Thursday, May 05, 2011

European Escapade - Manchester Britannia Hotel

After the excitement of watching Man. U. vs. Liverpool in Old Trafford with former Manchester United player David May, we made our way back to the third and final hotel of our UK days.

Britannia Hotel

Located in the city centre, the Manchester Britannia Hotel offers a fantastic location with Piccadilly Station a mere 5-minute walk.

Hotel Dining

Our third hotel

Majestic is the only word to describe this very old, very Victorian hotel. I was captivated by the fine detailed architecture and the beautiful furnishings inside. The balconied stairway throughout the building is something to behold and one can't help but stare up in utter amazement at the dazzling view above. rindu

We had problems checking-in to the hotel and it wasn't a good day for the hotel receptionist as well. Earlier, she had to bear the brunt of another unhappy guest who threw a slight tantrum right in front of us. Then, she couldn't find our reservation in the system despite several tries. Our luggage was already kept in the waiting room but we had no rooms! Smiley

In the end, B called his travel agent and managed to sort things out but the whole thing kept us waiting for 20 minutes before finally receiving our room keys!


Moral of the story, triple check your hotel or accommodation bookings! Double-checking is not good enough these days so the next time you're on vacation and busy booking accommodation in Seville or anyplace else, don't just double check your reservation. Make sure you triple check!

Lobby Area

The one complaint I do have about this hotel (despite its beauty and splendour) is the lack of elevators for guests to use. Only 5 floors high, the number of elevators was minimal and it was a hassle to wait our turn before we could finally go up. Most of us ended up dragging our luggage up the stairs to avoid the long wait.

Balconied stairway

Our room was fairly big with FREE Wi-Fi, two single beds, a dresser, coffee/tea making facilities, attached bathroom, closet filled with extra blankets and towels, and a TV. Despite the furniture being really old, they were kept cleaned, which was the most important thing.

Cosy & Clean

Dresser and Coffee/Tea Facilities

Pretty picture

Closet filled with warm extras

Thank goodness there was a nice bathtub for me to soak away my fatigue! Smiley

After exploring our room and taking pictures of what you see here, we headed back out for dinner with the rest. Somebody suggested a popular Indian restaurant, which serves halal Chicken Biryani. Smiley

Me and Zany, who is currently in Manchester watching a football match!

Spicy Chicken Biryani

The Biryani was awesome and I wish I had taken more pictures but since we were dining with a big group, I didn't want to hold them back with my incessant picture snapping!

For after dinner entertainment, B and I headed for a nearby casino. No pictures allowed inside so while B played a little Blackjack, I kept busy betting on my fave #29 on Roulette, which came up a few times too by the way! Smiley

Manchester by night

To sum it all up, day 7 of our European Escapade was truly memorable! Hectic and tiring but filled with beautiful memories we wish to capture again on our next vacation. Are you thinking of going away as well? If you're heading to Spain, don't forget to triple check your Seville accommodation before arrival!

My next European Escapade post will see me travelling with B
to Liverpool to make his football fantasy come true! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend! Smiley

-FCC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


LadyJava,  May 06, 2011 1:52 AM

8-) 8-)

gagay,  May 06, 2011 1:54 AM

morning GP! ;)

gagay,  May 06, 2011 1:56 AM

just arrived home. =-X

bluedreamer27,  May 06, 2011 1:58 AM

Fc3 ??? haha

Shemah,  May 06, 2011 1:59 AM

Wow!! That hotel decor looks really amazing! Poor receptionist sure had a bad day that day, huh? Sometimes bookings, especially those made much earlier/online can always get lost somewhere in oblivion.. Tp exercise wohhh.. naik turun 5 storeys.

Anyways, I would love to go to Spain! :) Now my mom nak ajak my cousins gi travel lah pulak.. so jelesi melesi ni! hahahaa

bluedreamer27,  May 06, 2011 2:00 AM

wow... like a royalty huh? love the place... especially that huge chandelier :) :) :)

bluedreamer27,  May 06, 2011 2:03 AM

hey that guy in the Balconied stairway.... is that David Foster hahaha just kidding :-P

bluedreamer27,  May 06, 2011 2:05 AM

happy blogging Marzie

LadyJava,  May 06, 2011 2:05 AM

wah bathtub!! best best!!
quite nice ah the hotel cozy and nice..

