10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A gem - cheap and cheerful, true, but has everthing needed
"For a short, budget stay near University/Christie's/curry mile/football and Manchester itself this is excellent. Let me dipel some fears: it is near heart of infamous M/c areas but LKH itself is very safe feeling, and I felt safe walking in the area at night. (suggest some care though- 'tis after all a City) Also as the name suggests it is Baptist based, but no heavy religious feel or requirements. Food was basic, but generous. Rooms ex Hall of Residence feel- but bright and clean, maybe a bit shabby. Public areas - free tea all hours- are huge. added advantage of lecture rooms, Chapel and huge religion library- all denoms. (!) In own grounds, my room was in a charming secure quadrangle. Its 1/2 mile from the famous curry mile, and this bustles with a hugely mixed local 'City people' and tourists- both exciting and a little edgy, but did not feel unsafe. I ate Afghani- bit of a dump but brilliant food. Well done M/c Council and locals - Platt Fields Park nearby is well used by locals running, playing tennis, walking dogs, bird watching, gardening out with kids. Look for the medieval mickle, and parakeets flying over. Don't drive to M/C - bus stop 1/4 mile, bus every 5 mins. There is just so much to do there- URBIS Tv exhib, Cathedral, shop till the bank dries up. Restuarants -all types, all prices. History tours, re architecture, politics, lots and lots."
- Travel date: 23rd November 2009
Harry Potter and King's House
"stayed 1 night because its near to the conference cente i attended. Quiet. very quiet. extremely quiet place. i entered the gate. nerrow lane. dark. tall trees. some light shining through the window panes of the shrouded building. smoke rising from the nearby house. i thought i might meet Lord Voldemort or Snape! there is a bar. i bought a bottle of beer and sat down. no noise. 2 people staring at their laptops. so quiet. its not a hotel or B&B. its a house. room however comfortable. reasonable breakfast. goos for meditation."
- Travel date: 23rd October 2009
Charming upmarket Hostel
"Very Charming place, can't explain why // very basic but en-suite // electric pump for water, hence, very noisy when cistern is being filled, it's okay if you are on your own // the room was clean except for the net curtain, which is very dirty // difficult to find in the dark, has only small dark sign which can be seen only if you come from one direction, It's easier if you look for the building with garden+library visible from the street // Sunday rate (for single) is good otherwise too expensive for what it is (double is only Â£1 cheaper than good, well functioned hotel)"
- Travel date: 9th September 2009
Wouldn't stay longer than 1 night - no hot water
"We stayed here for one night during a weekend trip to Manchester but we certainly would not stay longer. While Luther King House is incredibly cheap (Â£35 for double room including breakfast) you do get what you pay for. Room was ok and relatively clean but very old and rundown. Location-wise, there is a bus stop on the main street that can take you straight into the city centre so that was very convenient. Breakfast is average but you get the basics: cereals, bread, coffee/tea, etc. The downside was that we did not have any hot water during our stay which was very inconvenient! Aside from that, Luther King House would be ok for a 1-night stay in Manchester if you're on a tight budget and need a place to sleep."
- Travel date: 21st August 2009
An OK budget place
"Business required a quick in/out of Manchester -- not looking for anything outstanding, but clean and a good value. In that sense, the Luther King House delivered. The main drawback, a teeny room (formerly a seminary dorm), with the twin beds nearly filling it all. There was no internet in the rooms and an extremely slow connection in the library. For my business this was a real inconvenience as I had to troll the neighborhood in an unsuccessful attempt to find an internet cafe. Also on the negative, the shower in the next room made a horrible noise, which woke us up way earlier than we had planned. On the plus side, the hotel was clean, inexpensive, and there is a cafeteria on site, with the food being pretty good. The staff was, for the most part, cordial although they seemed a bit overworked. The private lawn and garden in the center of the complex was peaceful and a real plus. Were I to return to Manchester on business, I might stay here again. Hopefully they'd have a good high speed wireless Internet by then. But, as a vacation spot or romantic getaway, the Luther King House is probably not the place that you want to be."
- Travel date: 17th June 2009
OK budget accommodation.
