I'd like to start off by talking about the positives of this hotel. It's in a great location within Altrincham - you can easily walk to the centre of the town with nice restaurants and markets/shops in 5-10 minutes. There's a pretty big carpark, the choice at breakfast was good, and the staff were pleasant. We had travelled to the area for a family event so had picked the location for convenience to that, as opposed to anything else.
The not-so-good was the small and incredibly dated room (lime green and brown together anyone?), worn carpet, a fair bit of someone else's hair left in the bath, the shower that flooded the bathroom floor immediately and the toilet roll handle that fell off the wall as soon as you looked at it. The walls are paper thin - you can hear everything (and I mean everything) through them. Loud TVs, sneezing, snoring, the entirety of conversations and the loud sex our immediate neighbours decided to have in the morning... although as we left we noticed that they had also left the door to their room open - classy.
The thing which really affected our stay though was the conference/event which was taking place at the same time. So if you are looking at staying here I would really (really) recommend you do some research to find out if you are going to be sharing the space with a party night or something similar - and then don't stay here. There was a dance happening on the night we stayed, so the loud music from the event space which leaked to our room went on till around 1am, and while we were lucky enough not to be disturbed after that, others in our group were then kept up for hours by the after-party which went on in the room next to them (who did not turn the music off even after the hotel staff were contacted about it). The conference that was happening in the hotel while we were there happened to be for people recovering from substance abuse, and I don't know if it's normal for a Saturday night that this hotel has to have security outside, but any time we entered or left the hotel we had to walk through clouds of cigarette smoke from 25+ smokers at the front door which also leaked unpleasantly into the lobby. The environment downstairs in the evening felt loud and unpredictable, lots of shouting and roaming about going on, and not somewhere we could have relaxed, so we had to spend the evening in our tiny lime green and brown room. The next morning at breakfast was similarly zoo-like. We felt like there was no 'room' for anyone else while this event was on, if that makes sense, and were keen to leave, so my main point here is regardless of what type of event it is, it's not much fun being a guest on the sidelines when this hotel has been taken over by a large event.
Take my 2/5 rating as a reflection of my personal experience here, rather than the overall hotel perhaps. If you choose to stay here, as long as you check there are no events on you will probably have an adequate, albeit very unstylish, ;) experience. less