LadyJava,  May 06, 2011 2:06 AM

mmmmmmmm the beryani looks soo nice and after 7 days sure.. spicy food sounds good right!

LadyJava,  May 06, 2011 2:06 AM

so did you win at the slots dearie?

gagay,  May 06, 2011 2:10 AM

i have had hard time continuing reading the post..images makes me drool..great photos here..very inviting to visit GP! . :)

LOL! even the CR! ahihihi!

undeniably, you really enjoyed ur escapade!!! ;)

Bingkee,  May 06, 2011 3:19 AM

HI Marzie, I was trying to comment in your perfume blog but I couldn't....I don't know why my comments won't show through....anyway, I just would like to say that I'm envying your trip ----how I wish I could take a trip to the places you'd been to. That room is so heavenly looking. I bet you absolutely have a grand time !

David Funk,  May 06, 2011 4:38 AM

Hey Marzie! :* :* :*

I'd love to visit the places you've been to in Europe as well. That hotel is NICE! It is very clean-looking from the pics you posted, too.

Oh yeah, checking your reservations on hotels, flights, rental cars, and everything in between is a must for anyone! I know from my own experience!

TGIF my friend! ;) :)

Bill,  May 06, 2011 10:55 AM

All the places looks so beautiful my friend and you look as awesome as ever. Im sure you had a great time there. :* 8-)

Monica,  May 06, 2011 4:01 PM

:* :* :*

Monica,  May 06, 2011 4:03 PM

morning sweetie! :-P :-P

Monica,  May 06, 2011 4:07 PM

oh wow..very nice hotel! i love it!! :* :* :*

Monica,  May 06, 2011 4:08 PM

how much does it cost per night eh? :-$ :-$

Monica,  May 06, 2011 4:11 PM

the chicken biryani doesn't look spicy hehe but me no eat biryani :-D

Monica,  May 06, 2011 4:14 PM

hahahha my fave is 28! ;) :) so did u win??

Life Ramblings,  May 06, 2011 5:06 PM

Hi sweetie!!! How's it going? hope everything's going well for you.

Life Ramblings,  May 06, 2011 5:07 PM

sorry to hear about your hotel woes but hey, thanks for the reminder. i'd definitely triple check my bookings the next time i travel.

Life Ramblings,  May 06, 2011 5:08 PM

the room does look inviting and cozy. the briyani looks good and i could almost smell it from here.

Life Ramblings,  May 06, 2011 5:09 PM

TGIF and i can hardly wait for the weekend to begin. hope you've a good one too.

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:16 PM

8-) 8-) LJ FC1!

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:16 PM

GG FC2! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:16 PM

BD FC3! :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:17 PM

Thanks for the EE chop, TGIF! :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:18 PM

I enjoyed the bathtub LJ and the room too, thanks! :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:19 PM

Spicy by their standard la LJ ha ha, and yeah it was nice to eat something familiar after 7 days so the biryani was delightful! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:20 PM

I won at Roulette LJ ka-ching!! :-$ :-$ =-X =-X ;) ;)

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:21 PM

Morning GG! :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:21 PM

I got ur DM GG but no reply oso from you?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:22 PM

Glad u enjoyed my pics then GG and what's CR??? We did enjoy our escapade GG, thanks! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:23 PM

Oh me too love the huge chandelier, so dazzling, I just had to take pics ha ha... :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:24 PM

LMAO @ David Foster he he he! =-X =-O :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:24 PM

You too BD, have a good one! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:26 PM

Hi sweetie! Ooooooooh that happens sometimes and I am guessing it has to do with my comment system, sometimes it goes haywire for no reason at all boo hoo but thanks so much for trying, hugs! :* :* :*

Ha ha ha thanks Bing Kee, happy to share my pics and travel escapades with my readers and friends and yup, we had a blast. The hotel was terrific too! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:28 PM

Hi David! :* :* :*

I know u will get there one day soon David and then, I'll be reading your posts and enjoying your pictures too, thanks!