"I've stayed here quite often over the past few years. The hotel is OK for budget accommodation. Staff are friendly. The location itself is quiet, though also conveniently close to the Rusholme curry mile, for travellers who want to dine out rather than use the in-house restaurant. There is a peaceful courtyard in the hotel, with a fountain, trees, and places to sit, which is nice in the warmer months of the year. They have rooms with access for disabled guests on the ground floor. The rooms are not fancy but are of a decent quality and are usually clean. Beds are comfortable enough. Fixtures and fittings can vary from room-to-room. The top on a tap in my room this time was broken, for instance, though the tap itself still worked. On the other hand, I could see the shower was a new one, and the cubical itself also looked newly tiled, although as usual the toilets/bathrooms are small. Breakfast is OK, though not great. I've noticed new options appearing on the menu recently - for instance dried fruit which you can eat with your cereal, or boiled eggs. All of that adds to value for money. There's often a good supply of tea and coffee in rooms, though not decaffeinated coffee, or herbal teas. There are herbal teas available for breakfast, so it might be nice to have one or two of those tea bags in rooms too. One thing to be aware of is that the plumbing in the hotel can be noisy, and the water temperature in showers can vary. Sometimes it's just right; sometimes too hot, or too cold. Likewise, the heating in rooms is hard to adjust, and sometimes you can end up too warm or cold. There are other hotels up and down Wilmslow road which are slightly cheaper, but not as nice. Not as clean, for instance. However, there are also other hotels which are a bit more expensive, and better. So I would recommend Luther King House to travellers on a budget, who don't expect to spend much time in their rooms."
- Travel date: 5th May 2009
Clean and basic, but with plumbing out of the Ark
"We stayed for two nights in a twin room. Reservation by phone was easy, and with previous experience of noisy, hot, and badly described accommodation, I made all the relevant enquiries, and the clerk told me my room would be away from a lift, kitchens, vending machines and whirring air-con units, and it being April, the heating would be off. So far so good. The room was small and basic, and ours only had a WC, basin and bath. But having had a great evening out, we went to bed at midnight only to be woken at 02.00 by the central heating pipes craking and clanking. This went on all night. I barely slept though my partner did. When I spoke to the reception in the morning and asked why the heating was still on, nobody seemd to know why, and nobody was able to do anything about it. To their credit they provided me with alternative single accommodation FOC. The room was less noisy, but I was still woken once ot twice by the central heating. Other stuff - parking, breakfast, lounges - were OK, though the maids should be introduced to mould remover for the bathrooms."
- Travel date: 13th April 2009
Cheap and cheerful
"I stayed here for 1 night when attending an event at the University on Oxford Rd. I paid Â£25 bed & breakfast on laterooms.com but left before breakfast. The room was clean & a bit like an upmarket student accommodation set up. Tea & coffee were provided and the room was great value for the money. When I was checking in another guest was asking to be moved because his shower didn't work and I later met somebody who stays here quite regularly who said the showers are hit & miss, fine in some rooms, not in others & that the breakfasts are pretty frugal. But my shower was fine & for Â£25 a night this is great value. I'd stay here again especially for events at the University which is just a mile or so along the road."
- Travel date: 24th February 2009
Great for a cheap night in Manchester
"Needed a last minute room in Manchester and this really fitted the bill. It's not city centre but its on a very busy/frequent bus route from the city centre (buses 41 to 44 all go down the main road just two minutes walk away), it's about 15-20 minutes from the centre. You enter through a double door with a keypad that is operative when reception is closed overnight. The building is part of a theology learning centre and there are libraries and courses but the rooms are available to all. The reception leads on to an open courtyard area which is very relaxing, Off that there are doors to the various blocks of rooms. My room was totally fine, without being luxurious. Spacious, TV and tea/coffee and very adequate wardrobe. Washbasin in main room and shower/loo in ensuite. All in all quite perfect for a cheap night stay in the city."
- Travel date: 4th September 2008
Friendly staff, great budget hotel
"Booked 2 rooms for my graduation from MMU. Flew from Dublin from a very stressful few days where flights were being cancelled and delayed due to radar problems. As soon as we arrived we were made very welcome by the receptionist. Rooms were spotless and included an ensuite, tv and tea and coffee making facilities. Slightly disappointed there was no shower in the twin room but we were told we could use separate shower on the ground floor. bar was well stocked and the receptionist told us she would put on a special breakfast for us in the morning as we had to be up at 6am. Currently writing this review from my dads iPod touch on their complementary wifi. Would definately stay here again and recommend to anyone staying in this area."
- Travel date: 13th July 2008
Luther King House is also called
- luther king house hotel
- luther king house hotel manchester