Last week Becky from Team DC enjoyed an evening at the Great John Street hotel in Manchester, this is what she thought.
It all started with afternoon tea. It was scorching hot in the Manchester July sun (yes, you read that right!) so we sat out on the roof garden playground with views over the city. The staff were more than helpful and wanted to ensure we had everything we needed – so vegetarian sandwiches for me, and plain and simple for my chum Jackie; champagne for me and tea for Jackie!
When the tea came out it was a feast for the eyes – beautifully presented and all freshly made on site that day. There were plenty of sandwiches, a scone each with clotted cream and strawberry jam, plus a selection of gorgeous patisserie; and an endless supply of hot tea. After we had eaten our fill we stayed outside and relaxed with cocktails and some girlie gossip – the perfect end to a busy working day.
I was lucky enough to be staying in the hotel that night in the classic grand bedroom. Each of the rooms at the Great John Street hotel is individually and sumptuously decorated. The classic grand felt like staying in a New York loft apartment with a living room /office area and the bedroom and bathroom on a mezzanine level. The building used to be a old school house and many of the original features have been kept, such as the beautiful wooden floors, huge windows, dado rails, and coat pegs. And in keeping with the Victorian age of the building the bath is a roll top, the railings are wrought iron – all looked beautiful. It’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend away – and very easy to imagine snuggling on the cosy velvet sofa across from the feature fireplace.
The options at breakfast go beyond cooked or continental – there’s a vegetarian cooked breakfast, pancakes, eggs to order – as a vegetarian I felt spoilt for choice. It goes beyond the food to the Ralph Lauren inspired mezzanine and kitchen area that is so comfortable you won’t want to rush breakfast.
The hotel is located close to the exclusive Spinningfields area of the city and a short walk to the shops and restaurants in the city centre. A perfect stop for that indulgent weekend away with that special person, with the girls or if you booked on behalf of your manager then some serious brownie points for you!