I was looking for a stop-over on my way to the North and found a good deal on this hotel - £52 for a double (£15 extra for breakfast). It looks grand and actually isn't a bad hotel at all. The bed was comfortable and staff were friendly. I wanted to go to the pool but just being in the health club was unbearable due to the strong smell of chlorine. I decided to give it a miss. In fact, talking of smells, the restaurant/bar area downstairs smelt a bit stale too :(
I have to say, Stoke-on-Trent is such a quiet place. Maybe it was because we were there on Sunday, but in the evening, the whole town was closed. At around 9pm we were trying to find a restaurant for dinner, but even they had all closed early. We thought we could eat in the hotel restaurant but that closed at 9pm too! We ended up eating bar food for dinner. There is a Toby Carvery at the Marina behind the hotel but that was more of a lunch stop for Sunday roast.
In general, I found the hotel OK. Nothing stood out. Reception desk was often un-manned whenever we wanted to ask a question. It was clean enough and the rooms are fairly good. For the price I paid it was OK. Breakfast was standard but what I didn't like was how cold everything was on the 'hot plate'. Not sure why, because we were the first there at 7am. less