On the 5th of October I was invited to take a look around AND STAY AT the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester by Eclectic Hotel Group.
I was so excited to be invited to such a gorgeous hotel, and on a SUNDAY! It made for the perfect hangover/recovery day.
On arrival to the hotel I was automatically impressed by the exterior, it’s flawless and you certainly want to go inside and explore further! I was greeted by the hotels friendly and helpful valet who took my car to their secure underground car park. Minutes later I was checked in and being taken up to my room. It was so nice to be given the chance to thoroughly enjoy a hotel for leisure rather than being rushed in and out of meetings and to and from train stations.
The room I was given was stunning and featured airy, elegant decor, the kind of decor you’d expect to find in a country retreat. This just added to the relaxing vibe and it definitely didn’t feel like I was in the centre of Manchester. All of their rooms are duplex so they feel like more of a living space than a cramped hotel room. The room has everything you could possibly need and I was greeted with cookies and rocky road, which is always good.
At Great John Street everything you need is on hand, all of the staff are so friendly and they do everything that they can to help guests. Every room has all the technology that you need including Sky TV and complimentary Wifi for all guests, which I might add is better than the Wifi in my house! My room even featured a cast iron bath and temple spa toiletries. Ultimate luxury.
Here are some pictures of the room (room 12) which falls into the “Classical Grand Bedroom” category. It is on the mezzanine level of the hotel right next to the restaurant and bar. When staying in room 12, it felt like you were completely removed from the hotel, you couldn’t hear excess bar or restaurant noise and it felt as if you were in a private apartment.
This is the bedroom, as you can see, the bed is incredible and HUGE! In the afternoon the room was perfectly lit by the large industrial windows and at night the room was extremely relaxing with floor to celling black out curtains and chandeliers with dimmer switches.
This is the cast iron tub featured in the bedroom, it’s such a great feature to have as well as the rainfall shower in the bathroom.
This is the bathroom also featured in my room, it had great lighting and was really spacious, and as I mentioned above has a double rainfall shower.
I was also given a tour of the hotel, here are some pictures of the other room levels at Great John Street. The hotel features only 30 rooms in total and has such an intimate vibe but Eclectic don’t scrimp on any of the luxuries or service levels that come with a huge hotel brand.
This is one of the “Baby Grand Bedrooms” at Great John Street which is classed as their standard room, it is also duplex highly luxurious.
The upper floor of the standard room hosts the bathroom and another one of these amazing cast iron tubs.
This is the “Eclectic Grand Bedroom” which is one level down from a suite at the hotel. Again, the room was highly spacious, duplex and intricately designed. The bed in the picture is hand-carved which I thought was amazing. The room also features a comfortable seating area, bathroom and separate room with double bath.
This is the double bathroom in the Eclectic Grand room, it features double bath, basin, mirror and luxury toiletries and is on the upper floor of the room.
After a very relaxing evening consisting of Netflix, Prosecco and a really… really fluffy bathrobe I decided to try some of their room service.
These are their coconut prawn skewers with basmati rice. They were really tasty and it’s a great alternative if you are just looking to relax in your room.
This is the bar area and just to the top is the mezzanine restaurant. The bar is very well stocked and their cocktail list is extensive. The bar area was so relaxed with plenty of comfy chairs and cool pieces of art and furniture to look at while you grab a drink.
Another great edition the The Great John Street hotel is their “Roof Garden Playground” which is open to all guests with a fantastic view over Manchester. The Roof Playground includes terrace, sun loungers, hot tub and a glass veranda for typical English weather days.
This is the indoor veranda that leads onto the Roof Playground. This area is also available for private hire.
So, following an amazing sleep in the most comfortable bed known to man I woke up on a Monday.. feeling pretty good for a change!
I made my way over to the restaurant to grab some breakfast in their restaurant and sat myself down in the heart of it all right near the kitchen and the breakfast bar. They had such a good selection of continental breakfast including, freshly squeezed juices, cereals, fruit, cakes and pastries.
This is the continental breakfast counter how cute is it! and just slightly behind the scenes they make all of their hot breakfasts made to order. Amongst the selection was full English and Irish breakfasts, American style pancakes with syrup, eggs benedict and much more. I went for the Irish breakfast and a coffee made from their impressive coffee machine and after a quick meeting with the lovely Gill to discuss my stay I was back on the street in the rain and back on the road to the Birmingham office. I wish I could stay at GJS every weekend!
Thanks to the Eclectic team for hosting my relaxation weekend and I will definitely see you all soon.
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