.
Hotel Features. Dining options at Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Manchester property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Business services and wedding services are available. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and a nightclub.
Guestrooms. 363 guestrooms at Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre feature coffee/tea makers and safes. These individually decorated rooms include desks. Bathrooms feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Satellite television is provided. Also included are welcome amenities and trouser presses. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.