Actually, there was a mix-up between the hotel and their sister company who does the booking for them, hence the missing rooms! But it all turned out okay in the end so it's all good! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:29 PM

Mi amigo, que pasa?! :* :* :*

Thanks for stopping by Bill and we had a wonderful stay, glad u enjoyed the pics too of course, yay! :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:29 PM

:* :* :* Monica!

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:31 PM

Morning Monica! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:32 PM

It's definitely not as modern as the previous two hotels Mon but still cosy and comfy so we liked it too! :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:33 PM

Ooooooh this hotel I'm not sure cause this one was arranged by TV3 Monica...this one and the previous one both under B's opis... phew! :-D :-$ :-$

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:34 PM

Yeah it wasn't that spicy to me too but we ordered something else (I can't rem what) and it came with a hot sauce, which was quite spicy.. unfortunately tak sempat take pics lol... :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:39 PM

Hey Shemah! Decor mmg awesome, masuk sure smiling cause it all looked so amazing and cheery inside! :* :* :*

Ha ha summore the mat salleh guy scolded her nicely, in front of us lagi... he wasn't happy with his room cause noisy it seems his floor... so mintak tukar bilik.. then she tried to explain but he cut her off and terus tell her that he is the customer and he wants to change his room and he wants it now! hahahahaha luckily I didn't have to throw tantrum that day oso hahaha! =-X :-D :-D

Oh me too!!! I wanna go to Espana! Your mom should totally go to Spain and drag u along .. travel companion remember? ;) ;)

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:40 PM

Ha ha ha ha happily playing games in the casino it seems woo hoo and yeah I won on Roulette Mon, small win only he he he!!!! =-X =-X =-X :-$ :-$

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:41 PM

Hey LR, I am doing okay, thanks so much for asking! :* :*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:45 PM

Ha ha yeah but this one was really beyond our control LR..cause before we left, B already checked with his travel agent and we were good to go.. unfortunately the miscommunication was between the hotel and their sister company who did the booking for them. Ooooooh where are you going next sweetie??? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:47 PM

I like biryani overseas ha ha, definitely tastes different from the ones we have here LR.. and though it says spicy, it was just mild for me...still yum though! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  May 06, 2011 5:47 PM

TGIF indeed! I have some work to do but hoping to get it all done before the weekend officially starts, thanks for dropping by sweetie! :* :* :*

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:36 PM

8-) 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:37 PM

sorry for my late visit here!! my bad. :(

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:38 PM

oooh! i love the interior of the hotel ! =-O =-O :-D :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:40 PM

especially the chandelier! ;) ;) ;) =-O =-O

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:41 PM

omg! that's really worst thing when they cudnt find ur booking! =-X =-X if me, i will get panic and scare of course for being at foreign o\country summore. *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:43 PM

phew when everything were settled off. and whoaaa room so nice!! :-D :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:44 PM

got bathtub summore!!! enjoyed soaking there??? :-P :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:45 PM

geez! the briyanie does really looks spicy!! dare not to try that for sure. =-X =-X

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:46 PM

gudness!! i tot the zebra is real one!!! =-O =-O =-O

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:46 PM

haha how come didnt join B for blackjack?? :-D :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  May 08, 2011 11:46 PM

won a lot aye?? :-P :-P :-$ :-$ :-$

ayie,  May 10, 2011 3:18 PM

the place is so grand though as you said an elevator can be quite useful most esp if you have baggage to carry

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:47 AM

Huh? Must triple check reservations? Why so not efficient one the staff?

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:47 AM

Nice hotel! Looks grand yes? And expensive? ;)

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:49 AM

haha!! Yeah if you eat with non bloggers, have to snap less pictures lah, and also fast fast snap, otherwise they will get irritated. I know this very well hahaha!!

foongpc,  May 12, 2011 12:50 AM

LOL!! Lucky got nice bathtub for you if not how? Move to another hotel? :-D

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