Detailed review by WilliamJRead
STAFFORD, United Kingdom
The pair of mid-Victorian warehouses that now form the Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel have been expertly converted into a 4 storey, 4 star hotel just 10 minutes walk from the Arndale Centre. Much evidence of original brickwork, cast iron pillars and wooden beams gives the building an "atmosphere" that simply does not exist in newer, purpose built hotels.
Check in and check out was efficient, and handled by smiling reception staff. Unfortunately my promised early morning newspaper had not arrived when I checked out at 0915hrs. Breakfast was of a high standard, and there was a wide choice at the self-service buffet.
My room was spacious and very comfortable, with a large plasma television and king-size bed. The bathroom was also well-equipped, with a bath, not merely a shower.
The hotel was fitted with a fire sprinkler system throughoout the building, which was a useful safety bonus. The hotel has its own, rather expensive car park; I used the adjacent NCP car park, paying £6 for 24 hours.
Overall I would recommend this hotel for a visitor looking for something a little different in central Manchester hotel.
Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert