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The Palace Hotel Reviews

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The Palace Hotel
Oxford Road
Manchester, M60 7HA
Phone: 0161-288 1111
Fax: 0161-288 2222
Website: www.principal-hotels.com

Reviews of The Palace Hotel

Oli Howson June 14, 2010
Well, I arrived in Manchester, my first visit to this fair city, late as some idiot drove a train into a bridge a few miles in front of us, and ended up having to walk from one station to the other. But that's fine - I enjoy new places and was happy to stretch my legs. I entered the impressively sized entrance to the planet hotel (eventually) after realising it and the casino are not the same things. Still, the staff were very friendly and allowed me to buy a discounted breakfast for the morning, as that's not included in the hundred-odd pounds a night this place charges. I took the lift to the third floor and looked at the sign post - which points to two sets of rooms in two directions in a three-way corridor. Handily I have a brain cell and went the other way. I finally entered my double room to be greeted by two single beds. Back down I went - and they have no doubles left. No actual apology, despite the enduring friendliness of the receptionist. And no, I can't take the offer they are advertising to pay them £15 to be able to use the room until 6pm the following day (when my train leaves back to civilisation) as they're very busy. So, back up to my room I go. I'm feeling a bit stuffy from all the up and down, so I think I'll open a window - oh no I won't as they're all screwed closed. No doubt that's a health and safety thing, although I'm not sure whether it's to stop you jumping, the dodgy Mancunian air getting in, or so you can't lean out and have a crafty smoke. Probably the latter, it's definately not the middle one as the single-pane windows (in a hotel that keeps showing off about how it is going "Environmentally Phriendly") let in nearly as much air as they do sound. Ah, the sound. The station is handily close to Oxford St station. In fact, if I could open the windows, I could jump on to the top of a train and get out of here - I wonder what time the London Express leaves? This, of course, means the train noise is nearly as invasive and almost as regular as the main road outside. So much so that iPhone sound level recorder, which sits at 20-25db at rest, is averaging around about 45-50db and peaking up to nearly 70db when a big train comes by. Keep in mind that continued exposure to 80db+ can lead to hearing loss, and the iPhone microphone (never the most accurate) is sat next to my laptop 12 feet away from the nearest window (which is the road window) with a wall separating it from the train-side of the hotel.

So, what to do with myself and my inadequate hotel room? Well, I'm missing a day off work for this conference, and there are less channels on the old CRT TV than you can get on freeview, all of which are fuzzy enough that even my grandparents wouldn't watch them. I may as well do some work. Oh wait, hang on, despite the fact the nice lady on the phone last week said there was complementary wifi, it turns out that the wifi is limited to certain areas of the hotel (ie not the room I'm in) and once you get a cable (from reception - they had a choice of two) it's only complementary (at a reduced bandwidth) for 30 minutes. Want more? Well, I could pay £7.50 for 8 hours, but then (as I'm an early riser) I'd be stuck in the morning and the iPhone reception is dismal in here, so I have the honour of paying £12.50 for 24 hours. Which, if you remember correctly, will not be 24 hours of room-time as they wouldn't let me have that particular offer! Did I mention the leaky windows and non-adjustable air flow from they big vent in the wall? Because it's now (at 9:40pm) starting to get cold in here and I've got no way of warming the place up. So now I've drunk one of the two allocated packets of Nescafe, paid for Internet, and half fancy a bath - if I dare! And I've not even mentioned the decor (including the glossy bricks in the bedroom) - I'll try and Flickr some photos if anyone wants to search on my name. I can't yet comment on food... how bad can it be?
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